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Comedian/actor Marlon Wayans to host Memphis Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony

Marlon Wayans PhotoWhat was already set to be a night of incredible music is shaping up to be a night of incredible entertainment: the Memphis Music Hall of Fame is excited to announce that comedian/actor Marlon Wayans will host its 2014 induction ceremony November 6 at The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Memphis.

“This is gonna be a blast,” Wayans said. “Sharing a stage with legends like Ann Peebles and Al Bell will be outrageous,” said Wayans.  “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? I can’t wait. This is gonna be a wild evening in Memphis, Tennessee.”

Wayans is known for blockbuster film roles in titles like Scary Movie, Don’t Be A Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, Mo Money, Requiem for a Dream, Marmaduke, The Heat and more. Wayans has appeared on several popular television programs, including Fox’s “In Living Color,” Adult Swim’s “Childrens Hospital,” BET’s “Second Generation Wayans,” and The WB’s “The Wayan’s Bros.”, which was the highest rated comedy on The WB. Wayans can soon be seen in Openroad Film’s comedy A Haunted House 2, the sequel to the hilarious and successful A Haunted House. This year, TBS launched the new comedy competition series, “Funniest Wins,” hosted by Wayans.

“We were honored that Marlon wanted to play a role as we honor Memphis’ musical legends,” said John Doyle, Executive Director of the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. “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.”

As emcee, Wayans will bring his trademark humor to what is already a jam-packed evening of music. Tribute performances announced earlier this week include GRAMMY® and Rock’n’Roll Hall of Famer Sam Moore of legendary soul recording group Sam & Dave paying tribute to Ann Peebles; a tribute to the late Jesse Winchester by six-time CMA Musician of the Year Mac McAnally; Queen of the Blues and Blues Hall of Famer Denise LaSalle paying tribute to Carl Perkins; multi-platinum recording artist and Grand Ole Opry member B.J. Thomas paying tribute to Chips Moman; a performance by Big Star revival members Ken Stringfellow of R.E.M. and Jon Auer of The Posies alongside the only remaining original band member Jody Stephens to celebrate both Big Star and the induction of Ardent Studios founder John Fry; William Bell and Al Kapone fresh off the success of their documentary film Take Me to the River honoring former Stax Records chief Al Bell; among others.

Tickets are available for purchase through Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are $50 per person, or $100 per person for Gold Circle seating which also includes attendance to the post-concert VIP reception (these seats are very limited). Tickets are inclusive of Ticketmaster fees. The ceremony will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Additional information is also available by contacting Pam Parham at the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum at (901) 205-2530 or at pam@memphisrocknsoul.org.

The 2014 Inductees join 38 previous inductees, including B.B. King, Elvis Presley, Sam Phillips, Otis Redding, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Howlin’ Wolf and other world-changing musicians, bringing the total number of inductees to 47.

The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum administers the annual Memphis Music Hall of Fame announcement and induction, in cooperation with Memphis’ many music organizations and attractions. This is the third year that icons of Memphis music have been inducted. Each year, inductees are honored and celebrated through their own dedicated tribute page on the Memphis Music Hall of Fame’s award-winning web site (www.memphismusichalloffame.com), and each receives the Mike Curb Award, a locally hand-crafted trophy and the official award of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.

Sam Moore, Mac McAnally, B.J. Thomas among artists to join tribute at Memphis Music Hall of Fame induction

On November 6 at 7 p.m., The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Memphis will once again be filled with Memphis music legends, contemporary up-and-comers and a host of national touring artists who’ll descend upon the Bluff City to pay tribute to this year’s Memphis Music Hall of Fame Honorees.

The 2014 inductee list is diverse as ever, with jazz pianist and composer Lil Hardin Armstrong, Stax Records and Ardent Studios executives Al Bell and John Fry, bluesman Furry Lewis, power pop icons Big Star, legendary rock’n’roll pioneer Carl Perkins, folk rocker Jesse Winchester, Hi Records artist Ann Peebles and the architect of the American Studios sound, Chips Moman. The festivities will reflect that diversity, with a full evening packed with top-notch musical performances and tributes.

