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The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame (LMHOF) is an IRS certified 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization based in the state's capital of Baton Rouge, that seeks to honor and preserve Louisiana's rich music culture and heritage and to further educate its citizens and people worldwide about the state's unique role in contributing to American indigenous and popular music in the 20th century. The motto of the LMHOF is "honoring and preserving Louisiana's greatest renewable natural resource." Its primary outreach currently consists of a growing online "multimedia virtual museum." The organization is also actively developing partnerships and programs for collections, exhibitions, education aids and programs and performances. The LMHOF also seeks to stimulate economic growth by promoting the rejuvenation of the state's music industry. In one specific example, in 2009 LMHOF facilitated pro bono an advertising endorsement agreement between Al "Carnival Time" Johnson and the Louisiana Lottery Corp. which resulted in unprecedented media exposure and royalties to Johnson for use of his image,voice and signature song in a scratch ticket promotion during Mardi Gras season.

Overview of Louisiana's Music

Among the over 200 artists who have been inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame to date are Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Dave Bartholomew, Elvis Presley, Lloyd Price, Lead Belly, Cosimo Matassa, Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Pete Fountain, Buddy Guy, Gov. Jimmie Davis, Ellis Marsalis, Webb Pierce, Dale Hawkins, Louis Prima, Percy Sledge, Irma Thomas, Roy Brown, "Dr. John" Mac Rebennack, Jelly Roll Morton, Allen Toussaint, Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, Bill Conti, Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, Hunter Hayes, Hank Williams Sr. & Jr., and Clarence "Frogman" Henry. The list of inductees is expected to eventually top 1,000 international luminaries, and the program will expand to include recognition of significant songwriters, support musicians, business icons and regionally famous artists in niche recognition categories. The range of inductees reflects the true diversity of Louisiana's music and its impact on 20th-century music around the world. Of course, New Orleans is the undisputed cradle of jazz. In the 1920s, Lead Belly and Jelly Roll Morton covered the spectrum arching over blues forms from Shreveport to New Orleans. As eras passed, Louis Armstrong and Louis Prima dominated, Webb Pierce and Gov. Jimmie Davis and country music rolled as Cosimo Matassa recorded "Good Rockin' Tonight" which spread immediately from New Orleans to Shreveport through The Louisiana Hayride, effectively merging the "Hayride" and New Orleans genres into a whole new genre. Mahalia Jackson became the dominant gospel artist and Pete Fountain and Al Hirt jazzed the world. In the 1950s and 1960s, the likes of Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dale Hawkins, Johnny Rivers, Frogman Henry, Robert Parker, Phil Phillips, John Fred & His Playboys, Jimmy Clanton, The Meters, The Dixie Cups, and Jean Knight dominated the charts and record sales. Even Louisiana's writers like Bobby Charles, Allen Toussaint, Dave Bartholomew and Dick Holler drove the industry with their songs. Throughout this global process, Louisiana continued to grow its own unique and original Cajun, Zydeco and "Swamp Pop" musical genres. Few people appreciate that in the early 19th century New Orleans was the site of the first opera house in America and produced one of the country's first major composers, Louis Moreau Gottschalk. From Classical to Rock & Roll, Jazz to Rhythm & Blues, Gospel to Country & Western, Louisiana has been integral to American music history and was at the forefront of the music revolutions of the 20th century. Exhibits

