2010 Blues Foundation Hall of Fame Inductees by Monica Yasher

Posted on 2/26/2010 by Monica Yasher

The Blues Foundation announced the 2010 Hall of Fame Inductees. Since 1980, the Blues Foundation has honored past and present individuals in the following categories: Performers, Non-Performers, Classics of Blues Literature, Classics of Blues Recordings (Songs), Classics of Blues Recordings (Albums). The people honored are individuals that have impacted the blues genre.

These honors are presented in a private special awards dinner in Memphis, on Wednesday, May 5th, 2010, at the Memphis Marriott Downtown in Memphis, Tennessee,the night before the Blues Music Awards. The inductees are determined by a private panel that discusses who should be nominated and awarded and is chaired by Jim O'Neal, founding editor of Living Blues.

The inductees selected for the year 2010 are:

Lonnie Brooks who hails from Louisiana and is based in Chicago.
Charlie Musselwhite, blues singer and harpist.
Bonnie Raitt, singer, songwriter, guitarist and social activist.
W.C. Handy, "The Father of the Blues".
Gus Cannon and Cannon's Jug Stompers who are jug band pioneers.
Amos Milburn, who penned, "One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer,"
Peter Buralnick an American roots music writer.
Sonny Payne who is the host of the King Biscuit Time program on KFFA radio in Helena, Arkansas.
Sam Charters' who did groundbreaking research on the blues in the 1950s and '60s that resulted in several books including this year's Classics of Blues Literature inductee - The Bluesmen.

Works of individual art that are inducted are:
"All Your Love (I Miss Loving)" by Otis Rush
"Fever" by Little Willie John
"Key to the Highway" by Big Bill Broonzy
"Match Box Blues" by Blind Lemon Jefferson
"Spoonful" by Howlin' Wolf.

Album Works are also being honored:
Strong Persuader by Robert Cray,
Hung Down Head by Lowell Fulson
I Hear Some Blues Downstairs by Fenton Robinson.

Congratulations to all of the 2010 Blues Hall Of Fame inductees!

Copyright © 2010 Copyright Monica L. Yasher. All Rights Reserved.

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