Highlights of the evening will include a tribute to Ann Peebles by GRAMMY® and Rock’n’Roll Hall of Famer Sam Moore of legendary soul recording group Sam & Dave; a tribute to the late Jesse Winchester by six-time CMA Musician of the Year Mac McAnally; Queen of the Blues and Blues Hall of Famer Denise LaSalle paying tribute to Carl Perkins; multi-platinum recording artist and Grand Ole Opry member B.J. Thomas paying tribute to Chips Moman; a performance by Big Star revival members Ken Stringfellow of R.E.M. and Jon Auer of The Posies alongside the only remaining original band member Jody Stephens to celebrate both Big Star and the induction of Ardent Studios founder John Fry; William Bell and Al Kapone fresh off the success of their documentary film Take Me to the River honoring former Stax Records chief Al Bell; and much more. Additional special guests will be added and announced as the show date nears.

The induction ceremony will be produced for the second year in a row by Royal Studios owner and studio manager Boo Mitchell, son of legendary Hi Records producer and Hall of Fame inductee Willie Mitchell. For the show, he will bring back the inimitable Hi Rhythm to serve as house band for the evening.

“No other city could bring together such an incredible roster of musicians and honor them within a Hall of Fame,” said John Doyle, Executive Director of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame and the Smithsonian-developed Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. “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.”

Tickets are available for purchase through Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are $50 per person, or $100 per person for Gold Circle seating which also includes attendance to the post-concert VIP reception (these seats are very limited). Tickets are inclusive of Ticketmaster fees. The ceremony will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Additional information is also available by contacting Pam Parham at the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum at (901) 205-2530 or at pam@memphisrocknsoul.org.

The 2014 Inductees join 38 previous inductees, including B.B. King, Elvis Presley, Sam Phillips, Otis Redding, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Howlin’ Wolf and other world-changing musicians, bringing the total number of inductees to 47.

The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum administers the annual Memphis Music Hall of Fame announcement and induction, in cooperation with Memphis’ many music organizations and attractions. This is the third year that icons of Memphis music have been inducted. Each year, inductees are honored and celebrated through their own dedicated tribute page on the Memphis Music Hall of Fame’s award-winning web site (www.memphismusichalloffame.com), and each receives the Mike Curb Award, a locally hand-crafted trophy and the official award of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.

The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum is located at 191 Beale Street at FedExForum, and was researched and developed by The Smithsonian Institution. The museum is open daily from 10 am until 7 p.m. A tangible Memphis Music Hall of Fame exhibit and museum is now under construction at Second Street and 126 Beale, scheduled to open in Spring, 2015, and shared with Hard Rock Café and the new Lansky’s Bros. Clothiers. For more information about the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, visit www.memphismusichalloffame.com. For more information about the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, visit www.memphisrocknsoul.org. For more information about the new Hard Rock location, visit www.hardrock.com.

Memphis Music Hall of Fame announces 2014 inductees

At a press conference in June at Hard Rock Cafe Beale Street, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame announced the names of nine luminaries of Memphis’ rich musical legacy for 2014 induction into The Hall. Inductees announced included Lil Hardin Armstrong, Al Bell, Big Star, John Fry, Furry Lewis, Chips Moman, Ann Peebles, Carl Perkins and Jesse Winchester.

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60 years of rock’n’roll arrives at Rock’n’Soul

 

In cooperation with the “60 Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll” celebration coordinated by Graceland and the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum is curating a star-studded “60 Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll” exhibition which will be featured at the downtown museum throughout 2014.

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Stax Records and the Last Days of Soul

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The Memphis-based Stax Records was a powerhouse of a label in the 1960s, ranking only behind the mighty Motown Records in terms of churning out hits on the R&B and Pop charts. But many fans of soul music would argue that Stax was actually miles ahead of Motown in terms of quality, boasting a roster of singers and musicians such as Otis Redding, Booker T & the MG’s, Sam & Dave, Isaac Hayes, the Bar-Kays, Carla Thomas, The Staple Singers, William Bell, Johnnie Taylor, Eddie Floyd, Little Milton, and dozens of others.

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But as the decade ended and the 1970s arrived, the hits became fewer and fortunes of Stax declined. However, a compilation of songs on Stax released by the Kent label in 2012, Nobody Wins: Stax Southern Soul 1968-1975, reveals that even though the hits might have dried up, the label was still releasing plenty of great tunes…

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