Thank you to all who voted on the 2014 inductees. We will share the results and announce the artists to be inducted in December.
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!
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.
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.
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 724-745-1515
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
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.