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Blues Foundation Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Music Awards Set for May in Memphis

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Feb 20, 2014 04:15 PM EST

Born Cecil James McNeely on April 29, 1927 in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, tenor colossus Big Jay McNeely finally gets his due in Memphis--86 years later.
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Traditionally, the Blues Hall of Fame has been scarce of saxophonists. In the 34 years of balloting, only one sax player, Louie Jordan, has been elected into this most vaunted club.

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Here in 2014's class, though, three big sax men will be blown into the ranks: Big Jay McNeely, Eddie Shaw and Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson.

Others luminaries will also be inducted in Memphis come May, including a posthumous nod to Holly Springs, Miss. patriarch R.L. Burnside and the late, open-tuning lover Robert Pete Williams.

Behind-the-scenes individuals recognized by the Blues Foundation this go 'round include Rosebud Agency manager and booking agent Mike Kappus, Houston label owner Don Robey and Chicago record producer and writer Dick Shurman.


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