Philadelphia native Todd Rundgren has been nominated to be part of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019.
Rundgren has been eligible since 1995, but this is his first nomination. In a career that has spanned five decades, Rundgren has cemented his status as a rock legend.
Other first-time nominees include Stevie Nicks (as a solo artist, not a part of Fleetwood Mac), Def Leppard, and Devo.
Rundgren, who was born in Philadelphia, grew up in Upper Darby. He’s behind the 1970s era hits “Hello It’s Me,” “I Saw The Light,” and “Can We Still Be Friends.” He’s also known for his extensive production experience, working with The New York Dolls, Meat Loaf, Patti Smith, and The Psychedelic Furs. The Rundgren-produced “Baby Blue” by Badfinger made a resurgence on the iTunes chart in 2013 after the song was featured on the “Breaking Bad” series finale.
Although he’s best known for his solo career and being a member of Utopia, he’s been in multiple bands over the years. He was a part of Nazz (1967-1969), Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band (1992-present), and The New Cars (2005-2007).
Past inductees and industry experts vote on nominees, but fans also have a voice. Fans can vote on rockhall.com starting Tuesday, and the top five will be included as a “fan’s ballot.”
HBO will broadcast the induction, and SiriusXM will have a live simulcast.