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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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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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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...

Lulu Belle and Scotty

Lulu Belle and Scotty

Sep 7, 2014

Lulu Belle and Scotty were popular stars on The National Barn Dance, broadcast on WLS in Chicago. Known as the “Hayloft Sweethearts,” because they were part of the “Hayloft Gang,” the name given to the cast of The National Barn Dance and the “Sweethearts of Country Music,” Lulu Belle and Scotty spent twenty-five years on the National Barn Dance with Scotty...

Link Wray

Link Wray

Sep 7, 2014

Link Wray was one of the most influential rock guitarists of the 1950s. His recording of “Rumble,” with distortion, fuzz tone and power chords had a profound influence on rock guitarists during that time and is enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Link Wray was born May 2, 1929 in Dunn, North Carolina. As a youth, he learned bottle neck guitar after...

Induction Ceremony

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,...