The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame (RIMHOF) held a press conference last Friday to announce the 2013 inductees who will ceremoniously enter the Hall of Fame on April 28.
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Besides Flanagan, the Hall of Fame's other 2013 inductees are: Steve Smith and The Nakeds; The Cowsills; Paul Geremia; Eddie Zack and The Hayloft Jamboree; Bobby Hackett; Jimmie Crane; Sissieretta Jones; and George M. Cohan.
Since 1973, Steve Smith, of Smithfield, has been barnstorming the country with his 10-piece horn band, The Nakeds, playing his personal brand of rock 'n' roll.
Originally known as Naked Truth, the band's 1984 indie hit “I'm Huge (And The Babes Go Wild)” was featured on “Family Guy.” The YouTube video for the song has seen almost 400,000 hits.
From Bannister’s Wharf in Newport, The Cowsills carried their pop harmonies to the world in the 1960s and '70s with three Top-10 hits and another nine Billboard charts making them one of the most successful Rhode Island acts of all time. Brothers Bill, Bob, Barry and John added their mom, Barbara, sister Susan and brother Paul for their second album. After pursuing successful solo careers in the '80s and '90s, the group reformed in 1999 for an album under Bob's direction and re-established itself as a major concert attraction. The Cowsills are pioneers of “Sunshine Pop.”
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