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Norfolk Music Legend Lenis Guess, above, was one of six local musicians to be inducted into the Local Legends of Music Walk of Fame on Feb. 26. (Downtowner Photo by Carlton Pillar)

2017 Norfolk's Legends of Music Walk of Fame

By Sean Hillegass
Downtowner Contributing Writer

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 year’s 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 to it.

Congratulations to all.


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