Today's Shabbat Music Break continues the discussion of women who have been sorely overlooked for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, while lesser artists (mostly male) of their generations have been admitted.
Today we examine the case for Carly Simon. If we accept the premise that the Hall has accepted that singer/songwriters like Carly are justifiable inductees, then we have to look at her case as being an egregious oversight by Hall voters. James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, and Laura Nyro are already enshrined in the Hall, while Carly has been consistently overlooked. She had 9 top twenty singles and 8 top twenty LPs, including No Secrets which spent five weeks at number 1. She has won several Grammy awards including Best New Artist in 1971, and an Academy Award and Golden Globe for "Let the River Run" from Working Girl in 1988. She was also awarded with the Grammy Hall of Fame Award for "You're So Vain" (the quintessential revenge song...Take that, Taylor Swift!) in 2004 and was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fall in 1994. While I would argue that Nyro was deserving of her place in the Rock Hall, her resume cannot even come close to matching Simon's. Carly Simon is long overdue for induction.