‘American Idol’ contestants make NC Music Hall of Fame

From staff reportsMarch 1, 2014 

Link Wray, the late guitarist from Dunn best known for the 1958 hit “Rumble,” didn’t make the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this time around, but he’s getting a consolation prize.

Wray will be inducted into the N.C. Music Hall of Fame on Oct. 16.

He is among eight musicians and musical groups in the newly announced 2014 class, which also includes:

• Clay Aiken, who lives near Rosemont and is 2003 “American Idol” runner-up and Congressional candidate.

• Fantasia Barrino of High Point, 2004 “American Idol” winner.

• The Embers, the Raleigh group noted for such hits as “I Love Beach Music” and “Far Away Places.”

• Jimmy Capps of Benson, country-bluegrass guitarist and Grand Ole Opry member.

• The late “Little Eva” Boyd, a Belhaven-born vocalist best known for “The Loco-Motion” and “Let’s Turkey Trot.”

• The late Talmadge “Tab” Smith of Kinston, jazz/R&B musician/vocalist who played with Jimmy Witherspoon and Johnny Otis.

• The late Lulu Bell & Scotty, vocalists from Bonne and Spruce Pines known as the “sweethearts of country music” in the 1930s and 1940s.

The induction ceremony is Oct. 16 at the historic Gem Theatre in Kannapolis.

Tickets are on sale at http://ncmhof.eventbrite.com and at the museum, 109 W. A St., Kannapolis.

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