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The Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame has been created to recognize and honor the contributions of musicians, entertainers, venues and individuals who have had a significant impact on the evolution and development of the musical and entertainment culture in the state of Arizona and to educate the public about these accomplishments.

In the Fall of 2002 a like-minded group of individuals formed The Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame. All non-profit incorporation papers were developed, a board was formed, officers elected and two deserving individuals were inducted into the newly formed Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame. Our first inductees were Wayne Newton on December 8, 2002 and Alice Cooper on December 19, 2002.

Our Goals:
To hold regular induction events to induct new inductees that are voted in.
The AMEHOF Advisory Council makes the nominations and votes on inductions.The AMEHOF Board of Directors also makes nominations and votes in people through the “Heritage Vote” system.
To continue to improve our “Hall” (located at Hayden and Thomas Rds. in Scottsdale) and make it a premiere concert venue and museum facility to display historical entertainment artifacts to educate the public about Arizona entertainment history

The success of the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame depends on the financial support of the public and the public’s desire to honor those who have contributed to the music and entertainment culture in Arizona.

We welcome all volunteers to help us with this project. Please see the Advisory Board page for information about our nomination process and voting procedures.

The Next AMEHOF Events:

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The AMEHOF Induction Ceremony was a success!

AMEHOF Induction Ceremony – Sunday, March 27, 2017

 The Black Moods, Dirty Lingo & Jay Allan Rocked The Hall

Black Moods Strat Winner_The raffle winner of the Fender guitar autographed by The Black Moods during the great event last week at The Hall was Mitch Cole
shown here with AMEHOF Board members Ralph and Toni.  Congratulation Mitch and thanks for supporting The Hall and AMEHOF.

 Boy Scout Supports the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame

IMG_2518Sam McAllen Jr., a Boy Scout with Troop 446 out of Scottsdale Arizona, chose the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame, AMEHOF, to be the beneficiary of his Eagle Scout Project.  Sam approached the AMEHOF Board of Directors with his idea which was to construct two large custom display cases for the organization to display memorabilia and recognize the accomplishments of the organization’s inductees.  The Board agreed and Sam began completing paperwork with the Boy Scouts of America and raising funds to support this endeavor.

On May 30, after a dozen volunteers donated over one hundred and eighty hours of labor, Sam McAllen and a team of volunteers delivered and donated two display cases to AMEHOF.  The display cases can be viewed at The Hall (7919 E. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, Arizona) a local entertainment venue that has partnered with AMEHOF to display inductee memorabilia and host AMEHOF benefit concerts and events.

The Board of Directors offered Sam the opportunity to choose an inductee whose memorabilia would be displayed in one of the display cases he constructed as his Eagle Scout Project. “After reviewing the list of persons already inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame I chose to honor Steven Spielberg because I have enjoyed his films and felt he needed to be recognized by having his own display case.  I later learned that Mr. Spielberg is an Eagle Scout which confirmed that I made the right choice” said Sam.

Later this summer Sam will go before an Eagle Scout Board of Review that will evaluate his Eagle Scout Project and other Scouting accomplishments to determine if he has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest achievable rank in the Boy Scout Program.   In addition to completing his Eagle Scout Project, Sam recently graduated from Saguaro High School (Scottsdale, Arizona) where he was Captain of the Track Team, performed in the school’s production of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and sang with the Saguaro High School Vocal Ensemble at Carnegie Hall (New York).

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Jim West (former AMEHOF Board member) has a new book out:


This book is about the early Phoenix Music Scene from the mid-50's into the sixties including many of the AMEHOF inductee's. The book comes out on December 7th. Some of the people featured in the book include AMEHOF Inductees; Lee Hazlewood, Jack Miller, Sanford Clark, Waylon Jennings, Marty Robbins, Buck Owens, Dolan Ellis, Johnny Western and other Arizona icons including Duane Eddy and Jimmy Dell. The Phoenix Sound A History of Twang & Rockabilly Music in Arizona by Jim West ISBN: 978-1-4671-1898-9 $21.99 | 128 pp. | paperback For Media Inquiries Contact: Jenni Tyler 843.853.2070 x127 jtyler@arcadiapublishing.com

Special Notes:

The AMEHOF would like to thank the Harkins Theater Company for donating the fabric wall coverings and light sconces from the old Camelview Theater. We are happy to install these historical items in the Hall soon.
The AMEHOF would also like to thank Restore Arts and Mary Lynn Kelly for all the generous donations of misc. items to the Hall. They donated a brand new drum set for our stage backline at the Hall!
We’d like to thank the ORPHEUM THEATER in Flagstaff for their generous donations of sound system gear!
We’d like to thank Toni Hoerl and Ralph Black for the very generous donations towards upgrading our sound system.

Display case Sponsorships:

We thank these people for sponsoring Inductee display cases!

Marshall Trimble sponsoring the MARSHALL TRIMBLE case

Patricia Myers & Mario Altiery sponsoring the REED FAMILY case

Myron & Rachel Barchas Lieberman sponsoring the DOLAN ELLIS Case

Bruce Tod sponsoring the TUBES case

Patricia Myers & Suzanne McElfresh sponsoring the CHARLES LEWIS case

Danny Zelisko Presents – Sponsoring the DANNY ZELISKO case

Sam McAllen Jr. – Sponsoring the STEVEN SPEILBERG case

You can sponsor a display case yourself! See details to become a case sponsor on our website...

We are always looking for volunteers to help us with construction projects, cleaning, painting, etc. at the Hall. Please sign up on our Volunteer committee if you're interested in helping us.

The list of our next inductees who have been voted in, but not yet officially inducted is:

The Riverside Ballroom

Nils Lofgren

The Meat Puppets

The Celebrity Theater

David Spade

Bill Heywood

Duane Eddy

Corki Casey O'Dell

The Gin Blossoms

Ray Odom

We hope to be inducting these folks as soon as possible.

John Dixon has a great website with a lot of amazing historical Arizona music information: Check it out at: http://azmusicdude.com/
Are you interested in becoming an AMEHOF SUPPORTER? If so... more information is available on our SUPPORTERS page. Or contact us at 480-941-8353
AMEHOF Archives Check out our Archives page for lots of great photos of our past events.




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