The year 2012 is all about celebrating the 40th anniversary since K-EARTH 101 first started playing the greatest hits on earth, with the K-EARTH 101 Morning Show With Gary Bryan being on air for 10 of those years!

In honor of our 40th anniversary, we’re putting together a list of 101 artists to be inducted into the K-EARTH 101 Hall of Fame and want to know…which artists do you think should be inducted?!

Here’s a few artists to get you started (in no particular order), but we need your help to get up to 101 artists! Add your favorite artist you think should be added to the K-EARTH 101 Hall Of Fame in the comments below!

Top artists in the K-EARTH 101 Hall of Fame:

  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beatles[/lastfm]
  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Elvis Presley[/lastfm]
  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Beach Boys[/lastfm]
  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Rolling Stones[/lastfm]
  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Supremes[/lastfm]
  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Doors[/lastfm]
  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Stevie Wonder[/lastfm]
  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Santana[/lastfm]
  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ritchie Valens[/lastfm]
  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Buddy Holly[/lastfm]
  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Aretha Franklin[/lastfm]
Comments (121)
  1. Shirley says:

    Without a doubt in MY mind, both Chuck Berry AND Jackie Wilson should be in the KRTH Hall of Fame. They were both a huge influence on many of the others currently on the list!

  2. Chris Prewitt says:

    If you are going to have a KRTH hall of fame you need to add KRTH DJs. I would add Robert W Morgan.

    1. Sharynne Giaimo-Coffin says:

      And the Real Don Steele! And Charlie Tuna and Humble Harv as well!

  3. Rich says:

    Petula Clark, Lesley Gore and Dusty Springfield all had an impact on
    Music and should be in the top 101!

  4. Julia says:

    I know they are a little newer than some of the others but what about Pink Floyd and Journey?

    1. Gloria Molina Green says:

      Good try, Julia, but the music of these particular groups, although remarkable in its own genre, is not “oldie” enough. E-Earth first struck ground in 1941. Give it time.

  5. Jack says:

    Bill Haley & His Comets
    Bobby Darin
    Ricky Nelson

  6. Terry says:

    Diana Ross and also the Supremes!!

  7. Cece says:

    Of course Hall and Oates!!!

  8. Debby says:

    Crosby, Stills and Nash

  9. Ken says:

    You have to include the Mama’s and Papa’s and Buffalo Springfield. Great talent and such an influence.

  10. Janet O. says:

    Janis Joplan & Jimmy Hendrix without a doubt……

  11. Hal Heydenfeldt says:

    Don’t forget The Killer (himself)… Jerry Lee Lewis. Thanks.

  12. Jackie says:

    Billy Joel of course. And if the Kingsmen get in with their 1 hit then the Archies should be in for Sugar, Sugar. Just sayin’.

  13. Leonard Arnaut says:

    The O’Jays – Forever mine

  14. Bertie Deichler says:

    Leslie Gore – Its My Party and You Don’t Own me

  15. Mary says:

    Moody Blues

  16. Big T. says:

    Chicago and Three Dog Night have some great hits that are played and enjoyed still.

  17. Big T. says:

    Doobie Brothers also.

  18. Kay says:

    Boston and Chicago

  19. Steve says:

    Dick dale

    Also the Chantays for the classic. Pipeline

  20. avalon1 says:

    We should definitely have the Monkees in there, since they haven’t made it into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame! And, CCR!!! And, you can leave out Barry Manilow, for sure!

  21. RainbowRay says:

    The Beatles and Elvis of course!

    Sharing is caring and caring is sharing; living is giving and giving is living
    349 days to go!

  22. Rick Rule says:

    Elton John, Bob Dylan, the Kinks, The Who, Eric Clapton.

  23. When you talk about Hall Of Fame, you must start at the begining.
    1. Chuck Berry
    2. Fats Domino
    3. Elvis Presley

  24. Bill says:

    Queen should be at the top with the Beatles and Rolling Stones.

