The late Roy Orbison, 70s superstar Peter Frampton, and Barbara Mandrell are among this year’s inductees into the Musicians Hall of Fame. The hall recently reopened in Municipal Auditorium, after it was evicted from its old location to make way for Music City Center.
The Musicians Union picks the inductees, and this is the first time in three years they’ve been able to do so. It’s taken that long for the Hall of Fame to move into its new home.
It’s tucked in the basement of Municipal Auditorium, in between 4th and 5th Avenues, on a section of street that has been renamed Musicians Way. Founder Joe Chambers says it’s still off the beaten path for many tourists, but he hopes that won’t be the case for long.
“The city is getting ready to put up signage directing folks, tourists you know, from Broadway up Fourth Avenue and Fifth Avenue. Once they get over here, they can find us. But it’s actually getting over here, is the thing,” Chambers said in an interview Monday.
Many tour groups will be making stops at the Hall of Fame in the new year. And he’s says a concert featuring all of this year’s living inductees should help boost the Hall’s profile. It’s scheduled for Municipal Auditorium on January 28.
A dozen musicians will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, including Randy Bachman of the band Bachman Turner Overdrive; Velma Smith, one of country music’s first female session guitarists, bluesman Buddy Guy; Will Lee, the bass player for David Letterman’s “Late Show” band; and the woman known as the First Rock and Roll Sidechick – Corki Casey O’Dell. Read about all of the inductees here [PDF].
Note: An earlier version of this post misidentified Randy Bachman. We apologize for the error.