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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Rhythm & Blues Foundation – Pioneer Awards

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As stated on the website, “The Rhythm & Blues Foundation’s Pioneer Awards Program has recognized over 150 legendary artists whose lifelong contributions have been instrumental in the development of Rhythm & Blues music. This ceremony honors the career achievements of solo artists, vocal groups, songwriters and producers who are nominated and selected by members of our board of directors.” The award was first given in 1989 and last awarded in 2008. Here have been the recipients in that time:


A

  • Herb Abramson (1998)
  • Faye Adams (1998)
  • Johnny Adams (1999)
  • Ashford & Simpson (1999)

B

  • LaVern Baker (1989)
  • Mickey Baker (1999)
  • Hank Ballard & The Midnighters (1992)
  • Dave Bartholomew (1996)
  • Fontella Bass (2001)
  • Jackson K Beavis (1997)
  • Al Bell (Leadership Award, 2008)
  • Thom Bell (Entrepreneur Award, 2006)
  • William Bell (1997)
  • Frankie Beverly (2006)
  • Otis Blackwell (1994)
  • Bobby “Blue” Bland (1992)
  • Gary “U.S.” Bonds (1997)
  • Booker T. & the M.G.’s (1995)
  • Hadda Brooks (1993)
  • Charles Brown (1989)
  • Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown (1997)
  • James Brown (Lifetime Achievement Award, 1993)
  • Maxine Brown (1991)
  • Ruth Brown (1989)
  • Solomon Burke (1993)
  • Jerry Butler (1994)
  • Bobby Byrd (1998)

C

  • The Cadillacs (1996)
  • Clarence Carter (1994)
  • Gene Chandler (1997)
  • The Chantels (1996)
  • Ray Charles (Lifetime Achievement Award, 1991)
  • Chubby Checker (2006)
  • The Chi-Lites (2000)
  • Dave Clark (1993)
  • George Clinton (2003)
  • The Clovers (1989)
  • The Coasters/The Robins (1994)
  • Sam Cooke (Legacy Tribute Award, 1999)
  • Don Covay (1994)

D

  • Tyrone Davis (1998)
  • The Delfonics (2006)
  • The Dells (1992)
  • The Del Vikings (2003)
  • Sugar Pie DeSanto (2008)
  • Bo Diddley (Lifetime Achievement Award, 1996)
  • The Dixie Cups (2003)
  • Floyd Dixon (1993)
  • Bill Doggett (1994)
  • Fats Domino (Lifetime Achievement Award, 1995)

E-F

  • The Emotions (2001)
  • Ahmet Ertegün (2000)
  • Betty Everett (1996)
  • The Five Keys (1991)
  • The Five Satins (1998)
  • The Flamingos (1996)
  • Eddie Floyd (1996)
  • The Four Tops (Lifetime Achievement Award, 1997)
  • Inez and Charlie Foxx (1995)
  • David “Panama” Francis (1993)
  • Aretha Franklin (Lifetime Achievement Award, 1992)
  • Lowell Fulson (1993)
  • The Funk Brothers (Sidemen Award, 2008)

G-H

  • Marvin Gaye (Legacy Tribute Award, 2000)
  • Berry Gordy (Lifetime Achievement Award, 2006)
  • Al Green (Lifetime Achievement Award, 2001)
  • The Harptones (1998)
  • Donny Hathaway (Legacy Tribute Award, 2008)
  • Erskine Hawkins (1993)
  • Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (1998)
  • Isaac Hayes (1999)
  • Clarence “Frogman” Henry (2003)
  • Al Hibbler (1991)
  • Holland-Dozier-Holland (2001)
  • Brenda Holloway (1999)
  • John Lee Hooker (Lifetime Achievement Award, 1999)
  • Cissy Houston (1995)

I-J

  • The Impressions (2000)
  • The Isley Brothers (1996)
  • Chuck Jackson (1992)
  • Hal Jackson (2003)
  • Illinois Jacquet (1995)
  • Etta James (1989)
  • Mable John (1994)
  • Ella Johnson (1992)
  • Johnnie Johnson (2000)
  • Louis Jordan (Legacy Tribute Award, 2001)

K-L

  • Ernie K-Doe (1998)
  • Chaka Khan (Lifetime Achievement Award, 2008)
  • Albert King (1991)
  • Ben E. King (1994)
  • Gladys Knight & the Pips (Lifetime Achievement Award, 1998)
  • Kool & The Gang (2008)
  • Patti LaBelle & The Bluebells (1999)
  • Bettye LaVette (2006)
  • Barbara Lewis (1999)
  • Little Anthony & The Imperials (1993)
  • Little Richard (Lifetime Achievement Award, 1994)
  • Darlene Love (1995)
  • Nellie Lutcher (1992)
  • Barbara Lynn (1999)
  • Gloria Lynne (1997)

M

  • The Manhattans (1999)
  • Teena Marie (2008)
  • The Marvelettes (1995)
  • Barbara Mason (2006)
  • Curtis Mayfield (1991)
  • Jimmy McCracklin (1991)
  • Big Jay McNeely (2001)
  • Jay McShann (1996)
  • Little Milton (1997)
  • Garnet Mimms (1999)
  • The Moonglows (1995)
  • Johnny Moore (1999)
  • Sam Moore (1991)

N-O-P

  • Johnny Nash (2003)
  • David “Fathead” Newman (1998)
  • The O’Jays (1998)
  • Johnny Otis (1994)
  • Clyde Otis (2000)
  • Earl Palmer (1994)
  • Maceo Parker (2003)
  • Wilson Pickett (1993)
  • Bill Pinkney (1999)
  • Doc Pomus (1991)
  • David Porter (1999)
  • Lloyd Price (1995)
  • Arthur Prysock (1995)

Q-R

  • Otis Redding (Legacy Tribute Award, 2006)
  • Martha Reeves & The Vandellas (1993)
  • Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (1997)
  • Sylvia Robinson (2000)
  • Ruby & The Romantics (1997)

S

  • “Little” Jimmy Scott (1989)
  • Mabel Scott (1995)
  • Dee Dee Sharp (2001)
  • The Shirelles (1994)
  • Joe Simon (1999)
  • Percy Sledge (1989)
  • Sly & the Family Stone (2001)
  • Huey “Piano” Smith (2000)
  • The Spaniels (1991)
  • The Spinners (1997)
  • The Staple Singers (1992)
  • Jesse Stone (1992)
  • The Supremes (2003)

T-U-V

  • Johnnie Taylor (1996)
  • Koko Taylor (2003)
  • Carla Thomas (1993)
  • Charlie Thomas (1999)
  • Irma Thomas (1994)
  • Rufus Thomas (1992)
  • Allen Toussaint (2001)
  • Doris Troy (1996)
  • Phil Upchurch (1997)

W-X-Y-Z

  • Junior Walker (1995)
  • Van “Piano Man” Walls (1997)
  • Dee Dee Warwick (1999)
  • Dionne Warwick (Lifetime Achievement Award, 2003)
  • Justine “Baby” Washington (1995)
  • Johnny “Guitar” Watson (1996)
  • Mary Wells (1989)
  • Kim Weston (1998)
  • The Whispers (2008)
  • Paul “Hucklebuck” Williams (1992)
  • Jackie Wilson (Legacy Tribute Award, 2003)
  • Bill Withers (2008)
  • Jimmy Witherspoon (1993)
  • Bobby Womack (1996)
  • Stevie Wonder (Lifetime Achievement Award, 2000)
  • Betty Wright (2000)

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