The Blues Foundation has announced the 2015 selection of three living performers to be inducted into its Blues Hall of Fame: Eric Clapton, Tommy Brown and Little Richard.
The naming of two rockers supports the case that blues was one of the building blocks of rock-and-roll and has remained instrumental in its sound. Eric Clapton is the first British musician to be inducted and has been chosen “for his many musical achievements as well as for his role as a popularizer of the entire genre. He brought the blues to audiences in his native Britain and throughout the world, illuminating the work of the original blues artists who inspired him.”
Little Richard is well known as one of the pioneers of rock music but his music was much more in the blues vein when he first started. “…throughout his career, he continued to employ a blues format in his work.”
Tommy Brown fronted the Griffin Brothers on two of their major hits, Tra-La-La (1951 / #7 R&B) and Weepin’ & Cryin’ (1952 / #1 R&B). “He brought his intuitive sense of showmanship to the blues over a career that has now spanned over 75 years.”
The induction ceremony is held annually in Memphis, Tennessee. Since 1980, The Blues Foundation has inducted 350 performers, industry professionals, recordings and literature into its Blues Hall of Fame.
This year’s ceremony will be held in conjunction with three days of events surrounding the 36th Blues Music Awards on 7 May and the public Grand Opening of the bricks and mortar Blues Hall of Fame on 8 May.
More info about The Blues Foundation and the Blues Hall of Fame Museum, see blues.org.