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W.Va. Music Hall of Fame announces 2013 inductees

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame has announced its fifth class of inductees, who will be honored in a ceremony Nov. 16 at the Culture Center Theater.

Living inductees are:

  • Melvin Goins and the late Ray Goins, Goodwill, Mercer County: Holding a significant place in the history of bluegrass, the brothers, both together and separately, played in The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers, The Stanley Brothers and The Shenandoah Playboys as well as The Goins Brothers Band. After Ray retired from touring, Melvin reformed the band as Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain.
  • Peter Marshall, Wheeling: Marshall (born Pierre LaCock) is best-known for hosting the game show "Hollywood Squares." He is also an actor and singer, having performed as a comedy team with Tommy Noonan, starred with Chita Rivera in "Bye Bye Birdie" on the London stage and acted in a number of shows on Broadway as well as some films and TV shows. He continues to perform in concert. 
  • Wayne Moss, South Charleston: An accomplished bassist and guitarist, Moss is a Nashville studio musician who's played in sessions for hundreds of country and rock artists as well as stints in the Nashville groups Area Code 615, Barefoot Jerry and the "Hee Haw" house band. He's also a songwriter and owns the Cinderella Sound Recording Studio.
  • Tim O'Brien, Wheeling: O'Brien is a Grammy-winning bluegrass/country/folk multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He co-founded the bluegrass group Hot Rize and played in its Western alter ego, Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers. He's recorded as a solo artist, with his group, the O'Boys; his sister, Mollie; and Darrell Scott. He maintains a rigorous touring and recording schedule while also doing production and session work.

Deceased inductees are:

  • Ada "Bricktop" Smith, Alderson, Monroe County: Bricktop was a dancer, singer, vaudevillian and self-described saloon-keeper who owned the Paris nightclub, Chez Bricktop, as well as nightclubs in Mexico City and Rome. She performed as a cabaret entertainer well into her 80s.
  • Eleanor Steber, Wheeling: Steber is a soprano whose rich voice is noted for its versatility. She's most famous for her creation of the title role in Samuel Barber's "Vanessa" and for commissioning his "Knoxville: Summer of 1915." She also sang with the Metropolitan Opera, made some Broadway appearances and started a record label with her husband.
  • The Swan Silvertones, McDowell County: The Swan Silvertones were one of the greatest gospel quartets of the '50s and '60s. The group, first called The Four Harmony Kings and then the Silvertone Singers, was founded in 1938.  It was one of the first gospel groups to add instruments to its a capella sound, and a line from it's "Mary Don't You Weep" inspired Paul Simon's hit "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

Additionally, "America's Got Talent" winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. will receive the Spirit Award, which honors artists who have made their mark as musicians but also distinguished themselves in other ways. He's being honored for the positive attention he's brought to the state and the work he's done to inspire young people.

Tickets for the ceremony are on sale now. They are $60 for general admission and $200 for preferred seating, which includes a private pre-show reception with the hosts and inductees. For information, visit www.wvmusichalloffame.com.


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