Blues Foundation 2009 Hall Of Fame

Posted on: Saturday, Feb 28, 2009

2009 Hall of Fame Inductees

The Blues Foundation has announced the inductees for the Blues Hall of Fame in 2009, including “Soul Queen of New Orleans” Irma Thomas and multiple GRAMMY Award winner Taj Mahal, as well as late Chicago bluesman Son Seals and the Reverend Gary Davis. Austin club owner Clifford Antone, discographer Mike Leadbitter and radio programmer and producer Bob Porter will be the non-performers inducted this year. The book I Hear You Knockin’ by Jeff Hannusch was selected as a Classics of Blues Literature. The induction ceremony will be held at The Blues Foundation’s Charter Member Dinner on Wednesday, May 6, at the Memphis Marriott Downtown in Memphis, Tennessee, the night before the 30th Blues Music Awards. Taj Mahal and Irma Thomas will both attend the induction ceremony. The following singles or album tracks will be inducted during the ceremony: “Boom Boom” by John Lee Hooker; “Caldonia” by Louis Jordan; and “Sitting on Top of the World” by the Mississippi Sheiks. These albums were also chosen for induction: Amtrak Blues by Alberta Hunter; T-Bone Blues by T-Bone Walker; and the 2 CD set Blues With a Feeling (Newport Folk Festival Classics) by Various Artists. The Hall of Fame committee, consisting of scholars, record producers, radio programmers, and historians, is chaired by Jim O’Neal, founding editor of Living Blues. On May 7, the night after the Blues Hall of Fame inductions, The Blues Foundation will present the Blues Music Awards for the thirtieth time, and will return to Memphis after staging last year’s events in the Mississippi Delta for the first time. Performers, industry representatives, and fans from around the world will celebrate the best in Blues recording, songwriting and performance from the previous year at the Memphis Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, the city where the Awards have been held since their 1980 inception. The presenting sponsor will once again be The Gibson Foundation. BMI, Casey Family Programs, Eagle Rock Entertainment, FedEx, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company also sponsor the Blues Music Awards.

Classics of Blues Recordings – Albums
Amtrak Blues (Columbia, 1978) – Alberta Hunter
T-Bone Blues (Atlantic, 1959) – T-Bone Walker
Blues With a Feeling Newport Folk Festival Classics (Vanguard 2-CD set, 1993) – Various Artists

Classics of Blues Recordings – Literature
I Hear You Knockin’ – Jeff Hannusch

Classics of Blues Recordings – Singles or Album Tracks
“Boom Boom” – John Lee Hooker (Vee-Jay, 1961)
“Caldonia” – Louis Jordan (Decca, 1945)
“Sitting on Top of the World” – Mississippi Sheiks (Okeh, 1930)

Clifford Antone
Mike Leadbitter
Bob Porter

Reverend Gary Davis
Taj Mahal
Irma Thomas
Son Seals

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