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Illinois Rock & Roll Museum Musicpedia



Ray Manzarek

Keyboardist with The Doors was born on the south side of Chicago on February 12, 1939.  Manzarek recorded on every track of...

2021Artist / PerformerInaugural ClassInductee

REO Speedwagon

REO Speedwagon REO Speedwagon is an Illinois rock band from Champaign, IL.  Formed in 1967, the band cultivated a following...

Richard Marx

When he was just five years old, Richard Marx was singing commercial jingles for his father’s advertising company in the...

Sally Fingerett

Born on December 25, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois, is an American folk singer/songwriter. She was a founding member of Four...

2022Artist / PerformerInductee

Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke (1931-1964) Sam Cooke was a trailblazing recording artist who helped shape the soul and pop scene with hits...

2023Artist / Performer

Shadows of Knight

The Shadows of Knight The Shadows of Knight is an Illinois band from Chicago that plays a version of British...

Shawn Colvin

While most people will think of Shawn Colvin as a one-hit wonder with her 1997 hit “Sunny Came Home”, Colvin...

2024Artist / Performer

Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins is an alternative rock band from Chicago that has sold 30 million records worldwide. The group were...


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