Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) – The newest inductees for the Rochester Music Hall of Fame were announced Tuesday morning.
Al Jardine, one of the co-founders of The Beach Boys, will be among the five newest members of the Class of 2019 for the Music Hall of Fame. Other inductees include the radio station WCMF-FM 96.5, Geneva folk singer Christine Lavin, Emmy-winning television composer Jack Alloco, and Jeff Springut, the owner of the now-closed music club Red Creek. WCMF on-air personality Dave Kane will be honored with the RMHF Special Merit Award.
As a lifetime Grammy recipient and members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Jardine is cemented in the American music lexicon. His work singing and playing bass, rhythm guitar and banjo with the Beach Boys can be heard on several songs, including 'Then I Kissed Her' and 'Help Me, Rhonda.'
Jardine's father worked at Eastman Kodak and also taught at RIT. He grew up near Lake Ontario and spent his early childhood learning the ukulele and clarinet.
At the induction ceremony, Jardine is expected to perform with his son, musical director, and Prime Time Funk to perform the hits of the Beach Boys.
Just in time for its 50th anniverary of being on the FM radio airwaves, WCMF is being inducted in the Hall of Fame. The classic rock station is one of five FM rock stations that have never changed call letters or musical format. The station is considered a pioneer nationwide in classic rock, praised for bringing several rock acts into the mainstream.
The station, now owned by Entercom Rochester, boasts another Rochester Music Hall of Fame inductee in Uncle Roger.
Lavin may be best known for her folk singing in the Finger Lakes, having released 23 albums on a wide variety of subjects for more than 30 years. She has earned a reputation as a comic observer and witty performer.
Based mainly in Geneva, Lavin is expected to perform several of her original songs at the induction ceremony.
Alloco is the composer for The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful. He has performed in concerts at Carnegie Hall, Buckingham Palace, The Grand Ole Opry, and The White House.
A graduate of Bishop Kearney High School in 1968 and Nazareth College in 1972, Alloco sits on the board of trustees at the college. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from St. John Fisher College and has been granted Honorary Doctorate degrees from Nazareth College as well as Marymount University in Los Angeles.
As a festival organizer and music booker, Springut currently organizers some of Rochester's most well-known festival, including the Lilac Festival, Park Avenue Festival, and Party in the Park. But his career as a promoter stems from his music club - the Red Creek Inn in Henrietta.
For nearly 30 years, the Red Creek Inn attracted a range of music from James Brown and Buddy Guy to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bonnie Raitt.
Springut is a lifelong Rochester resident whose work discovering new bands and musicians continues to be a passion.
Kane, who has spent 38 years on the WCMF airwaves, will be honored for his work and contributions to Rochester's music community.
In 2018, the list of inductees included Steve Gadd, Tony Levin and Ferdinand Smith, to name a few. Paul Simon even showed up at the ceremony.
The 2019 induction ceremony is scheduled to be held in April.