Next month, the Philadelphia Music Alliance will induct a fresh batch of local music makers into the Walk Of Fame.
In a ceremony on Oct. 24, plaques will be placed along South Broad Street in honor of: Folk deejay and Philadelphia Folk Festival host Gene Shay; late jazz record producer Joel Dorn; the songwriting team of Johnny Madara and Dave White, who wrote "At The Hop" and "Rock and Roll Is Here To Stay"; producer, songwriter and record execitive Jerry Ross; the MFSB Orchestra, who were the principal back up band on Philadelphia International Records recordings in the 1970s; the Salsoul Orchestra, the house band on Salsoul Records whose hit "Love Break (Ooh I Love It)" was sampled on Madonna's "Vogue"; disco band John Davis & the Monster Orchestra; John Davis; Vince Montana, the vibes player, arranger and conductor who led the Salsoul and who died earlier this year; and Peter Richard Conte, the Macy's Grand Court Organist who's been playing the Wanamake Organ since 1989.
MFSB, Salsoul and the Monster Orchestra shared many members. MFSB is an acornym for Mother, Father, Sister, Brother. Joseph Tarsia, the former Sigma Sound Studios owner who the chairman of the PMA said in a statement the orgnaization is "re-energizing our original mission of aggressively inducting artists in all genres whose accomplishments have had a significant impact in the world of music. This induction comes at a time of impassioned renewal for the Philadelphia Music Alliance. There are still so many worthy candidates, that it was important to pay tribute to a number of them with this induction ceremony. We’re already planning our next event in the spring of 2014. The magnitude of the Walk of Fame and its continued impact on the Avenue of the Arts and Greater Philadelphia is overwhelming.”
The unveiling of the plaques, which will bring the total number in the Avenue of the Arts cement to 122, will happen in a free and open to the public ceremony in front of the Doubletree Hotel at Broad and Locust at noon on Oct. 24. Go to www.pmawalk.com for more info.