Sunday, January 4, 2009

South Dakota gets it's own R&R Hall of Fame

Don Fritz of Sioux Falls has spent a lot of time and money collecting early rock and roll memorabilia from South Dakota. He is now working to create an official Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the state.

Check out the official website at South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Although there is no permanent location for the hall yet, the first members will be inducted May 24 at the Shrine Mosque in Sioux Falls. The Shrine Mosque itself will be inducted as it's earlier identity, the Arkota Ballroom. A concert, auction, and autograph session will be included in the ceremonies.

Inductees will be Myron Lee and the Caddies (Sioux Falls), Gene Carroll and the Shades (Sisseton), Sherwin Linton (Watertown), The Byrnes Boys Band (Pierre), The Mystics (Aberdeen), The Jadesmen (Sioux Falls), Gary Miller and the Vaqueros (Rapid City), promoter/booking agent Ken Mills, disc jockeys Bob Helgeson and Jack Shaefer, and Bobby Vee as a regional celebrity, the Arkota Ballroom, the Spearfish Pavilion, and Bill Van Dusen's UA Recording Studio in Sioux Falls.

Anyone wanting to donate posters, photos or other memorabilia may email Don Fritz at

I know there are lots of worthy potential inductees from many eras, so it will probably be a few years before some of my favorites make it in. No problem, I can wait. Good luck with the project Don!

Thanks to South Dakota Magazine for much of this information. Check them out at

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