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Subject: Re: The Big Bopper for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Date Posted: Wed September 22, 2021 01:49:57
In reply to: Darren Mullins 's message, "Re: The Big Bopper for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" on Mon September 20, 2021 21:05:20

***In the songwriter category, the Big Bopper had a hall of fame career and possibly for his broadcasting career as well.***

The few songs he wrote that were hits for others hardly merits induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There are other songwriters who should be in there before him, who had more successful songs than he did, one team being Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart.

The argument that The Big Bopper was a highly influential songwriter isn't a very strong one, and if his songwriting were to be of any influence, then he'd deserve to be nominated for any of the songwriter halls of fame, not the RRHOF. You mentioned eight songs in your earlier post: I do not think eight songs is worthy of recognition in any hall. I'd say you'd need a couple dozen at the least to really have any influence in the songwriting field, not less than ten. Songwriters like Otis Blackwell, Leiber and Stoller, Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, Goffin and King, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Jeff Barry and the like, I can see them being inducted into the RRHOF because they wrote tons of hit songs which have stood the test of time, not an amount of songs that can be counted on both hands, with fingers left over.

As far as being an influential DJ, if he were that influential, he'd be worthy of induction into one of the various broadcasters halls of fame. So, he set a record for staying on the air longer than any DJ-That might be worth a mention in the Guiness Book of World Records, but the RRHOF? Hardly. He was not a highly influential DJ like Alan Freed or Dick Clark... Heck, I'd say even "Cousin Brucie" Morrow is a more influential DJ.

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