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The Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame & Museum will host its 3rd annual Induction Ceremony in the city of Clarksdale, Mississippi on June 6, 2015 at the Clarksdale Civic Auditorium. The Red Carpet will start at 5:00 p.m. and the induction ceremony will start at 6:00 p.m.
LaMont Robinson, founder of the project, said “We are so proud to be bringing the Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame and Museum to Clarksdale, and this induction ceremony is going to honor the greats of Rhythm & Blues in the place where American popular music was born.”
The 2015 class of inductees includes Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Millie Jackson, Bobby Rush, The Bar-Kay’s, Sam and Dave, Al Bell, Ike Turner, The Mad Lads, Stax Records, Dorothy Moore, Muddy Waters, Denise LaSalle, Little Junior Parker and WDIA radio station.
Robinson said, “Clarksdale is the perfect home for this project. This area has been so important to the history of American music and global music culture that we felt this was the best place to enshrine and honor the legends of R&B. Delta Blues became Rhythm & Blues, and we are proud to be bringing our Museum and Hall of Fame to Clarksdale. This is where it all began.”
Other awards to be presented include The Rhythm & Blues Lifetime Achievement Award to Morgan Freeman, actor and nightclub owner; The Rhythm & Blues Humanitarian Award to Joe Jackson, father of pop icon Michael Jackson; The Robert Johnson Rising Star Award to Christone “Kingfish” Ingram and The Juke Joint of the Year Award to Ground Zero Blues Club.
Plans are underway for the establishment of a permanent museum in Clarksdale to enshrine those inducted into the Hall of Fame. Clarksdale has long been a top destination for music tourists from around the world, and is home to numerous festivals and events that draw thousands of visitors every year. Home to the Delta Blues Museum, the Juke Joint Festival, and the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival, Clarksdale has begun to reinvent itself following years of declining population as industry moved to larger cities and mechanization displaced thousands of farm workers over the previous generations.
Clarksdale Mayor Bill Luckett said, “We are happy to have been chosen as the home of the Official Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame. Clarksdale is more than ready for this opportunity.”
Bobby Rush will headline the induction ceremony performances. Tickets are $25.00 in advance and $35.00 at the door and may be purchased online at rhythmandblueshof.com or by phone at (662) 302-0466. They are also available in Clarksdale at Delta Keepsakes, 241 Yazoo Ave. in Clarksdale.
Luckett said, “Clarksdale is known to people around the world, who may not know much more about America, in some cases, we’ve found out. Our name is synonymous with music history, and that’s what people come here to experience. Then they keep coming back because they had so much fun.”
The induction ceremony is being sponsored by The Clarksdale Press-Register, WROX, Isle of Capri Casino, Clarksdale Public Utilities, The City of Clarksdale, and Coahoma County Board of Supervisors.