    1. rjulie says:

      i agree

  25. Barbara says:

    The Righteous Brothers have to be in! And what about Franki Valli and the Four Seasons?

  26. Cheryl Short says:

    How can you forget Ray Charles?????

  27. Barbara says:

    gottta love the FatMan : Fats Domino
    blueberry Hill I’m walking Valley of Tears
    and My Favorite Blue Monday
    we would be remiss to not include Fats

  28. Gigi says:

    Abba, Bee Gees

  29. Barbara says:

    The hardest working man in entertainment Jackie Wilson
    The one and only Sam Cooke
    and don’t forget Jackie deshannon

  30. Victoria says:


  31. Sue Kauflie says:

    Michael Jackson
    Paul McCartney
    Rod Stewart
    Earth Wind and Fire

    1. PETE HAFFEY says:


  32. 1. Pink Floyd
    2. Lynard Skynard
    3. Rolling Stones
    4. CCR
    5. The Who!

  33. Maggie says:

    Elvis, Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, Eagles, Rod Stewart, Beatles, Chad and Jeremy, Doors

  34. Ken Werther says:

    Rod Stewart
    Gladys Night & The Pips
    The Guess Who
    Tommy James & The Shondells
    The Box Tops
    The Grassroots
    Three Dog Night

  35. Barbara says:

    There was a tv special called Legends of rock and roll and guess who was
    in it?? The one and only Fats Domino !
    here is a You Tube link –
    He is older here, perhaps not in his Prime, but still can Bring It.

  36. N Porter says:

    Read the comments & agree with all of them. How about the Eagles, no one has mentioned them yet. Also Little Richard

  37. Gloria Molina Green says:

    The Funk Brothers should have a special honorary place or mention in your contest because “they are the best-kept secret in the history of pop music.” They backed most Motown Records recordings from 1959 to 1972, for such artists as Martha & The Vandellas, Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, and so many other muscial artists whose music is the true heart of K-Earth.

  38. John Hill says:

    Roy Orbison
    Van Morrison
    Jefferson Airplane

  39. Meghan says:

    Eddie Cochran / Chuck Berry / The Shirelles / The Shangri- Las / Temptations / CCR

  40. Aaron says:

    I think both Simon and Garfunkel and Don McLean should be inducted in to the K-Earth Hall of Fame!! They both have songs that are considered by the general public as classics PLUS they are two of my favorite artists!!

  41. Carol Gordon says:

    “Prince, Don Henley, Smokey Robinson, The Dells, Billy Stewart, Tom Petty, Linda Ronstadt, Aaron Neville, The Cream, The Flamingos, Eric Burden & the Animals and/or War, The Drifters, Righteous Bros, Sam Cooke, Vanilla Fudge, The Bangles, Grand Master Flash for Sometimes it makes me wonder how I keep from going under and about a thousand others I can’t think of – should have made a list!

  42. How in the world can Neil Diamond not be in the top 10? Billboard ranks him third behind Barbara Streisand and Elton John and he has 8 number one hits plus a score of other great songs.

    1. Sharynne Giaimo-Coffin says:

      Sorry! But Barbra isn’t Rock and Roll! I have many of her albums and can’t dance to any of them!

  43. Loanne says:

    My vote is for The Eagles!!!!!

  44. Carolyn says:

    Add these stars

    Bill Medley
    ABBA Neil Diamond
    Air Supply Cindi Lauper
    The Carpenters BeeGees/ Barry Gibbs
    Celine Dion Madonna
    Enya Mariah Carey
    Mitch Rider Debbie Boone
    The Association Whitney Houston
    Gene Pitney Adele
    Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart Tina Turner
    The Turtles/ Paul Revere and the Raiders The Kingsmen
    Dusty Springfield Bryan Adams
    Blondie Harry The Doors

    Spanky & Our Gang

  45. Alison Vopni says:

    Paul McCartney

  46. Jazz says:

    My choices: The Eagles; Queen; Genesis; Jim Croce; Rod Stewart; Linda Ronstadt; Mamas & the Pappas; Sonny & Cher; Buffalo Springfield; Eric Clapton. You might want to have a couple of 101 Hall of Fames by decade. Just a thought.

