Sir Elton John has lashed out at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame officials for failing to induct Donna Summer earlier this year (12), branding the snub a “total disgrace”.
The I Feel Love hitmaker was shortlisted for the honour as part of the class of 2012, but she was overlooked in favour of artists like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donovan, Beastie Boys and Guns N’ Roses – and the Rocket Man is angry his good friend Summer, who died on Thursday (17May12), was left out.
Paying tribute to the late star in a statement to Eonline.com, Elton says, “I’m so sad. This woman was the queen of disco and so much more. Her records sound as good today as they ever did.
“That she has never been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a total disgrace, especially when I see the second-rate talent that has been inducted. She is a great friend to me and to the Elton John Aids Foundation and I will miss her greatly.”
Meanwhile, a slew of other celebrities have added their Twitter.com tributes to Summer.
Barbra Streisand, who collaborated with the disco diva on their hit 1979 duet No More Tears (Enough Is Enough), writes, “I was shocked to hear about Donna. She was so vital the last time I saw her a few months ago. I loved doing the duet with her. She had an amazing voice and was so talented… It’s so sad.”
SONG STYLIST RASPIN RELEASES VERSION OF DONOVAN’S “HURDY GURDY MAN” AS DONOVAN IS INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME APRIL 14, 2012
RASPIN, an L.A.-based singer/songwriter has just recorded an updated version of Donovan’s “Hurdy Gurdy Man,” in honor of the singer’s forthcoming induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; class of 2012.
Steve Reid of the Rippingtons/Supertramp fame, and Danish-producer Bo Astrup produced the song.
Says Raspin, “Donovan has always been an inspirational artist to me; both lyrically and musically.” Raspin artist also served as the vocalist for TV’s The Wonder Years, where he deftly covered “Catch The Wind,” also by Donovan.
His first solo record, We Do What We Do, was tremendously received by the industry, with one writer saying: “His songs place a premium on intelligence lyricism; demonstrating a clear and almost writerly (in print) sensitivity.” The album was licensed through Starbucks and received considerable acclaim and airplay in their stores.
From the Leon Redbone/Leon Russell-school, Raspin is a captivating presence both onstage and in his songs. Hands down he emerges as a true song stylist.
What We Do is a song cycle; a collection of lustful, political and often daring songs that emerge from the artist’s consciousness. Utterly irresistible and significantly unique!“Hurdy Gurdy Man” is available through itunes.