Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legends nominees announced
December 7, 2016 7:25 AM
Rusted Root -- featuring original members Patrick Norman, Liz Berlin and Michael Glabicki -- are nominated for this year's Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Legends awards.
By Scott Mervis / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Rusted Root, The Clarks and — wait for it — Andy Warhol are among the nominees for the fourth annual Pittsburgh Rock ‘N Roll Legends Awards, which will be held April 27 at the new location of Jergel’s Rhythm Grille in Marshall.
This nominees were selected by the Legends Nominating Committee for a benefit gala presented by the Pittsburgh-based Cancer Caring Center.
One inductee each will be chosen from these four categories:
Modern Era Legend (Performer/band with 20-plus years in business): The Clarks, Rusted Root, Tommy James & the Shondells.
Legacy Legend (Performer/band with 40-plus years in the business): The Jaggerz (“The Rapper”), The Vogues (“Five O’Clock World”), Del Vikings (“Come Go with Me”), Bobby Vinton (“Blue Velvet”).
Music Industry Professional Legend: Charlie Brusco (Churchill native who managed The Outlaws, The Funk Brothers, Styx, etc.), Jerry Reed (the late producer/founder of Jeree Recording), Andy Warhol (late pop art icon who briefly managed New York group The Velvet Underground and designed a number of album covers).
Music Broadcaster Legend: Chuck Brinkman (former KQV DJ), Clark Race (late KDKA DJ and host of KDKA-TV’s “Dance Party”) and Jimmy Roach (former WDVE and Y108 DJ).
Former Prince associates Alan Leeds (manager), Eric Leeds (saxophonist) and Matt Blistan (trumpeter) will be recognized as the Pittsburgh connections to the late, legendary star from Minneapolis.
At the request of his family, the committee withdrew a nomination for Aliquippa star B.E. Taylor, who died in August. He will be honored at a later date.
As for why Tommy James and the Shondells are in the Modern Era category, when they launched in the mid-’60s, committee member Paul Carosi says, “Tommy James is ‘rock’ and the Legacy category is basically doo-wop and pre-British Invasion groups.”
Missing once again from the inductees are two staples of the ‘70s-’80s bar-rock era — The Silencers (led by Frank Czuri) and Norm Nardini and the Tigers — along with any representation from the vital punk/post-punk scene, which included Carsickness, The Five and The Cynics.
Winners will be selected by the Pittsburgh Rock ‘N Roll Legends Awards Academy of Voters (comprised of nearly 200 local industry professionals) and through weighted votes cast by the general public, which can receive a ballot by signing up now through Feb. 5 at www.PittsburghRockLegends.com. Winners will be announced in early March.
Previous Rock ‘N Roll Legends honorees are Donnie Iris, Joe Grushecky, Billy Price, the Skyliners, Lou Christie, Rich Engler, Pat DiCesare, Porky Chedwick and Sean McDowell.
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