  47. We must add the following:
    The Kingston Trio
    Little Richard
    Paul Anka
    Neil Sedaka
    Robin Luke
    Dave “Baby” Cortez
    Irene Carra
    The Kinks
    The Troggs
    Tommy James and the Shondells
    Chubby Checker
    Lady Gaga
    Destiny’s Child
    Tom Jones
    Dick Dale and the Delltones

  48. RoRo says:

    Add to all the nominations so far…
    The Lovin’ Spoonful (so many of their songs bring back summertime memories)
    Marvin Gaye (classic music in the 60s, masterpieces in the 70s)
    The Moody Blues (they should be in THE R&R HOF!)

  49. RoRo says:

    Also, ELO, they have some very catchy songs, unique sound.

  50. Marla says:

    Bee Gees!

  51. Which Artists Should Be Inducted Into The K-EARTH 101 Hall Of Fame?

    Donna Summers

  52. JAKE LEDESMA says:

    the byrds
    the Buffao Spingfield
    definetly belong on your LIST ……

  53. Lance says:

    Here’s a list of artist that should be on there for sure due to their (undeniable) GREAT influence on music and beyond:


    Chuck Berry The Beatles
    Little Richard Earth Wind and Fire
    Elvis Presley Jackson 5
    Jimi Hendrix
    Michael Jackson
    Bruce Springsteen

  54. alma says:

    The Bee Gees and the Everly Brothers

  55. Connie Kelly says:

    Journey, Journey, Journey- Steve Perry edition

    1. Sharynne Giaimo-Coffin says:

      I’m with you girl!

      Shari Baby

  56. Bob says:

    Jackson Browne, Led Zepplin

  57. Bob says:

    Will there be a weekend devoted to the top 101 artists?

  58. rjulie says:


  59. Bob says:

    Some not on the list yet:
    Bob Dylan
    Neil Young
    John Foggarty
    James Taylor

  60. eric shapiro says:


    1. JoAnn Chiles says:

      Hey Eric,

      I definitely agree with you! I have been an Osmond fan since I was 14 years old.

  61. Cyn says:

    Bruce Springsteen
    Phil Collins
    Ricky Nelson
    Righteous Brothers
    Bee GeesRod Stewart
    Gladys Night & The Pips
    The Guess Who
    Tommy James & The Shondells
    The Box Tops
    The Grassroots
    Three Dog Night

  62. Sharynne Giaimo-Coffin says:

    What about Chubby Checker? He was a huge force in separating dancers!! thanks to the Twist…it’s hard to tell who’s dancing with whom! 😉

    And you forgot about Cher!!! and Sonny too!!!!

    1. to have the ONLY single(to date) that has reached #1 on TWO different chart runs is enough for inclusion, in my book………

  63. Sharynne Giaimo-Coffin says:

    Chubby Checker!
    Cher or Sonny and Cher
    Crosby Stills Nash and Young!

  64. margaret says:

    dionne warwick, dusty springfield, bobby rydell, neil sedaka, ricky nelson, the everly brothers, the beegees, paul anka,elton john

  65. Ron Austin says:

    Don’ forget

    Jim Croce
    Peter, Paul, And Mary
    Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
    The Ventures

  66. Kelli Glover says:

    Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Mammas and The Pappas, The Who, Grateful Dead, The Righeous Brothers, The Byrds, The Fifth Dimension, Pink Floyd, Journey (my favorite group in High School!),

  67. Chris Rhine says:

    The Doobie Brothers and the Moody Blues

    The hall in Cleveland may not give them any respect, but they deserve to be in your hall.

