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Induction Ceremony

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015

On Thursday October 15, 2015, the NC Music Hall of Fame’s 2015 Induction Ceremony will be held at the historic Gem Theatre, 111 West 1st Street, Kannapolis, NC, at 7:15 PM. A VIP...

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2014 Inductees

Fantasia

Posted by on Sep 7, 2014

Fantasia was the winner on “American Idol” during its third in 2004. Since that time she has had number one singles, gold and platinum albums and won numerous awards, including a...

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2013 Inductees

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

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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Induction Ceremony

Induction Ceremony

Jun 19, 2015

On Thursday October 15, 2015, the NC Music Hall of Fame’s 2015 Induction Ceremony will be held at the historic Gem Theatre, 111 West 1st Street, Kannapolis, NC, at 7:15 PM. A VIP Cocktail Reception to “Meet & Greet” the inductees will be at Restaurant Forty Six, next door to the Gem Theatre, from 6:00 PM until 7:00PM. Following the VIP Reception, the guests...

Ben E. King Passing

Ben E. King Passing

May 1, 2015

We are sad in sharing the news of the passing of our Hall of Fame inductee Ben E. King on Thursday, April 30, 2015. We will remember the great legacy of Ben E. King and his warm voice behind so many unforgettable songs from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s including his hit “Stand By Me” which leaves a special memory for many of us. Our deepest sympathy goes to his...

Press Release – Announcing The 2015 Induction Ceremony

Press Release – Announcing The 2015 Induction Ceremony

Apr 28, 2015

For Immediate Release Kannapolis – The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame has announced the names of this year’s inductees. The ceremony will take place this fall. The following are the 2015 class of inductees: Gerald Alston – Lead singer of the popular R&B/POP group the “Manhattans” – Henderson, NC. Eric Church – Country Rock Musician/Singer...

Fantasia

Fantasia

Sep 7, 2014

Fantasia was the winner on “American Idol” during its third in 2004. Since that time she has had number one singles, gold and platinum albums and won numerous awards, including a Grammy. Fantasia Monique Barrino, better known simply as Fantasia, was born in High Point, North Carolina on June 30, 1984. She attended Andrews High school and then moved with her...

The Embers

The Embers

Sep 7, 2014

Beach music, sometimes known as Carolina Beach Music, has a long history, going back to the period just after World War II into the mid-1950s when bands played early Rhythm and Blues and Rock’n’Roll while young listeners danced the “shag,” the official state dance of North Carolina. During the mid-1960s and early 1970s Beach Music became prominent as bands...

Jimmy Capps

Jimmy Capps

Sep 7, 2014

Jimmy Capps is a studio guitarist who has played on thousands of recordings as well as in the Staff Band at the Grand Ole Opry. Hit recordings that Capps as played on include “Stand By Your Man” by Tammy Wynette, “He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones,” “The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers, “The Rose” by Conway Twitty and “The Lighthouse” by the Hinsons. Jimmy...

Clay Aiken

Clay Aiken

Sep 7, 2014

During the second season of “American Idol” in 2003, Clay Aiken finished second to Ruben Studdard in a vote so close that both were awarded recording contracts. Since that time, Clay has done a number of “American Idol” tours and released several chart topping albums. Clay Aiken was born in Raleigh, North Carolina on November 30, 1978. He sang in the Raleigh...

Tab Smith

Tab Smith

Sep 7, 2014

During the 1930s and 1940s, Tab Smith was an in-demand jazz saxophonist, performing with the Count Basie and Lucky Millinder bands and recording with a number of bands and soloists, including Coleman Hawkins Talmadge “Tab” Smith was born in Kinston, North Carolina on January 11, 1909. He first learned to play piano, then C-melody sax at the age of 13 before he...

Little Eva

Little Eva

Sep 7, 2014

The story of Little Eva and her hit, “The Loco-Motion” has often been told as the story of a songwriter’s baby sitter who recorded a demo for them which turned into a lucky hit. However, there’s much more to the story than that. Eva Narcissus Boyd was born in Belhaven, North Carolina on June 29, 1945. At a young age she moved to Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, New...