Recording Academy Honors Memphis Heroes

Apr 22, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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The Recording Academy honored legendary musicians at the Memphis Hero Awards, held April 13 at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in Memphis, Tenn. Those honored included Elvis' original band mates Scotty Moore, D.J. Fontana and the late Bill Black, Ike Turner, power pop band Big Star, soul icon Ike Turner and blues legend Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown.

Pictured: Recording Academy president Neil Portnow (l) and Henry Juszkiewicz, chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar and Baldwin Piano (r), honor Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown.

The audience was treated to live performances, video tributes and presentations to the honorees by their friends and fellow musicians. Music lovers, fans, business leaders, music executives and entertainers from across the country were in attendance.

Mike Mills, a member of the alternative rock band R.E.M., touted the influence of Big Star while presenting the first award to the under acclaimed Memphis band. "If you're a fan of rock and roll, even if you haven't heard of Big Star, you owe them, because I guarantee you, any band you like did hear of them and listened to them, and do their best to do as well as they did," Mills said.

Moore and Fontana, accompanied by the Jordanaires, performed during the evening, as did Turner and Brown.

The Heroes Awards celebrate legends in the music industry, acknowledging those artists who have made a lasting impact on the world of music and popular culture.

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