(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —
If you do not succeed, try, try again. That may be the theme behind this year's ballot for the 2006 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Artists became eligible 25 years after the release of their first record, but once again there are no artists eligible for the first time in their first year of eligibility–1980.
Of the 16 nominees, 10 are repeaters with Black Sabbath leading the way with its eighth nomination, followed by Lynyrd Skynyrd (seventh), The Sex Pistols and The Stooges (fifth each), The Patti Smith Group, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Chic, J. Geils Band, Joe Tex and John Mellencamp (twice each). Patti Smith also received four previous nominations as a solo artist.
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Miles Davis, Cat Stevens, The Dave Clark Five, Blondie and The Sir Douglas Quintet received their first nominations many years after they were initially eligible. For example, Miles Davis waited 60 years to be nominated, The Dave Cark Five 41, Butterfield and Sir Douglas 40 years each, Cat Stevens 39 years, and Blondie just 29 years.
The winners, usually five-to-seven, will be revealed in November or December and the induction will be in March in New York. –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen