Live, Del McCoury, and more to be inducted into the Central Pennsylvania Music Hall of Fame in 2022




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It was announced this week that the third annual Central Pennsylvania Music Awards and Hall of Fame Induction will take place on Thursday, March 24 at Hershey Theater at Hershey.

This Grammy-style local red carpet event recognizes the best local acts of the past year and honors the all-time best from (or having resided) in the central Pennsylvania region.

Central Pennsylvania has produced incredible and accomplished musicians who have influenced generations of music lovers. In 2019, the Central Pennsylvania Music Hall of Fame was founded as a non-profit organization to recognize, support and develop the long-standing and diverse musical heritage of the region.

In 2020 and 2021, the following acts were inducted: The Badlees, Halestorm, Poison, Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Jeffrey Gaines, Dan Hartman, The Magnificent Men, Pentagon, The Sharks, Bobby Troup and Robert White.

This month, the CPMHOF Board of Directors and Advisory Committee voted six more illustrious acts: Live, The Del McCoury group, The Bruns, the emperors, The three Pixies, and Third part.

“Once again, we are proud to have a diverse and star-studded class to be inducted in 2022,” said CPMHOF President and Founder Brandon Valentine of the new inductees.

Live, the chart-topping, multi-platinum alternative rock group, was formed in York, Pennsylvania in 1984. They have sold over 22 million albums worldwide and have won two No.1 albums, “Throw copper” and “Secret Samadhi. “ Their catalog is filled with gems such as “Lightning Crashes”, “I Alone”, “All Over You” and “Lakini’s Juice”, which live on today as classics of rock radio.

“Throwing Copper” produced the group’s biggest single, “Lightning Crashes,” which was No. 1 on modern rock radio for 10 straight weeks. The 1994 album reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and eventually topped sales of 10 million albums sold, with Rolling Stone honoring the album by placing it on its “1994: The 40 Best Records of the Most big year of Mainstream Alternative “. “Secret Samadhi” immediately reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 in 1997 and eventually went double platinum. The release of the platinum disc “The distance from here” in 1999, made Live an international powerhouse and moved the group from arenas to stadiums.

In recent years, the original formation of the group – Ed kowalczyk (vocals, guitar), Chad Taylor (guitar, backing vocals), Patrick Dahlheimer (bass) and Chad Gracey (drums, percussion) – gathered to tour and record new music, remaining today a global concert juggernaut.

Del McCoury is a Grammy Award-winning bluegrass musician in York. As the frontman of the Del McCoury Band, he plays guitar and sings vocals with his two sons, Ronnie McCoury and Rob McCoury, who play the mandolin and banjo respectively. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2003 and the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in 2011.

Born in Reinerton, Les Brown was a jazz musician who led the big band “Les Brown and His Band of Renown” for nearly seven decades, from 1938 to 2000. Brown and his band have performed with virtually every major artist from their time, including Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole.

The Emperors were a Harrisburg soul group formed in the early 1960s. Their first single, “Karate,” reached the Top 30 on the national R&B charts and peaked at No. 55 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1966.

The Pixies Three is a vocal girl group from Hanover best known for their hits “Birthday Party” and “442 Glenwood Avenue”. After signing with Mercury Records in 1963, the girls toured with The Dave Clark Five, Bobby Vee and others. They even opened for the Rolling Stones on their first American tour.

Third Stream is an improvised music / jazz group that has played the full spectrum of Dixieland, swing, bebop, fusion, free, etc. Since the group’s inception in 1974, they have grown into one of the best contemporary music groups in the Mid-Atlantic. Region. Third Stream shared the stage with Herbie Hancock, Stanley Turrentine, Chick Corea, Tower of Power, Jeff Beck, Livingston Taylor, Spyro Gyro, Eumir Deodato and other top performers.

Tickets for the third annual Central Pennsylvania Music Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will go on sale to the public on Friday, January 7.

The CPMHOF welcomes the participation of musicians, venues, fans, teachers, instrument shops, booking agents, recording studios, sound technicians, DJs, photographers, journalists, bloggers, community volunteers, businesses, business leaders and anyone else who supports local music to join the organization in celebrating not only the rich musical history of central Pennsylvania, but also the music in all of us.

See photos of the NEPA stage from the live performance at Musikfest in Bethlehem in 2017 here.


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