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Seven being inducted in WV Music Hall of Fame

This Saturday night seven musicians will be inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.  Three are from Southern West Virginia.

Melvin and Ray Goins are from Mercer County and made their mark on bluegrass music both individually and collaborating.

In the early 1950's the brothers performed on Bluefield radio station WHIS.

Ada "Bricktop" Smith of Monroe County was a singer, dancer and vaudevillian who owned a nightclub in Paris, France.

She passed away in 1984.

The Swan Silvertones of McDowell County are known as one of the greatest gospel quartets of the 1940's, 1950's and 1960's.

A line from one of their songs inspired Paul Simon to write "Bridge Over Troubled Waters".

Tomorrow night's induction ceremony will take place at the Cultural Center in Charleston.

The 2013 inductees are: Melvin & Ray Goins, Peter Marshall, Wayne Moss, Tim O'Brien, Ada "Bricktop" Smith, Eleanor Steber, and The Swan Silvertones.
The 2013 Spirit Award will be presented to Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.
The living inductees - Melvin Goins, Tim O'Brien, Peter Marshall and Wayne Moss - will be present to accept their awards and perform. In addition, there will be performances by Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., Mollie O'Brien, Curtis and Friendly Womack (of the Valentino's), opera singer Betsy Bare, and Shayla Leftridge.
"Chasing Nashville" star Autumn Blair - a native of Calhoun County - will perform during the half-hour warm-up.
Presenters and acceptors include Kathy Mattea (Tim O'Brien), Charlie McCoy (Wayne Moss), Butch Miles and Art Simmons (Bricktop), Nick Clooney (Peter Marshall), and Curtis and Friendly Womack (Swan Silvertones).
Former major league ballplayer and current ESPN commentator John Kruk and Mollie O'Brien will co-host the event.
WV MUSIC HALL OF FAME 2013 Inductee bios
* Melvin Goins (Born 1933) and Ray Goins (1936-2007). Goodwill, Mercer County
Born on Sinai Mountain, near the coal mining community of Goodwill, Melvin and Ray Goins hold a significant place in the history of bluegrass music. Both together and separately, the brothers played in The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers, The Stanley Brothers, and The Shenandoah Playboys as well as The Goins Brothers Band. From the early '50s, both were involved in radio and TV, first on Bluefield radio station WHIS and later on stations in Prestonsburg, Hazard and Paintsville, KY. Ray stopped touring In 1994, due to health problems and passed away in 2007. Melvin was the first bluegrass musician to be featured on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine and was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association Hall of Fame as a member of the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers in 2009, and the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2011.
* Peter Marshall - Born 1926. Wheeling, Ohio County
While Wheeling native Peter Marshall (born Pierre LaCock) is best-known for hosting more than 5,000 episodes of the five-time Emmy Award-winning game show, "Hollywood Squares," he is also a gifted actor, singer and entertainer. After moving to New York in his teens, he formed a comedy team with Tommy Noonan and appeared in major night clubs, films, and on "The Ed Sullivan Show." His first starring role on Broadway was in "Skyscraper" with Julie Harris and, in London, he co-starred with Chita Rivera in "Bye-Bye-Birdie." In later years, he appeared in major musicals including "Music Man," "42nd Street," and Neil Simon's "Rumors." Marshall also appeared on television shows including "Love Boat," "Lou Grant" and "Sabrina the Teenage Witch." In the 1980s, he performed his role as George in "La Cage Aux Folles" in more than 800 performances. Marshall also hosted the 12-show "Big Bands From Disneyland" series for the Disney Channel. In 2000, he issued the CD "Boy Singer" and, in 2012, "Let's be Frank with a Touch of Tommy." In 2009, he and Nick Clooney co-hosted a pair of PBS specials "The Big Band Years" followed by "The Big Band Singers."
Currently, Marshall is heard nationally on the "Music Of Your Life" radio network and, at 87, continues to perform at venues across the country.
 * Wayne Moss - Born 1938. South Charleston, Kanawha County  
An accomplished bassist, guitarist and songwriter, Wayne Moss is a true legend among Nashville studio musicians. His credits include sessions for hundreds of country and rock artists as well as stints in storied Nashville groups, Area Code 615 and Barefoot Jerry. Wayne's first steady job was with the Pioneer Pals, on Sleepy Jeffers' popular radio and TV show in Charleston. Meanwhile, his rock ‘n' roll band, The Versitones, toured West Virginia, playing high schools and other venues. Wayne played the signature guitar line on Roy Orbison's hit "Pretty Woman," and the often-imitated solo on Waylon Jennings's "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line." He also can be heard on Tammy Wynette's "Stand By Your Man," Tommy Roe's million seller "Sheila" and Bob Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde" LP. He resume includes sessions for Simon & Garfunkle, Dolly Parton, Charlie Daniels, Joan Baez, Michael Nesmith and Tommy Emanuel. As a songwriter, his songs have been recorded by The Oak Ridge Boys, Jerry Reed, Chet Atkins, Roy Clark, George Benson, and Willie Nelson. In 1960, he opened Cinderella Sound Recording Studio, currently the oldest continually operating studio in Nashville. Wayne has been honored as a "Nashville Cat" by the Country Music Hall of Fame and continues to perform and record.  
