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Steel Guitar Hall of Fame - St. Louis, MO
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member adgorn
N 38° 37.380 W 090° 11.340
15S E 744717 N 4278690
Quick Description: A wall of bronze plaques with relief portraits, located in the lower level of the Millennium Hotel, where the International Steel Guitar Convention is held every year.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 10/10/2011 11:56:46 AM
Waymark Code: WMCTC7
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 3

Long Description:
More about the HoF from their website (visit link)
"The concept for a Steel Guitar Hall of Fame originated in the early 1970s when Nashville steel guitarist Jim Vest suggested the award as recognition for persons advancing the instrument. Jim intended to implement the award program, but his session work and touring schedule prevented his follow-through. By mutual agreement between Jim and DeWitt Scott, "Scotty" inaugurated the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame and located its headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. The first Hall of Fame induction occurred in 1978. One or more persons have been inducted each year since then."

I went down there on the hopes of finding a walkway to the parking garage across the street, to avoid the rain. On the way I noticed the plaques and strode over to check it out. A hotel employee pointed out that Barbara Mandrell had one. Here's a newsrelease about her induction: (visit link)

"September 11, 2009
Country Music Hall of Fame member Barbara Mandrell has become the first woman inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame. Her induction took place Saturday (Sept. 5) at the International Steel Guitar Convention in St. Louis, Mo. Mandrell displayed her skills on a variety of musical instruments, including the steel guitar, during her concert tours and the TV show, Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters. In related news, Mandrell will help dedicate the Garden of the Stars in downtown Nashville on Sept. 29. The garden, located across the street from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, will feature namesake flowers honoring those who have contributed to the country music industry. Others expected to attend the dedication ceremony include Lynn Anderson, Ralph Emery, Patti Page, Steve Holy, Jeffrey Steele, Donna Fargo, Jeff Cook, Marty Raybon and Jett Williams. "

You can see a complete list of inductees at their website below. Here's Barbara's entry:
"BARBARA MANDRELL
MULTI-TALENTED SUPERSTAR PERFORMER WITH STRONG INTEREST IN PLAYING THE STEEL GUITAR BY AGE 10. STARTED HER PROFESSIONAL CAREER AT AGE 11, A REGULAR ON THE WEEKLY “TOWN HALL PARTY” TV SHOW IN LOS ANGELES - TOURED WITH MANY FAMOUS ARTISTS AND SOON HAD HER OWN NATIONALLY BROADCAST TV SHOW, BARBARA FEATURED THE STEEL GUITAR ON ALL HER SHOWS WHICH HELPED TO FURTHER THE POPULARITY OF THE INSTRUMENT
BORN: DECEMBER 25, 1948 HOUSTON, TEXAS INDUCTED: 2009"

I actually learned a bit on the steel guitar as a kid, but would definitely not qualify for a spot on the wall.
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