On the New York Times online front page I saw a headline that read "First Rock and Roller elected to Congress." They were referring to Orleans front man John Hall. Obviously, like for many liberals, history for the headline writer began when he woke up this morning. Is there no other Rock and Roller that he or she could think of that may have perhaps served in Congress?
Now you may think that Sonny may not have been the best example of rock n' roll, but he was certainly a lot further up the totem pole than John Hall. I actually saw the Colbert Report where John was on, and the best part was not recounted in the article where Colbert wanted the straight skinny on working with John Oats. (Loosely Paraphrased) "I'm not Hall and Oats, I sang with Orleans." John protested.
"Oh," replied Colbert, seemingly losing his enthusiasm.
To be fair, a distinction is made in the article to conveniently remove Sonny Bono from consideration:
Mr. Hall was one of many political activists from that era. But when he was sworn in as a congressman on Thursday, he became the first bona fide rock ’n’ roll musician in the House of Representatives. (Sonny Bono did not play an instrument.)
Orleans does have quite a bit of Internet cache however, thanks to their inclusion in the now famous Worst Album Covers of All Time. Hopefully the thought that went into this album cover is not at all indicative of what to expect from Representative Hall as a congressman.