America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame Announces Inductees – 14 acts voted into sophomore class

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December 9, 2013

America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame Announces Inductees

14 acts voted into sophomore class

Chicago, Monkees, Bee Gees among inductees

Chicago, the Monkees and the Bee Gees are among the 14 pop acts selected by public vote for induction into the sophomore class of America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame.

The Monkees, who have famously been snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, topped the 2014 public vote for the Pop Music Hall of Fame.  (Johnny Mathis led the vote for 2013 inductees).

Also elected into the Hall of Fame are Tony Bennett, the Carpenters, Buddy Holly, Elton John, Carole King, Dean Martin, Roy Orbison, Patti Page, the Platters, Simon & Garfunkel and the Supremes.

Inductees had to have a charted song prior to 1971 to be considered. They were selected from 25 nominees chosen by a music industry panel based on the breadth, depth and influence of the artists’ recordings. These, alphabetically, are the 2014 inductees into America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame.

After a series of pop/rock ballads in the ‘60s, they were stayin’ alive in the ‘70s by commandeering the disco era….The Bee Gees

His trek from “Rags to Riches” has covered seven decades, but he left his heart in San Francisco…Tony Bennett

This brother-sister act defined the soft-rock era with songs such as “Close to You” and “We’ve Only Just Begun” in the early ‘70s…The Carpenters

They successfully fused rock, pop and jazz over three decades with hits such as “Saturday in the Park,” “25 or 6 to 4” and “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day”… Chicago

With just 18 months in the spotlight, he nonetheless influenced generations of singers…Buddy Holly

He’s the No. 1 solo artist in pop history – and he’s still standing…Elton John

A singer-songwriter, she recorded the iconic album of the ‘70s with “Tapestry”…Carole King

A star of stage, screen and television – and a singer, too! – everybody loves… Dean Martin

They received more votes than any other 2014 nominee. Hey, hey, they’re…The Monkees

His sensational, soaring voice helped define the ‘60s with “Oh Pretty Woman” and “Blue Bayou”…Roy Orbison

With “Tennessee Waltz,” “Allegheny Moon” and “Old Cape Cod,” she was a rock star before the phrase was coined…Patti Page

Their silky smooth ballads from the ‘50s and early ‘60s remain jukebox favorites…The Platters

Their poetic folk music from “Sounds of Silence” to “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” inspired a generation… Simon & Garfunkel

With five consecutive No. 1 singles in the mid-‘60s, they were the face of Motown…The Supremes

The artists join The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond, Brenda Lee, Johnny Mathis, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Vinton and Stevie Wonder in America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame.

A feasibility study to determine the size and location of a permanent Pop Music Hall of Fame facility is underway. Current plans are for a large, multi-use performance venue as well as both permanent and rotating exhibits. America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame is based in Canonsburg, the home of Perry Como, Bobby Vinton and the Four Coins, who together placed nearly 200 songs on the Billboard charts. Canonsburg is just south of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Election of the third class of inductees will be in September 2014.

For further information and interview requests, call Terry Hazlett at (724) 250-9150 or visit americaspopmusichalloffame.org

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Inductees will be announced later this month, and more!

Voting for the 2014 Pop Music Hall of Fame inductees has now ended. We will be announcing the inductees later this month and will post the results on this page. We also will be soon opening the voting for iconic songs of the ’40s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.
Thank you for your votes – and spreading the word about America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame.  We will also soon be posting a release concerning the Pop Music Hall of Fame construction.  So……….stay tuned!!!

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Voting period has ended

Thank you to all who voted on the 2014 inductees.  We will share the results and announce the artists to be inducted in December.

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Voting Continues

The Monkees are in the lead, Bee Gee’s holding second place, and a good number of nominees are running neck and neck!  If you haven’t voted yet, get to it!  And tell your friends…….YOU decide who will be inducted in 2014 to America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame!

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BEE GEES, MONKEES, DEAN MARTIN AMONG 2014 HALL OF FAME NOMINEES

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2013
BEE GEES, MONKEES, DEAN MARTIN AMONG 2014 HALL OF FAME NOMINEES
Carole King, Dion, Buddy Holly are first time candidates
On-line voting to begin September 23
The Bee Gees, Monkees and Dean Martin are among the candidates to be inducted into America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame in 2014. The 25 nominees for induction were announced Monday, September 23.
First-time nominees – selected by a panel of musicians, disc jockeys and journalists based on artists’ breadth and depth of pop hits, as well as influence – include Dion, Buddy Holly and Carole King, Artists must have placed a hit on the Billboard charts between 1945 and 1970 to qualify.
As the hall of fame focuses on popular music, inductees are determined by an on-line popular vote. Participants are restricted to one vote each for 10 of the 25 nominees.
The 2014 nominees are:
The Bee Gees                            Tony Bennett                                   Pat Boone
The Carpenters                           Chicago                                           Dion
The Everly Brothers                    The Four Seasons                          Connie Francis
Buddy Holly                                  Elton John                                     Carole King
Dean Martin                                 The Monkees                                  Ricky Nelson
Roy Orbison                                  Patti Page                                     Gene Pitney
The Platters                                  Simon & Garfunkel                        Smokey & Miracles
The Supremes                              Three Dog Night                            Dionne Warwick
Andy Williams
The public may vote at america’spopmusichalloffame.org. Voting ends October 31. Inductees will be announced in December.
America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame was formed in 2011 to honor artists and other contributors to pop music. It is based in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, home of Perry Como, Bobby Vinton and the Four Coins, who together placed nearly 200 songs on America’s pop charts.
Plans are continuing for construction of a hall of fame structure that may include a large performance center, as well as wings for both permanent and rotating collections and memorabilia.
In a ceremony March 15, 2013 with Johnny Tillotson as master of ceremonies, the 2013 inductees into America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame were announced. They are the Beach Boys, the Beatles, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond, Brenda Lee, Johnny Mathis, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Vinton and Stevie Wonder.
Iconic songs inducted to date are: 1940s: “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby; 1950s: “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley; 1960s: “The Twist” by Chubby Checker; 1970s: “American Pie” by Don McLean.
First-time nominees – selected by a panel of musicians, disc jockeys and journalists based on artists’ breadth and depth of pop hits, as well as influence – include Dion, Buddy Holly and Carole King, Artists must have placed a hit on the Billboard charts between 1945 and 1970 to qualify.

