CASHBOX Magazine has a rich history dating back to the 1940's. As you can imagine thousands of artists have passed through our doors. You can see them in our archive pages. We realized that for various reasons many deserving artists quickly became a thing of the past and have long been forgotten. Others have continued to stay in the mainstream to this day. With the New CASHBOX Hall Of Fame we are going to level the playing field and awards will be presented based on strict criteria by industry veterans.
Initially we will present awards for those still alive from the 30's forward. We will also induct four posthumous awards each month. Inductees will be chosen by industry professionals at CASHBOX and Record World Magazine as well as outside music veterans who have been instrumental in driving this initiative.
Our goal is simple. Give recognition that is earned, not bought while creating a music ecosystem that is genre based and NOT a melting pot of other Hall of Fame collections. It will be accurate, consistent and we will also reach out to the public for their input and suggestions.
We believe that this interactive approach will build excitement and recognition around the world.
CASHBOX Hall Of Fame
MURDER ON MUSIC ROW 1989
The story of gold chains, doctored charts and a Music Row murder
The recording is a true story about the Murder on Music Row back in 1989 of Kevin Hughes. Featuring Michael Lusk on vocals and written by Edward Ray Russell, Published by Alley Roads Music BMI Nashville.
The fight to promote country songs on a phony chart was real, even murder.
Kevin Hughes was a clean kid caught in a dirty business. In 1989, he was the Nashville chart researcher at Cash Box magazine, which had once ranked with Billboard as the industry’s most prestigious trade paper. For a 23-year-old who loved music and had made up his own charts growing up in rural Illinois, it should have been a dream job.
But Hughes had walked into a dark netherworld of tough-guy record promoters who wore gold chains, drove Cadillacs and bilked aspiring singers out of fortunes. He soon learned these were people whose livelihoods depended on doctoring the very charts over which he had been put in charge.
By the first week of March, Hughes was telling people that he had a big decision to make. He told his parents he wanted to come back home the following weekend to sort some things out. He never made it. On Thursday, March 9, 1989, he was gunned down on Music Row, the dream dying in a pool of blood on a cold, dark street.
The street hypothesis is that Dixon—a self-styled godfather of country music—ordered the murder, and D’Antonio carried it out. Kevin Hughes was unwilling to participate in a well-known system of chart manipulation that helped defraud an endless string of naive country singers, the theory goes, he was killed.
Dixon’s circle included Tony D’Antonio, who referred to himself as “The Tone” and fancied himself a Mafia type as well. Dixon, though, was the undisputed boss.
“He orchestrated everything with Gary Bradshaw and Tony,” says Robert Gentry, then an independent promoter who teamed up for a time with D’Antonio. “I mean, they used to kiss his ring, you know what I’m saying?”
The bottom-line payoff was supposed to be a buzz and a chart presence irresistible to the major labels. “The pretense of the promoters,” Bradshaw says, “is that if you do well on the independent charts, the majors will suck you right up, which was in fact just the opposite. Most majors wouldn’t touch somebody on those charts.”
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Hokey Sloan is no stranger to the country music business. He has been a singer,songwriter and performer for many years. He has appeared on shows with such legends as Conway Twitty and Vern Gosdin. He became friends with Waylon Jennings in December of 1979 and recorded with Waylon's band in the 90's. You can hear a strong Wayon Jennings influence in his music. Hokey is a master at performing live music but his heart leans towards writing and producing. He produced the CD "Things Happen" in his own studio playing most of the instrument tracks himself. He also produced his current released songs.
Jacob Cade is a sixteen year old American singer, songwriter, musician, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as lead singer and guitarist of The Jacob Cade Project, a three piece band he formed in a mission to preserve the legacy of classic rock ‘n roll. Heavily influenced from musical greats such as Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Slash, Ace Frehley, Billy Gibbons and Jerry Lee Lewis, Cade revives a lost art of masterful musicianship and the natural ability to entertain a crowd. With Jacob’s electrifying guitar work and larger than life stage persona, live performances are a true “show”, leaving spectators wanting more.
