Staples, Milsap, Booker T. Lead Memphis Music Hall Class | Tennessee News

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Singers Mavis Staples and Ronnie Milsap and keyboardist Booker T. Jones lead a versatile group of musicians named to this year’s class of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.

The hall said it announced its new members at a ceremony on Tuesday. Founded in 2012, the venue includes members of the music world with ties to Memphis, including BB King, Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, Tina Turner, Three 6 Mafia and Elvis Presley.

Staples was part of the Staples Singers at Stax Records in Memphis with hits like “I’ll Take You There”, and she then embarked on a successful solo career. Milsap was a keyboard session musician in Memphis before becoming a country music star.

Prior to going solo, Booker T. Jones was the frontman of the influential bi-racial band Booker T. and the MGs, which also served as the house band for Stax and had several instrumental hits, including “Green Onions.”

Presley’s ex-wife, Priscilla Presley, was also named in the room for her work at Graceland. As well as Fred Ford, a blues and jazz artist and composer; JM Van Eaton, drummer for Jerry Lee Lewis and others; Jim Gaines, producer and engineer for Miles Davis, Carlos Santana and others; and rockabilly musician Billy Lee Riley.

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The hall is administered by the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, which was developed by the Smithsonian Institution.

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