Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Jill Scott and more feature in Philadelphia Music Walk Of Fame Class of 2017

Sister Rosetta Tharpe | Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Music Alliance

The Philadelphia Music Alliance has announced this year’s inductees for the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame, and 2017 is all about soul. From Jill Scott to McFadden & Whitehead to Sister Sledge, the honorees come from different decades and genres but all have made significant contributions in music and Philadelphia. Continue reading →


Get a look inside last night’s star-studded Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame Gala at The Fillmore

Jimmy Fallon & The Roots - PMA Walk of Fame Gala | Photo by: Rich McKie
Jimmy Fallon & The Roots – PMA Walk of Fame Gala | Photo by: Rich McKie

For the first time in over two decades, the Philadelphia Music Alliance hosted a evening gala to celebrate its newest inductees at the new Fillmore last night.  Earlier in the day a ceremony was held to unveil their plaques, Hollywood Walk of Fame-style, in the Broad Street sidewalk along Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts on Broad Street. The gala, however, was a chance for some of the biggest names in Philly music history to fix up and look sharp to personally honor the new inductees. Continue reading →


The first 2015 inductee to the Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame is…

Billie Holiday will be inducted into the Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame
Billie Holiday | Photo via Philadelphia Music Alliance

100 years ago today, the one and only Billie Holiday (then, Eleanora Fagan) was born in Philadelphia General Hospital on Curie Boulevard in West Philadelphia.

To honor the centennial of the late “Lady Day,” the Philadelphia Music Alliance has named her the first 2015 inductee on their Walk of Fame. Continue reading →


Philadelphia Music Alliance to honor the MFSB Orchestra, XPN’s Gene Shay, Joel Dorn, Salsoul Orchestra and others on 10/24

Yes, that's the legendary Gene Shay with his wife Gloria.
Yes, that’s the legendary Gene Shay with his wife Gloria.
The Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame, along the Avenue of the Arts, will welcome seven new inductees on Thursday, October 24th. In addition to the induction of the “Dean of American Folk DJs” – XPN’s Gene Shay – other inductees include producer and label executive Joel Dorn (“Killing Me Softly”); songwriting team Madara & White (“At the Hop”); producer-songwriter-publisher Jerry Ross (“I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” with Gamble & Huff; “Venus”); producer-arranger-conductor Vince Montana Jr., (whose work with TSOP and the Salsoul Orchestra is legendary) John Davis & The Monster Band (who had the 1976 disco hit with a cover of Cole Porter’s “Night and Day,”) and Macy’s Grand Court organist Peter Richard Conte. The ceremonies, free and open to the public, are scheduled at Noon on 10/24 in front of the Doubletree Hotel along the Avenue of the Arts.

The Philadelphia Music Alliance is using this ceremony as a means to renew the organization’s activity in the city. Founded in June, 1986 as a “community based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Philadelphia as a vital contributor to the international music landscape,” the PMA has created a musical instrument donation program in partnership with the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, an annual piano competition, the Philadelphia International Airport Music Project, Music In The Schools, music education scholarships and grants, a speakers bureau, as well as music business seminars and workshops. The PMA’s Walk Of Fame has been on of the organization’s most high profile programs.

For more information about the ceremony and the PMA here.