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Alabama Music Hall of Fame to induct Shaw, Ashworth

MONTGOMERY (AP) — Styx singer-guitarist Tommy Shaw and Grand Ole Opry performer Ernie Ashworth are among the artists who will be inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame on Feb. 22 in Montgomery.

The hall's induction ceremony will be held in Montgomery for the first time and will be part of the opening weekend for the city's expanded civic center and the new Renaissance Hotel and Spa at the Civic Center.

David Johnson, executive director of the hall of fame, said Shaw and Ashworth will be joined in the hall's 12th induction group by early rock 'n' roller Boyd Bennett, jazz bassist Cleveland Eaton, and songwriter Donnie Fritts.

Johnson joined city and state officials in announcing the induction plans Wednesday.

Randy Owen of the country group Alabama will be the master of ceremonies, and performers will include Kris Kristofferson, Percy Sledge, Taylor Hicks, the Commodores, Clarence Carter, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Shaw, Johnson said.

Shaw, who grew up in Montgomery, joined Styx in 1975 and collaborated on some of the group's biggest hits.

Ashworth, a Huntsville native, recorded 15 Top 10 hits, including "Talk Back Trembling Lips." He became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1964.

Bennett, from Muscle Shoals, wrote and sang "Seventeen" and "My Boy Flattop" during the 1950s.

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