The following have been inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame for 2020:
BETTYE LAVETTE, SYL JOHNSON, VICTORIA SPIVEY, EDDIE BOYD,
GEORGE “HARMONICA” SMITH, BILLY BRANCH, AND RALPH PEER
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The 14 honorees of The Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame’s 41st class encompass nearly a century of music, spanning from 1920s stars Victoria Spivey and Bertha “Chippie” Hill to contemporary luminaries Bettye LaVette, Syl Johnson, and Billy Branch. This year’s inductees in the Blues Hall of Fame’s five categories — Performers, Non-Performing Individuals, Classics of Blues Literature, Classics of Blues Recording (Song), and Classics of Blues Recording (Album) — also vividly demonstrate how the blues intersects with a broad variety of American music styles: soul, funk, country, R&B, and rock ’n’ roll. The new Blues Hall of Fame performers aren’t just exceptional musicians, but they also are educators, innovators, entrepreneurs, and activists determined to leave their mark on the world.
Landmark recordings by B.B. King, Ruth Brown, Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, Willie Brown, Bertha “Chippie” Hill, and Howlin’ Wolf will also receive Hall of Fame recognition. For bios and more information CLICK HERE.