Walk of Fame

In 2007, as part of its ongoing effort to promote and celebrate the music legacy of Starr Piano Company and its subsidiary, Gennett Records, the Foundation inaugurated the Gennett Records Walk of Fame to honor those who recorded for Gennett Records and whose work contributed significantly to American history. Selected by a national panel of music experts, those honored are musicians who created the distinctly American musical genres of jazz, blues, country, gospel, and popular music. However, the Gennett studio recorded the spoken word as well as the music of American Indian and other ethnic groups.

The Walk consists of large ceramic and bronze medallions resembling 78 rpm records, featuring the images of the artists honored. They are displayed in a broad sidewalk flanking the access drive in Richmond’s Whitewater Gorge Park that is on the site of the Starr Piano Company’s industrial complex. The medallions portray the artists and accompanying bronze plaques summarize their musical achievements. The medallions have been designed and casted by the Wilson Custom Design and Tile Company, Omaha, Nebraska. Each medallion is sponsored and the accompanying plaque recognizes the sponsor and any dedication message.

Each year’s inductees are honored at the annual Walk of Fame Music Festival held on the weekend after Labor Day. You may find information about this year’s Festival under the Events link on the Foundation home page.

INDUCTEES:

Year Inducted

2007

2007

2011

2007

2007

2012

2007

2013

2007

2007

2007

2008

2009

2008

2010

2008

2008

2010

2009

2008

2008

2007

2009

2008

2007

2014

2010

2008

2008

2009

2009

2011

2008

2007

2016

Genre

Jazz

Country and Western

Jazz

Jazz

Jazz

Blues

Blues

Spoken Word

Jazz

Country

Gospel

Big Band/Jazz

Country

Jazz/Big Band

Blues

Big Band

Blues

Blues

Country

Big Band

Country

Jazz

Jazz

Jazz

Jazz

Country

Gospel

Blues

Gospel

Big Band/Jazz

Country

Blues

Jazz

Big Band

Jazz

 

 

 

 

 

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