  68. PETE HAFFEY says:


  69. Norma Barton says:

    I like the list but think Elvis should be on top. Nothing against the Beatles, I just think Elvis started it for them and he should be on TOP.

  70. Kathy McDonnell says:

    Don McLean-American Pie was an all time favorite. Can not leave him out.

  71. Kathy says:

    SSG Barry Sadler – Ballad of the Green Berets

  72. km says:

    how can you forget American Pie and Don McClean

  73. Ceryn Green says:

    An amazing band that has been dragged through the mud lately by “Glee” is Journey. Restore them to their rightfuly place! A truly iconic band, whether you are 16 or 60. Also, I will mention the Beatles… Not that anyone will contest the fact that they belong in the Hall of Fame, but I just want to give them the credit that is due.

  74. Sparkarella says:

    Buddy Holly
    Richie Valens
    Fat’s domino

  75. Sparks says:

    Sly & the family Stone
    Jefferson Airplane
    Crosby, stills, Nash & Young
    Blood Sweat and tears
    Iron Butterfly
    The Byrds
    Moody Blues

  76. John says:

    I’m nominating:

    Peter, Paul & Mary
    Simon & Garfunkel

    and I agree with the poster on including DJs

  77. Bill Janson says:

    Connie Francis, the leading female singer of the 60’s. Voted favorite female singers four years in a row by Bandstand listeners. I noticed that her name is not in any of the previous posts. She can’t be left off of the list.
    Songs: Who’s Sorry Now; Stupid Cupid, My Happiness, Among My Souvinirs, Lipstick On Your Collar, Frankie, Where the Boys Are, Mama, Everybody Is Somebody’s Fool, Don’t Break the Heart That Loves You.

  78. Darlene (Darr) Rios says:

    Steve Winwood; Spencer Davis Group

    1. Dee says:

      What about Smokey Robinson?
      Sam Cooke?
      The Ronettes?
      The Crystals?
      Neil Sedaka?
      Neil Diamond?
      The Platters?
      The Four Tops?
      Little Anthony and the Imperials?
      Jerry Lee Lewis?

  79. PETE HAFFEY says:


  80. the eagles should be added, credence clearwater revival, and steve miller band

  81. Kim Hurtado says:

    How about Paul Revere and the Raiders?

  82. Dave says:

    1) Diana Ross (with or without The Supremes) Record Sales say it all.
    2) Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
    3) Gary Lewis & The Playboys
    4) Mamas & The Papas
    5) Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas
    6) Dusty Springfield
    7) The Carpenters
    8) Linda Ronstadt
    9) Blondie
    10) The Turtles

  83. JoAnn Chiles says:

    THE OSMOND BROTHERS!!!!!!!! They are so talented and are great performers.They have sold millions of albums and have several gold and platinum records to their credit.The Osmond Brothers have been performing in front of world-wide audiences for over 50 years.

  84. Jack says:

    Bill Haley & the Comets?

  85. Dave says:

    How could I have forgotten from my January 18th post:

    11) Lesley Gore
    12) The 4 Tops

  86. Kelly says:

    Jan and Dean

  87. Sandy Valadez says:

    Roy Orbison! He had such an influence on so many other artists.

  88. Gwen says:

    The Four Seasons for sure. Although Frankie Valli is a part of the Four Seasons, his vocal style should be reason enough for his name to be on the list as a solo artist as well.

