Ohio County Commission President & Founder of the Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame, Alicia Reece, Announces Grand Opening of New Tourism Attraction
Black Music Month Kick-Off Event Today Announces James Brown, Bootsy Collins, Penny Ford, The Isley Brothers, Midnight Star, The Deele, Shirley Murdock, Sheldon Reynolds and More to be Featured in the New State-of-the-Art Outdoor Tourist Attraction Celebrating Black Music at its Historic Grand Opening on July 22, 2023 in Cincinnati, Ohio
"We are making history this year with the Grand Opening of the Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame," states President Alicia Reece, visionary Founder of the Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame. "This new state-of-the-
Special recognition was also given today during the press event to over 60 "Top Music Influencers."
Hamilton County Commission President Reece was joined by Stephanie Summerow Dumas, Hamilton County Commissioner;
Originally conceived as students at Hughes High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, The Deele, was an R&B band formed in 1981. It originally comprised of local Cincinnati musicians such as drummer, Antonio "L.A." Reid, bassist, Kevin "Kayo" Roberson, vocalist/percussionist, Darnell "Dee" Bristol, lead vocalist, Carlos "Satin" Greene, guitarist/keyboardist, Stanley "Stick" Burke, and guitarist, Steve "Tuck" Walters. Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, hailing from Indianapolis, later joined the band in 1981. Such memorable hits from The Deele include "Body Talk," which became The Deele's first hit, reaching #3 on the R&B Chart and #77 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart. In 1987, The Deele reached the apex of their career with the release of their third album, Eyes of a Stranger, which produced two top-10 hit R&B singles, "Shoot 'Em Up Movies" and their best-known song, "Two Occasions," which reached #4 on the R&B charts and cracked the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.
Louise Shropshire (February 15, 1913 – November 26, 1993) was a composer of hymns and best known as the original composer of the iconic Civil Rights anthem, "We Shall Overcome." The granddaughter of slaves, Mrs. Shropshire as a young girl demonstrated a gift for music and composed many hymns as a member of the African American Baptist Church. In the early 1950s, Louise Shropshire met Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth and eventually become lifelong friends. She penned the song, "If My Jesus Wills," which was the basis for the song, "We Shall Overcome," that Dr. King adopted for his Civil Rights marches and activism.
Originally from the Cincinnati neighborhood of Madisonville, Philippé Wynne (April 3, 1941 – July 14, 1984) was best known as the lead vocalist for the famed musical group, The Spinners. Mr. Wynne voiced such notable hits as "Love Don't Love Nobody," "How Could I Let You Get Away," "The Rubberband Man," and "One of a Kind (Love Affair)." After leaving The Spinners, Mr. Wynne was featured in hits by other artists such as "(Not Just) Knee Deep" by Funkadelic.
James Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an iconic musician who recorded many of his hit songs at King Records located in Cincinnati, Ohio. The primary originator of Funk music, Mr. Brown was known as "the Hardest Working Man in Show Business" and the "Godfather of Soul." In an illustrious career that spanned for more than 50 years, Mr. Brown voiced such memorable hit songs as "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," "I Got You (I Feel Good)," "It's a Man's World," "Get Up," and "Say It Loud – I'm Black and I'm Proud." Mr. Brown was one of the first ten Inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on January 23, 1986. He is an Honorary Inductee for the Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame.
The Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame is Ohio's newest tourism attraction that will feature augmented reality activations, an experiential drum machine, a musical waterfall, nightly jam sessions, as well as interactive kiosks that honor the contributions of Black musical artists from Southwest Ohio (i.e., Cincinnati, Dayton, Hamilton, Middletown, and Springfield)
The 2023 sponsors of the historic Grand Opening of the Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame are P&G, The Kroger Company, Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati, All in Cincinnati, First Financial Bank, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Cincinnati Music Festival, and the Cochran Firm. For more information on the Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame, visit https://www.cincyblackmusicwalkoffame.org.