The polls are closed, the ballots have been counted, and with round one complete for the 2018 Rock ‘n’ Roll Freaks Hall class, we are proud to announce our inductees in the Contributor category for this year. Two names finished on top and they will join our round two and three inductees in the 2018 class.
Danny Fields’ career has spanned more than five decades as a music journalist, manager, and publicist. He signed the MC5 and the Stooges to Elektra Records and the Ramones to Sire. Early in his career, he wrote the article in Datebook magazine that launched the controversy about John Lennon’s quote calling the Beatles “more popular than Jesus.” He was a DJ on WFMU in the late 60s, and was Elektra’s publicist for the Doors. In 2015, a documentary about his life and career, Danny Says, premiered at South by Southwest.
Tom Wilson was an American record producer who worked behind the boards for artists like the Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan, The Mothers of Invention, Simon & Garfunkel, Eric Burdon & the Animals, the Soft Machine, and the Blues Project as well as jazz greats like Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra, and Eddie Harris. As a staff producer at Columbia records, he helmed several of Dylan’s key albums, including The Times They Are A-Changin’, Another Side of Bob Dylan, and Bringing It All Back Home. He signed the Mothers of Invention to Verve Records and produced their groundbreaking debut, Freak Out. While at Verve, he also produced The Velvet Underground and Nico. Wilson died of a heart attack in Los Angeles in 1978, aged 47.
Next up will be round two of the Freaks Hall class of 2018 election, our “Golden Era” ballot, which will feature groups and artists who debuted before 1968. Stay tuned for more details!