August 28 - Music Hall of Fame Inductees 2017

A second book compiled and written by Paul BĂ©lard from France, living in the United States is available. The title "Elvis Las Vegas April-May 1956". This book with glossy cover counts 240 pages, 330 pictures and they all deal with the two weeks Elvis spend in Las Vegas from April 23 to May 6, 1956.

As with Paul's other book, we mainly read articles from that period of time itself. No analyses, just pictures and articles from that time. Again as if we're stepping into a time machine. This book, however, counts far and far less blurry pics, than the first one does (added for historical reasons). All pictures and articles truly give us a feel of how it must have been those days. How Elvis looked and moved, and how fans reacted. And there are quite some I didn't see before. Some even in color.

He's working on a series of books, in which each book will count about 240 pages, covering one month only. So in the end 1956 will be presented in over 3000 pages.

If you're interested in the book, you can get in contact with the author directly by mail: pbelard@hotmail.com

Hall Of Fame 2017

Roy Orbison, “Cowboy” Jack Clement, legendary sidemen Wayne Jackson and Andrew Love of the Memphis Horns plus Earth Wind & Fire founder Maurice White are among the latest inductees to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame announced last week.

Bluesman Frank Stokes, gospel artist Cassietta George and Beale Street Music Festival founder Irvin Salky round out the 2017 class.

The seven-member 2017 class will join 60 previous inductees — including B.B. King, Elvis Presley, Otis Redding and Justin Timberlake — bringing the total number of members to 67 for the Rock 'n' Soul Museum-affiliated Hall of Fame. "We’re pleased that once again Memphis is showing its true diversity among musical genres – from blues to gospel, soul to rock 'n' roll -- with this year's class," added Doyle. 

The 2017 inductees – all honored posthumously – will be enshrined during Oct. 27 ceremonies at The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts.

The Memphis Horns, trumpeter Wayne Jackson and saxophonist Andrew Love made their early reputation as part of the house band at Stax Records in the 1960s. Jackson and Love later struck out on their own, billing themselves as the Memphis Horns. The pair was essential in providing parts for hit records by Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, James Taylor and U2, among many others. The duo was recognized with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. Love died that year, while Jackson passed way in 2016. 

“Cowboy” Jack Clement, recording engineer, singer, songwriter, producer, raconteur and musical philosopher, the Memphis-born Clement, first made his mark as Sam Phillips right hand man at Sun Records. Clement would record Jerry Lee Lewis’ biggest hits, pen several others for Johnny Cash and generally help define the label’s sound and aesthetic through the ’50s.

(Source: Elvis Information Network / Mike Form Holland on FECC)