Memphis Music Hall of Fame class of 2016 announced - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis Music Hall of Fame class of 2016 announced

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Some of the biggest names in music history are enshrined at the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.

This year, six new names will be inducted.

  • John Lee Hooker, a blues superstar who had hits spanning from the 1940s to the 1990s.
  • Marguerite Piazza, who performed on Broadway with the New York City Opera and Metropolitan Opera.
  • Charles Lloyd, a saxophonist known across the world for mixing jazz and rock.
  • William Bell, a soul singer and composer known as the principal architect of the Stax/Volt Records sound.
  • The Hi Rhythm Section, the house band at producer Willie Mitchell’s Royal Studios—they were featured on his hits from names like Al Green and Ann Peebles.
  • Sam “The Sham” Samudio, a man who became an international star with hits like “Wooly Bully.”

“Wooly Bully was the first American-produced record to sell a certified million during the onslaught of the British groups, including the Beatles. And I give the glory to God,” Samudio said.

Memphis Music Hall of Fame Executive Director John Doyle is excited about this year’s group of inductees.

"Memphis is one of those cities, really one of the only cities in the world, that you can in year five induct people, in year six, year 10 and in year 20...we'll still be calling names like this for again, some of the greatest musicians of all time coming right out of Memphis, Tennessee,” Doyle said.

The six will be inducted into the Memphis Music hall of Fame on November 3 at the Cannon Center.

Last year’s induction event included Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon, and Keith Richards.

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