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Saturday, 01 August 2009 / Published in Newsletters

The Official Newsletter of The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame August, 2009

In this edition:

  • National Publicity for Mother-in-Law Lounge Induction Party
  • What’s Next? Who’s Next?
  • Former La. Music Commission Exec Lowers the Boom
  • EBR Parish Library Online Now Features LMHOF Link and Video
  • Cajun Folklorist and PR Executive Join Executive Advisory Board
  • NOW is the Time…

MATTHEW HINTON / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE
Allen Toussaint, author of “Mother-In-Law” and a recognized musical genius who has touched the careers of scores of artists over four decades, sings the song at K-Doe’s lounge in New Orleans Sunday August 2, 2009 when he was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame along with a posthumous induction of K-Doe.

Allen Toussaint, Benny Spellman & Ernie K-Doe Induction Party a Nationwide Smash Hit

It seems that everyone and his (or her) mother-in-law loves Louisiana music. The scene at the Mother-In-Law Lounge was a controlled media frenzy with a score or more of videographers and dozens of expensive cameras competing for clear shots of history being made – Allen Toussaint, Benny Spellman and Ernie K-Doe joining the ranks of Inductees to the Louisiana Hall of Fame.

Whether media, family, musician, friend or fan, every person in attendance had a great time despite the heat and close quarters. Toussaint, who wrote the hit songs recorded by Spellman and K-Doe, was visibly moved and commented that receiving recognition from LMHOF was special to him, and that having the event at the Mother-in-Law Lounge was very appropriate. He was heard saying “That was New Orleans!” as he left the stage.

The party – which was conceived months ago but put on hold after the sudden death of K-Doe‟s widow Antoinette on Mardi Gras day – featured emotional video presentations, official inductions and remarks, capped by a rollicking music set that recounted career highlights.

Tears flowed when a video was shown of Benny Spellman accepting his plaque on the big screens. LMHOF Executive Director Mike Shepherd and Inductee/Advisory Board Member Deacon John traveled to Pensacola to make the personal presentation in his care home (Benny suffered a stroke years ago and cannot travel or perform now) and his recorded comments and impromptu singalong with Deacon on guitar struck a major note for everyone about the importance of the LMHOF project.

The event caused a virtual earthquake of media attention with print and online stories that reached every corner of the U.S., Canada and even England and beyond. We sent out notice of the event to over 400 media contacts, but we want to especially thank Stacy Plaisance at the New Orleans bureau of the Associated Press for her advance story which really helped set off the media stampede. Stories have been picked up and posted online at Yahoo, Google, AOL, AT&T and myriad other general and music news services, and in scores of online newspapers including USA Today, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Miami Herald and on and on.

Official LMHOF Induction Event Poster

One of our favorite review pieces was posted on Nola.com by Keith Spera – please enjoy his article and the reader comments. Additionally, the LMHOF Web page saw nearly 2,000 visitors in the 24 hour period following the AP story posting, and page visits have since doubled in pace compared to activity prior to Aug. 2. And we can‟t overlook the numerous TV and radio stories that have aired around the state as just as significant, perhaps more so from the standpoint of how local media sometimes “views its own” with a jaded eye.

The performers provided a rare blend of New Orleans and Baton Rouge musicians. The New Orleans contingent included (besides Toussaint) Deacon John (who played guitar on Spellman‟s, K-Doe‟s and other Toussaint recordings) Ronald Jones (son of Joe “You Talk Too Much” Jones who played on many of the original recordings), Judy Spellman, who sang in place of her father, and Inductee Al “Carnival Time” Johnson, who was presented with a belated birthday present – a drawing of Johnson done for LMHOF by noted artist Ralph Chabaud.

New Orleans native/Baton Rouge resident Lenny Capello, who had the Cosimo Matassa – produced regional hit record “Cotton Candy” on RIC Records five decades ago, surprised a lot of people with the strength of his vocals. Capello himself was surprised to have three fans show up with copies of his 45 seeking an autograph. Sitting behind the drums was Baton Rouge‟s “Joe Boy” Miceli, longtime drummer for John Fred‟s Playboy Band.