The sixteen year old completed his second full length studio album which was released this summer, June 30th, 2015 with producers Glenn Sawyer and Rich Veltrop at The Spot Studios in Lakewood, CO. This collection of 10 songs includes the lead single ‘Green Light Go’ which has been released as a music video through Jacob’s YouTube channel. Watch the video here http://bit.ly/JCPGGLG.
Barry Stagg was born April 9, 1944 in Canada. Stagg has written and recorded songs for Gamma Records, United Artists, London Records and RCA. He has written film scores for documentaries, as well as numerous mini-operas. He is well known for his world hit song “To Love Means to be Free” which was released on his Green and Stagg album in 1969 that won the Canadian Business Music Industry writing award. From 1989–present, playwright-in-residence for the Nosco Academy of Theatre Arts. During that time over 60 musicals were written and composed, covering a wide range of themes.
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Doug Phillips started playing guitar at a young age in the St. Louis area. Doug has decades of experience in performing, writing, touring, recording, and teaching.He has worked with Arista, MCA, and Bear Records and has worked with or opened for many national artists. Doug has many years of studio experience and can play any style. His Rock/Blues style is very contemporary and refreshing and paves the way to something new and different in the Rock/Blues genre.
Peter started playing guitar when in high school after being involved with school music productions. His involvement was so enthusiastic that teachers wrote notes home declaring that if Peter didn't change focus to something other than music for his written reports, he would never get anywhere in life!
Starting off immediately performing in public at various events, he quickly learned how to engage an audience. Over the years, vocals became the main focus over rhythm guitar, percussion, and bits of banjo, bass guitar, mandolin, and, currently, pedal steel.
Songwriting came in good time with most of them being written straight out without much re-writing as some people insist is necessary. Feeling that the enjoyment of music overshadows the "correctness of writing" was made clear with the realization that not every song written becomes a "hit" no matter how well written! In the long run, it's the listeners that determine if a song is a "hit"!!
Learning over the years how important it was to have a strong grasp of how the business end of music works, Peter started "The Lana Clarkson Memorial School of Music" as a 501(c)(3) non profit to teach kids the "Business of Music". Peter handles Sound Reinforcement, Recording, General Wisdom, etc. while relying on industry professionals to teach things like Copyrights and Contracts, Booking, Management, Instrument and Equipment Repair, "On Tour Facts" and whatever else may be needed.
Duke” Henry is a former Navy Veteran and proud supporter of the Navy Seal Foundation. He does every benefit he can for the cause of the American Veteran and supports Operation Troop Aid, Wounded Warriors, and is currently setting up his next USO Tour for our Soldiers.
“Duke” Henry’s Motto is To BE THE PROTECTOR OF FREEDOM AT HOME, FOR THOSE WHO PROTECT OUR FREEDOM ABROAD. HIS LATEST SINGLE “WITHOUT A GUN” has made huge waves and is a fan favorite. He is the core of what a Red Blooded American is and seeks every opportunity to support every charity he can. He is truly a selfless person whos enjoyment comes from helping others.
“Duke” Henry also is the owner of RCI Restoration Services, which is a fire and water restoration company donating at least $100,000 per year in remodeling work to customers who have shortfalls in their insurance claims. When you think of a Soldier of the common man, you think of Duke Henry.
