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R&B Music Hall of Fame Museum

The R&B Music Hall of Fame & Museum will stand as an international iconic cultural museum dedicated to the vast contributions African Americans have made in music, art and culture.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its support to the R&B Music Hall of Fame Museum.


The Museum will recognize the contributions of those who have had significant impact on the evolution, development and perpetuation of Rhythm and Blues.


Artists will be eligible for induction into the R&B Hall of Fame museum five years after the release of their first record. The nominating committee of the R&B Hall of Fame museum will nominate the inductees and the governing body will select from the nominees.


Songwriters, producers, disk jockeys, record executives, journalists and other industry professionals will come under this category.

Hall of Fame Class of 2013

The Induction ceremony of the first R&B Music Hall of Fame will be held on Sunday May 5, 2013 at the Music Hall Auditorium Cleveland, Ohio at 5:00 pm. The VIP reception show time is scheduled on the same day at 7:00 pm.

The following artists are the first inductees into the R&B Music Hall of Fame.


  • The Dramatics
  • The Supremes
  • Aretha Louise Franklin
  • Jack Leroy "Jackie" Wilson, Jr.
  • The Miracles
  • The Temptations
  • The Chi-Lites
  • James Brown and The Famous Flames
  • The O'Jays
  • Whitney Elizabeth Houston
  • Micheal Joseph Jackson
  • Ray Charles Robinson
  • Edwin Starr
  • Gerald Levert
  • LeVert
  • Otis Ray Redding, Jr.
  • The Chambers Brothers
  • The Four Tops
  • Dazz Band
  • Sounds Of Unity and Love (S.O.U.L.)
  • The Imperial Wonders
  • The Impressions
  • The Manhattans
  • Johnnie Harrison Taylor
  • Sly, Slick & Wicked
  • The Edsels
  • The Clovers
  • The Hesitations
  • Ruby and the Romantics
  • The Marvelettes
  • Billy Stewart


  • Albert James "Alan" Freed
  • Richard Wagstaff "Dick" Clark
  • Soul Train
  • Teenarama Dance Party

The Russell Evans Sr. Musicians Award

  • Cornelius Grant


  • WJMO Radio Cleveland - (1490 AM)
  • WABQ (1540 AM)
  • The Call and Post

Producers - Writers, Promoters - MC's

  • Freddie Arrington

Recording Studios

  • Boddie Records
  • Motown Records - Recording

Venus, Night Clubs, Theatres

  • Leo's Casino
  • The 20 Grand

The Ron Banks Humanitarian Award

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