WATCH VIDEOS SHOWN AT THE INDUCTION PARTY ON YOUTUBE:

You can find inductee bios linked on the left column our home page and the videos linked above plus more highlights of the induction event are in the Galleries Musique section at the LMHOF web site. (Note: Some of the other photos and memorabilia materials provided to us for these latest individual inductees have not yet been scanned, formatted and uploaded into the Virtual Museum.

We hope to be caught up within the next week and apologize for the delay.) We could go on and on with stories and positive fallout from this special gathering. Suffice to say that it was indeed “special” and could represent a turning point for raising the visibility of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

“The fact that this induction has reverberated so far is only a small indication of what we can accomplish for education, tourism and especially for reviving our homegrown music industry through our efforts- and by working with other legitimate nonprofit organizations and partnering with the business and public sectors,” Shepherd comments. “Louisiana contributed more to American and international music than any other state in the 20th century. We still lead with the creative side, but have let the business side slip away. It‟ time to recapture our natural position as an economic force in the music world.”


DVD Documentary Cover (from amazon.com)

What’s Next? Who’s Next?

We can‟ make up for 30 years of lost time all at once, but we are steadily expanding and growing our list of inductees, and in the next wave LMHOF will add new wrinkles by inducting not just artists but music institutions and a noted businessman who helped advance an industry.

August 22: SHREVEPORT

Mike Shepherd will be onstage at the James Burton International Guitar Festival with four induction plaques, including first and foremost The Louisiana Hayride (1948 – 1960), a radio and television network show originated at the famed Municipal Auditorium that rivaled the Grand Ole Opry and helped launch and/or sustain the careers of dozens of country and rockabilly music stars from Hank Williams to Elvis Presley. The phenomenal contributions of the Hayride to 20th Century American music cannot be overstated and our first presentation in Shreveport could not overlook this body of work as an entity to be inducted. Also to be inducted will be:

Festival namesake James Burton, youngest house band member of the Louisiana Hayride and guitarist with Ricky Nelson and Elvis for many years, among other credits; Legendary Shreveport music businessman

Stan Lewis, producer, songwriter and record retailer for six decades, and Posthumous induction of Johnny Horton (“Battle of New Orleans” “North to Alaska”)

 


Randy Camanita Fundraiser print

September 12: BATON ROUGE

Breaking News – You Heard It in This Newsletter FIRST: A very special halftime show will be presented by The LSU Tiger Marching Band at the home game vs. Vanderbilt, featuring popular music by LMHOF inductees Al “Carnival Time” Johnson, Robert “Barefootin’ Parker, Jean “Mr. Big Stuff” Knight and Bill “Rocky” Conti.

Conti, who attended LSU and did music arrangements for the “Golden Band From Tigerland,” was inducted at an event on campus last year and it dawned on us that no other college marching band:

  • had a fight song written by its Governor (Huey Long)
  • had an internationally noted jazz orchestra leader (Castro Carazo) as a band director
  • won the only national college marching band show competition ever held (1970) and has also
  • won the coveted “Sudler Trophy” awarded annually by its peers
  • won the 2008 “ESPN Battle of the Bands” Indiana Jones movie music video contest and $25,000 (by a landslide vote!)
  • can claim so much indigenous music heritage as its own inspiration. Consider that “Tiger Rag”
  • originated as a Dixieland jazz song, and that millions of people instantly recognize who is playing the first four notes of that song in the famous “Pregame” whenever it is played.

Because of its iconic relationship to both LSU and to the music of Louisiana, and how it has helped prepare so many musicians to enter into music business and education, The LSU Tiger Marching Band will be formally inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame on this date. On hand to make that presentation with Mike Shepherd will be Del Moon, Tiger Band alumnus and the founder of the first LMHOF project who now serves on the current Executive Advisory Board.


