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Rock And Roll Hall Again Denies Johnny Bravo

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Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:38:33 EDT

NEW YORK (CAP) - They braved the cold of a New York March night to come and stand with the crowd outside the city's famed Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. They chanted their idol's name relentlessly, as sure of their impossible task as they were of his craft, his talent. They call themselves The Marcias, and this night, as on the 20 that have come and gone before, they will go home disappointed.

For on this night, as on the 20 others, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will shun Johnny Bravo.

"They should just let Johnny - Greg - in," Gladys 'Marcia' Kravitz complains bitterly. A former Manson girl (she missed the Tate-La Bianca killings due to a viral infection), she's been part of the yearly induction protests since 1998. "Maybe this will be the day. Maybe today will be a sunshine day!"

Johnny Bravo was the musical nom de plum of Greg Brady on the '70s television series, The Brady Bunch. His hits were musical staples for an entire generation of children, a shocking feat considering that Bravo/Brady never released an album.

Classic hits from the show such as It's A Sunshine Day and Time To Change consistently outpolled similar TV-delivered tunes of the time like Three Is A Magic Number and Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here. Brady's songs were influential enough that groups like The Marcias feel that the Hall should have made room for their hip hero years ago.

While Barry Williams, the actor who played Greg Brady who took on the musical mantle of Johnny Bravo, is not an active participant in these yearly protests, he does not discourage them.

"Hey, it's all groovy man, you know?" Williams says. He was originally "turned on" to music when Keith Richards - the original Mike Brady for four episodes - was with the cast. "If the swinging chicks want Bravo in, baby, the Hall shouldn't be freaking out about it. Peace!"

While the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame claims that Johnny Bravo is not eligible for induction (the Hall's bylaws state that artists must have at least one album to their credit), this is the first year that they have at least tried to work with The Marcias to placate them on some level.

"They wanted to sweep the ballroom to remove what they called Hawaiian taboo tiki statues, which we were more than happy to let them do," said Rock and Roll Hall of Fame spokesman Isaiah Samuels. "In terms of the Brady, Bravo, Barney - whatever, issue, it's completely out of our hands."

As for The Marcias, they break up this year as they do every year, a little nostalgic, a little sad, but vowing to persevere. As they part and walk their separate ways, the words of their theme song, another Greg Brady-penned classic, echo through the cold New York streets:

We're gonna keep on, keep on, keep on moving
We're gonna keep on, keep on, keep on grooving
Keep on singing and dancing all through the night
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