2007 Inductees

2007 Inductees
Dawayne Bailey The Blue Riddim Band The Common Few
Marilyn Maye Martina McBride The Rising Suns
The (Fabulous) Silvertones Tide

Director’s Award
Jay McShann

2007 Induction Ceremony: story and photos


Dawayne Bailey

This guitarist played in Kansas bands like Rathbone and Private Parts in addition to playing lead for Bob Seger and Chicago.

Blue Riddim Band

The first American band to be nominated for a reggae Grammy award, they still play an occasional gig in the Kansas City area.

The Common Few

The Common Few? started in Chanute, KS, in 1964 and played through 1971. They played a lot of soul music during the early years, mostly in Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma The Common Few? was actually the evolution of several earlier incarnations that were short lived, i.e. ?The Argonauts,? ?The Executers? and ?The Slippers.? In 1968, The Common Few?? recorded their only single, ?Love Makes A Man? which received regional recognition. Take a look at their video collage of photos then and now.

Marilyn Maye

She may still hold the record for the most appearances on the Tonight Show. A favorite of Johnny Carson, this KC songstress was almost a regular on the show back in the late 60s. She still draws appreciative crowds in Kansas City & elsewhere.

Martina McBride

Since her early days singing in her family’s country band, to her days with Wichita rock groups, Martina has made and impression. She does in now on a bigger stage as a multi-platinum selling recording act for RCA. She has sold more than 15 million records and has been named Female vocalist of the year more than once by the ACM and CMA.

Rising Suns

With a more soulful sound than most Topeka bands, the Suns toured extensively and were named by Teen Screen magazine the top act in the Midwest & picked for stardom. After losing most of their equipment in a bus crash, they passed the name on the the Dalton Gang from Coffeyville , who kept the name going after moving to Lawrence . Both versions are included in this nomination.

(Fabulous) Silvertones

Lead singer Roger Calkins made the girls swoon; guitarists credit Frank Plas as an inspiration; and drummer Mike Weakley found success later with the Electric Prunes in California.


Formed in 1968, Tide was led by guitarist Jim Stinger and it was an eclectic ensemble whose sound incorporated a mix of free jazz, country, blues and rock. They were known for instrumental virtuosity, original compositions and fearless improvisation.