Roy Orbison, “Cowboy” Jack Clement, legendary sidemen Wayne Jackson and Andrew Love of the Memphis Horns plus Earth Wind & Fire founder Maurice White are among the latest inductees to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame announced last week.
Bluesman Frank Stokes, gospel artist Cassietta George and Beale Street Music Festival founder Irvin Salky round out the 2017 class.
The seven-member 2017 class will join 60 previous inductees — including B.B. King, Elvis Presley, Otis Redding and Justin Timberlake — bringing the total number of members to 67 for the Rock 'n' Soul Museum-affiliated Hall of Fame. "We’re pleased that once again Memphis is showing its true diversity among musical genres – from blues to gospel, soul to rock 'n' roll -- with this year's class," added Doyle.
The 2017 inductees – all honored posthumously – will be enshrined during Oct. 27 ceremonies at The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts.
The Memphis Horns, trumpeter Wayne Jackson and saxophonist Andrew Love made their early reputation as part of the house band at Stax Records in the 1960s. Jackson and Love later struck out on their own, billing themselves as the Memphis Horns. The pair was essential in providing parts for hit records by Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, James Taylor and U2, among many others. The duo was recognized with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. Love died that year, while Jackson passed way in 2016.
“Cowboy” Jack Clement, recording engineer, singer, songwriter, producer, raconteur and musical philosopher, the Memphis-born Clement, first made his mark as Sam Phillips right hand man at Sun Records. Clement would record Jerry Lee Lewis’ biggest hits, pen several others for Johnny Cash and generally help define the label’s sound and aesthetic through the ’50s.