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News Musique for February 2009


                 The Official newsletter of The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame

                 February 2009 with January updates and projections for 2009.


After our fantastic Christmas Party on the North Shore where Ellis Marsalis and Jay Chevalier performed and were Inducted, Deacon John rocked the show and Gov. Dave Treen made a guest appearance as a vocalist, we've rolled into 2009 with new networking initiatives and a first partnership project with the Louisiana Lottery.


We ended our year with 38,000 hits on our web site & Virtual Museum, , and have rocketed into 2009 with over 6,000 hits in January. This has been, in part, due to our networking initiatives through MySpace ( improvements, You Tube ( additions and a presence of Facebook( search - The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame).
 We invite you to visit all.
One of our additions to all the networking sites as well as our site, has been a mini-documentary on "The Making of a Commercial - Al Johnson for The Louisiana Lottery". This was a direct result of The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame and The Louisiana Lottery partnering to create an ad campaign for the "Here Comes THe Parade" $2 scratch-off product from the Lottery. LMHOF Inductee Al "Carnival Time" Johnson was placed as the spokesman for the radio campaign and the Lottery licensed his classic Mardi Gras anthem "Carnival Time" for the music bed. The result: a rockin' Mardi Gras themed radio campaign, and an ongoing relationship between the LMHOF and the LA Lottery. Our goal is to keep Louisiana's monies in Louisiana and to help our musicians while displaying their music.
The proceeds to Al Johnson represented more money, to him, that his intake for the classic song over 50 years, in addition to
putting him over the top in his funding to take possession of his Habitat For Humanity Musicians' Village home in the upper 9th Ward of New Orleans. Al was displaced, as so many others, by Hurricane Katrina and had been sharing time between Houston and New Orleans. LMHOF is proud to have been able to help Al, and gives special thanks to Rose Hudson, Lottery President, Lottery Producer Jeff Jackson and Lottery PR person KImberly Chopin, as well as LMHOF Advisory Board member Jean Armstrong (of the LWVLA) for helping arrange the initial meeting between LMHOF & the LA Lottery.
LMHOF also provided input for a Times Picayune (New Orleans) article of Christmas Inductee Jay Chevalier, The Official Louisiana State Troubadour, honoring Jay, and graphics for the Krewe of Grela (WestBank - Carnival Day) for Al Johnson "throw cups".
Plans for 2009 include:
- expansion of our Induction events across the state with 7 regional events for the year, including a return to The Abita Quail Farm in December for our "Christmas Party";
- presentation to Fats Domino of a special group of photographs and artwork from LMHOF & Capitol/EMI records 
- returning photos lost in Katrina to Fats via digital technology;
- presentation to Clarence "Frogman" Henry of a certificate of achievement for being the 1st Inductee to reach 10,000 views of his edited Induction performance video on You Tube;
- presentation to Phil Phillips ("Sea Of Love") of a special commendation from the LA, Los Angeles that is, City Council honoring Phil for Lifetime Achievement;
February additions to the Virtual Museum GALLERIES MUSIQUE of video and images albums for Christmas Party announced Inductees (Mahalia Jackson, Louis Prima, Jelly Roll Morton, Lead Belly, Webb Pierce & Floyd Cramer);
- presentation of edited video to the New Orleans City Council on Al "Carnival Time" Johnson in conjunction with the honoring of Al by the Council,
- first in a series;
 introduction of our first educational pods (or A/V presentations) into the school systems of the State of LA, beginning with the Baton Rouge Center for Visual & Performing Arts;
- first airings of "Louisiana Ticket", the LMHOF TV series on Louisiana Artists and music - in HD - through Cox Baton Rouge, Cox Lafayette (and hopefully Cox New Orleans) systems;
- many scheduled interviews/oral history including Ellis Marsalis, Benny Spellman, Huey P. Meaux and 1980 LMHOF (1st attempt) founder Del Moon (now a current LMHOF board member;
- a reunion of (John Fred's) Playboy Band;
- introduction of the LMHOF Writer's Annex (for songwriters), LMHOF Front Office (for music businessmen and women),LMHOF Performer's Stage (for performing musicians) and LMHOF Regions 1 through 4 Inductees 
- archiving of newly received audio interviews and photos from publications & organizations across the country;
acceptance of lecturing on Louisiana Music and Artists for the LSU Lagniappe Education Series in 1 hour, 2 hour and 6 hour course presentation fromats.
- and much more......
WOW!....but a year is a long time.....
Recently, Lou Gabus, former point person of the "Louisiana Hall Of Fame" aka the "Louisiana Entertainment Hall Of Fame" and,
on some occasions incorrectly billed as the Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame, passed on just weeks back, her son has passed all
the materials Lou had collected & boxed to the in-formation Swamp Pop Museum to be housed in Ville Platte, LA.
Unfortunately, Lou had never been able to fund a site or even a web site, and we hope that the collected artifacts and items will be put to use by the VIlle Platte organization.
The incorporator, agent and vice President of the organization, Ray Markese of New Orleans, has officially joined The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame Advisory Board. Thus ends a section of the history of music honorariums in Louisiana.
Also joining the Advisory Board of the LMHOF is Steve Picou, of Baton Rouge and New Orleans, former Assistant Director of the Louisiana Music Commission for many years and the architect of many of the Commission's strategies and projects.
We are glad and grateful to add Ray and Steve to our Advisory Board where they join Del Moon (mentioned above) and others, giving the LMHOF an amazing well of experience in Louisiana music and music marketing and development, second to none.
And, also officially joining the Advisory Board, is Mark Richterman, long-time educator and Principal of The Baton Rouge Center for Visual & Performing Arts. Mark's addition should help us accelerate our efforts toward providing educational courses and materials to the school children of Louisiana.
PLEASE visit and enjoy our web site and GALLERIES MUSIQUE Virtual Museum Online at: or,com_expose/Itemid,60/ .
And, PLEASE help support The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame, an IRS certified 501c3 tax exempt organization dedicated to preserving and educating with the amazing classic artists, musicians and music of Louisiana.
You may find information through "Krewe Musique" on our web site, or
and you may always inquire (contact info below).
We are always seeking Event sponsors, statewide or regional, corporate partners for sponsoring our Inductees, sponsorship
partners for our web site banners and anyone or any business or organization that wants to help.
The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame  -  "It's all about the music" 
Mike Shepherd
Executive Director, The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame   
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