RMHF Class of 2019
Jack Allocco – 11-time Emmy® Award-winning composer, conductor, and songwriter whose career spans television, film, and theater. He is the composer for Sony Pictures Television’s The Young and the Restlessand CBS Television’s The Bold and the Beautiful— the most watched daytime drama in the world, with a daily audience of 26.2 million viewers in 98 countries. For those two programs alone, it has been estimated that Allocco has scored more than 12,000 hours of network TV.
Allocco has won 13 consecutive ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards in the category of “Most Performed Themes and Underscore on Television,” and also has worked as a composer and producer for established music artists. He has toured as music director and conductor with numerous theatrical productions and symphonies, as well as performers Robert Goulet and Peter Allen, and has performed in concerts at Carnegie Hall, Buckingham Palace, The Grand Ole Opry, and The White House (including both inaugurations of Ronald Reagan). Among his compositions is a classical ballet for children titled “Animal Crackers.”
As a current trustee of Nazareth College and a proud alumnus (1972) — one of the first to receive Nazareth’s then-newly established music theory degree — Allocco was commissioned to compose and perform a piece for the inaugural concert at The Jane and Laurence Glazer Music Performance Center at Nazareth College in September 2018. “The education I received (at Nazareth) was in no small way the reason for why I have been a successful composer,” Allocco said.
Born and raised in Rochester, he began guitar lessons at age four and was pretty much self-taught until he met teacher Ray Shahin while at Bishop Kearney High School. “He taught me to sight-read all styles of music,” Allocco said. His mother was a Big Band singer and exposed him and his sister to all kinds of music at a young age. “Because of the weather in Rochester, I spent a lot of time indoors watching television and loved the music,” Allocco said. “I knew every main title and the names of all the composers.” He resides in Nashville with his wife, Stacie, and children Catherine and Nicholas. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from St. John Fisher College and has been granted Honorary Doctorate degrees from Nazareth College as well as Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Performance at the ceremony: Jack Allocco and Prime Time Funk will accompany musician Gary Wright, who will perform his 1970s hits “Dream Weaver” and “Love Is Alive” — for which Allocco has written the current arrangements. They will be joined by a strings section comprised of Nazareth College music students.
Al Jardine – Founding member of the Beach Boys, as well as a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and recipient of a Lifetime Grammy. Distinguished by their vocal harmonies and early surf songs, the Beach Boys are one of themost critically acclaimed, commercially successful, and influential bands of all time — selling hundreds of millions of records worldwide.
Beyond playing bass, rhythm guitar, and banjo, Jardine also lent his vocals to the Beach Boys, singing lead on the hit “Help Me, Rhonda” and also can be heard on other singles like “Then I Kissed Her” and “Heroes and Villains.” The Beach Boys’ early days are well documented, but some biographies call Al Jardine the “lost Beach Boy.” After all, he was the only member of the band who was not a Wilson or related to a Wilson.
However, his contribution to the Beach Boys was significant, and he and Brian Wilson were technically the first two members of the band (having met in high school, with Wilson as football team quarterback and Jardine as halfback). At a school assembly Jardine heard Brian and his brothers and cousin Mike Love perform. Jardine suggested to Brian Wilson that they sing together and invite Carl and Dennis and Mike along. Thus, the Beach Boys were formed. (And it was Jardine’s mom who paid for the instruments they used in the early days.)
Jardine spent years of his childhood in Rochester, as his photographer father took a job with Eastman Kodak Company and also taught at Rochester Institute of Technology. His parents were musicians, with his father playing clarinet and his mother violin. “At home, they had a good collection of pop 78s, and we sang as a family,” Jardine recalled.
It was here that his love for music began. “In Rochester my parents bought me a four-string ukulele that I picked on,” Jardine said. “I also played the clarinet in grade school, but the instrument was difficult and discouraging.” Another thing about his childhood that he found exciting, however, was growing up near Lake Ontario. “That was kind of cool,” Jardine. said. “I grew up around a lake. It was really beautiful.”
Performance at the ceremony: Al Jardine will perform hits of the Beach Boys, joined on stage by his son, his musical director, and Prime Time Funk.
Christine Lavin – Contemporary folk singer/songwriter/guitarist/humorist/recording artist based in New York City and Geneva, N.Y. who has been strumming and vocalizing her folksy way around thousands of venues across the world for more than three decades.The New York Times has described her as “a garrulous comic observer of contemporary manners” and Billboard called her “Captivating” and said, “Lavin is a central force in the most visible segment of the contemporary folk music scene.”
