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.