Philadelphia, being known for many things, is renown for the legendary music that has been born here. Philly is no stranger to good music, with popular musicians like Hall & Oates, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Pink, The Roots, and Meek Mill all being a small fraction of the artists that call Philly and its outskirts home.
The Philadelphia Music Alliance has been dedicated to preserving and highlighting the rich musical culture of the city since 1986. The community-based, non-for-profit organization has a clear mission, to “encourage the creation, celebration and historical preservation of Philadelphia music.” Along Broad Street’s iconic Avenue of the Arts, the Music Alliance created the Walk of Fame, which has over 100 bronze plaques that highlights and honors the legacy of Philadelphia area musicians and their overall contribution to the music industry.
Recently, the Music Alliance announced who will be the 2019 Walk of Fame Inductees, with huge artists such as Philly natives the O’Jays and Evelyn “Champagne” King, along with the Philadelphia Orchestra! An integral part of the Philly Soul genre aka TSOP, the O’Jays rose to fame with songs like “Love Train”, “Use ta Be My Girl” and “Backstabbers”, all of which reached the the top of the Billboard Top 100 pop singles in the US. Evelyn “Champagne” King is an icon of disco sound, with songs like “Shame” and “Love Come Down” being massive hits during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
The group will be inducted on October 22, 2019 in a formal ceremony on the Avenue of the Arts and later celebrated with a gala held at The Bellevue of Philadelphia.