Blues Hall of Fame 2013

The Blues Foundation has announced the line-up for the 2013 Hall of Fame.  The dinner takes place on Wednesday, the night before the Blues Music Awards.

For more information, contact Jay Sieleman, President & CEO;; 901.527.2583 ext. 12

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE; February 13, 2013. The Blues Foundation announces the 2013 inductees for the Blues Hall of Fame, including soul blues singer Otis Clay, blues guitarists’ guitarist Earl Hooker, pianist Little Brother Montgomery, The Blue Yodeler Jimmie Rodgers, contemporary, progressive bluesman Joe Louis Walker, and early Chicago guitarist Jody Williams.

Among the individuals recognized by The Blues Foundation for their behind-the-scenes contributions are: quintessential record promoter Dave Clark, producer, arranger and songwriter Henry Glover, and New Orleans studio magician Cosimo Matassa.

The book Soulsville, U.S.A.: The Story of Stax Records by Rob Bowman is the sole literature entry into the Blues Hall of Fame this year.

These albums are being honored: Complete Recorded Works (Herwin1975), also recorded as Texas Worried Blues (Yazoo 1989) by Henry “Ragtime Texas” Thomas; More Real Folk Blues by Howlin’ Wolf on Chess from 1967; and Louis Jordan’s Greatest Hits by Louis Jordan (Decca, 1969).

The following singles will be inducted during the ceremony: “How Many More Years” by Howlin’ Wolf (Chess 1951); “Canned Heat Blues” by Tommy Johnson (Victor 1928); “Let the Good Times Roll” by Louis Jordan (Decca 1946); “Mystery Train” by Little Junior [Parker]’s Blue Flames (Sun 1953); and “Me and My Chauffeur Blues” by Memphis Minnie (OKeh 1941).

The induction ceremony will be held Wednesday, May 8, at the Memphis Marriott Downtown in Memphis, Tennessee, the night before the 34th Blues Music Awards. With living musicians like B.B. King and Buddy Guy, and legends like Muddy Waters and Koko Taylor, the Blues Hall of Fame consists of blues music’s best and brightest stars.

The Blues Foundation is now raising the capital needed to showcase these legendary performers and their work by establishing Blues Hall of Fame exhibits at its 421 S. Main headquarters in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. The Blues Hall of Fame will honor inductees year round, provide interactive and educational exhibits, and create a place for serious blues fans, casual visitors, and students to congregate, celebrate and learn more about the Blues. The Raise the Roof! campaign hopes to raise the remaining funds necessary to commence construction in the fall of this year. For more information about Raise the Roof!, please visit

On May 9, the night after the Blues Hall of Fame inductions, The Blues Foundation will present the Blues Music Awards for the 34th time. Performers, industry representatives and fans from around the world will celebrate the best in Blues recording, songwriting and performance from the previous year at the Memphis Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis. The evening will feature performances by 2013 Hall of Fame inductees and Blues Music Award nominees.

Major funding is provided by ArtsMemphis and the Tennessee Arts Commission. The 34th Blues Music Awards and Blues Hall of Fame events are also sponsored by BMI, Catfood Records, Eagle Rock Entertainment, FedEx, First Tennessee Foundation, Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and Sony/Legacy Records.

Inductees’ biographies follow and are available, as well as all Hall of Fame inductees, at

The Blues Foundation is Memphis-based, but world-renown as THE organization dedicated to preserving our blues music history, celebrating recording and performance excellence, supporting blues education and ensuring the future of this uniquely American art form. Founded in 1980, The Blues Foundation has 4500 individual members and 200 affiliated local blues societies representing another 50,000 fans and professionals around the world. Its signature honors and events–the Blues Music Awards, Blues Hall of Fame, International Blues Challenge and Keeping the Blues Alive Awards–make it the international center of blues music. Its HART Fund provides the blues community with medical assistance while its Sound Healthcare program offers musicians health insurance access. Blues in the Schools programs and Generation Blues scholarships expose new generations to blues music. Throughout the year, the Foundation staff serves the worldwide Blues community with answers, contact information and news.







About bluesbeatnews52

Blues columnist writing a weekly column dedicated to the Blues. The only column of its kind in a commercial (paid subscription) newspaper. Column appears in the Middletown Press, Bristol Press, Torrington Register-Citizen, and the New Britain Herald. Forcella has served on the Board of Directors of the Blues Foundation representing the Journalism constituency. Served on the Board of Directors Connecticut Blues Society as Past President and Past Editor of newsletter. Recipient: Keeping the Blues Alive award in Journalism from the Blues Foundation. Has contributed both writing and photos to nationnal blues publications.

One response to “Blues Hall of Fame 2013


    Thanks for this information, Dom. There is no controversy. All these people and works deserve Hall of Fame status. I was especially happy to see Jr Parker get recognition for his “Mystery Train”, which became a highlight of Elvis’s Sun era work. Elvis had a great recording – but Parker was better. Ed Stack

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