“I wear black for the poor and the beaten down
Living in the hopeless, hungry side of town
I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime…
I’d love to wear a rainbow every day
And tell the world that everything’s OK
But I’ll try to carry off a little darkness on my back
Till things are brighter, I’m the Man In Black.”
Inductee number 10 and my second in the country genre is Johnny Cash. He was born February 26, 1932, in Kingsland, Arkansas, and died September 12, 2003, at age 71 just four months after the death of his wife, June Carter Cash. His mother wanted to name him John and his daddy wanted Ray so at birth they named him J. R. Cash.
My second inductee of 2022, and ninth so far, is the progressive rock supergroup, Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP). I wrote about the member’s beginnings, back in the Circle Sky Record store days for our magazine Melody Hill and posted the story, From The Beginning, for you to read.
My first inductee of 2022 is the English progressive rock band Yes. They are known for their extended compositions and virtuoso musicianship. They are certainly one of the founding members of the progressive rock genre.
Singer, songwriter and guitarist, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music
My next inductee into my Music Hall of Fame is the “Father of Rock and Roll” Chuck Berry. He refined and developed rhythm and blues into rock’n’roll. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, October 18, 2017, his father a contractor and deacon his mother a principal. He started performing as a student in 1944 but as convicted of armed robbery and was sent to the Intermediate Reformatory for Young Men at Algoa, near Jefferson City, Missouri.
My next entry into my music hall of fame is The Rolling Stones. Their music has been on the radio since I was 5 years old and I hear their songs everyday still. Their 1964 single, a cover of Holly and the Crickets “Not Fade Away” has always been one of my favorites.
My next inductee into my Music Hall of Fame is Led Zeppelin. I had a friend, in the early 80’s that had a Pontiac Firebird and loved Led Zeppelin. He had spent more on the sound system than the car and he played their music really loud. It sounded really good, I’m sure they would have been proud.
My 4th inductee is the incredible Pink Floyd. In 1973, a friend of mine had the 45 of “Money/Any Colour You Like” and I was hooked. Soon, I would, like everyone else, buy a copy of the Dark Side of the Moon LP. I later went back to their beginnings, and as a psychedelic fan, was not disappointed.
My third inductee into my Music Hall of Fame is Elvis Aaron Presley, dubbed “The King of Rock and Roll”. While, unlike my first two inductees, he didn’t write many of his songs, “All Shook Up”, “Don’t Be Cruel”, “Heartbreak Hotel” were three he penned and some of my favorites.
My second inductee into Doyle’s Space: Music Hall of Fame is Hank Williams. Born Hiram Williams September 17, 1923, in Mount Olive, Alabama. His spinal bifida separated him from other children and fostered a sense of separation from the world around him. Listening to the radio and church choirs he was a quick study and learned to play country, folk and the blues. His teacher, African-American blues artist Rufus Payne who exchanged lessons for meals and/or money.