Thursday, August 26, 2010

  
Musicians Hall of Fame Exhibits Travel North for a Special Showing at the "Big E Fair" in Massachusetts

Plans Underway for Spring 2011
Musicians Hall of Fame Awards Show and Induction Ceremony
 
NASHVILLE, TN -  After a year that has presented multiple challenges and changes to the highly regarded Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, organizers are pleased to announce that they will take the show on the road to exhibit at the internationally famous "Big E Fair" in West Springfield, MA September 17 to October 3, 2010.  The fair is the largest of its kind in the northeastern United States and officials expect approximately 1,500,000 visitors during the 17 day event.

The Musicians Hall of Fame will showcase a variety of exhibits ranging from Jimi Hendrix’s1967 Fender Stratocaster to Luther Perkins 1963 Fender Esquire that he used while playing as a member of the Tennessee Two with Johnny Cash.  Also on display will be one ofJohnny Cash’s personal guitars.

Other items set to make an appearance will include Joe Osborn’s 1960 Fender Jazz Bassrightfully described in September 2010 issue of Bass Player Magazine as “One of the most famous recording basses in the history of popular music.”  Osborn took delivery of this bass while playing with Ricky Nelson in 1960.  He can bee seen playing the instrument along with fellow guitarist James Burton (Elvis’s guitar player from 1969 to 1977) on the original T.V. series “Ozzie and Harriet” backing a young Ricky Nelson. 

Osborn recorded hundreds of hit records using his historic jazz bass such as, “ California Dreamin’ ”, “Monday, Monday”,  “I Saw Her Again”, along with every other hit The Mamas & The Papas recorded, “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon & Garfunkel, “Lucille” by Kenny Rogers, “Aquarius” and “Up, Up and Away” by the 5th Dimension, “Close to You” and all of the other hits recorded by The Carpenters.  It would almost be easier to name the hits Osborn didn’t play on during his career.
 
Along with Osborn's bass, Big E visitors will also be able to view Hal Blaine’s blue sparkle Ludwig drum set. Blaine played on most of the songs listed for Joe Osborn as well as “God Only Knows”, “Good Vibrations”, “California Girls”, “Fun, Fun, Fun”,  “I Get Around” along with many other Beach Boys records.  Blaine, along with Scotty Moore (Elvis’s original guitarist), were the first “sidemen” inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Along with the rest of the Wrecking Crew (famous group of L.A. session musicians), Blaine was among the first musicians inducted into The Musicians Hall of Fame in 2007.

Other instruments on display will include guitars, drums, saxophones and trumpets used to record hundreds of hit records at the famous STAX recording label in Memphis (Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd) and at Motown in Detroit (Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder and The Jackson 5).

The Museum's physical location closed its doors in early 2010 after the MDHA purchased the museum property by use of emininent domain to start construction of the new Music City Convention Center. The MHOF&M temporarily put many artifacts in storage at the highly revered performance and storage facility Sound Check near downtown Nashville which unfortunately was flooded in the Spring of 2010. Many treasured musical pieces, including those from the Musicians Hall of Fame, were affected.
 
The Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum has remained in continued dialogue with city representatives about seeking an amicable solution to finding a new home for the Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum in Nashville.
 
Please visit the website for further information on the upcoming Spring 2011 Musicians Hall of Fame Awards Show and Induction Ceremony.  Inductees will be announced in the near future. 
 
For further questions, please contact Shari Lacy with GoodStuff PR Co.shari@goodstuffpr.com or touch base with the Hall of Fame office at P.O. Box 23655, Nashville, TN 37202, Ph. 615-244-3263.

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