Coming This Fall:

Expect to see several more inductions, including a special concert induction of Louisiana’s LeRoux, a live radio induction of some Swamp Pop legends, and hopefully our first wave of Acadiana inductions in Cajun genres. Some very special plans are being laid in New Orleans, both for programs and with possible announcements concerning a property development. There will be some special “one of a kind” music releases coming down the line soon too. Stay tuned!

 


Former Louisiana Music Commission Staffer Vents in Blog

In the line with Shepherd‟ comments above, we would like to share with you a recent blog posted by Steve Picou, a former ranking staff member of the Louisiana Music Commission that is charged with promoting the development of our state‟ music industry.

In light of repeated rejection of our offers of free assistance with official events and ceremonies, and tabling of suggestions and motions made by appointed commission members to provide recognition and support to LMHOF, we can‟ help but find Picou‟ report and the follow-up comments relevant and revealing.

Reviewing their official Web page yields several dead links and the omission of several helpful organizational links, including ours. Meanwhile, one link seems to direct artists to a contact number out of state with a for-profit company. What is wrong with this picture?

We shed light to Picou‟ report and the situation because we believe there is so much more the state can do. We don‟ know how much public money is being devoted to an official entity that cannot show any appreciable progress or evidence of real assistance to the music industry, and certainly not in comparison to the success the state has had with fostering a robust film industry. We are simply asking the same questions that are being mouthed by many others in the ranks of musicians, entrepreneurs and even fans (read the comments below Picou‟ blog for examples) and sharing these questions and observations with you.


Cajun Folklorist and PR Pro Join LMHOF Executive Advisory Board

In our last newsletter we introduced nine prominent individuals who have lent their names and their expert counsel to the LMHOF effort.  We are grateful for their ongoing help and assistance.  We are proud to add even more diversity with the addition of two respected and passionate Louisiana music lovers:

Barry Jean Ancelet – Ancelet is a world-recognized Cajun folklorist and expert in the history of Cajun music. He is the Willis Granger and Tom Debaillon BORSF Professor of Francophone Studies at University of Louisiana-Lafayette and has earned numerous state, national and international honors for his work. Most recently he was named 2009 “Humanist of the Year” by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

LeAnne Weill – The Weill Agency is the oldest established advertising and public relations firm in Louisiana, founded in 1958 by noted PR practitioner, author and award-winning playwright Gus Weill. Since 1986 LeAnne Weill has been running the agency and has continued its legacy of excellence with numerous national advertising awards and producing proven results for her clients.


EBR Parish Library Online Now Features LMHOF Link and Videos

We are pleased to now be a partner with the East Baton Rouge Parish Library and to be recognized as an educational resource. The library is featuring a video from the LMHOF archives on a rotating basis on its “Louisiana Artists and Musicians” Page under Arts and Culture (CLICK HERE to view) and LMHOF is listed at the top of Music Organizations under its Arts Organizations tab. (CLICK HERE to view)

Education is one of the underpinning missions of our organizational plan. Once we have revenue from our own activities, grants and donations we will engage in programs that will ensure all children growing up in Louisiana have an understanding of the special stature of their state in international and popular music history. Providing accurate, informative and entertaining material for musicologists, media and fans around the world of the various genres that comprise our rich musical tapestry is another aspect of our mission.


NOW is the Time…

…for you to make a statement that the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame is an important and long-needed missing piece to solving the puzzle of how to restore the state‟ music industry and cultural prominence.

Many assume that this is simply a museum building project that might also put on a few concerts and attract a few tourists. Some cynically expect that such an entity would not meet its monetary needs from exhibit and event admissions, which has indeed been an issue for some entities.

We respectfully disagree in this case.

Of all of the states or even regions in the world that should logically have a hall of fame for the length and breadth of its indigenous and popular music, Louisiana is clearly in a class by itself.

