The Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame is Looking For a Home City

by VVN Music

Cleveland has the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Nashville the Country Music Hall of Fame and Memphis the Blues Hall of Fame but where does the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame belong?

The Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame was founded in 2010 and has, so far, had six inductions that saw over one hundred artists, behind the scenes people and organizations joining the ranks of the honored. The only problem is, they don't have a home to permanently salute the inductees.

Originally, the organizers wanted the location to be in Cleveland but the negotiations fell through. Next, they looked at Detroit and Canton, OH with Detroit winning out and, in fact, the city still appears on the front of the Hall's website, but it looks like, once again, things are changing.

A press release came out on Thursday with the Hall asking for cities that would be interested in becoming their permanent home. Cheryl Ruffin, the President of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation and the daughter of David Ruffin, said that they are looking to build "a 3-D highly interactive educational experience with a wall of fame, a music-themed restaurant and a 250 seat theater."


Founder LaMont Robinson added that the Hall will be a national/international tourist attraction, that will bring more than 250,000 visitors per year plus the annual induction ceremony,that will boost their economy. "For example," he says, "look at what the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame has done for both the cities of Cleveland and Nashville."

So, are there any cities that would like to step up and host a Hall of Fame for one of the cornerstone genres of popular music?




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