The Grand Opening of the long-awaited Kentucky Music Hall of Fame
and Museum took place on Friday, May 17, 2002. An estimated 1000
people came to view the ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour
the museum. Some of the people taking part in the ceremony were:
First Lady Judi Patton (Honorary Co-Chair with Loretta Lynn) and
David Jury, Chair of the Board of Directors. From the Leadership
Cabinet, Frank Shoop; Carl Hurley, Master of Ceremonies;
Representative Danny Ford; Senator Albert Robinson; Congressman
Hal Rogers; Judge N. Mitchell Mead, Harold Mullins and
the Sparks Family. Mrs. Margaret Everly, mother of The Everly
Brothers, was also in attendance.
Entertainment was provided by the world-famous saxophonist,
Boots Randolph; Country Singer/Songwriter Tom T. Hall;
Dean Osborne and Eastbound; and designer of the Hall of Fame
awards, Ken Gastineau.
Museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday,
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.,
Closed on Monday.
Admission prices during our Grand Opening month
are $5/adults; $4/groups & seniors; $3.50/child (6-11);
and $2/school groups
Twelve 'Pioneers' To Be Inducted Into New Kentucky Music Hall Of Fame
RENFRO VALLEY, Kentucky (November 9, 2001) -- Twelve “Pioneers” of Kentucky music
will be inducted into the new Kentucky Music Hall of Fame &
Museum on February 28, 2002, the Hall of Fame’s Induction Committee
has announced. The new museum is scheduled to open in Renfro Valley
in May, 2002.
The 12 inductees in alphabetical order are: Rosemary Clooney, The
Everly Brothers, Red Foley, Tom T. Hall, Grandpa Jones,
Bradley Kincaid, John Lair, Loretta Lynn, Bill Monroe, The Osborne Brothers,
Jean Ritchie, and Merle Travis.
The statewide Advisory Board and Induction Committee required that in the
inaugural induction class of 2002 only “Pioneers” of Kentucky music
will be elected. Pioneers are defined as “those who shaped or
so profoundly affected the evolution of music that it prepared the
way of others who followed.”
In addition, the inaugural class must be at least 70 percent from the
country and bluegrass genres of music. “Contemporaries,” defined
as artists who began their careers after 1960, will be eligible
for induction in 2003.
The Induction Committee, Advisory Board and Governing Board of Directors spent
many long hours developing a specific list of criteria which had
to be met to be considered for induction, including the candidate
must have been born or lived in Kentucky, must have left an
indelible impact on the music industry, and must have been a
professional in the music industry for at least a decade.
Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum