Norfolk's Legends of Music Walk of Fame
By Sean Hillegass
On February 26, the City of
Norfolk inducted its latest class in the Legends
of Music Walk of Fame.
In 2002, the Norfolk City Council authorized the
Legends of Music Walk of Fame to recognize the area's
rich musical history. In previous ceremonies artists
such as General Norman Johnson, Gene Vincent, Ruth
Brown, Bill Deal & the Rhondels and many others
have been recognized for their musical contributions
to the area and the nation.
This years inductees included Lenis Guess,
Margie Day, Gordon Banks, Jack Holmes, Bob Zentz
and Adolphus Hailstork. Between these local legends
the genres of Soul, Folk, Classical, R&B, and
a radio personality were represented. Lenis Guess
is considered the architect of the Norfolk Sound.
Gordon Banks has worked with such luminaries as
Stevie Wonder, Edwin Hawkins and Marvin Gaye.
Margie Day sang with the Griffin Brothers band,
and the Floyd Dixon Combo. Margie later went solo
and released two albums for RCA records.
Bob Zentz is the first name in Folk music, and has
been a fixture in the area for four decades.
Adolphus Hailstork is a classical composer whose
resume reads like a Who's Who of the music world.
Jack Holmes better known as Daddy Jack, was a long
time influential disc jockey at WRAP. Thirty years
after his death people still smile and are quick
to tell funny stories about him always giving the
wrong time of day.
The City of Norfolk and the surrounding area cover
the gambit musically speaking and with all the talent
coming out of Hampton Roads area there's no end
Congratulations to all.