She’s a rich girl, and it’s gone too far…
TV personality Rachael Ray is on a mission: to get Hall and Oates into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We’ve known that Ray is a lover of the more rock-flavored variety of the Hold Steady and the New York Dolls, but after learning of their Hall of Fame absence during a recent taping of her daytime show, she not only declared her love for Hall and Oates but decided to start a petition to get them inducted.
“It was completely spontaneous as far as I was concerned,” Oates tells Spinner. “No one mentioned anything to Daryl [Hall] or I. We were going out to play a few songs, do a quick interview. Next thing she did, she told her audience we’re not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Daryl and I looked at each other and we’re like, ‘Woah.’ I don’t know if she had planned it, but she didn’t tell us and I was blown away.”
Ray took to her blog shortly after the taping to kick off her campaign. “Did you know Hall and Oates, one of the biggest pop rock duos in history has not yet been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame???” she wrote, still reeling from the news. “That’s why I want you to leave me a comment here and this will act as our petition to get these guys into the Hall of Fame. We’ll gather all of your kind words, and send this off to show just how much we support these guys.” That’s quite an endorsement!
The episode is slated to air on Nov. 6, during which the band plays a few of Ray’s requests: ‘Rich Girl’ and ‘You Make My Dreams.’ But Oates says that whether or not Ray’s petition works its magic, they aren’t really concerned with the honor.
“If we were to be nominated for inclusion, we’d be very happy and jump on board, but no one has said anything to us,” he says. “So, we just carry on with our lives. It’s not something I wake up every morning, worrying about. I’ve learned over the years to not spend too much time worrying about things I can’t control. Getting accolades and awards is a nice perk, but that’s not why we do things.”