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The Next Page: Canonsburg another Hitsville? America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame under way

Canonsburg long has been proud of its musical heritage. Now the town will try to capitalize on that legacy by opening America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/opinion/perspectives/the-next-page-canonsburg-another-hitsville-americas-pop-music-hall-of-fame-under-way-682463/#ixzz2QU50XZbi

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Elvis, Sinatra among Hall of Fame inductees

MARCH 18 – Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and the Beatles are among the 14 pop acts selected by public vote for induction in America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame in Canonsburg, Pa.

Johnny Tillotson – an early ‘60s pop icon –revealed the first 14 inductees at a press conference at the Canonsburg McDonald’s – home to a collection of Bobby Vinton and Perry Como memorabilia. Artists from Canonsburg – a town of 8,900 – have placed nearly 200 songs on the Billboard pop charts.

Inductees, who had to have a hit prior to 1970 to be considered, were selected from 40 nominees chosen on the breadth, depth and influence of their recordings. These, alphabetically, are the first inductees into America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame.

They brought surf music and “Pet Sounds” to America….The Beach Boys.

Even today, pop music is defined as what came before and after this band….The Beatles

He is known as “The Man in Black”….Johnny Cash

He is credited with creating the first soul record….Ray Charles

An ‘unforgettable’ artist of the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s….Nat King Cole

The singing barber from Canonsburg…Perry Como

He hit the charts with pop, rock, country and Broadway tunes…Bobby Darin

A stellar singer and songwriter from the Brill Building days…Neil Diamond

She’s forever known as Little Miss Dynamite….Brenda Lee

The king of the romance, he’s “Wonderful Wonderful”…Johnny Mathis

The King of Rock and Roll had plenty of pop hits, too…Elvis Presley

He’s the chairman of the board…Frank Sinatra

The Polish Prince – and he’s from Canonsburg … Bobby Vinton

The eighth wonder of the world…Stevie Wonder

These artists will be formally inducted into the Pop Music Hall of Fame on July 3 with a banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn.

The temporary home of America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame is expected to open this fall on Pike Street in Canonsburg. Fundraising for a permanent home is currently underway.

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Record sales benefit Pop Music Hall of Fame

Go on the record with your support of America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame.  45′s for $5, albums for $25.  Records with your name will proudly be displayed on the windows during renovation.  Available at Mayor David Rhome’s Office, Malone’s Flower Shop, The Gyro Place, Greater Canonsburg Chamber of Commerce, and Dee’s Cricket.  For additional information, contact 724-745-1515hall of fame records

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The inaugural class of America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame

The inaugural class of America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame was announced Friday at McDonald’s in Canonsburg.

The 14 acts were narrowed down from 40 and chosen based on the breadth, depth and influence of their recordings with a worldwide online vote, with the criteria including that they must have had a hit prior to 1970.

Johnny Tillotson, an early 1960s pop icon who stopped in town on his way to Wheeling, W.Va., to perform, announced the inductees.

“I can’t tell you how nice it is to be here and make this announcement,” he said. “These are artists who have had a great impact on the American people.”

Members of the Class of 2013 are: The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, Canonsburg’s own Perry Como, Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond, Brenda Lee, Johnny Mathis, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Canonsburg native Bobby Vinton and Stevie Wonder.

“This is a momentous day for Canonsburg – the process was not an easy one,” said Canonsburg Mayor David Rhome. “These 14 are what a hall of fame is about.”

The artists will be formally inducted during a ceremony July 3 with a banquet at the Southpointe Hilton Garden Inn. The temporary home of America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame is set to open this fall on West Pike Street.

“The community has worked very hard and still has a lot to do,” Rhome said.

From Observer-Reporter 3/15/13

 

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Who’s in Hall of Fame?

JohnnyTillotson announces inductees today at McDonalds

Johnny Tillotson – an early ‘60s pop icon – will reveal the first inductees in America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame this afternoon.

Tillotson will make the announcement  at the Canonsburg McDonald’s – home to a collection of Bobby Vinton and Perry Como memorabilia – at 5 p.m.

The Hall of Fame Selection Committee said there will be 14 inductees in the freshmen class. They were selected by an international online vote. Among the 40 nominees were Como, Vinton, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and the Beatles. Nominees, who had to have a hit prior to 1970 to be considered, were selected based on the breadth, depth and influence of their recordings.

Tillotson, a country-pop crossover artist, will be performing in Wheeling Saturday. He is best known for his hits, “Poetry in Motion,” “It Keeps Right on A-Hurtin,’” “Talk Back Trembling Lips,” “Without You” and “Send Me the Pillow that You Dream On.”

A formal induction banquet will be July 3 at the Hilton Garden Inn.

America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame is temporarily located on Pike Street in Canonsburg, and is expected to open this fall.

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