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Music hall announces 2017 inductees

Joe Beard, Uncle Roger and Samuel Adler are among 2017 inductees to the Rochester Music Hall of Fame announced Wednesday. 

The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. April 30 in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

Receiving honors this year are:

  • Samuel Adler: The celebrated classical composer was a professor of composition at Eastman School of Music from 1966 to 1995. His more than 400 published compositions have been performed around the world. 
  • Joe Beard: The revered blues guitarist and vocalist has played with a who’s who of musicians, including legends Muddy Waters, B.B. King and Son House.
  • Gary Lewis: The 1960s hitmaker with Gary Lewis and the Playboys topped the charts with eight gold singles and 17 Top 40 hits.
  • Uncle Roger McCall: The pioneer radio DJ supported Rochester’s local music scene as host of the “Homegrown” radio show. He was at WCMF from 1973 to 2003.
  • Lewis Soloff: The Grammy-winning trumpeter studied at Eastman School of Music and was part of Blood Sweat and Tears for five albums.
  • Greg Sullivan: As owner of the Penny Arcade, Sullivan was a big supporter of local music. The Charlotte club was one of Rochester’s longest-running live music venues. 

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