My name is Kelly Lewis I was born in Duncan, Oklahoma August 12, 1960 I have lived and worked in Duncan all my life. I have always loved music especially Country Music. I graduated Duncan Senior High School In 1978 and went to Murray State College for one semester then I realized that college wasn’t for me. So moved to Dallas and attended Broadcasting School and received a degree and worked as a Disc Jockey in the Dallas area for a short period of time. Then I moved Back to my hometown and worked at the local radio station. The money wasn’t real good then so I invested in some sound equipment and contracted some dances and private parties until I eventually sold it all and worked different jobs and owned my own businesses and was doing well, but my love for music was still there so I started singing a few songs with some local bands when I had the chance.. I always wanted to record my own cd so in 2010 I decided to pursue that with the help of some of my friends that were in that business. I came up with the idea to record a cd for my dads 82nd birthday. I decided to record some Billy Joe Shavers songs because although they were really good songs they were not chartbusters so I thought it would be more original than trying to record hits. Although some were most people haven’t heard them. I wanted this to be special so I hired the best musicians that I could afford and my record producer is Shane McCauley who is very experienced in the music business and had many connections. So we made it and it was really fun to do and hope to do it again
FRANK TILLI was born in Montreal and is of Italian descent. He is the youngest of 6 children and grew up in a musical neighborhood. He started writing compositions and original songs when he was only 13. While he’s held many different jobs in his life, his one true passion is music.
A co-worker encouraged Frank to try the harmonica, stating that “you will either get it or you won’t”. Frank took to it naturally and today incorporates the harmonica into his music alongside vocals and guitar.
Frank writes and composes all of his own music which is then produced by George Carter Jr. His musical influences include Elvis, KISS, Deep Purple, The Beatles, and the Rolling Stones. He considers Keith Richards and Mick Jagger to be his musical mentors.
In February of 1989 he was performing at The Decibal in downtown Montreal when he was approached by Polish producer John Gravel. Impressed, Gravel invited Frank and his band to perform in Warsaw in July and August of 1990, courtesy of the Ministry of Culture of Poland. They played four gigs in Warsaw before returning to Montreal, lending a hand to changing the music culture.
Encouraged by the music scene in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Frank left Montreal and joined his friend and producer George Carter Jr. on the East Coast. He joined “The George Carter Jr. Band” singing lead vocals and playing the harmonica. Together they have played in numerous venues across Nova Scotia including the Halifax Jazz Festival, Smoking Blues Festival, and the Coal Shed Music Festival, among others.
Frank’s desire now is to present his original music to a wider audience on an international level.
Harp Master Gindick for Stage and Workshop
Guitar and harmonica king Jon Gindick has long been known as one of the most exciting harmonica players and teachers on the international scene. His books on playing blues harmonica have sold over 1.5 million copies and created generations of harp players. Gindick’s Mississippi Delta Blues Harmonica Jam Camps, held several times a year in Clarksdale, Mississippi’s Shack Up Inn, are world-famous, and Gindick is legendary for making learning fun, fast and creative. He is often credited with getting more people playing harp than anyone else in the world. Jon’s act as a single performer, playing harmonica & guitar and singing his songs, has opened festivals, led symphonies, closed bars, and earned standing ovations. As a rack player, he is second to none. Jon’s Cd of original songs "When We Die, We All Come Back As Music" was named "Best Blues Album of 2010" by Hollywood Music in Media Awards in 2010. Produced by Los Angeles bass and keyboardist Ralph Carter, several of the songs, including “Ghost Dance” and “School” have been nominated for songwriting awards.Expressing it all is Jon’s of talented pals featuring Jon on harp and guitar, Ralph Carter on bass, and drummer Pete Gallagher. At the core of the band’s passionate performance is Gindick’s rich voice, great songs, and full throated harmonica. It’s a different take on the blues, exactly what you’d expect from Jon Gindick. If you are looking for a multi-talented, well known and charismatic performer who can bring a band, play as a solo, put on workshops and harp shows for his international blues-loving audience, bring in Jon Gindick. You can find his lessons and for-camera performances all over You Tube.
Jon’s Mississippi Delta Blues Harmonica Jam Camps
Each March, May and September Jon Gindick and his team of coaches puts on a 5-day Blues Harmonica n Jam Camp at the Shack Up Inn in Clarksdale, Mississippi. If you want to immerse yourself in blues harp, guitar and your own sacred musicality in the Heart of the Blues Country, this is as good as it gets.“