Joe Walsh was inducted with The Eagles in 1998 and that was the first year he was eligible as a solo artist for induction but he has yet to be nominated. A group of fans have started an online petition to get the Hall’s attention and possibly Joe in on the next year’s round of nominees.
The Care2 petition (http://bit.ly/2HhnBcs) reads in part:
Joe Walsh fans now believe that it is time for Joe to be recognized and be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a SOLO artist, which he truly deserves.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, created over 25 years ago, recognizes and archives the history of the best known and most influential artists, producers, engineers and other notable figures who have had some major impact on the development of rock and roll.
The History of Rock and Roll and really music in general, is unimaginable without Joe Walsh’s contributions. Joseph Fidler Walsh, is a versatile and innovative musician and composer who strongly influenced the evolution of popular music nearly a decade before he joined the Eagles in 1976, and he continues to do so today. Joe is an incredibly gifted songwriter who’s ability to play both lead and rhythm guitar and to give us licks so good, that we never forget them. He is undoubtedly the master of crushing power chords, slide playing, soaring lead lines and melodies. Walsh is the rarest of guitar heroes, one who doesn’t overplay, instead using his incredible sense of tone and phrasing in putting together simple melodies that really bring out the heart of each song.
Nicknamed, The Clown Prince of Rock and Roll, Walsh’s sense of humor plays a big part in his songwriting, yet he is able to combine that sense of humor with some serious lyrics to create a sort of everyman persona and it shows in a number of his solo songs that show his softer side. Joe is a musician that consistently sets the bar higher and higher with the constant refinement of his own craft. He is the type of musician that is often imitated but can never be duplicated because of his unique style of playing.
As of this writing the petition has 1,005 of the 5,000 sought signatures.
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