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Blues Foundation Announces 2014 Blues Hall Of Fame Inductees




” MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE; February 12, 2014. During the first 34 years of the Blues Hall of Fame balloting, only one saxophonist, Louis Jordan, was elected. The Year of the Saxophonist has come, however, in 2014, as three sax men–Big Jay McNeely, Eddie Shaw, and Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson–blow their way into the Blues Hall. Two other performers–Mississippi hill country patriarch R.L. Burnside and the intense and inimitable Robert Pete Williams-will also be inducted in May.




   Among the other individuals to be recognized by The Blues Foundation for their behind-the-scenes contributions: The Rosebud Agency’s manager and booking agent par excellence Mike Kappus, Houston music mogul and label owner Don Robey,and prolific Chicago record producer and writer Dick Shurman.

  The book Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke by Peter Guralnick is the literature entry into the Blues Hall of Fame this year. This is Peter’s fourth book inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.

  These albums are being honored: Hawk Squat (Delmark, 1969) by J.B. Hutto and Moanin’ in the Moonlight (Chess, 1959) by Howlin’ Wolf.  







  The following singles will be inducted during the ceremony: “After Hours” by Erskine Hawkins and His Orchestra (Bluebird, 1940); “Catfish Blues” by Robert Petway(Bluebird, 1941); “High Water Everywhere, Parts I & II” by Charley Patton(Paramount, 1930); “It’s Tight Like That” by Tampa Red & Georgia Tom (Vocalion, 1928); and “Milk Cow Blues” by Kokomo Arnold (Decca, 1934).








  Inductees’ official biographies and descriptions are available, as well as all Hall of Fame inductees, at http://www.blues.org/halloffame/index.php.

  The induction ceremony will be held Wednesday, May 7, at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown in Memphis, Tennessee, the night before the 35th Blues Music Awards. With living musicians like B.B. King and Buddy Guy, and legends like Muddy Waters and Koko Taylor, the Blues Hall of Fame consists of blues music’s best and brightest stars.

  The Blues Foundation is now in the final stages of raising the capital needed to showcase these legendary performers and their work with Blues Hall of Fame exhibits at its 421 S. Main headquarters in downtown Memphis. The Blues Hall of Fame will honor inductees year round, provide interactive and educational exhibits, and create a place for serious blues fans, casual visitors, and students to congregate, celebrate and learn more about the Blues. The Raise the Roof! campaign hopes to raise the remaining funds necessary to commence construction in June of this year.

  On May 9, the night after the Blues Hall of Fame inductions, The Blues Foundation will present the Blues Music Awards for the 35th time. Performers, industry representatives and fans from around the world will celebrate the best in Blues recording, songwriting and performance from the previous year at the Memphis Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis.

  For tickets and more information, visit www.blues.org. “



Read more including biographies of the inductees from the Blues Foundation









Margaret Thatcher’s Funeral: From Pomp To Protesters, The 100 Best Pictures





” Wellwishers, tourists and protesters lined the streets of central London to bid farewell to Margaret Thatcher at this morning’s grand ceremonial procession.

More than 700 personnel from all three armed forces added to the pomp and pageantry as Brits and visitors alike tried to grab a snap of the historic occasion – which included a horse-drawn gun carriage and three military bands.

Dignitaries from 170 countries, politicians and celebs were invited to join the Thatcher family in paying their respects to the former PM at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Amanda Thatcher, the 19-year-old granddaughter of the late Baroness, took centre stage as she delivered the first reading of the service – a Bible passage that aimed to reflect the former PM’s warrior-like status.

Of the 2,300 watching her in the pews were singers Katherine Jenkins and Dame Shirley Bassey, both current and former PMs, and figures from all sides of the political spectrum.

The Queen, dressed all in black, was at the service with her husband Prince Philip – the first time she has personally attended a Prime Minister’s funeral since Sir Winston Churchill’s.

The service chosen – which included Bible readings and hymns – reflected Lady Thatcher’s love of British composers and reinforced the themes of her controversial political career. It moved some, including the Chancellor George Osborne, to tears.

Fears protesters would seek to disrupt the divisive figure’s procession to the Cathedral meant more than 4,000 police joined those members of the public lining the route.”