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Wet Willie, Fenter among Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductees

Capricorn Records mainstays Frank Fenter and the band Wet Willie are among the 2014 inductees into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

Officials released the names of inductees Wednesday. The induction ceremony is set for Oct. 11 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

Fenter was a co-founder of Capricorn Records, the Macon-based label launched with Phil Walden in 1969, which pioneered the genre of Southern rock. Fenter is being honored in the posthumous category, along with Sean Costello, Wally Fowler, Eddie Horst and Bobby Byrd. Byrd was part of the of the Famous Flames, James Brown’s backing band when he recorded his first hit “Please, Please, Please” in Macon.

Wet Willie, originally formed in Alabama, signed with Capricorn in 1970 and was part of the Capricorn label for many years. The band was honored with the Group Award by the selection committee.

Other inductees are:

Lady Antebellum, which earned the Performer Award. The band is slated to play at the Georgia National Fair in Perry on Oct. 4. The band has won seven Grammy Awards.

Jeff Foxworthy, who earned the Spoken Word Award. Foxworthy, of Atlanta, is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history and a best-selling author of 26 books.

Danny Beard, who earned the Non-Performer Award. Beard founded the Atlanta-based record label DB Records and recorded the B-52s’ first hit, “Rock Lobster.”

Ed Roland, who earned the Songwriter Award. A Stockbridge native, the lead singer for Collective Soul penned such hits as “Shine,” “The World I Know” and “December.”

Francine Reed, who earned the Pioneer Award. Reed is a well-known blues singer in Atlanta and has worked with the likes of Lyle Lovett.

Among the other posthumous inductees, Costello was an Atlanta-based blues singer and guitarist who died at age 28 in 2008. Fowler, who died in 1994, was a notable figure in the world of gospel music. Horst was an Atlanta-based music producer and composer for film, TV, recording artists and video games.

Tickets and sponsorships are now available for the October induction ceremony. For more information, call 770-491-9494, ext. 15 or email gamusicawards@ers.us.com.

To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.

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