The Blues Foundation has announced the 2012 inductees for the Blues Hall of Fame, including Chicago harp master Billy Boy Arnold; blues-rock guitar virtuoso Mike Bloomfield; brother/sister recording act Buddy & Ella Johnson; South Louisiana swamp blues artist Lazy Lester; Memphis bluesmen Furry Lewis and Frank Stokes; guitar genius Matt "Guitar" Murphy; and New Orleans musician, songwriter, an producer Allen Toussaint.
Among the other individuals being recognized by The Blues Foundation this year are: Chicago Blues radio force Pervis Spann; German “American Folk Blues Festival” promoters Horst Lippmann and Fritz Rau; and songwriting legend Doc Pomus.
The books Bessie by Chris Albertson and The Voice of the Blues: Classic Interviews from Living Blues Magazine, edited by Jim O’Neal & Amy van Singel, will also be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.
These albums are also being honored: Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues by Buddy Guy (1991) and Bad Influence by Robert Cray (1984). The following singles will be inducted during the ceremony: “It Hurts Me Too” by Tampa Red (1940); “Pine Top’s Boogie Woogie” by Pine Top Smith (1928); and “All Your Love” by Magic Sam (1957).
The induction ceremony will be held Wednesday, May 9, at the Memphis Marriott Downtown in Memphis, Tennessee, the night before the 33rd Blues Music Awards. Plans are underway now to individually honor each of the inductees that night. The Blues Foundation is currently engaged in a $3.5 million campaign to establish a physical Blues Hall of Fame at its headquarters at 421 South Main in downtown Memphis.
The Blues Hall of Fame committee, consisting of scholars, record producers, radio programmers, and historians, is chaired by Jim O'Neal, founding editor of Living Blues.
On May 10, the night after the Blues Hall of Fame inductions, The Blues Foundation will present the Blues Music Awards for the 33rd 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. The evening will see performances by 2012 Hall of Fame inductees and Blues Music Award nominees.
Major funding is provided by ArtsMemphis and the Tennessee Arts Commission. The 33rd Blues Music Awards and Blues Hall of Fame events are also sponsored by Blue Mountain Artists, BMI, Catfood Records, Eagle Rock Entertainment, FedEx, First Tennessee Foundation, Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and Sony/Legacy Records.
Inductees’ biographies are attached and are available, as well as all Hall of Fame inductees, at http://www.blues.org/halloffame/index.php.