Rest in peace Andy Williams.
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
Hall of Fame seeks committee members
America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame – a national musum headquartered in Canonsburg – will announce its Top 40 nominations for induction into the hall Sept. 15.
In the meantime, the Hall of Fame board is seeking volunteers to steer committees for the concert, banquet, memorabilia and building.
“It is an amazing opportunity to be part of the original group that is creating a music dynamo that we feel will be on an equal standing with the rock and roll, country and jazz hall of fames,” said Terry Hazlett, chairman of the selection committee. Call (724) 745-1800 ext. 14 if you would like to be part of the Hall of Fame committees.
Elvis? Sinatra? Beatles? Oh my!
The Pop Music Hall of Fame nominating committee met for the first time Wednesday to consider the initial nominations for the national hall of fame. If it seemed to be a slam dunk, it wasn’t. Attempting to limit the nominations to 25 pop stars from the ’40s through the ’70s was a daunting task indeed.
Elvis, the Beatles and Frank Sinatra were certain nominees, but then what? The Monkees or Bing Crosby? Paul Anka or the Beach Boys? Are the Rolling Stones pop or rock? What about Bob Dylan? If “Sugar Sugar” is an iconic pop song, do the Archies (a studio group) qualify?
As enlightening as it was enraging, the debate will continue through September 14, when the 25 nominees will be announced at the Pennsylvania Bavarian Oktoberfest. Ballots will then be sent to music industry folks across the country, with an announcement of the inductees early next year.
Stay tuned….to the radio.
Nominees for the first class of inductees to America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame will be announced at the PA Bavarian Oktoberfest this September!
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