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Just eight months after this soaring performance, Bobby Hatfield died of a cocaine overdose

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BRANSON MISSOURI NEWS: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has a sad history of inducting acts right after key members pass away. The Clash – who were actually talking about reforming for the big night – got in mere weeks after Joe Strummer died. The Dave Clark Five waited decades to get in, and then frontman Mike Smith passed away just 11 days before the ceremony. The Stooges entered a little over a year after guitarist Ron Ashton, who never hide his disdain for the organization, died from a heart attack. Clarence Clemons also voiced his unhappiness that the E Street Band weren’t in, and he died from complications from a stroke about three years before they got the nod.

The Righteous Brothers are a rare example of a group that got in just in time. The blued-eyed soul duo were eligible beginning in 1988, but like many acts best known for their work with Phil Spector they had a long wait in front of them before they even made the ballot. Oddly enough, they were inducted just one month after their old producer was arrested for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson. It was 2003 and Bobby Hatfield and Bill Medley were inducted by Billy …


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Just eight months after this soaring performance, Bobby Hatfield died of a cocaine overdose

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BRANSON MISSOURI NEWS: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has a sad history of inducting acts right after key members pass away. The Clash – who were actually talking about reforming for the big night – got in mere weeks after Joe Strummer died. The Dave Clark Five waited decades to get in, and then frontman Mike Smith passed away just 11 days before the ceremony. The Stooges entered a little over a year after guitarist Ron Ashton, who never hide his disdain for the organization, died from a heart attack. Clarence Clemons also voiced his unhappiness that the E Street Band weren’t in, and he died from complications from a stroke about three years before they got the nod.

The Righteous Brothers are a rare example of a group that got in just in time. The blued-eyed soul duo were eligible beginning in 1988, but like many acts best known for their work with Phil Spector they had a long wait in front of them before they even made the ballot. Oddly enough, they were inducted just one month after their old producer was arrested for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson. It was 2003 and Bobby Hatfield and Bill Medley were inducted by Billy …


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