Hall of Fame | Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Hall of Fame | Blues Music

Located in Memphis, Tennessee

Opened in May of 2015, the Blues Hall of Fame Museum is a Memphis gem for both serious blues fans and casual visitors. With robust exhibits and in-depth history, the museum exposes, educates, and entertains visitors with all that is blues culture while highlighting our over 400 inductees in five key categories: Performer, Individual, Album, Single, and Literature.

Check out our list of all the Musical Hall of Fames

Hall of Famers in this list include the names of: B.B. King, Dr. John, Ike Turner, Fats Domino, Memphis Slim and Bessie Smith.  Get ready for the 2018 Blues Music Award Show here

The inductees for the Blues Hall of Fame by year:

2017 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Johnny Copeland

Henry Gray

Willie Johnson

Latimore

Magic Slim

Mavis Staples

2016 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Elvin Bishop

Eddy Clearwater

Jimmy Johnson

John Mayall

The Memphis Jug Band

2015 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Tommy Brown

Eric Clapton

Little Richard

2014 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson

Robert Pete Williams

Big Jay McNeely

R.L. Burnside

Eddie Shaw

2013 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Earl Hooker

Jody Williams

Otis Clay

Joe Louis Walker

Little Brother Montgomery

Jimmie Rodgers

2012 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Allen Toussaint

Mike Bloomfield

Buddy & Ella Johnson

Furry Lewis

Frank Stokes

Matt "Guitar" Murphy

Lazy Lester

Billy Boy Arnold

2011 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Alberta Hunter

J.B. Lenoir

Denise LaSalle

Big Maybelle

John Hammond

Robert Cray

2010 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Bonnie Raitt

W.C. Handy

Gus Cannon and Cannon’s Jug Stompers

Amos Milburn

Lonnie Brooks

Charlie Musselwhite

2009 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Son Seals

Reverend Gary Davis

Taj Mahal

Irma Thomas

2008 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Hubert Sumlin

Jimmy Witherspoon

Mississippi Sheiks

Jimmy McCracklin

Peetie Wheatstraw

Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson

2007 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Dr. John

Dozen Brass Band.

Guitar Slim (Eddie Jones)

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Dave Bartholomew

2006 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

James Cotton

Roy Milton

Bobby Rush

Paul Butterfield

2005 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Walter Davis

Ike Turner

2004 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Blind Boy Fuller

Bo Diddley

2003 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Sippie Wallace

Dinah Washington

Pinetop Perkins

Fats Domino

2002 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Ruth Brown

Big Maceo (Merriweather)

2001 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Etta James

Junior Parker

Rufus Thomas

2000 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Johnny Otis

1999 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Roosevelt Sykes

Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown

1998 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Luther Allison

Junior Wells

1997 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Brownie McGhee

Koko Taylor

1996 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards

Charles Brown

1995 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Jimmy Rogers

1994 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Wynonie Harris

Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup

1993 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Champion Jack Dupree

Lowell Fulson

1992 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Skip James

Big Joe Williams

Johnny Shines

1991 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Sleepy John Estes

Billie Holiday

Fred McDowell

Sunnyland Slim

1990 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Lonnie Johnson

Blind Blake

Bukka White

1989 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Clifton Chenier

Robert Jr. Lockwood

Memphis Slim

1988 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Johnny Winter

Mississippi John Hurt

Little Milton

Jay McShann

1987 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Percy Mayfield

Sonny Terry

Eddie Taylor

1986 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Tommy Johnson

Lead Belly (Huddie Ledbetter)

Albert Collins

1985 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Buddy Guy

Slim Harpo

Chuck Berry

J.B. Hutto

1984 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Otis Rush

Wille Mae ‘Big Mama’ Thornton

Hound Dog Taylor

1983 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Albert King

Big Joe Turner

Robert Nighthawk

Louis Jordan

Ma Rainey

1982 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Big Walter Horton

Magic Sam

Ray Charles

Leroy Carr

1981 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Tampa Red

Professor Longhair

Roy Brown

Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland

Blind Willie McTell

1980 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

Big Bill Broonzy

Muddy Waters

Willie Dixon

Little Walter (Jacobs)

B.B. King

Charley Patton

Jimmy Reed

Bessie Smith

Otis Spann

T-Bone Walker

Sonny Boy Williamson (No. 1) (John Lee Williamson)

Sonny Boy Williamson (No. 2) (Rice Miller)

Lightnin’ Hopkins

Son House

Howlin’ Wolf

Elmore (Elmo) James

Blind Lemon Jefferson

Robert Johnson

Memphis Minnie

John Lee Hooker

 

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