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Eric Clapton, Little Richard and Tommy Brown Named 2015 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Feb 24, 2015 09:38 AM EST

The Blues Foundation has announced its latest inductees into its Hall of Fame: Tommy Brown, Eric Clapton and Little Richard. With more than 130 performers inducted since 1980, they join an echelon of music's most legendary artists.

As if it is any surprise, Clapton has been tapped for induction into the Blues Hall of Fame for his various achievements as well as his role as in popularizing a genre. An illuminating musician, his extensive career spans collaborations with George Harrison to Cream and beyond.

Little Richard also joins the elite of Fats Domino, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley, who built upon rock 'n' roll's foundation in the blues. His earliest recordings were in the blues vein and continued to employ the blues format throughout his career.

For Tommy Brown, his work broke through nationally in the early 1950s when he fronted the band the Griffin brothers Orchestra when they coined the hit single "Weepin' & Cryin'." With it, he brought his "intuitive sense of showmanship" to the genre with a 75-year-long career.

The induction ceremony will be held in conjunction with three days of events from May 6 to 8 surrounding the 36th annual Blues Music Awards. The awards event will also be held May 7 with the public grand opening of the new Blues Hall of Fame that will follow May 8.

According to the Memphis Business Journal, the Blues Hall of Fame will occupy a $2.5 million, 12,000-square-foot site at 421 S. Main St., across from the National Civil Rights Museum. That location had been the headquarters of the Blues Foundation.

Check out this year's inductees's official biographies and descriptions here.

Until then, preview them below:

Little Richard

Eric Clapton

Tommy Brown

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