The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame has launched an innovative LMHOF "Multimedia Virtual Museum" online concept. While physical exhibits are in the development plans, the Internet now provides people anywhere in the world to visit and immerse themselves in the rich culture of Louisiana music. The GALLERIES MUSIQUE[4] allow visitors to spend as much or as little time as they choose, and visit at any time that they choose. Extensive static images, music files and videos albums are provided on each Inductee. Digital based movable exhibitions are available whenever and wherever scheduled. The ongoing one-on-one interaction with inductees and future inductees gleans the history and details of the music and artists directly from the artists. Combining and correlating this information with the constant research and discovery of facts and artifacts, and adding the immediate publishing time of the virtual museum, the LMHOF is able to provide the most accurate and current information available anywhere. In July of 2015 the LMHOF launched the "LMHOF Wall Of Fame at BTR," a truly unique double-sided display consisting of 43 Gold records accompanied by unique artwork honoring 50 LMHOF Inductee members and accompanying dual 50 ultra-flat LED screens giving points of the history of the 50 artists in the Baton Rouge Metro Airport public area. In 2016, The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame has plans to open larger displays featuring more complex Gold record presentations as well as displays featuring artifacts in display of Inductee members in as many as three more locations across the state and a full blown museum display in New Orleans, the home of America's music .
Education and Preservation

Education is the heart of The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame's mission. The organization has plans to create "The History of Louisiana Music" popular/text book as the forerunner for inclusion of Louisiana music history in curricula in the state's Universities and Junior Colleges. These programs include oral histories, narrated biographies, music and recorded live performances. Louisiana Ticket programming will also be available to the world via the LMHOF web site and, beginning in 2016, through HD air and cable channel television broadcasts throughout most of Louisiana.

LMHOF's multimedia virtual museum is rapidly becoming a valuable resource for research on and about Louisiana artists and music. The LMHOF also stores redundant digital files of its entire archives assuring survival of the content. The LMHOF records HD oral history interviews with Inductees and other valued assets wherever possible and records all performances in HD and multi-track digital audio, as they archive exclusive and unique performances for historical reference. Many of these oral history pieces can be found now in the virtual museum under the appropriate inductee, as can numerous live performance recordings, the ever known to exist by many of the inductees. LMHOF has also partnered with the East Baton Rouge Parish Library to be included as a primary link for education and information about Louisiana Music.[5] Louisiana Ticket

The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame produces a '"Louisiana Ticket'" video series, first begun in 1999, as both the official museum broadcast series with in-depth looks at Louisiana's artists and music. The state's legends, landmarks and unsung heroes are explored through insightful features, historical articles, news and reviews. Louisiana Ticket will also soon distribute this programming across the world through the LMHOF Web site and through HD broadcasts throughout Louisiana via cable television networks. History

The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame's institutional history began in 1979 when, with help from current driving force Mike Shepherd, Del Moon, a Baton Rouge, La. print and television entertainment journalist first put forward his intent to create the LMHOF. In 1980, a corporation was formed, nonprofit status obtained and the initial project drive began. After several years, Moon back shelved the full-time pursuit of the project, having fought a severe economic recession and having received only cursory cooperation from State and local government and funding entities. Moon allowed the corporation to be dissolved and public work diminished around 1997.

Over the years, Moon and Shepherd continued to conceive a better approach from another State while an early adviser in Louisiana continued on with the project's development and archival activities.

For a time in the nineties and early 2000s, a non-certified, non-recognized group, out of Lafayette, LA, conducted business using variations of the name, and "inducted" well over a thousand individuals without even keeping a list of those "inductees." That issue is discussed on the LMHOF Official web site in the "HISTORY" section. All inductees of The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame are included in the list below. The "non-certified" inductees from that time and dubious effort, are considered to have never been inducted and do not appear on the web site. Even though The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame knows there are well over a thousand individuals who they refer to as "non-certified" and knows who many of them are, the LMHOF has chosen not to induct these artists in any "wholesale" manner.

In 2005, after several years of pre-development and archival effort, that early adviser, a music industry veteran, Mike Shepherd of Baton Rouge La., took up the gauntlet, establishing a new corporation with IRS 501c3 certification, re-acquired use of The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame name from Louisiana's Secretary Of State (whose predecessor had arguably registered the name to himself in 2004 despite over 20 years of usage at that time) and immediately contacted Moon for continued support and active participation. He got it. Shepherd subsequently reacquired clear registration of the trade name "The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame" from the newly elected and sitting Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler in early 2011.

