Excitement grows for Grammy Museum
by Paisley Boston
Jan 29, 2014 | 900 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
he Grammy Awards is one of the most viewed award shows on television.

While most people sat at home and enjoyed the experience from the couch, Mayor Billy Nowell and a number of people from the Cleveland community took part in this rare occasion live.

Nowell said that it was one of the best experiences that he had ever had in his life.

"This is the third year that we have visited Los Angeles during Grammy week and it we had an awesome time, " said Nowell.

"I even got a chance to meet Tom Hanks," he added.

"President Bill LaForge and his wife, Patricia Walker and the Delta Music Institute All Stars and a number of other members of the community who are involved with the Grammy Museum in Cleveland," added Lucy Janoush, president of the Cleveland Music Foundation.

Although this was definitely a "star studded" event, Nowell and some other members of the community are no strangers to the Grammys — they have been taking part in this event for a number of years.

"We have been going every year, but each year it is a new experience," said Nowell.

To add fuel to the fiery experience, they were given the opportunity to see one of the exhibits that will be featured in the Grammy Museum in Cleveland.

"We got a chance to see Ringo Starr's exhibit. I think there are going to be a lot of exciting things in store for Cleveland," he continued.

This exhibit is the first major exhibit ever dedicated to a drummer and the first to explore the career of the seven-time Grammy Award winner.

Ringo Starr is a British musician, actor, director, writer, and artist best known as the drummer for The Beatles who also coined the title “A Hard day's Night” for The Beatles' first movie.

The scope of the exhibit spans Ringo's early life growing up in Liverpool, from Raving Texans turned Rory Storm, from The Beatles, to becoming a solo artist and then to the All Starrs with whom he is on tour now — this unique collection brings together diverse artifacts, rare and never before seen photographs, documents, personal letters and footage.

"We are so excited that we will be breaking ground very soon in Cleveland so that we will have everything up and running by 2015," said Nowell.

The exhibit includes the drum kit Ringo played for “Let It Be,” “Abbey Road” and “The White Album.”

The exhibit will also include the red jacket worn during the filming of The Beatles' rooftop concert and personal letters, photographs and documents from the Starkey family and Ringo's days with The Beatles

"We also went to the 50th reunion of The Beetles which was a lot of fun — this was one of the best experiences that I have ever had by far. The reunion will be aired on television Feb. 9," said Nowell.

Janoush said she also had a wonderful experience at The Beetles reunion but that was just one of her favorite moments during her visit.

"My favorite part about the entire experience was Mississippi Day and Night. This is the fifth time that the Grammy Museum has had this event. Patricia Walker and the DMI All Stars played songs that were written or performed by Grammy winning Mississippi artist. They put on an entire concert> I really enjoyed some of the B.B. Kings songs," said Janoush.

"We had a reception for individuals in the music and film industry from Mississippi — I call them misplaced Mississippians. I feel like it is just a great opportunity to show off what Mississippi has done for the music world," she added.

According to Nowell, the visit was well worth their time.

"I am even more excited about our Grammy Museum. We all were very inspired by the entire visit," he added.