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Music Biz Announces Hall of Fame Inductees

The Music Business Association has revealed this year’s HOF additions.

Marlton, NJ (March 27, 2019)—The Music Business Association (Music Biz) has announced that this year’s inductees to its Music Business Hall of Fame will include the late Sir George Martin, various major and independent record labels and executives, music industry landmarks and Rolling Stone magazine.

In addition to Sir George Martin, who will be inducted by his son, Giles Martin, this year’s Hall of Fame ceremony will recognize major record labels Atlantic Records and Capitol Records; independent record label Sub Pop; Atlantic Records executives Ahmet Ertegun, Herb Abramson and Miriam Abramson; music industry landmarks the Apollo Theatre, CBGB, Hitsville U.S.A., Sun Studio and the Troubadour; and Rolling Stone.

This year’s honorees will be recognized during the Music Biz 2019 Awards & Hall of Fame Dinner as part of Music Biz’s Annual Conference held Sunday, May 5 through Wednesday, May 8 at the JW Marriott Nashville. The Music Business Hall of Fame is reserved for the individuals, organizations and places that have left an indelible impact on the industry. Inductees are selected annually by the Music Biz Board of Directors.

Across a legendary career spanning more than 50 years, Sir George Martin’s hallmark orchestrations and innovative recording techniques helped to shape popular music. Martin won six GRAMMY Awards, and holds the record as the producer with the most No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with 23.

Giles Martin is a GRAMMY-winning producer, composer and arranger who has helmed a diverse range of music entertainment projects. He will attend the Hall of Fame ceremony fresh off his work producing the music and soundtrack for the upcoming Sir Elton John biopic Rocketman.

Atlantic Records, one of the most preeminent American record labels specializing in Jazz, R&B, and Soul, is responsible for first showcasing the sound of superstars Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and others. It was founded in 1947 by Ahmet Ertegun and Herb Abramson. Abramson’s then-wife Miriam (later Bienstock), played a major role in managing Atlantic’s finances as the label rose to prominence. This will mark the first occasion on which a woman is honored with a Music Biz Hall of Fame induction.

Capitol Records, the very first West Coast-based record label, will also be inducted at the 2019 Hall of Fame ceremony. Founded by Johnny Mercer, Buddy DeSylva and Glenn E. Wallichs in 1942, Capitol was responsible for bringing the music of legends such as Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra to the ears of listeners everywhere.

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Independent record label Sub Pop, founded in the late 1980s by Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman, is the home of grunge icons Nirvana and Soundgarden, as well as Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty, The Shins and many other groundbreaking artists.

Ahmet Ertegun is best known as the co-founder and president of Atlantic Records, who helped to popularize Ruth Brown, Big Joe Turner, The Clovers, The Drifters, The Coasters and Ray Charles. Ertegun also served as chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and wrote a number of classic Blues songs including “Chains of Love,” “Sweet Sixteen” and “Mess Around.”

Herb Abramson co-founded Atlantic Records with Ertegun in 1947, after a stint at National Records producing Clide McPhatter, The Ravens, Billy Eckstine and Big Joe Turner. He also helped found Atlantic division Atco Records, and set up A-1 Sound Studios where he produced records for Sidney Barnes, the Darling Sisters, Luther Dixon, the Supremes and many others.

Miriam Abramson (later Beinstock) was instrumental in negotiating distribution deals and handling artist payments in Atlantic’s early days. She was ultimately named the label’s vice president in 1958.

Harlem’s world-famous Apollo Theater is known for its lineup of African-American performers and home of the syndicated television variety show Showtime at the Apollo. In its heyday, the Apollo played host to musical greats from Duke Ellington to Otis Redding, and comedy legends including Richard Pryor.

New York City Punk and New Wave venue CBGB, opened in 1973 by original owner Hilly Kristal, saw the rise of icons such as Blondie, Patti Smith, the Talking Heads and the Ramones. Even after shuttering in 2006, the venue retains legendary status in the punk music world.

Hitsville U.S.A. is the birthplace of Motown Records in Detroit, where Motown icons Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Four Tops and The Jackson 5 recorded in the legendary Studio A. Today, the original Hitsville U.S.A. space is now the Motown Museum.

Opened by Rock and Roll pioneer Sam Phillips, Sun Studio’s legendary recordings introduced the world to icons like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison.

West Hollywood nightclub the Troubadour was also the location of Elton John’s very first U.S. show. Artists like James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Randy Newman, the Eagles, Joni Mitchell and Carole King graced the stage at the Troubadour early in their careers.

Founded in 1967 by publisher Jann Wenner and music critic Ralph J. Gleason, Rolling Stone has become a cornerstone of the foundation of American pop culture known for its cutting-edge coverage of music.

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