  89. Jennafer says:

    How about adding: The Everly Brothers, The Righteous Brothers, The Four Seasons & Frankie Valli, The Turtles, The Mamas & The Papas, The Eagles, Chicago, Peter, Paul & Mary, The Monkees, The Rascals/Young Rascals, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Drifters, Herman’s Hermits, The Kinks, Credence Clearwater Revival, The Fifth Dimensions, Three Dog Night, Tommy James & the Shondells, Love & Spoonfuls, The Hollies, Simon & Garfunkel, Jan & Dean, Sony & Cher, Roy Orbison, Bobby Darin, Gene Pitney, Ricky Nelson, Bobby Vee, Sam Cooke, Petula Clark, Carol King, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Dionne Warwick, Jackie DeShannon, Donovan, The Shirelles, The Ronnettes, The Crystals, The Platters, Del-vikings, The Diamonds, other Doo whop groups, Dion & the Belmonts, Donovan, Jackson Brown, Todd Rundgren, Jackie Wilson, The Dave Clark Five, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Peter & Gordon, Chad & Jeremy, Leslie Gore, The Orlons, Louis Armstrong, Steppenwolf, The Association, Tom Jones, Neil Diamond, Ray Charles, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart, Grass Roots, Buddy Holly, The Esley Brothers, The Letterman, ABBA, Queen, The Bee Gees, Heart, the first two songs that I heard on Kearth 101 in 1972 were Doctor My Eyes – Jackson Brown & Saw The Light in Her Eyes – Todd Rundgren 🙂 In the sixties we listened to 93 KHJ & 1110 KRLA with Robert W. Morgan, The Reel Don Steel, Machine Gun Kelly, Sam Riddle, Dave Hull the Hullabalooer, Humble Harve, just to name a few 🙂

  90. Laurie says:

    You have only to look at your often listed Top 101 Countdowns and compile the 101 artists who appear most regularly … I know there are some limits to your play list so maybe you could have some online nominations and a voting page …. one who would surely come up is Unchained Melody and the Rightgeous Bothers …

  91. calnative says:

    James Brown
    The Jacksons/Michael Jackson
    Three Dog Night
    Earth, Wind and Fire
    Smokey Robinson
    in fact, how about all of Motown

  92. Verne says:

    Gary Lewis & the Playboys should be added.

  93. Claudia says:

    The K-Earth 101 Hall of Fame roster of artists must include Michael Jackson, Jim Croce and Paul Simon, to name a few.

  94. James Brown; Neil Young; Jethro Tull; Aerosmith; Chicago; Earth, Wind & Fire; Jackson 5; ELO; Chuck Berry; Fats Dominio; Jimi Hendrix; Bob Dylan; Eric Clapton; Led Zepplin; Otis Redding; Roy Orbison; The Drifters; The Everly Brothers; Bee Gees; Carly Simon; The Guess Who; Joni Mitchell; Wilson Pickett; Emerson, Lake & Palmer; Frankie Valli & 4 Seasons; The Who; Barry White; Jerry Lee Lewis; The Hollies; Linda Ronstadt; Boston; Tommy James & the Shondells; Rod Stewart; The Eagles; Bob Seger; Queen; The Pointer Sisters; Lou Reed; Fleetwood Mac; Joe Cocker; John Denver; Prince; The Kinks; Billy Joel; Billy Idol; Chaka Khan; Sonny & Cher; David Bowie; Genesis; Ray Charles; Smokey Robinson & The Miracles; The Platters; Chubby Checker; The Shirelles; The Four Seasons; Elton John; Doobie Brothers; Alice Cooper; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (or not Young): Seals & Crofts

  95. Alan says:

    After 50 years in show business, over 100 million records sold, selling out Wembley Arena twice in under 10 minutes two summers ago, The Osmonds should be on the list.

  96. Henry & Sharon Kayser says:

    How about Bobby Darin, Mack the Knife alone should get him in the top 101. Then there is Dream Lover, Beyond the Sea, Clementine, or 18 Yellow roses, all great Darin hits.
    Bread, The Mamas & The Papas, and the Grassroots all broke out some new sounds in the 60’s & 70’s. Gary and Lisa, Thanks!

  97. Fred Orcutt says:

    Kinks, Jethro Tull

  98. roxanne kirkendall says:

    what about Freddie Mercury of Queen? he deserves to be in the top 10 list.

