Welcome

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE
ROCHESTER MUSIC HALL of FAME
“CLASS OF 2017”

2017 Induction Ceremony Videos

“You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” David Clayton Thomas with Paul Shaffer

“God Bless the Child” David Clayton Thomas with Paul Shaffer

“Spinning Wheel” David Clayton Thomas with Paul Shaffer

“She’s Just My Style” Gary Lewis and The Playboys


“Little Wing”  Paul Shaffer

“All Night”

“You Shine”

Samuel Adler acceptance speech


“You Shine”

“CLASS OF 2017”

  • Samuel Adler – Celebrated classical composer and Eastman School of Music professor of composition from 1966 to 1995.   With Adler in attendance, the Upton String Quartet with Yi-Yang Cheng on piano will perform his 1999 composition “Piano Quintet for Piano and String Quartet.”
  • Joe Beard – Revered blues guitarist and vocalist who played with the likes of Son House, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and John Lee Hooker.  Joe Beard will perform at the ceremony joined by his sons, Chris and Duane, and backed by RMHF house band Prime Time Funk.  
  • Gary Lewis – 1960s hitmaker with Gary Lewis and the Playboys, topping the charts with eight gold singles and 17 Top 40 hits.  Gary Lewis and the Playboys will be performing some of their best hits.
  • Uncle Roger McCall – Pioneer radio DJ and supporter of Rochester’s local music scene as host of the radio show, “Homegrown.”  Also known as “Uncle Rog,” the longest running DJ at a single station in the US (1973-2003) and hero to the local music scene, which he passionately promoted up until his murder during a robbery in 2003. Local musicians will peform a tribute to both Uncle Rog and Greg Sullivan.
  • Lewis Soloff – Grammy Award-winning trumpeter for Blood, Sweat & Tears, and instructor at Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music. Sorloff died of a heart attack in 2015. A tribute to Lew will be performed by David Clayton-Thomas, lead singer of Blood, Sweat, & Tears.
  • Greg Sullivan and The Penny Arcade – Legendary supporter of the local music scene and owner of The Penny Arcade, one of Rochester’s most revered music clubs.  The venue was opened in 1973 by Sullivan, who booked national acts and mentored local musicians. Sullivan died of a heart attack in 2014.  A plaque in his honor hangs on the now-closed Penny Arcade. Local musicians will peform a tribute to both Uncle Rog and Greg Sullivan.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE
ROCHESTER MUSIC HALL of FAME
“CLASS OF 2016”

  • Alfred “Pee Wee” Ellis – Saxophonist, composer
  • Howard Hanson – Musician, Composer and Educater 
  • Joe Locke – Vibraphonist, Recording Artist
  • James Rado – Actor, Playwright and Composer
  • The Rustics – R&B/blue-eyed soul band, Recording Artists
  • Wendy O. Williams – Singer, Songwriter, and Actress 

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE
ROCHESTER MUSIC HALL of FAME
“CLASS OF 2015”

  • Ron Carter – Jazz bassist 
  • Henry Juszkiewicz – Gibson Guitar Co. owner/CEO 
  • Gap Mangione – Jazz keyboardist  
  • William Warfield – Bass baritone concert singer/actor  
  • Wilmer Alexander Jr. & The Dukes – R & B band
      • Ronnie Alberts
      • Monty Alberts
      • Doug Brown
      • Bob Egan
      • Ralph Gillotte
      • Wilmer Alexander, Jr.

    Doug Brown, Ronnie Alberts, Jimmy Richmond and PTF

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    CONGRATULATIONS TO THE
    ROCHESTER MUSIC HALL of FAME
    “CLASS OF 2014”

    • Duke Jupiter – Rock band, recording artists
    • David Hochstein – Violinist
    • Emily Sibley Watson – Philanthropist 
    • House of Guitars – Music Store
    • WDKX – Radio Station 

    2014 Special Merit Award Winners

    • Ethel Gabriel – Frst female record producer. & Grammy winner
    • Peter Morticelli – Musician, recording artist, record-company owner, record producer, production consultant, record-shop owner, booking agent, and personal manager.

     

    2014 Videos .

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    CONGRATULATIONS TO THE
    ROCHESTER MUSIC HALL of FAME
    “CLASS OF 2013”

    • George Eastman – Industrialist, philanthropist and music enthusiast
    • Lou Gramm – Singer/songwriter
    • Eddie James “Son” House, Jr. – Delta Blues singer/bottleneck guitar player
    • Bat McGrath – Singer/songwriter/guitarist
    • Mitch Miller – Musician/Singer/Conductor/Recording Star/Record Producer/TV Star
    • Nick Nickson – DJ
    • Jack Palvino – DJ
    • Don Potter – Singer/songwriter/guitarist/record producer

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    CONGRATULATIONS TO THE
    ROCHESTER MUSIC HALL of FAME
    “CLASS OF 2012”

    • Corinthian Hall – Entertainment / Lecture Venue  
    • The Performances of Jenny Lind – Singer  (The “Swedish Nightingale”)
    • Cab Calloway – Singer / Dancer / Band Leader / Song Writer
    • Gene Cornish – Guitarist / Singer / Song Writer
    • Doriot Anthony Dwyer – Pioneering female flutist
    • Joe English – Drummer / Singer / Band leader
    • Chuck Mangione – Flugelhorn player/ Composer / Band leader / Recording Artist
    • Charles Strouse – Broadway, Film and TV Composer / Lyricist
    • Jeff Tyzik – Conductor / Arranger / Composer / Trumpeter