Honoring The Past, Shaping The Future

Inductee Don Gibson

Inductee Don Gibson

Nov 15, 2010

In 1957, RCA opened Studio B in Nashville. Soon after, Don Gibson came in and during an afternoon session recorded “I Can’t Stop Loving You” and “Oh, Lonesome Me.” “Oh Lonesome Me” was number one for eight consecutive weeks on the Billboard country chart in 1958 and was a top ten pop hit. “I Can’t Stop Loving You” became a standard recorded by more then 700...

Inductee – Shirley Caesar

Inductee – Shirley Caesar

Nov 13, 2010

Shirley Caesar heard the calling of the Lord when she was taking a typing test in college. By the time she heard that voice, she had already established a strong following as a gospel songstress. Shirley Caesar was born in Durham, North Carolina on October 13, 1938; she was the tenth of twelve children. Her father was a tobacco worker and sang lead in a gospel...

Inductee – Oliver

Inductee – Oliver

Nov 13, 2010

William Oliver Swofford was born February 22, 1945 in North Wilkesboro. He was an honor student at Wilkes Central High School where his athletic ability was equaled only by the quality of his singing voice. He was an outstanding person, scholar, and human being. And, he went on to put North Wilkesboro on the map. He began singing while at UNC Chapel Hill in the...

Inductee – Maurice Williams

Inductee – Maurice Williams

Nov 13, 2010

Maurice Williams was born April 26, 1938, in Lancaster, SC. By the time he was six, Williams was performing regularly church. During his high school years, he formed the group ‘The Royal Charms’. Then in the winter of 1956, while still in school, they traveled to Nashville to cut a record for the Excello label. But, company founder Ernie Young, said...

Inductee – Les Brown

Inductee – Les Brown

Nov 13, 2010

Les Brown, Sr. was born March 14, 1912 in Tower City, Pennsylvania. He began playing sax at an early age and made his professional debut in a band at age nine. At age 14 he formed his own orchestra. After graduating from New York Military Academy in 1932, Brown attended college at Duke University where he led the group Les Brown and His Blue Devils. The band...

Inductee – George Hamilton IV

Inductee – George Hamilton IV

Nov 13, 2010

George Hamilton IV was born in Winston-Salem July 19, 1937. He began playing guitar at age 12. As a freshman at the University of North Carolina in 1956, George formed a band and a few months later met struggling songwriter John D. Loudermilk. With a contract in hand, George went into the studio and recorded John’s “A Rose & a Baby Ruth.” It was later...