Third Time the Charm? Upper Darby’s Todd Rundgren Nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Image via David M. Warren, The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Todd Rundgren at the Spectrum on Oct. 23, 2009.

Upper Darby’s Todd Rundgren is among this year’s nominees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, writes Mark Kennedy for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

This is the third time Rundgren has been nominated.

Joining him were fellow nominees Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, Tina Turner and Iron Maiden. This year’s list is female-heavy, with 16 acts that include for the first time The Go-Go’s, Mary J. Blige and Dionne Warwick.

Rundgren is a 1966 graduate of Upper Darby High School.

He earned his first top 20 hit in America with “We Gotta Get You a Woman,” part of his debut solo effort “Runt” from 1970.

Hits like “I Saw the Light” and “Hello It’s Me from his 1972 double album “Something/Anything” put him in the spotlight.

Artists can be nominated 25 years after their first official recording is released.

 “This remarkable ballot reflects the diversity and depth of the artists and music the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame celebrates,” said John Sykes, Chairman of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.  “These nominees have left an indelible impact on the sonic landscape of the world and influenced countless artists that have followed them.”

Read more about Todd Rundgren’s nomination at The Philadelphia Inquirer.