By: Renee Grant
The Philadelphia Walk of Fame, those beautiful bronze plaques embedded along our Avenue of the Arts, has officially been named a Philadelphia landmark by the Philadelphia City Council.
Among one of the more than 130 plaques along the Walk of Fame is our own Harvey Holiday, a true Philly legend! Some of the first inductees in 1987 were Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Marian Anderson, and Dick Clark.
“This is a fantastic honor,” says Councilman Kenyatta Johnson via press release. “Not only for the Philadelphia Music Alliance, but for all of the region’s outstanding artists, writers, producers and music industry professionals whose accomplished bodies of work have been embraced by music fans around the world.”
“Proclaiming the Walk of Fame a Philadelphia landmark firmly positions it as the tourist destination it was always intended to be. The Walk has been steadily expanding for 31 years, and there ‘ain’t no stoppin’ us now!” added Alan Rubens, Chairman of the PMA.
This summer, the PMA will announce the next group of inductees to be honored as the Class of 2017 and celebrated at a star-studded Gala.
Last fall, the Philadelphia Music Alliance expanded its presence into Nashville with the inductions of ‘Sound of Philadelphia’ co-creator Thom Bell, the Sigma Sound Studio Rhythm Section, and Sigma Sound founder Joe Tarsia, all Walk of Fame honorees, into The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum ceremony, an all-star concert at the Historic Nashville Municipal Auditorium from Garth Brooks, Ricky Skaggs, Bruce Hornsby and Russell Thompkins JR & the New Stylistics.
In his induction speech to The Walk in 2015, Tariq ‘Black Thought’ Trotter of The Roots, said, “What better place to be immortalized in that way than on Broad Street, Philadelphia’s main artery. Our equator. Our Mason-Dixon Line, so to speak. It’s from these streets that we came, and now back to these streets that we return.”