New "Memphis Music Hall of Fame" Announces 25 Initial Inductees



A new "Memphis Music Hall of Fame," a project of the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, announced its first batch of inductees this afternoon.

Via the official press release:

At a press conference hosted by Mayor AC Wharton held here today at the The Warehouse, a video and performance facility in downtown Memphis the names of the 25 initial inductees to the recently announced Memphis Music Hall of Fame were announced. The induction ceremony is set for Thursday, November 29th at Cannon Center for Performing Arts in downtown Memphis. Tickets are now on sale through

The inaugural inductees were selected earlier this year by a Nominating Committee of local and national music professionals, including studio owners, producers, authors, and historians who discussed and debated at length who would be tapped for induction based on a variety of criteria reflecting the fact that Memphis has long been, and continues to serve as the fulcrum for music's most original creators working in all genres including blues, gospel, jazz, rhythm and blues, soul, country, rockabilly, rock and roll, hip-hop. The Memphis Music Hall of Fame is under the administration of the Smithsonian-developed Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum.

Alphabetical listing of 2012 initial Memphis Music Hall of Fame inductees:

Estelle Axton & Jim Stewart

Bobby “Blue” Bland

Booker T. and The MG’s

Lucie Campbell

George Coleman

Jim Dickinson

Al Green

W.C. Handy

Isaac Hayes

Howlin’ Wolf

B.B. King

Jerry Lee Lewis

Jimmie Lunceford

Professor W.T. McDaniel

Memphis Minnie

Willie Mitchell

Dewey Phillips

Sam Phillips

Elvis Presley

Otis Redding

The Staple Singers

Rufus Thomas

Three 6 Mafia

Nat D. Williams

ZZ Top


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