In the almost 19 years that Kathy and I have been married, one of the things we enjoy the most are the road trips we take together.
There's always a lot of conversation, a lot of music, and when Kathy opts for a nap, a lot of sports on the radio. A trip we have planned for October has the potential to be one of our most memorable ever. We're heading back to my home state of Ohio, where we will see daughter Kaysi and her husband, Bruce, who are expecting their first child in February.
We'll also celebrate our anniversary during that trip and while in Ohio make our first venture to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.
I've already got my itinerary ready for the hall visit, and none of the displays I want to see involves the Beatles, Rolling Stones or Elvis. It's not that I don't appreciate or enjoy the music of those artists, but here are the most intriguing members of the hall for me:
º Rod Stewart (inducted 1994): If you know me at all, you know Rod the Mod would be at the top of this kind of list. He's been my favorite vocalist for 46 years, since the first time I heard "Maggie May" playing on an AM radio in the 1964 Chevrolet Impala convertible I was driving on U.S. 30 late in the summer of 1971.
Favorite song: "I Don't Wanna Talk About It" (1977).
º Al Green (1995): Considered to be the first great soul singer of the 1970s, he dominated the pop charts for a five-year period before eventually moving on to gospel music and a career as a minister. The only artist I had more albums of in the '70s than Al Green was Rod Stewart.
Favorite song: "Let's Stay Together" (1971).
º Dusty Springfield (1999): Born Mary O'Brien, she was regarded as the white queen of soul on two continents. Her death from cancer in 1999 brought a national day of mourning in England.
Favorite song: "I Only Want to Be With You." (1964).
º Dave Clark Five (2008): The late, great Mike Smith was lead vocalist for this historic group that was an integral part of the British Invasion in the early and mid-1960s.
Favorite song: "You Got What It Takes" (1967).
º The Supremes (1988): Diana Ross and the girls saw 12 of their 66 singles reach No. 1. The other 54 probably should have, too.
Favorite song: "You Can't Hurry Love" (1966).
º Neil Diamond (2011): At 76, the man can still sing. He has bridged more generations than Mickey Mantle.
Favorite song: "You Got to Me" (1967).
º Donovan (2012): "Mellow Yellow" first attracted me to Donovan, but I later became a big fan because of some of the older material he had recorded during his pre-flower power period.
Favorite song: "Catch the Wind" (1965).
º Cat Stevens (2014): For several years in the early 1970s, Cat Stevens was a close second to Rod Stewart as my favorite singer. Stevens' "Tea for the Tillerman" and "Teaser and the Firecat" albums captivated me, and still do.
Favorite song: "Oh Very Young" (1974).