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Memphis Music Hall of Fame New Committee Members

Memphis Music Hall of Fame New Committee Members

New members have joined the Memphis Music Hall of Fame Nominating Committee to assist in choosing who to honor as the 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees.

John Doyle, executive director of the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame said:

“It is rewarding to have such a stellar group of music industry professionals focused on the growth of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. Each has reached the pinnacle of their fields, from publishing and higher education to journalism and the music industry, and many have worked with the absolute biggest names in the music industry. However, they each still hold a real reverence and a special knowledge about Memphis music and its world changing musicians. We are fortunate to have their expertise focused on the selection of the 2015 inductees.”
The new members will join the ranks of music industry greats such as Dr. Beverly Bond, associate professor of history and director of African-American studies at the University of Memphis; Gregg Geller, A&R executive and producer at CBS, RCA and Warner Bros. Records; Robert Gordon, author of “It Came From Memphis,” “Can’t Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters,” and “Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion”; and Peter Guralnick, who has authored the Elvis biography “Last Train to Memphis” and the forth-coming biography of Sam Philips.
The new Memphis Music Hall of Fame Nominating Committee members are:
  • Mitch Glazer: movie producer and writer for the notable Rolling Stone and Crawdaddy! magazines.
  • Randy Jackson: musician, manager, songwriter, executive, and one of the original judges of American Idol.
  • Steve Jordan: Grammy winning composer, director, and original drummer on Late Night with David Letterman with Paul Schaffer.
  • Danny Kortchmar: guitarist, songwriter, and producer who has worked with greats like James Taylor, Graham Nash, and many others.
  • Jody Stephens: Ardent Studios and Ardent Records’ CEO, and drummer of the Memphis pop band Big Star.
  • Johnnie Walker: Executive Director of the Memphis & Shelby County Music Commission, former Executive for Dream Works Records, and former Vice President for Def Jam Records.

The nomination process is expected to be complete at the end of April, and the inductees will be announced in May alongside the opening of Memphis Music Hall of Fame museum.

Visit the Memphis Music Hall of Fame website here to get updates and browse current inductees.

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