Franklin, Basie among new inductees to Blues Hall of Fame

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FILE – This April 14, 2015 file photo shows the logo of the new Blues Hall of Fame museum in Memphis, Tenn. The foundation which opened in May, is one of Memphis’ newest attractions. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz, File)

Aretha Franklin, Count Basie and Booker T. & the MGs are among the performers named as inductees to the Blues Hall of Fame.
    
The Blues Foundation announced this year’s honorees on Friday. An induction ceremony is scheduled May 8 in Memphis, Tennessee.
    
Known as the Queen of Soul, Franklin also performed blues and gospel songs. Many of Count Basie’s songs were rooted in Kansas City blues. Booker T. and the MGs’ blues-soul-rock sound was created at Stax Records in Memphis and has influenced countless musicians.
    
Classic recordings also are being inducted, including “Rollin’ Stone” by Muddy Waters, “I Got a Woman” by Ray Charles and the Elmore James album “The Sky is Crying.”
    
Guitarist Pee Wee Crayton and vaudeville blues entertainer Ida Cox also will be inducted.
 

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