The Historical Archive of The Rhode Island Music Hall Of Fame is a volunteer-staffed committee whose primary mission is to preserve and promote the rich legacy of all genres of music originating from or pertaining to the State of Rhode Island.
From the early years of the 20th century to the present, Rhode Island has consistently produced musicians, singers, composers, producers and educators of statewide, regional, national and even international importance, but their legacy has been largely ignored by the various entities and organizations charged with preserving the artistic history of our state.
Much of the aforementioned music has gone out-of-print and is preserved only by outdated media (LP, 45 and 78 records and audio tapes) and the related memorabilia (photos, posters, sheet music, etc.) is mostly on paper.
The first goal of the Archive is to continue adding content to the website making all of this material available to the general public for research and enjoyment.
The second goal is to digitize and catalogue in a database the available materials beginning with collections of the current volunteers and, in the future, expanding that collection with already-committed materials from other sources and sources yet to be discovered. This will allow for permanent digital storage of our musical legacy for future generations to study and enjoy.
Our third goal will be to eventually install the physical collection in the The Rhode Island Music Hall Of Fame making the materials available for research and to display the artifacts on a rotating focus schedule (such as a particular artist, a specific genre such as Rock ‘n’ Roll or R&B, or a defined era such as the Jazz Age) alongside the Hall Of Fame inductees’ exhibits.
The current volunteer staff includes:
MEDERICK “RICK” BELLAIRE
Vice-Chair, Rhode Island Music Hall Of Fame
Archive Committee Chair
Musicologist, record collector, musician, song writer, producer and music instructor
Graphic designer, musician. Jack designed all of the initial displays as well as the entrance and foyer at the Rhode Island Music Hall Of Fame Museum and supervised their installation
Well-known Rhode Island disc jockey who spins oldies, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Rhythm & Blues on WOON (1240-AM from Woonsocket, Rhode Island) and online. Dale is a renowned record collector with a specialty in the music of Rhode Island and southern New England.
Radio host (NPR affiliate WICN-FM, Worcester, MA) and concert promoter for Music In Harmony
Radio host (WHJY-FM, Providence, RI), musician, author, and teacher
“BIG” AL PAVLOW
RIMHOF board member, noted record collector, producer, internationally known author of books on Rhythm & Blues, (“The R&B Book,” considered by many to be the book on the subject), the Brill Building music scene, and record charting with his ongoing series of “Hot Charts” publications
JOHN PECK (“THE MAD PECK”)
Nationally known cartoonist, record collector, radio personality, and archivist at Brown University Library
Musical Director for Mad Peck Studios
RIMHOF board member, Software Specialist, musician and songwriter
Musician, concert promoter
Record collector, music historian, reissue producer for Rare Rockin’ Records, Australia
RIMHOF board member, musician, Executive Director Blackstone River Theatre
DON “D.C.” CULP
RIMHOF board member, musician, music educator, Shihan of Kenpo karate, concert promoter
For thirty-two years, Bob Bovi was a presence on the Rhode Island music scene. He owned several record stores in downtown Providence (Bovi’s Records, Rainbow Records); acted as the talent booker for Bovi’s Tavern in East Providence; ran a successful independent record label (Bovi Records); owned and operated G. Flagg’s, a popular nightspot in Riverside; and performed as a bassist with his own band, The Bob Bovi Trio along with pianist Mark Taber and drummer Denny Dow. He is happily retired.
Tim Siekiera, principal photographer, official photography RIMHOF events
Stephen W. Gardner, Bob DeSimone, Anthony Lisi & Stephen M. Gardner
Web specialists/website designers
Musician, composer, teacher, Coordinator of Music Resource Center and Music Facilities, University of Rhode Island