THE MOODY BLUES: Denny Laine going into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
When it was announced last week that The Moody Blues had been elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the honorees were identified as Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Mike Pinder, Graeme Edgeand Ray Thomas.
This was the band's most successful lineup, assembled in 1966. But it was not the first version of the group. Edge and Thomas, who were founders along with Mike Pinder, felt that original members Denny Laine and Clint Warwick should also be recognized. They got half of their wish. With no fanfare, Laine -- who went on to a higher profile as a guitarist in Paul McCartney's Wings -- will now be inducted.
Steve Van Zandt broke the news on Twitter, writing, "Yes, of course Denny Laine is going into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of The Moody Blues! The inadvertent omission is being corrected on the Rock Hall website as we speak."
Sure enough, Laine's name is now listed on the Rock Hall's website. Bassist Warwick, who died in 2004, is not. Laine was in the band in 1964 and '65 and sang its first hit, a cover of the American R&B song "Go Now."
MICHAEL JACKSON: Ranking his solo songs
Over the course of his nearly 30-year career, Michael Jackson released 147 solo songs. Vulture.com took the time and effort to rank all 147 tunes from the best to worst.
The top of the list probably won't surprise you:"Billie Jean" from Thriller ranks number-one. His collaboration with Quincy Jones raised Jackson's status from pop-R&B star to musical icon.
That's followed by "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'," also from Thriller.
Listed at number-three: his first solo single, "Got to Be There." A cute teen-pop ballad in its day and a nice vocal performance -- but outpacing "Off the Wall" (11th), "Black or White" (13th) or "Beat It" (17th)
In case you're curious, here's what some other recognized Jackson classics are ranked:
- "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (4th)
- "Human Nature" (5th)
- "Ben" (6th)
- "Rock With You" (16th)
- "Thriller" (23rd)
- "The Way You Make Me Feel" (43rd)
- "Bad" (68th)
- "Rockin' Robin" (71st)