Friday, March 25, 2022

March 25 - Priscilla Inducted Into Music Hall of Fame

Mavis Staples, Booker T. Jones, Priscilla Presley and other members of some of the world's most famous music families are among the notables who will be inducted this year into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame reports the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

The honorees are selected by a committee made up of local and national musicians, writers, educators and other music experts. “It is difficult, because there are literally hundreds of deserving Memphis musicians yet to be honored, with new musical candidates emerging annually," Doyle said.

"Some have more name recognition, Grammys or records sold, but the Hall prides itself for not being a popularity contest." In fact, teachers and disc jockeys are in the Hall, alongside legends of pop, rock, rockabilly, blues, soul, rhythm-and-blues, swing, jazz, country, hip-hop and opera

Among the eight 2022 inductees into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame is Priscilla Presley.

The committee noted: "Priscilla Presley: Priscilla Beaulieu moved to Memphis in 1963 and attended Immaculate Conception High School before marrying the King of Rock 'n Roll in 1966. In 1979, she was named executor of Graceland, and worked to ensure that the legacy of  her late husband would continue to be meaningful, and that Elvis' popularity would continue."

Also nominated for induction into the Memphis Hall of Fame is Ronnie Milsap: Moving to Memphis in the late 1960s, the North Carolina-born Milsap recorded here at Chips Moman's American Sound Studio before he relocated to Nashville and became a top country artist. Ronnie Milsap can be heard on piano on 'Kentucky Rain' and he provided (overdub) vocals on Elvis' 1969 hit 'Don't Cry Daddy'.

(Source: Memphis Commercial Appeal / Elvis Information Network)