Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame

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The Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame Museum
Founded 2010
Key people
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.
Website www.rbhalloffame.com

The Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame is an independent organization honoring the historical preservation of Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Jazz, and Hip-Hop music and culture.


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.[1]

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[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3]

2013 List of Inductees[edit]

Name Contribution Year inducted
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
Dazz Band Band 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
Gerald Levert Singer 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
Otis Redding Singer 2013
Ruby & The Romantics Vocal Group 2013
David Ruffin Singer 2013
Sly, Slick & Wicked Vocal Group 2013
Sounds of Unity and Love (S.O.U.L.) Band 2013
Edwin Starr Singer 2013
The Supremes Vocal Group 2013
The Temptations Vocal Group 2013
The Vandellas Vocal Group 2013
Kim Weston Singer 2013
Jackie Wilson Singer 2013
The Clovers Vocal group 2013

2014 List of Inductees[edit]

Name Contribution Year inducted
Joe Jackson Promoter / Manager 2014
Michael Jackson Singer 2014
Whitney Houston Singer 2014
B.B. King Singer 2014
Gene Chandler Singer 2014
The Whispers Vocal group 2014
The Funk Brothers Studio Musicians 2014
The Andantes Vocal group - Background singers 2014
Sweet Inspirations Vocal group 2014
Marvin Gaye Singer 2014
Chubby Checker Singer 2014
Norm N. Nite Author- Disc Jockey 2014
The Delfonics Vocal group 2014
Macy Gray Singer 2014

2015 List of Inductees[edit]

Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History Detroit, MI Oct 4, 2015

Name Contribution Year inducted
The Miracles Vocal Group 2015
Johnnie Taylor Singer 2015
Hank Ballard & The Midnighters Vocal Group 2015
Spyder Turner Singer 2015
Aretha Franklin Singer 2015
Jerry Butler Singer/Songwriter 2015
Duke Ellington Bandleader 2015
Ray Charles Singer/Bandleader 2015
Martha Reeves Singer 2015
Tony Clarke Singer 2015
Janie Bradford Songwriter 2015
Pat Lewis Singer 2015
Marcus Belgrave Musician 2015
The Fabulous Peps Vocal Group 2015 [4][5]
Donnie Simpson Disc Jockey/TV Music Host 2015
Jimmy Ruffin Singer 2015
Melba Moore Singer 2015
The 20 Grand Nightclub/Concert Venue 2015
Ortheia Barnes-Kennerly Singer 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[6]

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.

Mobile Museum[edit]

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.


Essence Magazine
News Channel 5 TV Cleveland
Induction Ceremony
Whispers Early Induction to 2014 Class
R&B Hall Picks Cleveland for Museum
Cleveland’s Plain Dealer Article
Canton Repository
Black America Web
Chubby Checker
Elvis Presley Fans
Michael Jackson Museum
Joe Jackson
Akron Beacon Journal
The Reservoir

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