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Celebrate These Nine Inductees Into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame

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The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum will host the annual induction ceremony on November 6th, at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts starting at 7pm. Tribute performances by Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Sam Moore of Sam & Dave will tribute Ann Peebles; six-time CMA Musician of the Year Mac McAnally will honor Jesse Winchester; Blues Hall of Famer Denise LaSalle will pay tribute to Carl Perkins; Grand Ole Opry member B.J. Thomas will tribute Chips Moman; Big Star revival members Jon Auer of The Posies, Ken Stringfellow of R.E.M., and the only living original member of the band Jody Stephens will tribute both Big Star and Ardent Studios founder John Fry; Al Kapone and William Bell will honor former Stax Records chief Al Bell; and to top it all of the ceremony will be hosted by comedy great, Marlon Wayans!

Executive Director of Memphis Music Hall of Fame and the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, John Doyle says concerning Marlon Wayans,

“This speaks to what the Hall of Fame tribute is all about. Whether you’re a student from Sweden, a housewife from Brooklyn, or a young actor like Wayans who’s films have grossed more than $7 million, in some way or another, Memphis music, including the music of this year’s inductees, has had an impact on your life. I think he’ll express that sentiment, and make it a fun evening for all while doing it.”

Marlon Wayans say of the Memphis musicians,

“We grew up with so many of those great Memphis hits played throughout our home. My brothers would try to emulate Al Green – but for me, how bad ass was Isaac Hayes, making vests outta chains and shit? I can’t wait. This is gonna be a wild evening in Memphis, Tennessee.”

John Doyle also says,

“No other city could bring together such an incredible roster of musicians and honor them within a Hall of Fame, these incredible Memphis musicians and producers literally changed the world. The city which they placed on the world map through their music is obligated to sing their praises and pay them the respect to which they are each individually entitled.”

Current inductees include greats such as: Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Johnny Cash, Al Green, Dewey Phillips, ZZ Top and many other major musical stars. With the 9 inductees for 2014, there will be 47 total inductees.

This years inductees are:

  • Jazz pianist, singer, composer, bandleader, and wife of Louis Armstrong, Lil Hardin Armstrong. She became one of the most outstanding women in jazz.
  • A Little Rock disc jockey, Al Bell. Through running Stax Records, he promoted the Memphis Sound, while making Stax the second-largest African American business in the United States.
  • Rolling Stone Magazine defined Big Star as “the quintessential American power pop band.” Big Star influenced generations of alternative rock. groups.
  • John Fry, founder of Ardent Studios, created an incredibly successful recording studio. Among those who used his studio were: Big Star, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Isaac Hayes, and many others.
  • Walter “Furry” Lewis, country blues songwriter and guitarist, was one of the earliest blues musicians.
  • Guitarist, songwriter, and American record producer, Lincoln “Chips” Moman, is known for recording Elvis Presley, Bobby Womack, and others.
  • Singer-songwriter, Ann Peebles, gained popularity through her Memphis soul albums. One of her most popular songs, “I Can’t Stand the Rain,” she wrote with Don Bryant, her husband.
  • American rockabilly artists, Carl Perkins, recorded at Sun Studios. His most notable song is “Blue Suede Shoes.”
  • Jesse Winchester is best-known for his songwriting. His works were recorded by artists such as: Jimmy Buffett, Anne Murray, The Everly Brothers, and Reba McEntire.

Tickets are $50 and you can buy them here.

The annual Memphis Music Hall of Fame announcement and induction ceremony are hosted by the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum (191 Beale Street at the FedExForum). The Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum was created by the Smithsonian Institution and is open from 10am-7pm every day.

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