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2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee
Art Rupe from McKeesport Pa was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011 for his role in founding Speciality Records and discovering Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Lloyd Price, Percy Mayfield, Lou Rawls, the Blind Boys of Alabama and more. The Hall of Fame honors Rupe with these words:
"Art Rupe is part of a select fraternity of music-biz trailblazers that includes Sam Phillips, Leonard and Phil Chess, Ahmet Ertegun, Jerry Wexler and Syd Nathan. As founder of Specialty Records, one of the premier independent labels of the rock and roll era, Art Rupe signed and recorded numerous legends in the areas of rhythm & blues, rock & roll and gospel music Specialty helped bring a niche market (rhythm & blues) into the mainstream and also helped ignite the rock and roll revolution by launching the career of Little Richard."