“These musicians are a national treasure,” wrote one reader in the comments section under the NOLA.com article we linked about our recent induction party. “LA should fund and build a music Hall of Fame as a major tourist attraction. I live in Hawaii but would travel and attend the annual ceremonies.” Book „m, Dano. If you build it, they will come.

However, The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame was never conceived to be just a historical exhibit and recognition project, either now or in the first nonprofit venture started in 1980. The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame is envisioned to be a catalyst for economic development well beyond the scope of a simple tourist attraction. Its mission also reaches into education and cultural preservation. Louisiana needs to raise awareness of its own greatness at home to foster a supportive culture for its talent.

That talent needs to be provided the technical assistance and business training to achieve real success. The music community needs to watchdog itself and prevent wholesale exploitation and recognize the producers, managers and agents who demonstrate ethical business practices that profit them and produce sustainable careers. LMHOF can be a voice and a change agent to assist in all of these areas. Without exaggeration, we believe billions of dollars and keeping our best and brightest talents based here potentially hang in the balance.

Because of the lack of infrastructure to properly promote and preserve our history, the media and some entertainment business interests in major production hubs like Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Nashville have not always been as accurate-and in some cases forthcoming- in giving due credit to our state‟ artists and influences. Our education goals also include helping tell “the real story” to the masses and thereby bring a lot of famed Louisiana hit music back “onto the playlist” and also pave the way for the next generation.

It’s a given that we can ask the state to underwrite the bulk of our project, although that is exactly what has been done by other states with halls of fame already in existence.

Our business plan demonstrates an ability to draw upon a variety of resources and to self-generate the majority of our own funding needs. But we have to get “over the hump” to get there. We also need to show we have a growing base of people who show their support and will help us “prime the pump” to continue to conduct our events and inductions and to expand our unique Virtual Museum the share with the world. NOW is the time…


CLICK on the Donate button at our Home Page to find our secure online payment page.

If you want Krewe Musique membership information or a mailing address visit the “Krewe Musique” page.

We are also actively seeking sponsors and corporate partners for events and projects, grants, and for in-kind donations that reduce expenses for actual budget needs.

And if you would like to offer some of your individual time and talent, let‟ talk and see how we might be able to utilize your skills. Please direct your questions and comments to: info@louisianamusichalloffame.org.

THANK YOU! YOUR Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame

Monday, 01 June 2009 / Published in Newsletters

The Official Newsletter of The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame www.LMHOF.org June, 2009

In this edition:

  • Little Richard, Johnny Rivers Inducted; Virtual Museum Galleries Open
  • Executive Advisory Board Taking Shape
  • So Much Music, So Little Time!
  • Induction Process: There’s Method in the Madness
  • Everyone Can Help

Little Richard

The LMHOF inducted Little Richard as its 36th official member Saturday, May 30, 2009 in New Orleans at “The Domino Effect” fundraiser concert for the Drew Brees Foundation.  At the request of promoter Dave Rosen, LMHOF Executive Director Mike Shepherd was brought on stage during Little Richard’s performance to present the induction plaque. After an extended standing ovation for the legendary artist, Richard, who had earlier told the crowd a little about his history in New Orleans, said “I don’t see how nobody can’t love New Orleans…There’s nowhere in the world like it.” Little Richard was born in Georgia but his musical influences came in New Orleans and his rise to international fame started with “Tutti Frutti” recorded (at the suggestion of Lloyd Price) in New Orleans under producer Cosimo Matassa with New Orleans musicians including Earl Palmer and Red Tyler.  The rest is history.

 

LMHOF Inductees Fats Domino & Little Richard backstage (wearing their LMHOF pins)

Fats Domino was in attendance and had earlier acknowledged the crowd with a wave from the upper deck, where he sat, accompanied by WWL personality Eric Paulsen and his children Antoine and Adonika. As Little Richard ended his set, Fats and his entourage came down and backstage to visit with his old friend.  That visit moved to Little Richard’s dressing room where he held court for numerous media and friends, including Ronnie Jones (son of Joe”You Talk Too Much” Jones), Norman Thrasher (of the Midnighters), WWOZ’s Reddy Teddy, Keb Mo,  Al “Carnival Time” Johnson and others. Little Richard and Fats found time to have a lengthy and heartfelt talk about the golden days.

