Rock and Roll Hall of Fame controversy::Baby Lloyd Stallworth


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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame controversy In 1986, James Brown was inducted as one of the charter members of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame without The Famous Flames. This led to long lasting controversy over the following twenty-seven years.<ref>"Saturday "Soul" Check ~ James Brown." Longshot Blues' blog December 4, 2010. Accessed November 23, 2012.</ref><ref>"Why were members of The Famous Flames, The Midnighters and The Miracles snubbed by the RRHOF?" Our Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Top of the Charts forum. Accessed November 23, 2012.</ref>

In 2011, eleven years after Stallworth's death, five years after Bobby Byrd's death, and seven years after John Terry's death, Terry Stewart, the chief executive officer of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, formed a committee to consider the bands and groups that had been eligible for induction, but were left out because of the impact of their lead singers or front men. Concerning the omission of the Flames when Brown was inducted alone in 1986, Stewart said,

"There was no legislative intent [as to] why they (the Famous Flames) weren't included; somehow, they just got overlooked."<ref name="Cleveland"/>

The Famous Flames (Byrd, Bennett, Terry and Stallworth) received their induction on April 14, 2012. Bennett, who died the following year, (January 18, 2013), as the group's only surviving member, accepted the induction on behalf of The Famous Flames.<ref>"Remembering Bobby Bennett, the Famous Flame dies." Rock Hall blog.</ref> At the same time, The Midnighters (Hank Ballard), The Comets (Bill Haley), The Crickets (Buddy Holly), The Blue Caps (Gene Vincent) and The Miracles (Smokey Robinson), received their induction, Miracles lead singer Smokey Robinson, who inducted all six groups, including his own Miracles, said,

"These are not "backing groups". These are the groups."


"If James Brown was the hardest working man in show business, The Famous Flames were the hardest working group."<ref>The Cleveland Plain Dealer, April 15, 2012, pA-13.</ref>

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