They're musicians, disc jockeys, or record producers who have shaped the musical history of Rochester. This year, eight of them will be inducted into the Rochester Music Hall of Fame.
"It's an incredible music city with an incredible music tradition."
That's what Karl LaPorta said prompted him to start the Rochester Music Hall of Fame. The first induction ceremony in 2012 honored Cab Calloway, Chuck Mangione, and Gene Cornish.
"We have a great musical talent that comes out of Rochester that doesn't always stay here, but was definitely formulated here," said producer Bruce Pilato. "Gene Cornish was honored last year and we brought in Felix Cavaliere. Those guys hadn't played together in 40 years. And now the four original Rascals are on Broadway. Felix and Gene said our event had a lot to do with their eventual reunion."
This year, the inductees include George Eastman, who organizers say was the greatest music enthusiast in Rochester History.
Singer/songwriter and Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm is an inductee, as is Eddie James "Son" House Jr., a delta blues singer from the 1930s who was rediscovered in Rochester in the 1960s.
Mitch Miller is also class of 2013. He studied at the Eastman School of Music and organizers say would go on to become one of the most influential figures in pop music in the 50s and 60s.
Singer & songwriter Bat McGrath, who wrote for some of country's biggest stars, and Don Potter, who's worked with everyone from Kenny Chesney to Elton John, are also inductees.
Along with musicians, DJs Nick Nickson, who was on WBBF in the 60s, and Jack Palvino, who had the top rated radio show in Rochester for nearly 20 years, will also be honored.
"Our goal through the Rochester Hall of Fame is to celebrate those who have made a significant contribution to the creation of music excellence, and not just musicians, but places and performances that have contributed to Rochester's music history," said LaPorta. "We've been working tirelessly to research the nominees and this year we even opened up the nomination process to the public."
The inductees will all be honored at a special gala April 28 at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Producers of the show say some inductees will be part of special performances that will include other Grammy winning celebrity musicians.
You can buy tickets for the April 28th Music Hall of Fame show at the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra box office, area Wegmans supermarkets, or by clicking here.