Blues Foundation Hall of Fame

Updated June 26, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

The Blues Foundation, established in 1980 in Memphis, Tennessee, promotes and preserves blues music. The Blues Hall of Fame, also founded in 1980, recognizes artists and individuals for their contribution and perpetuation of the blues. Here are the inductees.

Classics of Blues Recordings (Album) Freddy King Sings, Freddy King
Piney Woods Blues, Big Joe Williams
Members Only, Bobby Bland
Rocks the House, Etta James
I'm Jimmy Reed, Jimmy Reed
Classics of Blues Recordings (Single) "My Babe," Little Walter
"Back-Water Blues," Bessie Smith
"Double Trouble," Otis Rush
Classics of Blues Literature 7 Guitars, August Wilson
Moanin' at Midnight: The Life and Times of Howlin' Wolf, James Segrest & Mark Hoffman
Individuals: Performers Johnny "Guitar" Watson
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Peetie Wheatstraw
Jimmy Witherspoon
Mississippi Sheiks
Hubert Sumlin
Individuals: Nonperformers John Hammond
Paul Oliver

2007 Inductees

Classics of Blues Recordings (Album) Driving Wheel, Little Jr. Parker; Down and Out Blues, Sonny Boy Williamson #2; Angola Prisoners Blues, Dr. Harry Oster
Classics of Blues Recordings (Single) "Black Angel Blues," Robert Nighthawk; "Death Letter," Son House; "Hide Away," Freddy King; "Pity the Fool," Bobby Bland
Classics of Blues Literature Blues With a Feeling: The Little Walter Story, Tony Glover, Scott Dirks, and Ward Gaines
Individuals: Performers Dave Bartholomew
Dr. John
Eddie "Guitar Slim" Jones
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Individuals: Nonperformers Arthur N. "Art" Rupe (founded Speciality Records)
Ahmet Ertegun (co-founded Atlantic Records)
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