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2014 Induction Ceremony

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014

  On Thursday, October 16, 2014 the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame’s 2014 Induction Ceremony will be held at the historic Gem Theatre in Kannapolis, NC at 7:15pm....

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2013 Inductees

Inductee Willie Weeks

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013

Willie Weeks was born in Salemburg, North Carolina and began playing bass in the early 1960s, when he was a teenager. Influenced by the music he heard on the radio—country, pop and...

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2012 Inductees

Inductee Nantucket

Posted by on Oct 5, 2012

The band Nantucket was formed in Jacksonville in 1969. The legendary beach music band, known originally as “Stax of Gold” and then as “Nantucket Sleigh ride,” was comprised of...

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2011 Inductees

Inductee Maceo Parker

Posted by on Sep 28, 2011

Maceo Parker was the saxophonist in the groups that laid down the foundation of funk, rap and hip hop. He attended college in North Carolina but graduated from the University of...

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2014 Induction Ceremony

2014 Induction Ceremony

Jul 8, 2014

  On Thursday, October 16, 2014 the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame’s 2014 Induction Ceremony will be held at the historic Gem Theatre in Kannapolis, NC at 7:15pm.   2014 CLASS INDUCTEES: Clay Aiken – Pop Vocalist and 2003 American Idol runner-up, born in Raleigh, NC. Fantasia Barrino- R&B/Pop Vocalist and 2004 American Idol winner,...

Passing of Arthur Smith

Passing of Arthur Smith

Apr 4, 2014

On behalf of the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame we offer our deepest condolences to the entire Smith family upon the passing of their beloved Arthur Smith, a legend in this life and beyond. We are honored to have Arthur Smith, one of country and gospel music’s finest artist and entrepreneurs as a member in the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. We are...

Inductee Willie Weeks

Inductee Willie Weeks

Oct 31, 2013

Willie Weeks was born in Salemburg, North Carolina and began playing bass in the early 1960s, when he was a teenager. Influenced by the music he heard on the radio—country, pop and R&B—and by bassists Ron Carter, James Jamerson and Ray Brown, he developed into an in-demand studio session bassist as well as a member of top-line artists touring bands. Willie...

Inductee – Grady Tate

Inductee – Grady Tate

Oct 31, 2013

Grady Tate was born in Durham, North Carolina, where he started playing drums when he was five and singing when he was six. He stopped singing for awhile when he was 12 and his voice broke but he continued playing drums. Self-taught as a drummer, he learned the fundamentals of jazz drumming while he was in the Air Force in the early 1950s. After his discharge...

Inductee – Del Reeves

Inductee – Del Reeves

Oct 31, 2013

Del Reeves was born in Sparta, North Carolina. A country singer best known for his 1960s hits, “Girl on The Billboard,” “The Belles of the Southern Bell” and the truck-driving classic, “Looking at the World Through a Windshield,” Del Reeves had 55 songs on the Billboard Country Chart during his career. Born in 1933 during the Great Depression, the youngest of...

Inductee – John P. Kee

Inductee – John P. Kee

Oct 31, 2013

John Prince Kee was born in Durham, North Carolina the 15th of 16 children in a family full of music and church. From a young age, John showed singing and musical talent. He began playing the piano when he was eight; inspired by the music he heard in church, he began writing songs. When he was 13, John, and bassist Clinton “Chip” Shearon began a jazz trio and a...

Inductee – Rick Dees

Inductee – Rick Dees

Oct 31, 2013

Rick Dees grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina and graduated the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He began his radio career in Greensboro on WGBG while he was in high school. After WGBG, Rick worked at WXYC in Chapel Hill, WSGN in Birmingham, Alabama and WKIX in Raleigh. During the time he worked as a DJ in Memphis at WMPS-AM he wrote “Disco Duck,”...

Inductee – Tony Brown

Inductee – Tony Brown

Oct 31, 2013

Tony Brown was born in Greensboro, North Carolina and grew up in Walkertown. He began his musical career as pianist for the Dixie Melody Boys and then The Oak Ridge Boys. In 1969 he joined J.D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet, which led to him becoming a member of Elvis Presley’s TCB Band during Elvis’ last three years. He played piano on the “Jungle Room”...

Inductee – The Catalinas

Inductee – The Catalinas

Oct 31, 2013

The Catalinas formed in Charlotte, North Carolina in late 1957. This beach music band has not had a fixed line-up during their long career; over 60 musicians have been part of the group through the years. The leader of the current line-up of The Catalinas is Gary Barker, from Statesville, North Carolina, who joined the group in 1965. The current line-up of The...