2022 Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame Inductees Announced
The second class of Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame the inductees will soon be celebrated for their musical influence.
On Wednesday, Hamilton County Commissioner and Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame founder Alicia Reece announced the 2022 class of inductees, which includes singer Penny Ford, techno-funk band Midnight Star, mega-producer Hi- Tek and jazz musician Wilbert Longmire, who will be inducted posthumously.
Ford – who is the daughter of the label’s longtime manager and producer Gene Redd, Sr. and singer Carolyn Ford and singer sister Sharon Redd – began performing at local talent shows in Cincinnati. In 1979, a 14-year-old Ford went on a world tour with Parliament-Funkadelic, during which she sang backing vocals for electro-funk band Zapp. Ford became the lead singer of the Eurodance group Snap! and enjoy a successful solo career.
Longmire, a noted jazz guitarist, made his first recordings in 1963 with the Hank Marr Quartet. He played in Cincinnati in the early 60’s and went on to perform with jazz stars such as George Benson, Billy Eckstine, Herbie Hancock, Larry Coryell and many more. Longmire died in 2018 at age 77.
Midnight Star was co-founded by Cincinnati native Reggie Calloway. His brother, Vincent Calloway, later joined the band. The group had a string of hits in the 80s, including “Operator”, “No Parking on the Dance Floor” and “Freak-a-zoid”.
Born Tony Cottrell, Hi-Tek is known for producing beats for Talib Kweli and other hip hop stars, as well as Kweli and Yasiin Bey’s duo, Black Star. Hi-Tek is also a producer for Dr. Dre’s label, Aftermath Entertainment,
Class of 2022 follows last year’s founding inductees collins ankle bootthe Isley Brothers, Charles Fold and Otis Williams.
The Black Music Walk of Fame, currently under construction at The Banks in downtown Cincinnati8, adjacent to the Andrew J. Brady Music Center and across from Paul Brown Stadium, will be a permanent, interactive attraction honoring inductees.
The completed Walk of Fame will be unveiled at the 2022 induction ceremony on July 23, the last day of the Cincinnati Music Festivalfrom noon to 3 p.m.