Rare footage of some of the show including Drew Brees’ address to the crowd, Fats recognition from the upper level, Little Richard’s induction into the Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame and snippets from Little Richard’s performance in tribute to Fats can be viewed in the Galleries Musique virtual museum under “Inductees Videos > Little Richard”. More info on Little Richard can be viewed at his LMHOF official induction page and Fats info can be viewed at his LMHOF official induction page


Johnny Rivers

Johnny Rivers might become the only person who can ever say he was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame twice.  That’s because our 37th Inductee was supposed to be our 23rd Inductee but life circumstances intervened. “Last year, I had already gathered the Galleries material, arranged the presentation date and obtained the Governor’s certificate and made the plaque,” Mike Shepherd recalls.  “As the date approached Johnny’s mother became ill and passed away, so all parties agreed it would not be a good time to go through with the induction.”  After a few additional false starts, Mike was able to catch up with Johnny at his recent show at the Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi where the official presentation was successfully accomplished.  Rivers cracked a wry smile as Shepherd awarded TWO induction plaques, the current one with Gov. Jindal’s signature on the certificate, as well as the earlier version signed by former Gov. Blanco.

Fans of Johnny Rivers will find a treasure trove of classic and unusual/rare video performances spanning his career in the Inductees Video Section of The Galleries Musique.  Be sure to read more about this prolific hitmaker on his Induction Page here.


Executive Advisory Board Taking Shape

We are excited and honored to have announced this week  that our Executive Advisory Board now includes a former Governor, Secretary of State, and two sitting district attorneys as active support grows for our effort.  (News Release Here.)

The release named the following members:

  • Jean Armstrong, President, League of Women Voters of Baton Rouge
  • Jim Brown, former La. Secretary of State and board member of La. Music Center/La. Music Hall of Fame (1981-85)
  • Alan Edelman, former Undersecretary of Louisiana Dept. of Commerce and board member of La. Music Center/La. Music Hall of Fame (1982-86)
  • Bonnie Fussell, Musician, former La. State Police Chief of Staff; former President, Louisiana Lottery Corp.
  • Florent Hardy, Louisiana State Archivist
  • Del Moon, former entertainment journalist and 1st founder, La. Music Center/Louisiana Music Hall of Fame (1980-87)
  • Deacon John Moore, Musician, LMHOF member and President, American Federation of Musicians Local 174-496 (New Orleans)
  • Hon. Walter P. Reed, District Attorney, La. 21st Judicial District – St. Tammany and Washington Parishes
  • Hon. Earl B. Taylor, District Attorney, La. 27th Judicial District – St. Landry Parish
  • Hon. David C. Treen, former La. Governor and former U. S. Congressman

In addition to the above names, we are pleased to also announce yet another addition in this newsletter.  This week, public relations practitioner par excellence LeAnne Weill of The Weill Agency has also accepted the invitation to serve on the Executive Advisory Board.


So much music, so little time!

The opening months of 2009 have begun of a new phase in our organizational development.  In three years, with limited private funding and no public financial support, La Musique Louisianne, Inc. has grown from an idea reborn to a living museum.  To date, 37 internationally-recognized music greats have been formally inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and a vibrant online “Virtual Museum”, the Galleries Musique is rapidly expanding with over 4,000 image, music and video files.   The “hits keep on coming” – that is,  internet “hits” at www.LMHOF.org– with over 30,000 visitors since January alone and the pace is increasing in leaps and bounds.  LMHOF is appearing higher and more often in Internet search engine results.  Networking opportunities continue to grow through our pages on MySpace and Facebook and sample videos on our You Tube page invite folks to enjoy hundreds more to visit our Galleries Musique.

