(Memphis) – The Memphis Music Hall of Fame inducted its first class Thursday night. The group included 25 music greats.
They spanned generations and genres, but the inductees share ties to one thing, Memphis, a city synonymous with the Blues and Rock and Roll.
“It’s such an honor to be inducted, but the first thing was what took so long for a hall of fame in Memphis, but I’m glad it’s here and I’m glad I’m here,” ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill said.
Hill said Memphis is a city where musicians feel welcome.
“It has so many influences that you’re comfortable no matter what you play. You’ve got some place to hear it and see it and be part of it,” he said.
Which is why so many greats like Elvis, B.B. King, and Jerry Lee Lewis lived and recorded in the Bluff City..
Thursday those legends both late and living were honored with a musical tribute. Taking part in the tribute, Otis Redding’s sons.
Redding’s sons took part in the tribute.
“It’s a pleasure and honor to be here and to know that my father was part of this great legacy,” he said. “It has been a big year for us the Jay-Z and Kanye West song and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger it’s amazing to know that his career just lives on. We’re very blessed we’re able to keep his legacy alive.”
Another inductee Booker T. and The Mg’s who had the 1962 hit single Green Onions.
“It’s amazing when we look back to see how much we did in such a short time,” Steve Cropper said.
But the music of the these legends transcends time, and now lives for ever in the Hall of Fame of a city where music lives in its soul.
The inductees include: Booker T. and The Mg’s, Lucie Campbell, George Coleman, Jim Dickinson, Al Green, W.C. Handy, Isaac Hayes, Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Mitchell, Dewey Phillips, Sam Phillips, Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Staple Singers, Rufus Thomas, Three 6 Mafia, Nat D. Williams, and ZZ Top.