  99. It is really short sighted of music awards to give honor to big names (main artist) only!
    For me it is difficult to hear all the artists you list and know that the background musicians never get the recognition.
    Just to name one person in particular, my friend, Tony Newton. He has played on over 200 gold records and because of his talent they were gold!
    Just to name a few of his gigs: “Smokey R and the Miracles”, “The Supremes”, “Diana Ross”,
    “Steve Wonder”,and “Michael Jackson” there are too many to mention here. Read his book: “Gold Thunder”, Jan.2011,QC publishing.
    There should absolutely be and additional category for these musicians whom have dedicated their entire lives to making it happen for others.
    Mr. Newton is in most of the songs you play all day. I hear him daily!

    Please read my e-mail and take these guys into your Hall it is their dream to be fully recognized by the public in what they have contributed to the music world and our daily enjoyment.
    Mary K, Brand-Njoku

  100. Sally says:

    JImmy Castor, WAR, The Dells, The Escorts, SWITCH, Sly & The Family Stone, Marvin Gaye,

  101. Peggy says:

    Seals & Croft!!!!

  102. gretchen klain says:

    how about some other favorites such as..jim croce,dylan,gene pitney,ricky nelson,dino &desi &billy,gary lewis & playboys,crystals,doors,john denver ,tony orlando & dawn..etc..thanks 4 asking and letting me share..glk..

  103. Bonnie Rennie says:

    I 2nd Jennafer on Jan 19th! Our lists are almost identical! But to reiterate a few: Chuck Berry should be on top rather than Santana! I love Santana but Berry should be on the top for sure! Mamas & Papas, Smokey Robinson, Association, Three Dog Night, CCR, Tina Turner, Turtles, Sonny & Cher, Neil Sedaka, Chubby Checker, Bob Dylan, Linda Rondstat, James Taylor, Carol King, Ricky Nelson, Gladys Night and the Pips, Everly Bros, Righteous Bros, Buddy Holly, Simon & Garfunkel, Little Richard, Roy Orbison. So many great artists! I agree with the other person who suggested that you give US an opportunity to vote for our faves!

  104. John says:

    looking glass

  105. Clint McMorris says:

    Ricky Nelson should be definitely on the list, by the way many of the people voting were not even born yet when Elvis died in 1977, one gal who called in and voted for the beatles said she was 31 years old, Elvis had been dead for over 5 years.

  106. Debbie Hernandez says:

    My vote is for Elvis (who already holds the title of KING). In his early days he was thought to have been black. They thought his music was jungle music. Thanks to TV the world seen not only his great looks, but his other talents (acting, dancing, etc). Elvis had it all, looks, great voice, body, on & on & on!!!

  107. neil diamond, diana ross and the supremes, the monkees

  108. Maria Elena Casillas says:

    I want to know why you don’t play more Elvis music? I hear more Beatles and Michael Jackson, or we have to pay? I love Elvis. Byeeeee.

  109. Here are 10 artists that should be, “no-brainers”:
    #10–The Bee Gees(if for nothing else, “Saturday Night Fever”)
    #9–Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons(Jersey Boys help The Beach Boys counter the British Invasion dominance 64-67 period on the pop charts
    #8–Brenda Lee(in FOUR halls of fame: Rock N’ Roll, Country, Rockabilly, and Hit Parade)
    #7–Jackie Wilson(he was “Mr.Excitement” for a reason)
    #6–Sam Cooke( a pioneer of soul music)
    #5–Connie Francis(the first solo female “superstar” of the Rock Era)
    #4–James Brown(The “Godfather” of soul music, R&B’s
    #1 all-time artist)
    #3–Elton John((Pop music’s #1 artist of the 70’s, #4 all-time behind The King, The Fab 4, & Madonna)
    #2–Chuck Berry(a founding father of rock n’ roll)
    #1–The Temptations(’nuff said!)

    the next 10 will follow shortly……..

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