Sid Bernstein in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame sign now

We, the undersigned, believe that Sid Bernstein, one of the most visionary and influential individuals in American music deserves to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Over the course of his career, Sid changed the course of music history.

He arranged to bring the Beatles to America when they were virtually unknown this side of the Atlantic and before they released a record or had any radio airplay in the States. He put the Beatles in Carnegie Hall for their first concert ever in the United States and helped convince Ed Sullivan to have the Beatles on his show, introducing them to the whole country. Sid produced the groundbreaking Beatles concert at Shea Stadium, establishing the precedent of attracting huge crowds to large venues and setting the standard for all future concerts today.

Sid was instrumental in the British Invasion of rock music to America and was the first to present to America eleven of the top thirteen British rock acts. These included: The Animals, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Hermans Hermits, The Kinks, Manfred Mann, the Moody Blues, and the Rolling Stones.

Sid produced the first concert at the new Madison Square Garden in New York City, establishing it as a concert venue, as well as the first rock concert at Radio City Music Hall, featuring Jethro Tull, establishing that institution as a pop music venue.

Sid also produced the Bethel 94 Festival for the 25th Anniversary of Woodstock, which featured, among many others, Country Joe & the Fish, Melanie, Santana, Sarah McLaughlin, and Arlo Guthrie.

Over the course of his career Sid promoted, produced, managed or acted as agent for numerous rock groups and performers, many of them members of the Hall of Fame. These Hall of Fame members include: James Brown, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fats Domino, Fleetwood Mac, the Four Seasons, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Leslie Gore, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley, The (Young) Rascals, Sam & Dave, Paul Simon, Sly & the Family Stone, the Staple Singers, Tina Turner, and Jackie Wilson.

Sid has had working relationships with many of the most influential people in the music industry over the past four decades, several of them also members of the Hall of Fame. These Hall of Fame members include: Dick Clark, Clive Davis, Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Alan Freed, Bill Graham, George Martin, Phil Spector, and Jerry Wexler.

Because of these accomplishments, and so much more, we request the Nominating Committee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation to honor Sid in recognition of his lifetime of vision, determination and drive all in the pursuit of music.

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  • 13 December 2015250. Don B
    I support this petition
  • 13 December 2015249. Donna B
    Zip Code (US Residents) 14221 City/Country (Overseas Residents) Williamsville, NY USA Thank you Sid, for bringing the Beatles to USA!
  • 10 December 2015248. Virginia F
    Zip Code (US Residents) 85224 City/Country (Overseas Residents) chandler az 85224 the beatles
  • 03 December 2015247. John L
    I support this petition
  • 03 December 2015246. Christina L
    Zip Code (US Residents) 10019 City/Country (Overseas Residents) New York/USA This man deserves the recognition
  • 02 December 2015245. Megan R
    I support this petition
  • 26 November 2015244. James M
    Zip Code (US Residents) 10533 City/Country (Overseas Residents) United States Sid Bernstein has touched millions of people with his lifelong work and changed Rock and Roll for the better. It is time we recognized his contribution.
  • 17 November 2015243. Carl P
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  • 17 November 2015242. Rob H
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  • 11 November 2015241. Marianne Ss
    Zip Code (US Residents) 08731 City/Country (Overseas Residents) Forked River, N.J. U.S.A. i can't believe he was never inducted!
  • 20 October 2015240. Brian R
    I support this petition
  • 05 October 2015239. Kyle K
    Zip Code (US Residents) 62040 City/Country (Overseas Residents) Granite City, IL One of the most influential figures in music history, well deserved recognition.
  • 03 October 2015238. Marlon C
    I support this petition
  • 28 September 2015237. Kelly K
    Zip Code (US Residents) 63119 City/Country (Overseas Residents) St. Louis Please honor Sid. He deserves it.
  • 10 September 2015236. William Brentb
    I support this petition
  • 27 August 2015235. Debi W
    Zip Code (US Residents) 10029 City/Country (Overseas Residents) New York USA Let's get Sid Bernstein in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. what an amazing man!!!
  • 18 August 2015234. Richard L
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  • 13 August 2015233. Jack E
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  • 12 August 2015232. Meredyth T
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  • 31 July 2015230. Wayne M
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  • 30 July 2015229. Jennifer S
    Zip Code (US Residents) 10025 City/Country (Overseas Residents) New York, NY In a very real way, this man is the reason I play the guitar.
  • 17 July 2015228. Lea Y
    I support this petition
  • 07 July 2015227. Dennis R
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  • 04 July 2015226. Shaun W
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  • 02 July 2015225. Lee Aolearyi
    Zip Code (US Residents) 54220 City/Country (Overseas Residents) Manitowoc Wisconsin В
  • 24 June 2015224. Marty B
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