Rochester Music Hall of Fame Class of 2013
The Rochester Music Hall of Fame honored its Class of 2013 inductees on Sunday, April 28 at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.
Industrialist, philanthropist and the greatest music enthusiast in Rochester’s history. He sought to make his favorite city a world-renowned musical center. He established the Eastman Theatre, Eastman School of Music, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, WHAM and more.
Singer/songwriter. His supercharged voice propelled the multi-platinum band Foreigner to become one of the most successful rock acts of all time, singing such hits as “Cold As Ice,” “Urgent,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” and “I Want to Know What Love Is.”
Eddie James “Son” House, Jr.
Delta Blues singer/bottleneck guitar player, circa 1930s, rediscovered in Rochester in 1964. He’s a seminal figure in blues history having influenced generations of blues performers including Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Keb Mo and Jack White.
Singer/songwriter/guitarist. He’s become an admired Nashville songsmith, writing for some of country’s biggest stars including Kenny Rogers and Wynonna Judd. His rise to fame began in the 1960s with the sensational rock band The Show Stoppers followed by the folk/blues duo McGrath and Potter.
Musician/Singer/Conductor/Recording Star/Record Producer/TV Star. As the head of Artists and Repertoire at Columbia Records he worked with many of the biggest recording stars of the day including Doris Day, Tony Bennett, and Johnny Mathis. His own hit recordings, Mitch Miller and the Gang, led to his hit TV show Sing Along With Mitch which featured Leslie Uggams and others.
DJ. “The Ole Professor” first on the air in Rochester at WARC in 1947 and then on WBBF until the mid ‘60s when he moved to the front office. He ushered in the age of Rock-N-Roll and stayed around for the British Invasion, garnering the highest ratings ever of any Rochester DJ. He continued to do commercials and promos until he retired in 2007.
DJ. “Smiling Jack” had the top rated morning show in Rochester for nearly 20 years on WBBF. As Executive VP of the Lincoln Group, Jack and his partners acquired ownership of five local stations and three elsewhere, and were featured along with WVOR in the book Radio In Search of EXCELLENCE, a study of eleven of the best run radio stations.
Singer/songwriter/guitarist/record producer. Said to be “the man who created the Judds’ sound,” Don has worked with a host of hit makers including Kenny Chesney, Reba McIntyre, James Taylor and Elton John. He collaborated with Chuck Mangione on the Friends & Love concert with super duo partner and fellow ex-Show Stopper Bat McGrath.