Tuesday, March 19, 2013
You voted. See if your favorite made it into the freshman class.
It's an impressive list. Frank Sinatra. Elvis Presley. The Beatles. And of course, Canonsburg's own Perry Como and Bobby Vinton. They are among the 14 pop acts selected by public vote for induction in America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame in the borough. Johnny Tillotson—an early ‘60s pop icon—revealed the first 14 inductees at a press conference Friday at the Canonsburg McDonald’s, home to a collection of Vinton and Como memorabilia. Those artists from Canonsburg—a borough of 8,900 people—have placed nearly 200 songs on the Billboard pop charts, Manager Terry Hazlett said. Inductees, who had to have a hit prior to 1970 to be considered, were selected from 40 nominees chosen on the breadth, depth and influence of their recordings. These, …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Mark your calendars for this two-day festival that will feature bands, a classic car show and more.
Canonsburg Manager Terry Hazlett described an upcoming two-day festival as "an amalgamation of 'Hot Diggity Dog Days' and the former 'Doowopalooza' festival." Hazlett confirmed that the community will again be host to the Hot Diggity Dog Days—a festival that was created last year as a one-time event celebrating hometown crooner Perry Como's 100th birthday. But he said the event exceeded everyone’s expectations in terms of attendance, which caught the attention of America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame committee. The fund-raising event will include—in addition to oldies bands—a classic car show, food booths, crafts, a children’s area and attractions geared specifically to the 1950s and 1960s eras. The event will be held May 18 and 19. American …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
It used to be a popular cafe. But the sign says something new will soon be in this storefront.
America's Pop Music Hall of Fame is finally getting its temporary digs in downtown Canonsburg! While it had been anounced that the former Toys My Way Cafe would be the temporary home of the hall, there was no sign that it was coming until last week. That's when a sign telling passersby that the hall was coming soon to the location was posted. Stay tuned for more information on when the new addition to the borough is expected to open! Until then, more information on the hall can be found here.
Monday, February 4, 2013
The festival return—in a slightly different form.
Last year’s “Hot Diggity Dog” festival was created as a one-time event honoring the 100th birthday of Canonsburg's native son, Perry Como. But borough Manager Terry Hazlett said it will return this spring—but in a slightly different form. He said the two-day festival exceeded everyone’s expectations by way of attendance, which caught the attention of the America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame committee. The committee announced Friday that it will be presenting “Hot Diggity Dog” days May 18 and 19 and that the spotlight would be on oldies bands. Presenting the festival the same weekend as the National Pike festival seemed to be a good fit, Hazlett, who described the event as an amalgamation of “Hot Diggity Dog Days” and the former “Doowopalooza” …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Who will be inducted into America's Pop Music Hall of Fame based in Canonsburg? It's still up to you—vote now!
Who will it be? Elvis? Frank Sinatra? The Beatles? Maybe even the Beach Boys? Really, it's up to you, and who you vote to induct into the first class of America's Pop Music Hall of fame, to be based in Canonsburg. Organizers have said that, ironically, the two nominees who call the borough their hometown—Bobby Vinton and Perry Como—might be cut out of the competition. Want to weigh in, music fans? A list of nominees was released in September. Nominees were determined by chart success and influence on pop music between the years 1946 and 1975. They are: 1. Paul Anka 2. Beach Boys 3. Beatles 4. Bee Gees 5. Tony Bennett 6. Chuck Berry 7. Pat Boone 8. Carpenters 9. Johnny Cash 10. Ray Charles 11. Chubby Checker 12. Dave Clark Five 13. Nat King…
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Organizers of America's Pop Music Hall of Fame in Canonsburg need your help to whittle down a list of iconic pop songs. Vote now!
Music lovers, listen up: Nationwide voting begins this week for initial inductees for the “Iconic Pop Song” portion of America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame, which will be located in Canonsburg. Initial voting will reduce 300 nominated songs to 40. The voting will take place over three weeks—with voting for 100 songs from 1946-1955 this week, from 1956 -1965 the week of Sept. 3 and from 1966 -1975 the week of Sept. 10. Voters may cast five votes from each list. Voters will then be permitted to vote again for the final selection of 20 inductees from a field of 40 of the most popular songs from 1946-1975. To vote, go to americaspopmusichalloffame.org. Editor's Note: And stay tuned to Canon-McMillan Patch—borough Manager Terry Hazlett said on the …
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Funding needed to buy a building in town to make the dream a reality.
Canonsburg Borough has a preliminary contract for a building in town that is planned to be the future home of America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame. Canonsburg Mayor David T. Rhome and borough Manager Terry Hazlett announced the plans Friday during the Hot Diggity Dog Days Festival celebrating Perry Como’s 100th birthday. Being the hometown of pop icons Perry Como, Bobby Vinton, the Four Coins and others, Canonsburg, PA, is the ideal place for the Hall of Fame to be located, local officials contend. Together, the Canonsburg natives had well over 100 songs on the Billboard charts. During his peak of popularity, Perry Como was second only to Elvis Presley—and Bobby Vinton had more Billboard No. 1 hits from 1962 to 1972 than any other male …