Lavin recently released her 23rdalbum, “Spaghettification,” which reached no. 5 on the International Folk DJ Chart. She has won five ASCAP composer awards, the Backstage Bistro Award for Best NYC Singer/Songwriter of the Year, The Kate Wolf Memorial Award, and her album “Good Thing He Can’t Read My Mind” won Album of the Year from the National Association of Independent Record Distributors. She has been the keynote speaker at the North East Regional Folk Art Alliance Conference.
When asked from where she gets the wide array of subjects for her songs, she said, “I get a lot of my ideas just from reading the newspaper.” Those ideas are conveyed in a highly picturesque manner in Lavin’s songs. Lavin includes witty and sometimes biting material in her work, which touches on many spheres of life, from politics and gastronomy to the mores of a multicultural society and the perils of parental authority. The Village Voicenoted, “It is precisely her take on the ordinary that makes her work so extraordinary.”
Performance at the ceremony: Christine Lavin will perform a selection of her original songs.
Jeffrey Springut – Music promoter whose name is synonymous with his music club, the legendary Red Creek Inn in Henrietta, which he ran for three decades from 1970 to 1997.
Critic Jack Garner said it was the intimacy and the “first-class live music” that was so appealing about the club, which later was called just The Creek. It was known wide and far for original eclectic music, with acts taking the stage like Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, James Brown, David Crosby, Roomful of Blues, Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Bob Dylan and Frank Zappa stopped by when they were intown, as did comedians like Denis Leary and Chris Rock, plus Jay Leno, who talked about Red Creek during a “Tonight Show” monologue.
“That’s what made The Creek ‘The Creek,’” Springut said. “It was personal and we all had mutual respect for each other, from the musicians to the staff to the audience and patrons.”
A lifelong Rochester resident, Springut had been promoting concerts and festivals in Martha’s Vineyard and wanted to do the same in his hometown. At just 20-years-old, he started with reel-to-reel compilation recordings of “the best music of the day” and then segued to live music. But he wanted original music, not Top 40 cover bands. The first act Springut booked was a band named Joshua, a forerunner to Duke Jupiter, which was inducted into the Rochester Music Hall of Fame in 2014. “They jammed the place,” Springut said. “That started the live music scene that became our legacy.”
Newspaper articles talk of the “eternally festive atmosphere” of Red Creek. There are also stories that have become legend, like the Marshall Tucker Band refusing to play because the stage was too small (but they came back a year later), and U2 never taking the stage because Springut wouldn’t kick out two of his regulars so band management could conduct a private sound check.
Today Springut continues to take pride in booking recognizable name attractions and also giving exposure to up-and-comers who are going to be the next name attractions — with his keen eye and ear for music a big part of why Springut is celebrated and respected. He currently runs the Springut Group, which brings his decades of music and event experience to the festivals he operates, including the Lilac Festival, Park Avenue Festival, Party in the Park, and Midtown Eats, plus concerts at Highland Bowl and Kodak Center. That roster of events translates to a summer lineup that requires Springut to book 20 headliners plus more than 50 opening bands.
“But it’s never been about me, it’s about the music,” Springut said, noting that he still gets excited discovering new bands. “We always thought if we’re not having fun, why bother?”
Performanceat the ceremonyto honor Jeffrey Springut: Announcement coming soon regarding the performers for this tribute during the ceremony.
WCMF-FM 96.5 – A classic rock Rochester radio station that marks its 50th birthday this year. A pioneer of nationwide stature, WCMF is credited with breaking several rock acts into the mainstream and popularity through its rotation and promotion, embracing all genres of classic rock. WCMF is Rochester’s “heritage station,” a term in commercial radio that refers to a station that has broadcast a specific format for a sustained amount of time, while also maintaining the same branding and call letters. WCMF is one of only five FM rock stations in the country to never have changed its call letters or musical format for more than 50 years.
WCMF was originally owned locally under the name Community Music Service, Inc., hence the “CM” in its call letters. Today it is owned by Entercom Rochester, which is hosting a “Rockin’ for 50 Years” celebration throughout 2019 “to celebrate with the Rochester community who has accompanied us on this journey,” said Sue Munn, Entercom Rochester senior vice president and market manager.
Among the radio personalities and programs who brought WCMF to the forefront are Brother Wease, Rochester Music Hall of Fame inductee Uncle Roger, The Break Room in the Morning, Afternoons with WCMF Program Director Mud, and current WCMF personality Dave “Kane-O!” Kane.
Performance at the ceremony to honor WCMF: Announcement coming soon regarding the performers for this tribute during the ceremony
Receiving the RMHF Special Merit Award.
Dave Kane will be honored during the 2019 Hall of Fame ceremony with our Special Merit Award for his 38 years on the air and his contributions to music in the community.