Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Hail to the Keith: Keith Richards to Appear at Musicians Hall of Fame Induction

Posted By on Tue, Oct 21, 2008 at 10:28 AM

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One time someone asked Keith Richards what he would do if he made it to heaven and God asked him to answer for all the crazy shit he'd done (though at this point, he hadn't yet snorted his father's ashes). Richards' response was, "I'd say, 'Don't you know who we are? We're the fucking Rolling Stones,' " or something like that.

Anyway, what's left of Keith Richards will be making a "guest appearance" at the second annual Musicians Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The induction show is Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m. at The Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Tickets start at $50.

From the press release:

An all-star cast of performers and presenters including Richards, Percy Sledge, George Jones, Barbara Mandrell, Phil Everly, Eddie Floyd, Melinda Doolittle, LeeAnn Womack, Kix Brooks and more will be on hand to honor this years inductees that include Booker T and The MGs, The Crickets, Duane Eddy, Al Kooper, The Memphis Horns, The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, and Billy Sherrill.



The Hall of Fame recognizes the contributions studio musicians make to an artists' music and overall career. Talented musicians can play one guitar lick that can make a song forever memorable, play a piano riff on a song intro like you've never heard or create a drum solo that takes the song to a whole new level. Behind the scenes magic has been made by musicians and their talents have now been placed in the spotlight with the MUSICIANS HALL OF FAME annual induction ceremonies taking place each year.

Jewly Hight talks to David Hood (Patterson's dad) of The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section in this week's Scene, so look out for that. Get jumpy for more on this year's inductees.

2008 Inductees

Booker T. and the MGs - Booker T. Jones (organ, piano), Steve Cropper (guitar), Al Jackson (drums) and Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass). Best remembered historically as the studio band for Stax-Volt Records during the 60s, Booker T. and the MGs created the "Memphis Sound" behind the hit recordings by Carla Thomas ("Gee Whiz"), Rufus Thomas ("Walkin' the Dog"), Otis Redding ("Dock of the Bay"), Sam and Dave, among others. The reputation as a band in their own right was established in 1962 with their instrumental hit "Green Onions." On their own Booker T. and the MGs had rhythm and blues hits with "Hip Hug-Her," "Groovin'," "Soul Limbo," and "Time Is Tight."

The Crickets - Jerry Allison (J.I.) (drums), Joe B. Mauldin (bass), Sonny Curtis (guitar/lead vocal) Founded in 1957, the Crickets have influenced virtually every major rock performer in the United States and abroad - from Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan to the Rolling Stones and the Beatles (whose name was even Crickets-inspired). Their hits have included some of rock's historical classics, "That'll Be The day," Peggy Sue," "Oh Boy," "Not Fade Away," "Maybe Baby," "It's So Easy," "I Fought The Law" and "More Than I Can Say."

Duane Eddy - Grammy Award winning guitarist, member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Number One Rock and Roll Instumentalist of All Time. Beginning with his first release, in 1958, his distinctively low, twangy riffs would be featured on an unprecedented string of thirty four chart singles, fifteen of which made the Top Forty, with sales of over 100 million worldwide. Best known for such hits as "Rebel Rouser," "Forty Miles of Bad Road," "Peter Gunn," "Because They're Young," "Cannonball," "The Lonely One," "Shazam," and "Some Kind-a Earthquake."

Al Kooper - Best known for his striking organ riff on "Like a Rolling Stone" and his performances with Bob Dylan in concert in the 60s. Kooper was a member of the Blues Project, and formed Blood, Sweat & Tears, culminating in the release of their first album, Child Is Father to the Man. He has played on hundreds of records, including performances with The Rolling Stones, George Harrison, B.B. King, The Who, Jimi Hendrix and innumerable others. He has released approximately 11 albums since 1968 including the best-selling "Super Session" album featuring Mike Bloomfield and Stephen Stills. In addition, he produced the first three albums of the band Lynyrd Skynyrd, including the single, "Sweet Home Alabama" and the iconic "Free Bird".

The Memphis Horns - Wayne Jackson (trumpet) and Andrew Love (tenor saxophone) Famous for their many appearances on Stax Records, they have been called "arguably the greatest soul horn section ever." The Memphis Horns appeared on nearly every recording for Stax -- with Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, Sam and Dave and others -- as well as on other releases, including The Doobie Brothers' What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits, U2's Rattle and Hum as well as a few solo records.

The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and Friends - Jimmy Johnson (guitar), Roger Hawkins (drums), David Hood (bass), and Barry Beckett (keyboards) along with friends Spooner Oldham, Clayton Ivey, Randy McCormick, Will McFarlane and Pete Carr. Formed in 1967, the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section is considered one of the finest studio rhythm sections in the world, playing sessions in New York, Nashville, and Muscle Shoals. They became world renown as the musicians, and or producers, on such classics as "Respect" by Aretha Franklin, "Mustang Sally" by Wilson Pickett, "Kodachrome" by Paul Simon, "I'll Take You There" by The Staple Singers, "Old Time Rock and Roll" by Bob Seger, and many others. They have played on over 500 LPs, garnering over 75 gold and platinum LPs.

Billy Sherrill (Producer Award) - Record producer and arranger who has been regarded as the defining influence of the countrypolitan sound, Sherrill is famous for his association with a number of country artists including Tammy Wynette, Charlie Rich, Elvis Costello, George Jones, Johnny Paycheck, Tanya Tucker, Johnny Cash, Barbara Mandrell, David Allan Coe, Ray Conniff, Joe Stampley, Charlie Walker, Ray Charles and

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