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ALLAN “BIG AL” PAVLOW 1938-2016

It is with great sadness that the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame notes the passing of one of our founders and Board members, Allan “Big Al” Pavlow, on Sunday, April 10.

Big Al was internationally known for his encyclopedic knowledge of popular music and was the author of several books on the music business and record collecting, most notably his best-seller, “The R&B Book: A Disc-History of Rhythm & Blues.” He was the proprietor of Big Al’s Records and Cheap Records shops in downtown Providence in the 1960s and ‘70s and was a record producer of note scoring major regional hits with The Ascots on his Super Records imprint and enjoyed a national release with Deviled Ham for Buddah Records.

In the early 2000s, he was one of the driving forces behind the establishment of the Rhode Island Popular Music Archive, a website dedicated to preserving and celebrating the Ocean State’s rich musical heritage. When the Archive merged with a group on the same mission from the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council to form the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame (RIMHOF) in 2011, Big Al was one of the founders and served on the Board of Directors until his passing.

(Photo courtesy Rick Farrell/Mojo Photography and RIMHOF)

2014 Inductees Mark II Short Subject Video

We received a YouTube link to a terrific short subject by our good friends Norm Grant and Tom Shaker at Pete & Buster Films documenting the induction of THE MARK II (Winston Cogswell and Ray Peterson) into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame in 2014. View Video & More Info

Eight Inducted into Rhode Island Music
Hall of Fame in the Class of 2016

Thanks to everyone who made this year's event a great success.

PAWTUCKET – The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame (RIMHOF) held a press conference on Friday, February 12, announcing its 2016 inductees. Members of the RIMHOF Board of Directors, many past inductees, and fans and family were on hand to welcome the eight new inductees into the Hall of Fame. Inductees include: Greg Abate, Bill Harley, Young Adults, Fabulous Motels, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Richard Walton, Frankie Carle, Carl Henry, Carol Sloane, and Rudy Cheeks. Photo by Keith Fayan.

The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame is a nonprofit dedicated to celebrating, honoring, and preserving the legacy of Rhode Island musicians, educators and industry professional who have made significant contributions to the national and Rhode Island music scene. The Hall will carry out its mission through the annual election of inductees, creation of a museum of artist- and music-related exhibits honoring inductees and commemorating the state's musical legacy, and an online music archive of information about, and audio recordings by, those involved in Rhode Island's past and present music scene.

In addition, the Hall is committed to continuing that legacy by supporting programs and services aimed at promoting and strengthening Rhode Island's current and future music scene and ensuring that music continues to play an important role in the lives of all Rhode Islanders.

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