130. Tracy Chapman

130. Tracy Chapman
The 1970’s may have been full of Singer/Songwriters but the decade that followed saw that genre dry up quickly. That made the success of Tracy Chapman that much more unlikely. She didn’t exactly have MTV good looks; she sang in a style against her racial stereotype and was not even attempting to be “cool”. Despite all of that, Chapman had a major debut, and though her career cooled off, she did enjoy solid success in the mid 90’s. Two big hits may not necessarily make a Hall of Fame career, but her uniqueness may grant her a look that she may not have received otherwise.           The Bullet Points: Eligible Since: 2013 Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Cleveland, OH) Why They Will Get In: The Hall loves Singer/Songwriters and needs more females. Why They Won’t Get In: Her profile has faded considerably over the years. Nominated In: Never Essential Albums: Tracy Chapman (1988) New Beginning (1995) Let it Rain (2002) Where You Live (2005) Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Fast Car (From Tracy Chapman, 1988) Talkin’ Bout a Revolution (From Tracy Chapman, 1988) Give Me One Reason (From New Beginning, 1995) 3000 Miles (From Where You Live, 2005) Before Easter (From Where You Live, 2005){acepolls 637}

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