We have concentrated on “walking the walk” instead of just “talking the talk,” which is why it makes more sense in this digital era (and under difficult economic times) to build an online museum first.  To be sure, we envision a future “home” with exhibits and other exciting physical “expressions” of the LMHOF mission, but we aren’t waiting around for that.  We are working closely with State Archivist and Advisor Florent Hardy to provide backup files of everything we are producing to the Louisiana State Archives under Secretary of State Jay Dardenne, to ensure it is preserved.  So until that future time when you will have a “place” (or “places”) to go, you are literally witnessing a museum being built before your eyes and ears on our Web site.  Please tell your friends and other music lovers to stop by and enjoy. But now we are approaching a “critical mass” of interest and it’s time to take this project to another level.  How you can help?  Keep reading and we’ll tell you how below.  But first…

The Induction Process: There’s Method in the Madness

The most common questions and comments we get are concerning the induction process.  Rightfully so, fans of particular luminaries ask us why their favorite musician has not been inducted.  Pete Fountain is in, but Al Hirt is not.  Al “Carnival Time” Johnson is in, Professor Longhair is not.  Webb Pierce is in, Faron Young is not.  And where are the Cajun and Zydeco greats?  The list goes on and on, and the answer is simple and straightforward: please be patient, we’re getting there! The fact is, we did not set out to make a priority list of the most important/influential stars and start from the top down with awards.  We do have a list with scores of names of certain and likely inductees spanning over a century of unique music history, but the overriding consideration has been to reach those artists and surviving families that are still with us FIRST.

The official recognition (including presentation of an induction plaque and Governor’s certificate) is long overdue for all of these artists.

So this explains why we have inducted Pete Fountain and the late Al Hirt is still in the pending stage.

Secondly, the induction process is not quick, easy and without expense. Formal induction requires research and contact, collecting/borrowing sufficient artifacts, scanning, transferring and formatting files, creating presentation artwork and Governor’s welcome, etc. It takes at least 40 hours to prepare and install each honoree on the Web site. Travel and communications eat time and expense as well. Finally, there is opportunity. When Buddy Guy made a rare appearance back in his native Baton Rouge last year, we jumped on the opportunity to make a presentation and obtained enough documentation to create his Inductee section in the Galleries Musique. So serendipity has played a role in some of the presentations.

There are many worthy names yet to be engraved on the Hall of Fame rolls, so if you don’t see your favorite music legends yet you can rest assured that  they are  “in that number” to march into Induction in the not-too-distant future.

We always welcome your comments, ideas and feedback and we hope this basic explanation helps you to understand our thoughts, capabilities and limitations that must be overcome.  Two years ago we had a dozen inductees and the Virtual Museum looked a bit sparse.  Today it is a much better representation, and two years from now…LOOK OUT!! 

Everyone Can Help

As suggested above, our only limitations are time and resources, and we are eager to advance our mission at warp speed with the proper support it needs and deserves. The feedback from around the world has been unbelievable.  We have far more leads to follow, pieces of history to retrieve, and ideas to develop than we have time or resources to immediately address.  Not only is this an incorporated non-profit organization, at this point it is also a 100% volunteer-driven effort.  Our core of board supporters and volunteers are dedicated to this cause, and we have been attempting to attract grants and other funding resources to get the project out of the “incubator,” but progress has been slow on that end.

Executive Director Mike Shepherd is not looking for any medals, but the facts are that he has devoted nearly all of his time, energy and effort to the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame concept since 2005, when the passing of his friend and music legend John Fred inspired to him to take up the cause to give those of his stature the recognition they deserve.  Not only has he self-funded much of the entity’s expenses, he has voluntarily semi-retired his video and audio production company to dedicate himself to the LMHOF work.  All of the technology being used for this project – HD video cameras, editing and transferring/scanning equipment, IT architecture, etc. is made possible from the company’s and Shepherd’s resources.