* Tim O'Brien - Born 1954. Wheeling, Ohio County
Grammy-winning bluegrass/country/folk artist Tim O'Brien is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter who has achieved international acclaim. The Wheeling native came to prominence with the Colorado-based bluegrass band Hot Rize, and its country-Western alter ego, Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers which toured the world for a dozen years. In the mid-'80s, fellow West Virginian Kathy Mattea scored a pair of Top 10 hits with Tim's "Walk the Way the Wind Blows" and "Untold Stories." In 1990, they recorded the duet "The Battle Hymn of Love." When Tim's 2005 release, "Fiddler's Green," won a Grammy for "Best Traditional Folk Recording," he quickly became a sought-after session player and producer. Tim has released more than 20 CDs including solo recordings and duet projects with his sister Mollie, old time musician Dirk Powell, and, most recently, guitarist Darrell Scott. Tim was named "Male Vocalist of the Year" by the IBMA in 1993 and 2006, while his song "Look Down That Lonesome Road" won IBMA's "Song of the Year" award in 2006. He has toured with Mark Knopfler and has recorded with comedian Steve Martin. Tim is a board member of the WV Music Hall of Fame and has played a key role in a number of HoF projects.
* Ada "Bricktop" Smith - 1894-1984. Alderson, Monroe County
Born Ada Beatrice Queen Victoria Louise Virginia Smith in Alderson, "Bricktop" was a dancer, singer, vaudevillian, and self-described saloon-keeper who owned the Paris nightclub Chez Bricktop. She has been described as "one of the most legendary and enduring figures of 20th Century American cultural history." After working as a chorus girl in Chicago and Harlem, Bricktop moved to Paris in the early 1920s to escape racial tension in the U.S. Cole Porter hired her to entertain at his parties and wrote the song, "Miss Otis Regrets," especially for her. Hot Jazz innovators Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli wrote a song titled "Bricktop." Bricktop's drew many celebrities including the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and John Steinbeck. Her proteges included Mabel Mercer and Josephine Baker, and she employed Langston Hughes as a busboy. In 1961, at age 67, she retired to the U.S. Bricktop made a cameo appearance in Woody Allen's 1983 film "Zelig." She continued to perform as a Cabaret entertainer well into her 80s. In 1972, Bricktop made her only recording, "So Long Baby," with Cy Coleman.
 * Eleanor Steber - (1914-1990). Wheeling, Ohio County
Wheeling native Eleanor Steber is considered one of the most important U.S. sopranos of the 20th Century and is referred to as "the greatest Mozart singer of them all." At a time when opera was part of popular culture, she was a true international star, known throughout the world for her full, powerful voice, her ability to master a wide variety of roles and her tireless work ethic. In Wheeling, she received a rich, musical education and, after studying at the New England Conservatory of Music, won the coveted "Metropolitan Auditions of the Air." From 1945 to 1955 she performed on NBC's syndicated radio show "The Voice of Firestone" which became one of the signatures of her career. Her work with Samuel Barber - "Knoxville: Summer of 1915" and "Vanessa" - were two of her most notable and proudest achievements. While on an historic State Department tour through the Middle and Far East, an audience of 80 million tuned in to watch her sing "Madame Butterfly" on Japanese TV. Over 22 Met seasons, Steber did 427 performances of 34 roles and sang more performances of Mozart leading roles than any other singer in the company's history. In all, she had an astounding 65 roles in her operatic repertoire.
*The Swan Silvertones - Formed in 1938, McDowell County
The Swan Silvertones are one of the greatest gospel quartets of the ‘40s, '50s and '60s. Originally The Four Harmony Kings, and then the Silvertone Singers, the group was founded in 1938 by Alabama native Claude Jeter, who had moved to McDowell county to work in the mines. After relocating to Knoxville, TN, the group was hired by a local radio program sponsored by the local Swan Bakery - and renamed the Swan Silvertones. The Swans went on to record for the King, Specialty and Vee-Jay labels. One of the first gospel groups to add a rhythm section, through each incarnation, the Swans remained on the cutting edge of gospel. A line from the group's 1961 song "Mary Don't You Weep" inspired Paul Simon to write his biggest hit, "Bridge over Troubled Water," and the group's version of "Saviour, Pass Me Not" was featured in the 1991 film "The Big Easy." The Swans were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002 and the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2003. The sons and nephews of original member Solomon Womack - including Curtis and Friendly who are accepting the Swans award - formed The Womack Brothers who, after teaming up with Sam Cooke, became The Valentinos. In the late '70s, the last original Swan, John Myles, retired. His grandson, Rev. RL Bush formed The New Swan Silvertones to carry on the group's legacy.
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