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Minnesota Music Hall of Fame honors new members

November 5, 2016 GMT

NEW ULM - Tonic Sol Fa, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Garrison Keillor, Jerry Kahle, the Teddy Bear Band and Rick Kvam were all formally inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame (MMHF) Friday night at Turner Hall.

Since 1989 the Hall has inducted over 160 members and bands including “Whoopee” John Wilfahrt in 1989; Bob Dylan and Judy Garland in 1991; Bobby Vee in 1992 and Prince in 2007.

“Inductees are chosen based on age, length of career, important contribution and impact on Minnesota music,” said MMHF Executive Director Dodie Wendinger. Each year the Hall’s board of directors reviews a file of 100 eligible nominees and chooses the top six. The process begins in January with the final selection made in March. The board tries to choose from a wide range of musical styles each year.

The a cappella group Tonic Sol fa began at St. John’s University in central Minnesota and is one of the most successful independent acts in Minnesota. The band has toured extensively throughout the United States.

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis met while attending high school in Minneapolis. They formed a band called Flyte Tyme which evolved into the The Time and have worked with several famous artists including Prince, Sounds of Blackness, Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson

Teddy Bear Band is a children’s band that encourages parents and teachers to join the fun as role models. The band members Steve Miller, Dick Erikson, Ron Gustafson and Scott Bolin have spent the last 30 years bringing music and fun to the youngest generations.

Jerry Kahle is a versatile musician who has played with dozens of bands over the year and once played for President Bill Clinton in Washington D.C. He is considered one of the busiest side men in old time music.

Garrison Keillor, host of the popular radio program “A Prairie Home Companion” has been regaling audiences with stories of Lake Wobegon for over four decades. Besides storytelling and radio acting, Keillor made music an important part of the show, singing with his musical guests and writing clever verses of old standards to honor a special occasion or location. He gave his last performance earlier on the show earlier this year at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

This year Jerry Kahle, Rick Kvam and The Teddy Bear Band were able to accept their awards in person. Tonic Sol-fa was unable to attend the induction ceremony but the band perform in New Ulm later this month on Saturday, Nov. 19.

A special inductee showcase will be hosted at the museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. The event is free to the public and will feature several of this year’s inductees