Santa Kang wrote:
But Warwick is someone my parents listened to back in the Sixties, so I have to draw the line at her being a "Rock and Roller".
Understandable, but I just can't get past the apparent implication of her being less of a "Hall-worthy" act than some that are already in. [Personal-preference aside to follow:] She did go pretty middle-of-the-road in the '80s, then the Psychic Friends and all that, but her early '60s recordings on Scepter are absolutely superb. In sales as well as impact I don't think it can be argued that those singles are among the most important R&B records by a female artist in the '60s. It has been suggested that if she had been on Atlantic, as Dusty Springfield later was, she'd have gone in long ago due to Ahmet Ertegun's heavy HoF influence.
Until then...Madonna, Dionne Warwick, Donna Summer are not rock and roll by even the broadest definition.
But that's directly contradicted by the fact that, by the Hall's definition, two of them are.