Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame
|Lamont "Showboat" Robinson
|Mission||The Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame Museum is dedicated to preserving the historical and cultural legacy and contributions of R&B, Gospel, Jazz and Hip-Hop music.|
Founded back in 2010, as the Official R&B Music Hall of Fame Museum now as of Oct 1, 2014 it will be called the Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame Museum. The project was founded and developed by Sports Entertainer and Entrepreneur LaMont "Showboat" Robinson founder of Robinson Global Sports and Entertainment LLC. LaMont aka "ShowBoat" is a player/owner of the Harlem Clowns www.harlemclowns.net. He played alongside Harlem Globetrotter great and Basketball Hall of Famer Meadowlark Lemon as a Globetrotter for many years. At a very young age before his professional playing days, LaMont developed a passionate love for R&B and Soul music. He would often attend music practice sessions with his musician uncle a house band member at the world renowned Cleveland Night Club named Leo's Casino. This Night Club was one of the premiere Clubs in the mid-west during the 60's for R&B, Jazz and African American comedians like Red Fox, Flip Wilson, Richard Pryor and Moms Mabley. The who's who of R&B during the late 60's and early 70's played this Club, so LaMont got to meet a lot of the these artist at an early age. Otis Redding's last live performance on December 9, 1967 was at Leo's. This love inspired him to start collecting memorabilia and artifacts that reflect the history of the Rhythm and Blues era. While traveling all over the world to play basketball, not only with the Globe Trotters but with other foreign teams throughout his career, he was able to collect very exclusive and rare items.
Realizing that his collection had grown to a size worthy of a museum, he wanted to share or donate some of his collection to an officially recognized location. Looking throughout the world LaMont was not able to locate such a place that exclusively displayed, celebrated and collected information about the great accomplishments of R&B artist besides the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in his home town of Cleveland, Ohio. While donating some items to the Rock Hall, he realized that a lot of well deserving R&B artist will never be given the type of recognition or honor that they deserve.
He then decided to pursue creating such a place. Being good friends with many well-known R&B and jazz artists, LaMont started to share his vision and has sense gained the support of many of these artists.
With many years of planning, LaMont has formed an action team to bring his dream to the millions of music lovers around the world. His first venture was to create a Mobile Museum which has made its debut showing in 2012. His second venture was to create and hold an annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to Honor artist, non-musical individuals, venues, events and anything that has influenced the world of R&B Music. His third venture is to build a museum so the world will not forget the contributions that so many have made to this music.
Hall of Fame Inductions
The Inaugural Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held on Saturday August 17, 2013 at the Waetjen Auditorium at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. The first class of inductees includes recording acts The Temptations, The O'Jays, Ruby & The Romantics, The Marvelettes, The Dramatics, Dazz Band and Little Jimmy Scott; historic venue Leo's Casino; international journalist Larry Cotton; and Radio Hosts Tom Joyner and Tim Marshall.
2013 List of Inductees
|Freddie Arrington||Master of Ceremonies Leo's Casino Night Club||2013|
|James Brown||The Godfather of Soul, Funk Innovator||2013|
|Call and Post||Publication||2013|
|The Chi-Lites||Vocal Group||2013|
|Sam Cooke||Singer, Songwriter, Record Label Executive||2013|
|Larry Cotton||International Journalist||2013|
|The Dramatics||Vocal Group||2013|
|The Dynamic Superiors||Vocal Group||2013|
|The Four Tops||Vocal Group||2013|
|The Hesitations||Vocal Group||2013|
|Tom Joyner||Radio Host||2013|
|Leo's Casino||Historic Venue - Cleveland Ohio||2013|
|Little Jimmy Scott||Jazz Artist||2013|
|Tim Marshall||Radio Host, Educator, Humanitarian||2013|
|The Marvelettes||Vocal Group||2013|
|The Ohio Players||Band||2013|
|The O'Jays||Vocal Group||2013|
|Ruby & The Romantics||Vocal Group||2013|
|Sly, Slick & Wicked||Vocal Group||2013|
|Sounds of Unity and Love (S.O.U.L.)||Band||2013|
|The Supremes||Vocal Group||2013|
|The Temptations||Vocal Group||2013|
|The Vandellas||Vocal Group||2013|
|The Clovers||Vocal group||2013|
2014 List of Inductees
|Joe Jackson||Promoter / Manager||2014|
|The Whispers||Vocal group||2014|
|The Funk Brothers||Studio Musicians||2014|
|The Andantes||Vocal group - Background singers||2014|
|Sweet Inspirations||Vocal group||2014|
|Norm N. Nite||Author- Disc Jockey||2014|
|The Delfonics||Vocal group||2014|
2015 List of Inductees
|The Miracles||Vocal Group||2015|
|Hank Ballard & The Midnighters||Vocal Group||2015|
|The Fabulous Peps||Vocal Group||2015 |
|Donnie Simpson||Disc Jockey/TV Music Host||2015|
|The 20 Grand||Nightclub/Concert Venue||2015|
The main purpose of developing the Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame and Museum is to collect and preserve artifacts and to document accomplishments of the many well deserving individuals that have influenced lives through the many avenues of Rhythm and Blues music. The Hall of Fame will recognize and honor many individuals that have contributed to this music, past and present. The venue will be at the forefront of providing innovative educational programs for children by using music as a mechanism for teaching history, math and social studies, through the vehicle of high technology. In a culturally diverse world, the Hall of Fame Museum will emphasize diversity throughout its programming.
The mission of the Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame Museum is to bring to life the colorful history of Rhythm & Blues music. The location for the Hall of Fame and Museum will be built in one of the following cities Clarksdale, MS and one in Detroit, MI. Once built the museum will house a collection of historical artifacts and interactive presentations. It will also provide an educational wing that will contain a library and research dept. a gift shop and possibly a juke joint style soul food restaurant. A 500 seat theater will allow for small concerts, lectures and the showing of documentaries. The Hall of Fame section of the facility will be a dynamic area that honors the legends and individuals that have been inducted. The Museum section will be an interactive experience using the latest in technological designed to captivate and educating people of all ages, and will display the many historical and present day artifacts that have been and are still being collected
The museum will exhibit present day music contributions and the rich history of Rhythm & Blues, Blues, Gospel, and Jazz music from the early days originating in the 1940s when "urban based music with a heavy insistent beat" was becoming more popular. We will explore the Chitlin circuit where the establishment of black only clubs sprang up across the country that supported black artist. These are just a couple of exhibits that will be displayed covering the many roads and avenues that make up how we got to today's black music. There will be many interactive displays that shows for example, sample beats used in RAP songs today originated from the old songs of yesteryear. The museum will provide a wealth of information about well known and unknown artists, and non-artist who have had a major influence on all black music.
This innovative traveling exhibit housing memorabilia spanning the era of R&B and other music Jazz and the Blues is designed to travel throughout the country setting up at various locations such as libraries, schools, churches, community centres and special events. The mobile museum is an educational approach to present historical artifacts to areas of the country that would not have heard about the museum and would pique the interest of potential tourist that may visit the actual museum. The museum has collected and is still in the process of collecting thousands of rare treasures. Among its present collection are rare photos, original documents, and many items from artists whose contributions helped shape an important era of the music industry. The collection will be an unparalleled representation of any music memorabilia collection. These original items which mostly have been donated by the artist and non-artist or their estates, cover the beginnings of R&B and Black Music from its early days in the 40’s to the present day.
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