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Ace Cannon is joining the state Music Hall of Fame

02 December 2008
Ace Cannon will soon join Jimmie Rodgers, Leontyne Price, Lance Bass, Marty Stuart and Hartley Peavey and many more as a member of the Mississippi Music Hall of Fame.

The official induction ceremony will be held Dec. 9 at the Calhoun City Chamber of Commerce meeting at the Methodist Corner.

Cannon began recording for Sun Records in Memphis in the 1950s with the Bill Black Combo. With that group, he toured much of the United States and the Bahamas, and appeared on such national television shows as "The Ed Sullivan Show," "The Merv Griffin Show" and "Dick Clark's American Bandstand."

From that start, Cannon recorded more than 60 albums and more than 40 singles, many of which found their way onto the Billboard and Cashbox charts.

His first big single, "Tuff," is still a popular saxophone standard, and he was nominated for a Grammy for his version of "Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain."

In the 1990s, the Ace again became a Grammy nominee when a Bill Black Combo song was recorded by Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana, members of the Elvis Presley Band.

Cannon has already been inducted into the Smithsonian Rock and Soul Hall of Fame, the International Rockabilly Hall of Fame and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.

Cannon has been honored by his hometown with having his name applied to the annual Ace Cannon Festival on the last Saturday in May. The closing event each year is a concert by Cannon, backed by Rare Blend.
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