Musicians Hall of Fame inducts a dozen in the Class of 2014
By Donna O'Neil
A dozen of the finest people in the music industry were inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame last night. The ceremony was held in the Hall’s new location at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, which now also includes a must-see museum of music history and memorabilia.
The Class of 2014 inductees include such legendary notables as:
Mike Curb – this Nashville record industry mogul received the 2014 Industry Icon Award. He began his career writing music for the television and film industry in the early 1960s and began producing for legends including Roy Orbison and Sammy Davis Jr. in the 1970s.
Roy Orbison – posthumously awarded the 2014 Iconic Riff Award for his guitar riff on “Oh, Pretty Woman,” a song which was inspired by the sight of a pretty woman walking down Eighth Avenue and Wedgewood in Nashville.
Peter Frampton – Grammy Award winning guitarist and lead singer, Frampton was recognized for his work with The Herd and Humble Pie, but most notably for an album that continues to be among the top-selling records of all time, Frampton Comes Alive.
Buddy Guy – Musician Billy Cox accepted the inductee medal and jacket for Guy, who was on tour and was unable to attend the ceremony. Guy is recognized for his pioneer efforts to create the lasting Chicago blues sound and his influencing such greats as Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. Guy is currently on tour with the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
Randy Bachman – guitarist with The Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive. Also a talented songwriter, Bachman has achieved more than 110 gold and platinum awards.
Jimmy Capps – a studio musician whose talents may be heard on classics including “Stand By Your Man,” “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and “The Gambler.”
Ben Keith – posthumously awarded, Keith’s first recording was as a session player on Patsy Cline’s “I Fall To Pieces.” He was also known for his pedal steel guitar while playing with Neil Young.
Will Lee – a Late Show with David Letterman fixture, he is a studio musician who has played on more than 1,700 albums. He is the founding member of the Beatle’s tribute band The Fab Faux.
Barbara Mandrell – the first female inductee to the Hall of Fame, this multi-award winning musician is known for her ability to play a variety of instruments and her songbird voice, along with the popular variety show she shared with her sisters, Louise and Irlene.
Corki Casey O’Dell – “The First Rock and Roll Sidechick,” she paved the way for other female musicians while playing rhythm guitar on such recordings as Duane Eddy’s “Moovin’ ‘n Groovin’” and “Rebel Rouser.”
Velma Smith – she was the first female soloist on the Grand Ole Opry Stage and pioneered woman’s involvement in music by being the first female guitar player to play on albums recorded in Nashville. She worked with notables including Eddy Arnold, Jerry Reed and Roy Orbison.
Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble – posthumously awarded to Stevie Ray Vaughn, original members of Double Trouble, Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon and Reese Wynans were on hand for the induction ceremonies which recognized their Blues Revival style that began in the 1980s.
Following a private ceremony in the Hall of Fame’s Museum, a new location after the 2010 flood left them without a venue, a public ceremony and concert was held upstairs in the auditorium. Parts of the concert were recorded for an upcoming episode of the ABC show “Nashville.”
Posted on: 1/31/2014