133. Blood, Sweat & Tears

In most circles, Jazz is one of the most respected styles of music, so it would stand to reason that a fusion of Jazz and Rock would yield respect and success in the industry. In the case of Blood, Sweat & Tears it did not quite work out that way.   Depending on your point of view, Blood, Sweat & Tears was either among the best of the late 60’s or among the worst. As one of the first bands to truly mesh Jazz and Rock, their first album was groundbreaking work. Very quickly, dissention arose within the group and their creative leader, Al Kooper left the group. Blood, Sweat & Tears continued with a series of successful albums, but the music was more poppish and lacked the bite of the debut effort. It made the Rock and Jazz fusion look tame and though this may have helped them sell more records, they subsequently turned off many hardcore musicians. Their best chance may be if the Hall wants to honor Al Kooper, otherwise, they will likely not get in.     The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 1993   Country of Origin: U.S.A. (New York City, NY)   Why They Will Get In: A series of success and the popularization of a genre work in their favor.   Why They Won’t Get In: There is no evidence that Jazz Rock will get love from the Hall, and an extremely high amount of band members convolute their plight.   Nominated In: Never   Essential Albums: Child is Father to the Man (1968) Blood, Sweat & Tears (1969) Blood, Sweat & Tears 3 (1970)   Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know (From Child is Father to the Man, 1968) I Can’t Quit Her (From Child is Father to the Man, 1968) Spinning Wheel (From Blood, Sweat & Tears, 1969) You’ve Made Me So Very Happy (From Blood, Sweat & Tears, 1969) Hi-De-Ho (From Blood, Sweat & Tears 3, 1970)     www.bloodsweatandtears.com {acepolls 179}

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