Two musicians from the Pee Dee region will soon be added to the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.
Richmond County’s Bucky Covington and Anson County’s Richard Lewis Spencer are among seven of this year’s inductees, announced last Wednesday.
Covington — who was born in Rockingham, raised in Laurinburg and worked at the family body shop in Hamlet — finished eighth in the fifth season of “American Idol” before moving to Nashville to become a recording artist.
Spencer, a Wadesboro native, played for Otis Redding and with groups The Impressions and The Winstons. In 1970, he won a Grammy for Best Rhythm & Blues Song as composer of the Winstons’ “Color Him Father.”
According to his short biography by the Hall of Fame, Spencer later returned to Wadesboro to teach.
Neither artist could be reached for comment Monday.
According to Veronica Cordle, executive director of the N.C. Music Hall of Fame and Museum, inductees are decided by a five-member advisory board who narrow down a master list by voting.
The hall of fame began in Thomasville in 1994, but has had regular induction ceremonies since moving to Kannapolis in 2008.
Other inductees for 2017 include: Grammy-winning R&B singer/songwriter Anthony Hamilton of Charlotte; blues guitarist and singer Etta Baker Caldwell County; Grammy-winning musician and songwriter Jim Lauderdale of Troutman; The Sensational Nightingales, a black gospel quartet from Durham; and Grammy-winning bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers from Brevard.
The induction ceremony will be held Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Kannapolis Performing Arts Center.
Past inductees include Hamlet native John Coltrane, Marshville native Randy Travis, Charlie Daniels, Ronnie Milsap, Earl Scruggs, Parliament-Funkadelic’s George Clinton and Maceo Parker, Shirley Caesar, Andy Griffith, Warren Haynes and other American Idol contestants Kellie Pickler, Clay Aiken and Fantasia.
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