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Mississippi to take center stage at Blues Hall of Fame induction

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Blues Foundation will induct new members, songs/albums and blues-related literature when it holds its Blues Hall of Fame induction ceremony in May, and Mississippi will be well represented.

Blues saxophonists Big Jay McNeely, Eddie Shaw and Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson will be inducted as well as Mississippi hill country patriarch R.L. Burnside and Robert Pete Williams.

Among the other individuals to be recognized by The Blues Foundation for their behind-the-scenes contributions: The Rosebud Agency’s manager and booking agent Mike Kappus; Houston music mogul and label owner Don Robey; and Chicago record producer and writer Dick Shurman.

The book “Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke” by Peter Guralnick is the literature entry into the Blues Hall of Fame this year.

These albums are being honored: Hawk Squat (Delmark, 1969) by J.B. Hutto and Moanin’ in the Moonlight (Chess, 1959) by Howlin’ Wolf.

The following singles will be inducted during the ceremony: “After Hours” by Erskine Hawkins and His Orchestra (Bluebird, 1940); “Catfish Blues” by Robert Petway (Bluebird, 1941); “High Water Everywhere, Parts I & II” by Charley Patton (Paramount, 1930); “It’s Tight Like That” by Tampa Red & Georgia Tom (Vocalion, 1928); and “Milk Cow Blues” by Kokomo Arnold (Decca, 1934).

The induction ceremony will be held May 7, at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown in Memphis, Tenn., the night before the 35th Blues Music Awards.

On May 9, the Blues Foundation will present the Blues Music Awards for the 35th time. Performers, industry representatives and fans from around the world will celebrate the best in Blues recording, songwriting and performance from the previous year at the Memphis Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis.

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