Music Hall of Fame Museum 'Can't forget the Motor
powerhouses like mortgage lender Quicken Loans, and
Ilitch Holdings...as potential investors and supporters,
the possibilities seem endless
By Larry Buford
The city of Cleveland has the Rock & Roll Hall
of Fame, and Nashville has the Country Music Hall
of Fame, so it makes sense that Detroit - the home
of Hitsville USA - should be the mecca for rhythm
& blues, right? And with powerhouses like mortgage
lender Quicken Loans, and Ilitch Holdings - owner
of the Detroit Tigers, the Red Wings, and the Fox
Theater - as potential investors and supporters, the
possibilities seem endless. That's exactly what the
purveyors of the Official R&B Music Hall of Fame
Museum (R&BHOF) are hoping for, and the reality
seems to be in the offing.
July 16, 2014 at 10:30AM, a press conference will
take place at Detroit's Charles Wright African American
Museum. Music legends from Detroit and around the
world are invited to show their support in having
the Official R&B Music Hall of Fame Museum built
in the 'Motor City' to preserve the national history
of rhythm & blues and Detroit's music legacy.
The conference will be facilitated by popular WPON
radio host David Washington. In addition, the organizers
will have a mobile music hall of fame museum on display.
One of the components of the proposed museum concept
will be the Motor City Music Experience Center/Motor
City Music Walk of Fame designed to tell the complete
story of Detroit's music history from the artists,
to the legendary record companies, to the night clubs
where all those show-stopping performances took place.
The project will boast: State of the Art; Highly Interactive;
Virtual Reality; 3D; and Hologram Experience. The
R&BHOF - a non-profit organization registered
in the state of Michigan - will bring jobs; promote
tourism, economic development, cultural awareness,
diversity, and education, say officials.
Executive Chairperson Cheryl Ruffin - daughter of
the late, great David Ruffin of The Temptations -
says, "I believe the R&B Music Hall of Fame
Museum should be in Detroit right along with the Motown
Museum, United Sound Studios, and other historical
sites." Over the past year Ms. Ruffin has been
contacting and getting thumbs up from many Motown
alumni, other Detroit music legends, and the families
of the departed.
officials maintain that of the thousands of abandoned
buildings in the Detroit area, one of those buildings
- all factors considered - could very well become
the home for their project. Provided that the land
or building is donated by the city, state or county,
the cost could run from 10 to 15 million dollars.
As it stands, there is not a rhythm & blues hall
of fame museum anywhere in the world dedicated to
the history of rhythm & blues artists. This will
be the first.
Earlier this year it was reported that Canton, OH
city officials had given the green light to build
in that city - which will still host the 2014 induction
ceremony - but the first choice had always been Detroit.
On August 17, 2013 at Cleveland State University in
Ohio, many Detroiters and Motown alumni were inducted
into the R&BHOF inaugural class such as The Temptations,
The Four Tops, The Dramatics, and Jackie Wilson to
name a few. This year's induction ceremony will be
held August, 24th in Canton, OH at the Canton Palace
Theater, and will include Michael Jackson, Whitney
Houston, The Whispers, Marvin Gaye, The Funk Brothers,
Gene Chandler, Joe Jackson, and The Sweet Inspirations.
Confirmed attendees (among others) are Duke Fakir
(The Four Tops), Kim Weston, Cissy Houston, Martha
Reeves, Joe Jackson, and the families of Jackie Wilson,
Sam Cooke, and David Ruffin.
Says Ms. Ruffin, "Detroit's music legacy made
it the music capital of the world so we feel this
is the right place for the R&B museum
hope that we can soon make an official announcement
that our project has found a home here in Detroit
where we are planning to hold the 2015 induction ceremony."
is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer. Author of Things
Are Gettin Outta Hand (Steuben Pub.) www.amazon.com.
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