Proud Delco Moment: Upper Darby’s Todd Rundgren Going into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

from the RRHOF

If we’re being totally honest with ourselves, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should be rebranded as the “Music Hall of Fame.”

Why? Well, today the RRHOF inducted Jay-Z and Carole King, but Iron Maiden got snubbed and Judas Priest and Motorhead also are not in the damn thing. That’s an outrage, since Lemmy had more rock and roll in his left butt cheek than Jay-Z has in his entire body.

But that’s not what this story is about.

We just wanted to shout out DELCO native Todd Rundgren, who was enshrined with the class of 2021.

Via the Associated Press:

Upper Darby native Todd Rundgren has finally been elected into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Rundgren grew up in Upper Darby, and is a member of the Upper Darby High School class of 1966.

Rundgren  joins Jay-Z, Foo Fighters and the Go-Go’s, who were elected on their first time on the ballot, leading a class that also includes Tina Turner and Carole King.

Each will be honored during an induction ceremony in Cleveland on Oct. 30 before what organizers hope is a full house of fans enjoying live music again.

Rundgren is a multi-instrumentalist who released 24 solo albums and nine albums with Utopia, which he formed in 1973.

You’re probably most familiar with his smash hit “Hello It’s Me,” which was released in 1968 and then recorded again in 1972, with that version peaking at #2 on the Billboard Charts. His second most-popular song I would say is “I Saw the Light,” which came out a few years later and almost cracked the top ten. He also did that Bang on the Drum All Day song, which most people don’t even realize. That was Rundgren back in the early 80s.

Anyway, congrats to Rundgren for getting into the RRHOF. Big week for Delco! First they get the SNL spoof of Mare of Easttown, and now an Upper Darby alum receives a huge honor.

I’m taking everybody to Hunt’s Annex Lounge for wings!

EDIT –

Great knowledge from a Twitter follower, who noted that Bill Haley’s childhood home was located within the Delco limits. Bill Haley was inducted into the rock hall back in 1987, so Rundgren goes down as the second Delco native to be enshrined in the RRHOF.

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