Plans are in development for a number of programs designed to inform, educate, promote, recognize and preserve the rich and diverse history and culture of Louisiana music, and to stimulate the state’s music industry to return to its former glory days.  But plans are just that…plans.  They need funding and support.   We humbly ask that you consider what we have accomplished already and support LMHOF with a membership donation to La Musique de Louisianne, Inc., an IRS certified 501(c)3 tax exempt organization.  All donations are therefore tax deductible.

To donate, click the “Donate” button on our Home Page to go to our secure online payment page.  If you want membership information or a mailing address visit the “Krewe Musique” page. We are actively seeking sponsors and corporate partners for events, Web site banner advertisement and for in-kind donations that reduce expenses for actual budget needs. And if you would like to offer some of your individual time and talent, let’s talk and see how we might be able to utilize your skills.

You can always direct your questions and comments to info@louisianamusichalloffame.org.

 

THANK YOU! Until next time,The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame

Sunday, 01 February 2009 / Published in Newsletters

The Official newsletter of The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame February 2009 with January updates and projections for 2009.

After our fantastic Christmas Party on the North Shore where Ellis Marsalis and Jay Chevalier performed and were Inducted, Deacon John rocked the show and Gov. Dave Treen made a guest appearance as a vocalist, we’ve rolled into 2009 with new networking initiatives and a first partnership project with the Louisiana Lottery.

We ended our year with 38,000 hits on our web site & Virtual Museum, www.LMHOF.org , and have rocketed into 2009 with over 6,000 hits in January. This has been, in part, due to our networking initiatives through MySpace (www.myspace.com/lamusichalloffame) improvements, You Tube (www.youtube.com/lamusichalloffame) additions and a presence of Facebook(www.facebook.com search – The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame).  We invite you to visit all.

One of our additions to all the networking sites as well as our site, has been a mini-documentary on “The Making of a Commercial – Al Johnson for The Louisiana Lottery”. This was a direct result of The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame and The Louisiana Lottery partnering to create an ad campaign for the “Here Comes THe Parade” $2 scratch-off product from the Lottery. LMHOF Inductee Al “Carnival Time” Johnson was placed as the spokesman for the radio campaign and the Lottery licensed his classic Mardi Gras anthem “Carnival Time” for the music bed. The result: a rockin’ Mardi Gras themed radio campaign, and an ongoing relationship between the LMHOF and the LA Lottery. Our goal is to keep Louisiana’s monies in Louisiana and to help our musicians while displaying their music. The proceeds to Al Johnson represented more money, to him, that his intake for the classic song over 50 years, in addition to putting him over the top in his funding to take possession of his Habitat For Humanity Musicians’ Village home in the upper 9th Ward of New Orleans. Al was displaced, as so many others, by Hurricane Katrina and had been sharing time between Houston and New Orleans. LMHOF is proud to have been able to help Al, and gives special thanks to Rose Hudson, Lottery President, Lottery Producer Jeff Jackson and Lottery PR person KImberly Chopin, as well as LMHOF Advisory Board member Jean Armstrong (of the LWVLA) for helping arrange the initial meeting between LMHOF & the LA Lottery. LMHOF also provided input for a Times Picayune (New Orleans) article of Christmas Inductee Jay Chevalier, The Official Louisiana State Troubadour, honoring Jay, and graphics for the Krewe of Grela (WestBank – Carnival Day) for Al Johnson “throw cups”.

