The Memphis Music Hall of Fame will become a reality this week. After years of talks and work, the very first class of musicians will be inducted into the Hall this Thursday at the Canon Center for Performing Arts. Among the artist included in the inaugural class of inductees are: W.C. Handy, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Al Green. Also included in this year’s class are some lesser known but still respected musicians such as: jazz saxophonist George Coleman, gospel songwriter Lucie Campbell, and W.T. McDaniel, Booker T. Washington High School bandmaster.
The Memphis Music Hall of Fame initiative is part of the Smithsonian-connected Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum Executive Director John Doyle shared his thoughts on the importance of the Music Hall’s inaugural event. “We wanted to keep the ticket prices low, in order for the public to be able to come out”, said Doyle. General admission tickets for the event are available for as little as $30. Doyle added noting, “A lot of what we want to do with the Hall of Fame is about education both through the website and the gallery, but a lot of it is about paying tribute and really giving tribute to the musicians who put Memphis on a global map. And we want the public to share in that.”
The inaugural Memphis Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place this Thursday at 7pm at the Canon Center for Performing Arts at 225 N. Main in Memphis. Tickets are available for $30, $50, and $100. They can be purchased at any Ticketmaster location or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com. They can also be purchased via phone at 1-800-745-3000. More information on this Thursday’s even it available online at http://memphisrocknsoul.org.
The inaugural class of inductees into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame is as follows:
Estelle Axton and Jim Stewart
Bobby “Blue” Bland
Booker T. and the M.G.’s
Jerry Lee Lewis
Professor W.T. McDaniel
The Staple Singers
Three 6 Mafia
Nat D. Williams
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