We’ve already counted down the first batch artists inducted into our 40th Anniversary K-EARTH 101 Hall of Fame, and this week we’re continuing with the next ten artists. See which iconic artists made the cut into our Hall of Fame this round!
90. Mary Wells
Some could argue that Mary Wells was the one who started it all and defined the sound of Motown in the early ’60s. Recognized as the “The Queen of Motown,” Mary pioneered the genre with hits like “Two Lovers” with Smokey Robinson and her signature song “My Guy.”
Hall of Fame hit: “My Guy”
Reaching their height of fame in the ’80s, there was no stopping the hurricane force that was Journey. They gave the world one of the greatest rock anthems in history that continues to dominate sporting events and karaoke bars around the world. Not matter how hard you try, there’s no resisting singing along to “Don’t Stop Believin.’”
Hall of Fame hit: “Don’t Stop Believin’”
88. [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Junior Walker and the Allstars[/lastfm]
One of the signature acts on the Motown label, Junior Walker released a string of hits with his Allstars including “I’m A Roadrunner,” and his top ten hit in 1965, “Shotgun.”
Hall of Fame hit: “Shotgun”
87. Ricky Nelson
When it comes to the most accomplished artists in music, it’s hard to compare anyone to Ricky Nelson. Not only was he a music superstar, but he was also a beloved radio, TV and film star. His 1958 No.1 single “Poor Little Fool” holds the distinction of becoming the first No.1 hit ever on the newly created Billboard Hot 100.
Hall of Fame hit: “Poor Little Fool
86. The O’Jays
This little vocal R&B group from the mid-west took over the charts with their feel-good hits in the mid ’60s and ’70s. Consisting of original members Eddie Levert, Walter Williams, William Powell, Bobby Massey and Bill Isles, The O’Jays had everyone aboard the “Love Train,” their signature hit that helped them secure a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.
Hall of Fame hit: “Love Train”
85. Herman’s Hermits
These clean-cut Manchester boys reached crossover success with hit singles like “I’m Into Something Good,” “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter,” and their revival of “I’m Henry The Eight, I Am.”
Hall of Fame hit: “I’m Into Something Good”
84. Johnny Rivers
A talented guitarist, songwriter, singer and producer, Johnny Rivers can pretty much do it all. He’s an influential figure in rock history and reached gold status when he recorded the theme song “Secret Agent Man” for the American version of the British TV show Danger Man, titled Secret Agent. He’s had numerous chart hits, including his first No.1 single “Poor Side of Town” and continues to perform on stage to this day.
Hall of Fame hit: “Poor Side of Town”
83. The Spencer Davis Group
The influence from this ’60s British beat-group has lasted generations with several artists covering their music, and not to mention, launching the career of singer/guitarist Steve Winwood who went on to have a successful solo career of his own.
Hall of Fame hit: “Gimme Some Lovin’”
82. The Zombies
Riding the wave of British Invasion bands in the early ’60s, The Zombies made a huge splash in the U.S. with their first big hit “She’s Not There” in 1964. The group made their debut U.S. TV appearance on the very first episode of NBC’s Hullabaloo playing “She’s Not There” to a crowd of screaming teenage girls, reminiscent of The Beatles first U.S. TV appearance.
Hall of Fame hit: “She’s Not There”
81. Booker T. & the M.G.’s
Even without any lyrics, Booker T & The M.G.’s managed to compose one of the most memorable instrumentals in rock history. No one can mistake that catchy organ melody with the complementary guitar hook from the one and only Steve Cropper on their 1962 hit, “Green Onions.”
Hall of Fame hit: “Green Onions”