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Bluff city legends receive induction into Memphis Music Hall of Fame

Bluff city legends receive induction into Memphis Music Hall of Fame

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis music of the past and present was celebrated at the 2018 Memphis Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Thursday.

We got an exclusive look at the sound check for the Box Tops, a rock band that formed in Memphis in 1967.

The band was one of 7 inductees honored at the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.

Those inductees included legendary rap group 8ball and MJG, who also performed.

The Memphis Music Hall of Fame honored the late Aretha Franklin as well.

The ceremony featured several performances of her biggest hits.

Members of Franklin’s family were on hand to accept the award on her behalf.

John Doyle, executive director of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame said this type of yearly music ceremony is unique to Memphis.

"It's incredible stories that come out of Memphis. It's what makes our city special. As much as a music celebration, it's a celebration about the city of Memphis. No other city could do what we do, no other city could do this," said Doyle.

A total of 74 musicians, radio celebrities, producers and more are already in the hall of Fame and John Doyle says there’s no end in sight.

Memphis Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony attracts young hopefuls

Ahead of the event, the Memphis Rock N Soul Museum hosted a youth symposium partnering with the Memphis Music Initiative.

The forum was moderated by iHeart Media executive Devin Steel.

Panelists included Memphis singing sensation Evvie McKinney, record producers James Dukes and Brandon Fletcher, Aretha Franklin’s grandson Jordan Franklin, and Ballet Memphis Director of Development Amelia Thompson.

They each shared words of wisdom for students hoping to break into the b usiness.

"Follow your dreams, do what you love, trust in God, trust the process and never give up," said McKinney.

Franklin said he thinks a lot of people are focused on getting famous and not the craft of music and performing.

"I think that getting back to those roots is very important for this generation," said Franklin.

Fletcher advises hopefuls not to give up, to stay focused, and have thick skin.

“The people in the past didn’t want to be like the people in their past, they made way for their future. So if you want to honor the people in the past, make way for the future and believe in yourself,” said Dukes.

Dukes also encouraged students to believe in the people around them and in what they can do.

Source: Google News Music

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