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Art Rupe

Induction category: Ahmet Ertegun Award for Lifetime Achievement
Presented by: Lloyd Price

Biography

Art Rupe (born September 5, 1917)Art Rupe is part of a select fraternity of music-biz trailblazers that includes Sam Phillips, Leonard and Phil Chess, Ahmet Ertegun, Jerry Wexler and Syd Nathan. As founder of Specialty Records, one of the premier independent labels of the rock and roll era, Art Rupe signed and recorded numerous legends in the areas of rhythm & blues, rock & roll and gospel music.Specialty helped bring a niche market (rhythm & blues) into the mainstream and also helped ignite the rock and roll revolution by launching the career of Little Richard. Other stars who shone at ...

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