Saturday, July 8, 2017

Music halls of fame in the works: R&B, pop, funk, heavy metal

The U.S. already has halls of fame celebrating rock and roll, country, blues, bluegrass and polka. But many other musical genres would like to have physical halls of fame as well, including rhythm and blues, pop, folk, funk and heavy metal.

The Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame wants to open a museum in Detroit to honor soul, gospel, jazz and R&B performers. (See website and Facebook page.)


The International Gospel Music Hall of Fame also would like to build a museum in Detroit. (See Facebook page.)

America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame wants to build a museum in Canonsburg, Pa., home of musical icons Perry Como, Bobby Vinton and the Four Coins. (See website and Facebook page.)

The Funk Music Hall of Fame is looking to build an attraction in Dayton, Ohio. It would house funk music memorabilia and educate people about the genre. (See website and Facebook page.)


The Vocal Group Hall of Fame had a museum in Sharon, Pa., but it shut down because of lack of funding. It is looking for a new location to house its collection of memorabilia and artifacts. (See website.)

The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum is hoping to open an attraction next year in New York City. (See website and Facebook page.)

The Heavy Metal Hall of Fame wants to have a physical hall and museum in Arlington, Texas. (See Facebook page.)

The Folk Music Hall of Fame is looking to establish a physical presence to celebrate such artists as Bob Dylan, Carolyn Hester, Arlo Guthrie, Woody Guthrie, Alanis Morissette, and Alison Krauss. (See Facebook page.)

The Ukulele Hall of Fame is looking for an appropriate public site to house its collection of books, tapes, records, CDs, photographs, and uke ephemera. (See website.)

The Latin Songwriters Hall Of Fame is hoping to set up a museum in Miami to honor and celebrate the legacy of the greatest Latin songwriters from all over the world. (See website.)

The Long Island Music Hall of Fame is working to bring a museum to Wyandanch on Long Island, N.Y. The hall was founded in 2004 with the goal of preserving what the Hall describes as the “exceptional music heritage” of Long Island. Inductees include George Gershwin, the Ramones, Pat Benatar, Louis Armstrong and John Coltrane. (See website.)

Outside the U.S., the Reggae Hall of Fame has been proposed for Kingston, Jamaica. (See Facebook page.)


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