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Museum’s VP of Education Reveals Inductees Who Have NOT Recorded Holiday Music

Tuesday, December 22: 8:58 p.m.
Dr. Lauren Onkey, vice president of education and public programs, on stage during Rock and Roll Nig

As we were preparing last week’s special Rock and Roll Night School on rock and roll holiday records, I was amazed at how many Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees had recorded a holiday record. So, being the obsessives that we are, the Education Department staff tried to figure out just how many there are. Here’s our preliminary stats. Note: for the purposes of discussion, we focused on inductees from the Performer and Early Influence category; we counted a band or a duo as one inductee (e.g., The Rolling Stones =1; Bob Dylan =1, etc.); and we included our newest group of inductees (ABBA, The Stooges, The Hollies, Jimmy Cliff, and Genesis).  Here’s what we found:

143 out of 255 Inductees have recorded a holiday record: 72%!

Given how many crazy one-off records are out there, I’m sure that we missed a few. I’ve listed our working list below. Please let us know if we missed any! We’d love hear from you.

Inductees who HAVE NOT recorded holiday songs/albums 


Early Influences

1.    Charlie Christian
2.    Willie Dixon
3.    Billie Holiday
4.    Howlin’ Wolf
5.    Elmore James
6.    Robert Johnson
7.    Professor ...


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