Lee, Parsons and Skynyrd Make Rock Hall Ballot

Brenda Lee, the late Gram Parsons and Lynyrd Skynyrd are new nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ballot. Typically, between five and eight new members are named in December for induction the following year. Lee is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame; Parsons influenced a generation of country artists including Emmylou Harris; and Travis Tritt, Alabama and Hank Williams Jr. were among country artists who paid tribute to Skynyrd on a 1994 album, Skynyrd Frynrds. Artists become eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first record. This year’s repeat nominees include Lee, Skynyrd, AC/DC, Patti Smith and Black Sabbath. New to the ballot are Parsons, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, Talking Heads, Isaac Hayes, Gene Pitney, the Chantels, the Dells and the 5 Royales. The 2002 class also will include inductees in the “sidemen” and “non-performer” categories. 09/18/01