Lo­cal mu­sic leg­ends to be in­ducted into MD En­ter­tain­ment Hall of Fame

Lo­cal mu­sic leg­ends to be in­ducted into MD En­ter­tain­ment Hall of Fame

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By Lisa Har­low

The best of the best in Mary­land en­ter­tain­ment will be hon­ored this Sun­day, De­cem­ber 10, at the lat­est in­duc­tion into the Mary­land En­ter­tain­ment Hall of Fame (MEHOF).

MEHOF hon­ors in­di­vid­u­als and groups who have made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the his­tory of en­ter­tain­ment in our state, in­clud­ing mu­si­cians, singers, radio and tele­vi­sion per­son­al­i­ties, and pro­mo­tional icons. Many of the nom­i­nees have had na­tional suc­cess as well.

This Sun­day, De­cem­ber 10 will be the tenth in­duc­tion since the or­ga­ni­za­tion was founded by Buddy Love. The first in­duc­tion was held on April 28, 2013.

This year’s in­ductees in­clude Roy Clark of Hee Haw fame, singer/song­writer Ron­nie McDow­ell, pro­moter Dar­lene War­ren and clas­sic rock band Great Train Rob­bery.

Ac­cord­ing to Love, there are more than 300 mem­bers who have been in­ducted into MEHOF. While there is no ac­tual hall of fame build­ing, many pho­tos and other mem­o­ra­bilia from the or­ga­ni­za­tion are housed in the Mu­sic Room at the Her­itage So­ci­ety of Es­sex and Mid­dle River.

“I am beyond ex­cited and very hon­ored to be in­ducted into the Mary­land En­ter­tain­ment Hall of Fame. To be among artists I ad­mire like Ron­nie Dove, Ron­nie McDow­ell, Michael Hoover, Char­lie Thomas, Joey McCann... it’s a very hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence,” said War­ren, who be­gan her ca­reer of pro­mot­ing in the 1970s with dif­fer­ent Elvis acts.

“I was a huge Elvis fan for as long as I can re­mem­ber. But what re­ally got me in­ter­ested in en­ter­tain­ment was as a 14 year old back in 1971, my fam­ily met and toured with the Os­monds for seven years,” she said. “We met them through their pro­duc­tion agent, Peggy Rogers, and watch­ing her set up for re­hearsals and end-of-tour par­ties, talk­ing to lo­ca­tions about tick­ets, see­ing that back­stage was ready for show time and to make sure the shows were mem­o­rable...I wanted to be Peggy when I grew up.”

War­ren cred­its much of her suc­cess to her long­time col­league Ron­nie Dove.

“I have been work­ing with Ron­nie for over 30 years, and the con­tacts I’ve made be­cause of him are price­less. Within months of meet­ing Ron­nie, I was sit­ting back­stage in At­lantic City, in Tom Jones’ dress­ing room. Ron­nie made one of my dreams come true when I met Tom Jones. He’s not only a great en­ter­tainer but very down to earth and per­son­able, just like Ron­nie Dove.”

War­ren still works with sev­eral Elvis trib­ute artists, in­clud­ing Hoover, whom she started with in 1990. She has also been bring­ing Ron­nie McDow­ell to the East Coast for many years, and while he is in town for the in­duc­tion he will be do­ing a show at the Es­sex Elks Lodge on De­cem­ber 9.

“My fa­vorite quote is from Elvis. He said you need three things in your life in or­der to be happy. You need some­thing to do, some­one to love and some­thing to look for­ward to,” said War­ren. “Mu­sic and shows pro- vide all three things for me. I just want to make peo­ple know mu­sic can do so much for you if you add it to your life.”

In ad­di­tion to the 18 in­di­vid­ual in­ductees, there will be four posthu­mously in­ducted mem­bers (Eva Cas­sidy, Danny Gat­ton, Ed­die DiMartino and Tommy Ed­wards) and two bands: Great Train Rob­bery and Eva Cas­sidy Band.

Great Train Rob­bery (GTR) started out in Fe­bru­ary 1977 in Bethany Beach, Del. The first show was at Fin­ni­gans Rain­bow in Ocean City, Md. Over the years they have played in ev­ery type of venue from civic cen­ters to pri­vate par­ties from Key West to up­state New York.

Dave Capoz­zoli is the long­est run­ning mem­ber of GTR and has been with the band for 38 years. Capoz­zoli, who is from Kingsville and cur­rently lives in Bel Air, plays bass and is a song­writer. He has been on all eight of the group’s CDs.

“I’ve al­ways be­lieved in the band and the type of mu­sic we were play­ing. I knew there would al­ways be a place for clas­sic rock,” he said.

Some of Capoz­zoli’s fond­est mem­o­ries are of GTR be­ing the open­ing act for Lynyrd Skynyrd four times and The Out­laws ten times.

“I had known about the Mary­land En­ter­tain­ment Hall of Fame for a while, and I heard about peo­ple be­ing in­ducted. Then they ap­proached us while we were play­ing at Phillip’s in Dun­dalk and asked if we would be in­ter­ested,” he said. “It re­ally is an honor for us. About 13 of us are plan­ning to at­tend, and we are re­ally ex­cited about get­ting to­gether.”

GTR is cur­rently work­ing on their ninth CD and hope to have a March or April re­lease date. They will per­form in­duc­tion week­end on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 8 at Phillip’s Inn.

“We would like to thank the club own­ers who stuck with us through­out the years, es­pe­cially the clubs in Ocean City,” said Capoz­zoli. “Those are the peo­ple who can re­ally take bands to the next level.”

The MEHOF in­duc­tion will be held this Sun­day start­ing at 2 p.m. at UAW Lo­cal 239 on Old- ham Street in Bal­ti­more. The sold out event will be broad­cast live on http://www.mehofra­dio. com. Hosts are Buddy Love, John Sanko­nis, Richard Shelton and Clyde Allen. En­ter­tain­ment will in­clude MCs Bob Mathers and An­nie B along with the Doug Lester Band.

For more in­for­ma­tion on ME- HOF, go to http://www.sanko­nis. com/id70.html or visit the group’s Face­book page. De­cem­ber 10, 2017 MEHOF In­ductees:

Rick Colfer Louie Prin­ci­pio Ge­orge Dobash Joe D’Amico Joe Macre Jef­frey Hard­ing Den­nis Schocket Joe Quar­ter­man Walt Downey Jeff Adams Bud Becker John West Char­lie Thomas Eileen Chaf­fee Dar­lene War­ren

Dave Rode Roy Clark Ron­nie McDow­ell Posthu­mously in­ducted

mem­bers: Eva Cas­sidy, Danny Gat­ton, Ed­die DiMartino and Tommy Ed­wards

Bands: Great Train Rob­bery and Eva Cas­sidy Band

Dave Capoz­zoli of Great Train Rob­bery

Great Train Rob­bery

The Mary­land En­ter­tain­ment Hall of Fame (MEHOF) board.

Dar­lene War­ren and Ron­nie McDow­ell

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