Actress Ann Magnuson, a Charleston native, and Larry Groce, host of the nationally syndicated radio show Mountain Stage, co-hosted the WV Music Hall of Fame’s 2008 Induction Ceremony.
Michael Lipton, founder and Executive Director of the WV Music of Fame, offered some opening remarks.
Montgomery native John Ellison returned home to sing a gospel version of his hit song “Some Kind of Wonderful” for the Invocation.
Tim O’Brien and Peter Rowan perform the Lilly Brothers’ “Little Annie.”
Everett Lilly accepts the award for the Lilly Brothers and Don Stover.
Bob Thompson presents singer Ann Baker’s award to her granddaughter Charmayne Batch.
Charmayne Batch accepted the award on behalf of her grandmother Ann Baker.
Catherine Russell sings “Ice Man Blues,” one of Ann Baker’s signature songs.
Guitarist/composer Skip Heller presents Robert Drasnin’s award.
Composer/musician Robert Drasnin leads the Hall of Fame house band in an “exotica” arrangement of “Hail, West Virginia” complete with vibes and bongos.
John Ellison presented composer Maceo Pinkard’s posthumous award. Legendary Harlem Globetrotter star “Meadowlark” Lemon accepted the award.
Catherine Russell performed Maceo Pinkard’s “Them There Eyes,” with Robert Drasnin guesting on clarinet.
Cheryl White of The Whites presents Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper’s award.
Country singer Carol Lee Cooper, daughter of Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper, accepts the award for her parents.
The Whites performing one of Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper’s favorites, “Big Wheel.”
Songwriter, producer and arranger Cowboy Jack Clement presented Frankie Yankovic’s award.
Seven of Frankie Yankovic’s 10 children traveled to Charleston to accept his award.
Frankie Yankovic’s nephew, accordionist Bob Kravos, learned from his uncle while playing in his band. He brought his trio down from Cleveland to perform Yankovic’s million-selling hit “Just Because.”
Grant Cooper, Maestro of the West Virginia Symphony, presents opera singer Phyllis Curtin’s award.
Co-host Ann Magnuson
Wayne Moss and Russ Hicks, legendary session musicians in their own right, present the Hall of Fame award to longtime friend Charlie McCoy.
Charlie McCoy playing “Orange Blossom Special”
Bill and Roger Sovine accept the award for their father.
The entire cast joins in for a finale of the 1956 Red Sovine/Web Pierce hit “Why Baby Why.”
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