The new Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame blueprint envisions future public exhibits but immediately took advantage of the Internet by launching a unique multimedia "virtual museum" from a Web site and began honoring Louisiana musicians who have made significant contributions to the music industry. With so much to work on, the decision was made to reach out to the "living legends" and surviving family first in an induction plan rather than engage in a time-consuming thematic/historical approach. As Hurricane Katrina ripped New Orleans, it quickly became apparent that digital was the only way to go. An incredible amount of Louisiana's music history washed away overnight. With the cooperation of Governors Kathleen Blanco and Bobby Jindal, the project has quickly become a prototype for the digital age of museums. That web site has now been visited by over 1.5 Million music fans across the world!

Plans continue for brick and mortar facilities throughout the State, along with numerous projects designed to aid in heightened global awareness of Louisiana's artists and music, as well as developmental tools and facilities to assist in the resurgence in Louisiana's classic music genres.

Over 100 fundraising induction concerts have been staged to date, including "Louisiana's Greatest Hits-Live" held in Baton Rouge on October 27, 2007 and the Louisiana Music Homecoming on May 16, 2010.

In the 2010 Session of the Louisiana Legislature, by unanimous vote of both the State Senate and State House of Representatives on SCR 112, The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame, was commended for its work and further declared as "the official honors and recognition organization and information resource for and about Louisiana's music, musicians and musical heritage," thus becoming the first ever Official Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame after thirty years. On January 27, 2014, The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame web site reached the 1,000,000 visit plateau and in October of 2015 reached 1.5 Million visits.