Plans for 2009 include:

  • expansion of our Induction events across the state with 7 regional events for the year, including a return to The Abita Quail Farm in December for our “Christmas Party”;
  • presentation to Fats Domino of a special group of photographs and artwork from LMHOF & Capitol/EMI records
  • returning photos lost in Katrina to Fats via digital technology;
  • presentation to Clarence “Frogman” Henry of a certificate of achievement for being the 1st Inductee to reach 10,000 views of his edited Induction performance video on You Tube;
  • presentation to Phil Phillips (“Sea Of Love”) of a special commendation from the LA, Los Angeles that is, City Council honoring Phil for Lifetime Achievement;
  • February additions to the Virtual Museum GALLERIES MUSIQUE of video and images albums for Christmas Party announced Inductees (Mahalia Jackson, Louis Prima, Jelly Roll Morton, Lead Belly, Webb Pierce & Floyd Cramer);
  • presentation of edited video to the New Orleans City Council on Al “Carnival Time” Johnson in conjunction with the honoring of Al by the Council, first in a series;
  • introduction of our first educational pods (or A/V presentations) into the school systems of the State of LA, beginning with the Baton Rouge Center for Visual & Performing Arts;
  • first airings of “Louisiana Ticket”, the LMHOF TV series on Louisiana Artists and music – in HD – through Cox Baton Rouge, Cox Lafayette (and hopefully Cox New Orleans) systems;
  • many scheduled interviews/oral history including Ellis Marsalis, Benny Spellman, Huey P. Meaux and 1980 LMHOF (1st attempt) founder Del Moon (now a current LMHOF board member;
  • a reunion of (John Fred’s) Playboy Band;
  • introduction of the LMHOF Writer’s Annex (for songwriters), LMHOF Front Office (for music businessmen and women),LMHOF Performer’s Stage (for performing musicians) and LMHOF Regions 1 through 4 Inductees
  • archiving of newly received audio interviews and photos from publications & organizations across the country;
  • acceptance of lecturing on Louisiana Music and Artists for the LSU Lagniappe Education Series in 1 hour, 2 hour and 6 hour course presentation fromats.
  • and much more……

WOW!….but a year is a long time…..

Recently, Lou Gabus, former point person of the “Louisiana Hall Of Fame” aka the “Louisiana Entertainment Hall Of Fame” and, on some occasions incorrectly billed as the Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame, passed on just weeks back, her son has passed all the materials Lou had collected & boxed to the in-formation Swamp Pop Museum to be housed in Ville Platte, LA.
Unfortunately, Lou had never been able to fund a site or even a web site, and we hope that the collected artifacts and items will be put to use by the VIlle Platte organization. The incorporator, agent and vice President of the organization, Ray Markese of New Orleans, has officially joined The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame Advisory Board. Thus ends a section of the history of music honorariums in Louisiana.
Also joining the Advisory Board of the LMHOF is Steve Picou, of Baton Rouge and New Orleans, former Assistant Director of the Louisiana Music Commission for many years and the architect of many of the Commission’s strategies and projects.
We are glad and grateful to add Ray and Steve to our Advisory Board where they join Del Moon (mentioned above) and others, giving the LMHOF an amazing well of experience in Louisiana music and music marketing and development, second to none.
And, also officially joining the Advisory Board, is Mark Richterman, long-time educator and Principal of The Baton Rouge Center for Visual & Performing Arts. Mark’s addition should help us accelerate our efforts toward providing educational courses and materials to the school children of Louisiana.
PLEASE visit and enjoy our web site and GALLERIES MUSIQUE Virtual Museum Online at: www.LMHOF.org or
http://louisianamusichalloffame.org/component/option,com_expose/Itemid,60/ .
And, PLEASE help support The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame, an IRS certified 501c3 tax exempt organization dedicated to preserving and educating with the amazing classic artists, musicians and music of Louisiana.
You may find information through “Krewe Musique” on our web site, http://louisianamusichalloffame.org/content/view/66/69/ or http://louisianamusichalloffame.org/content/view/76/68/
and you may always inquire (contact info below).
We are always seeking Event sponsors, statewide or regional, corporate partners for sponsoring our Inductees, sponsorship partners for our web site banners and anyone or any business or organization that wants to help.

The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame  –  “It’s all about the music” 

Thanks,
Mike Shepherd
Executive Director, The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame
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