Front row: Fred Foster, Dick Dale, Billy Cox and Charlie Daniels.
Back row: Merle Atkins (representing her father Chet
Atkins) along with members from the rock group TOTO
pose for photos after being inducted into the Musicians
Hall of Fame.
The musicians were officially inducted at the 2009
Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum Awards Show at
the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Oct. 12.
Inductees are nominated nationally by the Musicians
Union, which has a membership of more than 90,000,
and a select list of music industry professionals.
DICK DALE (MUSICIAN)
Guitar innovator and stylist, Dick Dale, was one of the most influential musicians in
the creation of the California surf sounds of the 1960's. From his stage work to his
appearance in the beach movies of the early 60's with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello,
Dale made his mark on the guitar. His work with Leo Fender, changed the way guitar amplifiers
and speakers were not only used, but also the way they were built. Fender recreated the guitar
amplifier in order to meet the demands and power of his playing. His stage presence influenced
the name of such amplifiers as "The Fender Showman," appropriately named after Leo Fender
witnessed Dale jumping from the amplifier to the floor and sliding on his knees on stage.
CHET ATKINS (MUSICIAN)
As a guitarist, musician, producer, record label executive, and mentor, Chet Atkins, was
one of the most influential musical pioneers of the last half century. His contributions
were pivotal in helping young musicians everywhere. Atkins picking style elevated him in
the minds of others and brought him admirers both within and outside of the country music
scene, both nationally and internationally. Over the course of his career, he produced
records for a variety of artists including Perry Como, Elvis Presley, Eddy Arnold, Jim Reeves,
Jerry Reed, Skeeter Davis, Connie Smith, Waylon Jennings, and others. He is well known as the
co-creator, along with Owen Bradley, of the "Nashville Sound," that expanded the appeal of
Country music to adult pop audiences.
BILLY COX (MUSICIAN)
West Virginia born bass guitarist and local Nashville musician, Billy Cox, is best known for
his longtime musical relationship with Jimi Hendrix. Meeting in the early 1960's, while both
were in the army at Ft. Campbell, KY, they formed a relationship that would last until Hendrix'
passing. They would form, The King Kasuals, in Nashville, TN and when invited to go with Jimi
to England to start what would become the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cox had to decline because
as he put it, 'I only had three strings on my bass and not enough money to purchase a bus ticket
to New York." Cox would again reunite with his former bandmate in 1969, to play bass in the
experimental psychedelic/rock band, Band of Gypsys, as well as taking the stage with Hendrix in
1969, at the legendary Woodstock Festival, forty years ago this coming August.
CHARLIE DANIELS (MUSICIAN)
Grammy Award winning, Grand Ole Opry member, singer, fiddler, guitarist, songwriter, and country
musician, Charlie Daniels, has been performing the music he loves since the 1950's. From his
early days as a Nashville studio musician that included playing on Bob Dylan albums, and recordings
from Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen, Al Kooper, Marty Robbins, to becoming a number one hit songwriter
with his platinum selling "Devil Went Down To Georgia," to gaining status as one of the most beloved
figures in country music, Daniels continues touring and packing houses, as well as giving of his time,
energy, and talents performing tirelessly for men and women in uniform, all over the world, who love
his honest mixture of country and southern rock influences, along with originality, that has lasted
for over five decades.
VICTOR FELDMAN (MUSICIAN)
Known as a "musician's musician," Victor Feldman saw his early years as a child prodigy and master
of such instruments as piano, percussion, organ, tympani, synthesizer, vibes and marimba, turned
professional when he sat in at the age of 10 with Glenn Miller's Army Air Force Band. His flexibility
throughout his career as a musician, composer and singer, brought him opportunities to play and
perform with everyone from Miles Davis to Steely Dan. He recorded on many occasions with fellow
Musicians Hall of Fame inductees, The Wrecking Crew, and sadly passed away in 1987 at the age of 53.
FRED FOSTER (PRODUCER HONOR)
American songwriter, record producer, and founder of Monument Records, Fred Foster, is credited
with single handedly starting the Monument Record Company and with the development of Rock and Roll
legend Roy Orbison'S major hits, including "Pretty Woman," "Only the Lonely," "Crying," "Blue Bayou,"
and many more. Foster played a significant role in Dolly Parton's early career, as wel as being
instrumental in the signing of a young Kris Kristofferson, with whom he co-wrote "Me and Bobby McGee."
Foster remains active as a producer, most recently producing Willie Nelson's 2006 Grammy nominated
"You Don't Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker," and Nelson's collaboration with Merle Haggard and
Ray Price, "Last of the Breed," in 2007.
PAUL RISER (ARRANGER AWARD)
Grammy award winning arranger, Paul Riser, is known as the most prolific arranger from Motown's golden
years. Riser progressed through his career from early musician to the arranger for Motown's legendary
Grammy winning studio musicians, The Funk Brothers. With hit after hit, decade after decade, Riser was
instrumental in putting Motown at the top of the musical sound of the 60's and 70's. Among Riser's
biggest hits as an arranger are, "My Girl" and "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" (Temptations), Marvin Gaye's
"I Heard It Through The Grapevine," "My Cherie Amour," (Stevie Wonder), "Tears of a Clown,"
(Smokey Robinson & The Miracles) and many more, as well as arranging and co-writing "What Becomes of
the Broken Hearted," by Jimmy Ruffin, older brother of Temptations lead singer David Ruffin.
American rock band, TOTO, founded in 1977 by some of the most popular and experience session players
of the era, became a rock phenomenon with great commercial success in the late 70's/early 80's. Original
musicians, Jeff Porcaro, Steve Porcaro, David Hungate, David Paich, Steve Lukather, and Mike Porcaro,
were known for their technical skill in the studio, as well as a musical style that combined elements
of pop, rock, soul, funk, progressive rock, hard rock, R&B, and jazz. Their broad array of styles appealed
to a variety of listeners. The band release 17 albums and has sold over 30 million records to date. Although
drummer Jeff Porcaro passed away in 1992, the remaining members have continued performing their hits as
well as progressing their individual careers as studio musicians.
Inductees are nominated nationally by the Musicians Union who has a
membership of over 90,000 as well as a stellar list of other music
industry professionals. Past inductees include: Booker T. & The
MG's, The Crickers, Duane Eddy, Al Kooper, The Memphis Horns, The
Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Billy Sherrill, The Nashville A-Team,
The Blue Moon Boys, The Funk Brothers, The Memphis Boys, The Tennessee
Two, and The Wrecking Crew.
Duane Eddy, Dick Dale and
Matt Marshall (DD Director Of Operations)