Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame Nominates 19 For Possible Inductees

by VVN Music

The Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame have named nineteen artists and industry leaders for possible induction in 2017.

Among the major artists nominated are Janet Jackson, Patti LaBelle, Teddy Pendergrass, Barry White and Isaac Hayes while non-artists included TV Host and entrepreneur Dick Clark, executives Berry Gordy from Motown, Gamble & Huff of Philadelphia International Records, Clive Davis of Columbia and Arista, Jon Platt of Warner Chappell Publishing and DJ Georgie Woods.

The top ten who emerge from the voting will be announced in February and will be inducted into the Hall next June. The new inductees will bring the total for the Hall to 116.

The Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame was founded in 2010 by sports entrepreneur Lamont "Showboat" Robinson from his love of R&B music and his large collection of memorabilia from the genre. When he decided he wanted to donate some of his rare artifacts to a worthy organization, he found that none existed so he started the organization to recognize the accomplishments of artists in R&B, jazz and Hip-Hop.

The Hall of Fame is currently looking at a number of cities in which to build the museum for the organization.

This year's nominees:
  • Bobby "Blue" Bland
  • Dick Clark
  • Clive Davis
  • Gamble & Huff
  • Berry Gordy
  • Isaac Hayes
  • The Intuders
  • Janet Jackson
  • Patti LaBelle
  • Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
  • Billy Paul
  • Teddy Pendergrass
  • Jon Platt
  • Dee Dee Sharp 
  • Soul Survivors 
  • Joe Tex
  • The Three Degrees
  • Berry White
  • Georgie Woods

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