Name and Date Inducted

   Louis Armstrong - December 7, 2008
   Marcia Ball - 2012
   Dave Bartholomew - November 8, 2009
   Harold Battiste - November 7, 2010
   BeauSoleil - October 16, 2011
   Tab Benoit - May 16, 2010
   Rod Bernard - January 29, 2012
   Kix Brooks - July 13, 2013
   The Boswell Sisters - April 13, 2008
   James Burton - August 22, 2009
   Bobby Charles - October, 2007
   Chubby Carrier - October 16, 2011
   Clifton Chenier - June 25, 2011
   Jay Chevalier - December 7, 2008
   Jimmy Clanton - April 14, 2007
   Bill Conti - April 22, 2008
   Cowboy Mouth - May 14, 2011
   Floyd Cramer - December 7, 2008
   James "Sugarboy" Crawford - November 7, 2010
   Dale & Grace - October 27, 2007
   Dash Rip Rock - January 7, 2012
   Jimmie Davis - October 27, 2007
   The Dixie Cups - April 14, 2007
   Fats Domino - October 2007
   Elvis Presley 2013
   D J Fontana 2013
   Frankie Ford - May 16, 2010
   Pete Fountain - March 18, 2007
   John Fred - April 14, 2007
   Playboy Band - May 16, 2010
   Mickey Gilley - August 7, 2012
   Henry Gray 2013
   Buddy Guy - April 16, 2008
   Dale Hawkins - October 27, 2007
   Clarence "Frogman" Henry - April 14, 2007
   Al Hirt - November 7, 2009
   Slim Harpo - September 25, 2011
   Hunter Hayes - September 7, 2012
   Dick Holler - October 27, 2007
   Johnny Horton - August 22, 2009
   Mahalia Jackson - December 7, 2008
   Al "Carnival Time" Johnson - April 14, 2007
   Kidd Jordan - November 7, 2010
   Ernie K-Doe - August 2, 2009
   Luther Kent - November 18, 2011
   Doug Kershaw - October 9, 2009
   Sammy Kershaw - December 7, 2008
   Bobby Kimball - May 16, 2010
   Jean Knight - October 27, 2007
   Ronnie Kole - November 4, 2012
   Sonny Landreth - October 25, 2012
   Lead Belly - December 7, 2008
   LeRoux - October 10, 2009
   Jerry LaCroix - January 29, 2012
   Jerry Lee Lewis - June 4, 2008
   Stan Lewis - August 22, 2009
   Lillian Axe - May 16, 2010
   Little Richard - May 30, 2009
   Little Walter Jacobs 2013
   Louisiana Hayride - August 22, 2009
   LSU Tiger Band - September 11, 2009
   Master P - July 4, 2013
   Cosimo Matassa - October 27, 2007
   Dennis McGee - December 11, 2011
   Gerry McGee - December 11, 2011
   Tim McGraw - August 3, 2012
   Tommy McLain - October 27, 2007
   Ellis Marsalis - December 7, 2008
   Jelly Roll Morton - December 7, 2008
   D. L. Menard - October 9, 2009
   S J Montalbano - February 7, 2012
   John Moore - April 24, 2008
   Kenny Neal - September 25, 2011
   Jimmy C Newman - October 9, 2009
   Randy Newman - February 11, 2011
   Aaron Neville - December 12, 2010
   Neville Brothers - January 7, 2012
   Joe Osborn - June 12, 2010
   Robert Parker - April 14, 2007
   Phil Phillips - October 27, 2007
   Potliquor - October 20, 2012
   Queen Ida Guillory - April 26, 2013
   Webb Pierce - October 27, 2007
   Lloyd Price - March 9, 2010
   Louis Prima - December 7, 2008
   Wardell Quezergue - November 7, 2010
   The Radiators (American band) - June 10, 2011
   Eddy Raven - September 14, 2012
   Mac Rebennack - December 28, 2007
   River Road - May 14, 2011
   Johnny Rivers - June 12, 2009
   Mike Shepherd - December 1, 201 3
   Eddie Shuler - May 11, 2013
   Benny Spellman - August 2, 2009
   Percy Sledge - May 11, 2007
   Jo El Sonnier - October 9, 2009
   Joe Stampley - October 9, 2010
   Warren Storm - September 10, 2010
   Irma Thomas - April 14, 2007
   Luke Thompson - October 27, 2011
   Wayne Toups - October 13, 2011
   Allen Toussaint - August 2, 2009
   Wilson "Willie Tee" Turbinton - April 14, 2007
   The Uniques - October 9, 2010
   Vince Vance - November 28, 2010
   Larry Williams - February 9, 2014
   Lucinda Williams September, 16 2013
   Gregg Wright 2013
   Zebra - July 10, 2010

Songwriters Annex Members

   Andrew Bernard
   Tony Haselden
   Casey Kelly
   Huey P. Long
   Castro Carazo
   Leon Medica
   Cyril Vetter

Performers Stage Members

   Charles Connor
   Paul Ferrara

Studio Room Members

   Bill Johnston
   Larry McKinley
   Paul Marks
   Eddie Shuler

Regional Hall of Fame Members

Baton Rouge

   The Dots
   Henry Gray
   The Inn Crowd
   Shotgun LeBoa & the Livestock Show
   Raful Neal
   Rudi Richard
   Lee Tillman
   Debbie Traylor

New Orleans

   Lenny Capello
   Joe Clay
   Benny Grunch
   Randy Jackson - Zebra-
   Little Freddie King
   J J Muggler Band
   Eddie Powers
   Coco Robicheaux
   Ernie Vincent
   Walter "Wolfman" Washington


   Bas Clas
   Boogie Kings
   Cookie and the Cupcakes
   Sheryl Cormier
   T K Hulin
   Jivin' Gene Bourgeois
   Iry LeJeune
   Charles Mann
   Belton Richard
   G G Shinn
   Lil Buck Senegal
   Willie Tee Trahan

North Louisiana

   Bill Brent
   Al Ferrier

LMHOF Future Famers Members

   Glen David Andrews
   Amanda Shaw
   Chase Tyler

LMHOF Special Members

   Steve Cropper
   Jimmy Hall
   George Jones
   Mickey Montalbano
   Jim Peterik
   Clay Walker