Joe Kidd – Induction into Michigan Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – June 01, 2017


As many of you know The White Lines were inducted into the Michigan Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame on June 1, 2017. We received our certificates today. I have deliberately not made a grand stand on the event because after all is said & done, Im not sure what it means or how I feel about it. 
My first thoughts were of all of my heroes, the giants who have carried me on their shoulders my whole life. Beethoven, Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams, Elvis, Chuck Berry, John Coltrane, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Joe Strummer, Fred Sonic Smith ……
My thoughts moved to my dear Mother who allowed the band to rehearse in the basement of her Dearborn home where we would sweat for endless hours perfecting our skills and gaining strength & stamina to endure the incredible task of being a musician in a rock & roll band.
I thought of the venue owners who supported us and put up with our rebellion. The local people from The Funny Farm, The Ranch, The Freestyle, Lilies, Paychecks, The Bowery, Bookies, places where we appeared regularly and gained our reputation.
We recorded ‘Cos Youre Not’ at Eric Morgeson’s Studio A in 1980.
Automotive Records picked it up & signed us thanks to Dennis Loren, & the late Bob Tremain. We got great press from Goldmine Magazine, Blitz Magazine and others at a time when it was not easy to communicate for publicity. WDET, & WWWW played the record.
All the while I was writing songs on my beloved Rickenbacker and a broken down upright piano in Moms basement that had not been tuned for at least 15 years.
Today I am able to at least think about the Hall Of Fame honor.
And to view the website with all the names of so many true and great artists. As I do so, I thank my fellow bandmates who worked so hard beside me. All the unknown fans who were with us then and the people who voted for us recently..
All the artists who came and went before us. And Gary Johnson for his work to preserve our legacies.
When I look at the photos below, I realize that the Joe Kidd in the 2nd picture could never have dreamed of the Joe Kidd in picture #1.
My prayer today is that I may continue to lift the same spirit of Rock & Roll as high and as loud as ever. …… Peace To All Of You …… – Joe Kidd –
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