Ray Benson Earns Spot on Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame
In addition to Benson, Billie Holiday, the Roots, Cinderella, the Trammps, Andrea McArdle and WOGL-FM radio personality Harvey Holiday are also among the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame’s Class of 2015. The group will be formally added to the Walk of Fame by the Philadelphia Music Alliance during a ceremony on the Avenue of the Arts on Oct. 26, with a gala event to follow the induction.
Together, the 2015 Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame honorees have won 16 Grammy Awards.
“This year, we are able to illustrate, through our musically diverse honorees, why Philadelphia has been and continues to be the number one city for extraordinary and award-winning talent,” PMA Board Chairman Alan Rubens says. “Our inductees, this year, span the musical gamut — from jazz, country, disco, hip-hop/neo soul, rock, Broadway and radio.”
Benson founded Asleep at the Wheel over 40 years ago and has seen the band release 25 albums and win nine Grammy Awards. The group recently released their third Bob Wills tribute album, Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. The project features 22 songs, including collaborations with George Strait, Brad Paisley, Shooter Jennings, Lyle Lovett, the Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show and others.
“After 45 years of traveling and playing, it still amazes me how well this music, born in the 1920s and ‘30s, thrives in the present day,” Benson says. “The artists playing and singing on this collection range in age from folks in their 20s to former Texas Playboys, 92-year-old Billy Briggs and 86-year-old Leon Rausch … certain evidence that Western swing music is alive and well as it cruises through the next millennium.”
“I am truly honored to be included in this year’s ACL Hall of Fame,” Benson says. “Over the years, I have appeared in numerous episodes, both as a featured performer and a guest performer, and I cannot imagine our 45-year career without the exposure that ‘ACL’ afforded us.”