176. The Grass Roots

Let us pose an ethical question shall we? Is it wrong for us to want to see the Grass Roots inducted into the Hall of Fame, just so we can see an acceptance speech from their former bass player, Creed Bratton (of the Office)? Maybe it isn’t the worst reason to want to see a band inducted, though we are sure that there are many fans of the Grass Roots who would prefer to induct them based on their love of their melodic Pop offerings in the 60’s and 70’s.   After a bizarre start (Their origin was a couple of minor hits created by a pair of producers until an existing band was hired to take over), the Grass Roots were constant listening on AM radio. Their Folksy blend of AM Pop proved to be a successful formula as they had a large series of hits from 1967 to 1973. Despite their success, and the subtly textured music they had, they received a bubblegum image that seemed a little harsh and one that they have yet to completely shake. This could be the primary reason that the Grass Roots have not yet been considered for the Hall.         The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 1991   Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Los Angeles, CA)   Nominated In: Never   Why They Will Get In: The level of chart success they had is difficult to overlook forever.   Why They Won’t Get In: They are not the most respected band out there.   Essential Albums: Let’s Live for Today (1967) Feelings (1968) Lovin’ Things (1968) Alotta Milage (1973)   Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Let’s Live for Today (From Let’s Live for Today, 1967) Things I Should Have Said (From Let’s Live for Today, 1967) Midnight Confessions (Single, 1968) Bella Linda (From Feelings, 1968) Sooner or Later (Single, 1971) {acepolls 247}

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