The 2007 inductions to the Blues Hall of Fame have been announced by the Blues Foundation of Memphis, Tennessee. The awards will be given out at a banquet on May 7, 2007, the night before the annual Blues Music Awards.
The inducted performers include:
- Dave Bartholomew: bandleader/songwriter/producer/arranger who helped to design the sound of New Orleans music; was instrumental in the career of Fats Domino; and wrote such hits as “Walking to New Orleans,” “Blue Monday” and “I Hear You Knockin’.”
- Dr. John: pianist/singer/songwriter; another of the key figures in New Orleans music and known as the Night Tripper; sideman on innumerable sessions and a preservationist of the magic of New Orleans.
- Eddie “Guitar Slim” Jones: vocalist/guitarist; one of the most flamboyant musicians in the blues and known best for his 1953 recording “The Things I Used To Do,” which featured Ray Charles on piano.
The non-performers include:
- Ahmet Ertegun: co-founder of Atlantic records and one of the most successful, influential, celebrated and respected executives in the history of the music business; fan, scholar and producer of the blues.
The classics of blues recordings, single or album track, include:
- Son House, “Death Letter”: Rediscovered in 1964, this delta blues legend released this stirring track on his comeback album, recorded at the age of 63.
- Freddie King, “Hide Away”: One of the most popular and frequently played instrumental in the blues repertoire, this tune, and the rest of King’s catalog, became a blueprint for countless guitarists to this day.
- Bobby “Blue” Bland, “I Pity the Fool”: This 1961 recording is one of Bland’s best and most frequently covered; its combination of searing vocal and stirring arrangement makes it unforgettable.
The classics of blues recording, album, include:
- Junior Parker, Driving Wheel: One of the best but often overlooked vocalists in the blues, Parker’s repertoire goes back to the early days of Sun Records; the title track of this album has appeared on the playlist of many, many blues musicians.
View a list of BMI inductees in the Blues Hall of Fame.