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The Houston Music Hall of Fame: The Ring of Honor

Twenty-five Houston music greats who have passed away.

The Houston Music Hall of Fame: The Ring of Honor

WALT ANDRUS

Studio owner/producer/engineer who worked with Thirteenth Floor Elevators, Fever Tree and more, 1937-2009

BIG H.A.W.K.

Born John Hawkins (Fat Pat's brother), Screwed Up Click co-founder and "Swang" rapper, 1969-2006

TEXAS JOHNNY BROWN

Blues singer, bandleader and songwriter ("Two Steps from the Blues"), 1928-2013

ALBERT COLLINS

Electric-blues guitarist known as "Iceman," 1932-1993

JOHNNY CLYDE COPELAND

R&B/funk singer and guitarist ("The Invitation"), 1937-1997

LOLA ANNE CULLUM

Talent scout who discovered Lightnin' Hopkins and Amos Milburn, died 1970

PAPPY DAILY

Record-label owner who signed George Jones and George Strait, 1902-1987

DJ SCREW

Born Robert Earl Davis Jr., invented slower-than-slow rap style known as "Screw," 1971-2000

BOB DUNN

Steel-guitar pioneer with Milton Brown and his Brownies, first man to record with an electrified steel, 1908-1971

FAT PAT

Born Patrick Hawkins, Big H.A.W.K.'s brother, SUC co-founder and and Ghetto Dreams rapper, 1970-1998

EARL GILLIAM

Blues pianist and "Doghouse" jam-session host, 1930-2011

ROCKY HILL

Blues and rock and roll guitarist/bassist, 1946-2009

LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS

Groundbreaking country-blues guitarist and singer, 1912-1982

JOE "GUITAR" HUGHES

Blues-guitar master rediscovered and revived by European audiences in the '80s, 1937-2003

JERRY IRBY

Country and gospel singer/club owner known for "Drivin' Nails in My Coffin," 1917-1983

ILLINOIS JACQUET

Tenor saxophonist who blew for Count Basie and Cab Calloway, 1922-2004

AMOS MILBURN

Boisterous blues pianist and singer known for "Chicken Shack Boogie," 1927-1980

MICKEY NEWBURY

"San Francisco Mabel Joy" songwriter who changed the sound of '70s country music, 1940-2002

PIMP C

Born Chad Butler, pioneered Gulf Coast rap as one-half of UGK, 1973-2007

WALTER PRICE

Genial blues pianist and singer known as "Big Walter," "The Thunderbird" or both, 1914-2012

DON ROBEY

Label and nightclub mogul who built a regional empire, 1903-1975

VICTORIA SPIVEY

Blues singer (re)discovered in 1960s folk revival, 1906-1976

GENE THOMAS

Swamp-pop singer ("Sometimes") and member of Gene and Debbe, 1938-2012

BIG MAMA THORNTON

Sang "Hound Dog" definitively long before Elvis, 1926-1984

NORMA ZENTENO

Locally beloved singer equally adept at jazz or rock in English or Spanish, 1952-2013

 
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