Elvis Presley, the Beatles and Frank Sinatra are among the “Top 40” nominees for induction into America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame, which will be located in Canonsburg. The nominees were announced simultaneously at the Pennsylvania Bavarian Oktoberfest and the Covered Bridge Festival Sunday.
Others nominated for the Hall of Fame include early pop music icons Pat Boone, Perry Como and Nat King Cole, Motown greats the Supremes, Stevie Wonder and Smokey & the Miracles and singer-songwriters Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel.
The Hall of Fame will announce the 20 inductees – the first class of inductions – into the new Hall of Fame in May. Formal induction ceremonies will be July 2. To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, an artist must have placed a song on the national charts between 1946 and 1975.
Here are the nominees: Paul Anka, the Beach Boys, the Beatles, the Bee Gees, Tony Bennett, Chuck Berry, Pat Boone, the Carpenters, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Chubby Checker, the Dave Clark Five, Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, the Everly Brothers, the Four Seasons and Connie Francis.
Also, Elton John, Dean Martin, Johnny Mathis, the Monkees, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Patti Page, Les Paul & Mary Ford, the Platters, Elvis Presley, Simon & Garfunkel, Frank Sinatra, Smokey & Miracles, the Supremes, Three Dog Night, Bobby Vinton, Dionne Warwick, Andy Williams, Hank Williams and Stevie Wonder.
Pop music fans, as well as those in the music industry, will be able to vote for their favorites at americaspopmusichalloffame.org beginning September 20.
A temporary home for the hall of fame has been announced for downtown Canonsburg while funds are being sought for a permanent structure