The Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame Inducts Thirteen New Members

The Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH inducted thirteen new members into its ranks on Sunday night, its second induction ceremony.

Established in 2010, the organization was founded by LaMont "Showboat" Robinson, a former member of the Harlem Globetrotters and now owner of Robinson Global Sports and Entertainment LLC. Using memorabilia that he had amassed over the years, LaMont put together a mobile museum which he launched in 2012.

The next year, he held the first induction of artists into the hall with a massive 32 artists, journalists, DJs, clubs and publications.

On Sunday night, the second class was inducted made up of:
  • The Whispers
  • Michael Jackson
  • Whitney Houston
  • Marvin Gaye
  • The Delfonics
  • Chubby Checker
  • The Sweet Inspirations
  • The Dells
  • The Funk Brothers
  • Norm N. Nite
  • The Spinners
  • The Impressions
  • Russell Thompkins of the Stylistics
Held at the Canton Place Theater, entertainment was provided by the Kinsman Dazz Band, Enchantment, the Dynamic Superiors, the Delfonics and the Dramatics starring Willie Ford, the Hesitations and the Sweet Inspirations.

In addition, the Living Legend Award was given to Joe Jackson, the father of the Jackson family.

Coming up on Robinson's agenda is the funding and construction of a physical R&B Music Hall of Fame Museum.


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