WALLY "GATOR" WATSON
Among his recordings are a tribute album to Lionel Hampton recorded with the band, A Trio of Four, entitled Together In Spirit, and a CD entitled NuQ-Leus '07, with his group, NuQ-Leus. Watson was the CEO of the nonprofit organization, EEMCD Inc., through which he presented drum clinics and motivational seminars to students and teachers around the world. He was on staff at York College and was an artist in residence at Medgar Evers College in New York. His New York area TV show, Groove Masters, aired weekly on BCAT cable TV.
Watson passed away unexpectedly September 4, 2010 of congestive heart failure.
His wife accepting on his behalf, Wally Watson was inducted posthumously into the Blues Hall of Fame as Master Blues Artist on December 4, 2011 .
Holmes performed and recorded with numerous renowned artists, including Wilson Pickett, Roberta Flack, Ike and Tina Turner, Milo Z, Santana, and was for a time the alto and tenor voice of the Holmes Brothers. He opened for Jimi Hendrix at the Fillmore East and sang with Bob Dylan and Richie Havens at the Isle of Wight.
Universally regarded as legendary, Holmes played regularly at Terra Blues in New York City’s Greenwich Village with The Pioneers until his passing in 2008, singing blues and R&B classics, and charming audiences with his animated, entertaining mid-song storytelling.
Jerry Dugger accepting on his behalf, Moe Holmes was inducted posthumously into the Blues Hall of Fame as Master Blues Artist on December 4, 2011.
TYRONE "CRUSHER" GREEN
In between working with Pickett, Green also played with many top blues and R&B artists, including The Shirelles, Maxine Brown, Lucky Peterson, The Uptown Horns, Albert Collins, Solomon Burke, Frankie Paris, Ron Levy, Roxy Perry, Danny Dreyer, Otis Rush and Johnny Ace.
Green passed away on January 8, 2002 in Long Island, New York.
Marsha Mayer accepting on his behalf, Tyrone “Crusher” Green was inducted posthumously into the Blues Hall of Fame as a Master Blues Artist on December 4, 2011.