Each inductee to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame had their name emblazoned on a specially-built Gibson guitar, and these were displayed to the crowd at the press conference. 

Each inductee to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame had their name emblazoned on a specially-built Gibson guitar, and these were displayed to the crowd at the press conference. 

The Memphis Music Hall of Fame inaugural inductees included Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, Professor W. T. McDaniel of Booker T. Washington High School, Isaac Hayes, George Coleman, Willie Mitchell, Sam Phillips, Rev. Al Green, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Jerry Lee Lewis, Lucy Campbell, W. C. Handy and Jim Dickinson. 

The Memphis Music Hall of Fame inaugural inductees included Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, Professor W. T. McDaniel of Booker T. Washington High School, Isaac Hayes, George Coleman, Willie Mitchell, Sam Phillips, Rev. Al Green, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Jerry Lee Lewis, Lucy Campbell, W. C. Handy and Jim Dickinson. 

Memphis Music Hall of Fame Press Conference at the Warehouse

On Tuesday October 16, 2012, a press conference and reception was held at The Warehouse to announce the formation of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. Memphis Mayor A. C. Wharton and Congressman Steve Cohen were on hand for the festivities, as were Al Kapone, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Kirk Whalum, Jody Stephens of Ardent Studios and Big Star, Jerry Phillips, Boo Mitchell of Royal Studios, Judy Fizer of the Center for Southern Folklore and constant Memphis music supporter Kris Kourdevelis.