MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Artists that changed the music world are being honored Friday night for the impact and Memphis connections.
The eighth annual Memphis Music Hall of Fame ceremony will induct eight new members. They join more than 80 people already inducted, from B.B. King to Justin Timberlake.
This year’s inductees include the legendary Tina Turner and Steve Cropper, who is considered one of the great guitarists and influential Memphis artists.
Other inductees include: The Memphis Boys, singer and songwriters Dan Penn and Don Bryant, blues harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite, and jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater.
Opera Singer Florence Cole Talbert McCleave will be inducted posthumously. Madame Florence Cole-Talbert died in 1961 but she’s known as “The First Lady in Grand Opera.”
Organizers of the event say, unfortunately, Turner will not be able to make it the ceremony. Turner, who currently lives in Switzerland, had her Broadway Show, ‘Tina: The Tina Tuner Musical’, open Thursday night in New York City.
John Doyle, the executive director of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, said unlike past ceremonies, this year will feature more performances from the inductees.
There will also be a nine-minute performance of 45 songs which were sang or made in some part by Memphians. It’ll start as far back as W.C. Handy to Elvis to Three 6 Mafia to today’s hit remix of ‘Old Town Road’, which was co-written by Memphis-writer Jozzy.
The ceremony begins at 7:00 p.m. and is expected to last around two hours. A small number of tickets are still available on ticketmaster.com but organizers expect it to sell out come ceremony time.