Monday, April 18, 2005

Fw: Az Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame

Forwarding from Carole (Compton) Glenn.  Great review.
Sent: Monday, April 18, 2005 8:56 AM
Subject: Fw: Az Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame

I sent this to the people that I thought might enjoy it and somehow missed your email address:
Subject: Az Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame

Hi, All,
For those of you unable to attend the AMEHF Ceremony, I thought that I would write my impressions for you. Hans did a masterful job of putting this together.  The entire program was done by volunteers.  Hans was there to greet people as they came and was back stage making sure everything ran smoothly.
The Master of Ceremonies for the first portion of the program was Marshall Trimble.  Marshall is the Official AZ State Historian, teaches history at Scottsdale Community College, poses nude with BBB and writes for TW.  The inductees were from eclectic backgrounds - as were the presenters.
There was a brief slide show for each inductee.
Dwight "Red" Harkins was the first recipient.  In the early 30's, at the age of 18, Red opened his first of a chain of movie theaters in AZ.  He also helped to revolutionize FM radio.
Mike Condello was a musician and music director for the long-running popular children's TV show Wallace & Ladmo.
The founder (Mike Lacey) of newspaper, New Times was next.  His award was presented by Renz Jennings.  Mike was ill and did not attend.  Renz looks great and told Marty that he is farming in south Phoenix, since leaving the Corp Commission.
Dancer/choreographer, Dee Dee Wood was next.  She choreographed movies like Mary Poppins and worked with Dick Van Dyke when he filmed his TV show from Carefree. Dee Dee has won many awards. 
Native American musician, R. Carlos Nakai performed a flute piece that was wonderful.  He has earned two Gold Records and been nominated for six Grammy's.
Wallace & Ladmo were inducted for their children's TV show.  Bill Thompson (Wallace) appeared on stage with 2 of the coveted "Ladmo Bags" - which were given to two people in the audience.  Had he made it to the correct row and seat for the second one, Bill or Emily would have received it! 
World renouned musician, Lalo Guerrero was inducted.  Lalo passed away one month ago.  His son, Mark, and his son's band played two of Lalo's pieces of music.  Lalo recorded and wrote varied types of music - he's been honored by the Smithsonian and many other foundations.
Recording artist, Floyd Ramsey and recording engineer, Jack Miller were inducted.
Jazz pianist, Charles Lewis, was inducted and performed.
Radio & TV personality and member of the Wallace & Ladmo show, Pat McMahon was inducted.
Lew King of the "Lew King Ranger Show" was inducted - award presented by Gary Peter Klahr (remember him?!). 
Artist, Fritz Scholder, was inducted. 
Award winning writer, Jana Bommersbach, was inducted next.  Jana writes for TW and has won too many awards to list.
R & B group, Dyke & the Blazers, performed and were inducted - introduced by Johnny D.
Marshall presented the AMEHOF award to Marty Robbins.  Rollie Stevens and a wonderful C&W band performed one of Marty's songs.
Bill's award was presented by his friend, Marty Manning. It was a lovely presentation - Bill would have been honored.
Concert promoter, Dan Zelisko, received his award from Alice Cooper.
We left at entermission and there with performances and awards still to be presented - Jessi Colter, Waylon Jennings, and Glen Campbell.  This was to be followed by a jam session and then people were to go to Cooper's Town.
As you can see from those being inducted - this was very entertaining.  Because Marshall grew up in AZ and knew many of these performers, he was a great mc and had touching and funny stories.  The presenters had great insights about those they were presenting to and those receiving the awards had some great stories. Dan Zelisko told about his first sold out show in the coliseum - Bob Seger - being cancelled the day of the show at 5 PM - and other, now humorous, wins and losses.
Photographer, Lissa Wales, was there taking photos.  Some of you will remember her from the "Radio Reunions".  Lissa is battling leukemia and hoping to find a bone marrow match.  She looks and feels great and is beginning chemo for the second time today.
There were some new and some familiar faces there - Julia Flannigan, Wonderful Russ, Lee Powell, Johnny D, Bob Gately, Andy Olson (Radio Free Phoenix), Jeff Parrets (sp), Dwight Tindle, and Dan Duffy (there with Jessi). 
It was fun and I know Bill would have enjoyed it all!

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1 comment:

vagabondvet said...

Oh, my goodness, what a stellar event. Thanks so much for taking the time to give us such a great report, Carole, and to you, Ron, for posting it here. I have a couple albums by R. Carlos Nakai, it would have been awesome to hear him live - and of course to meet (or re-meet, in some cases) all of you there. I'm glad you had a good time, and imagine Bill loved it too... I'm sure he was there in spirit.