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Rochester Music Hall of Fame Induction

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The Eastman Theatre hosted the second annual Rochester Music Hall of Fame Awards.
The sold out event honors music legends who helped put Rochester on the map.

They're already comfortable in the spotlight but even music legends need to practice for the big day.

YNN spoke with Bob McGrath, best known as "Bob" on Sesame Street, during rehearsals at the Water Street Music Hall.

The Rochester Music Hall of Fame inducted eight music icons Sunday, including Rochester native Mitch Miller. McGrath sang two songs in honor of the man who jump-started his career by inviting him join the hit show "Sing Along with Miller."

"After the first year of the show we flew in and did a concert here, it was like a parade and honoring of him like the end of a world war, lined up from almost the airport into town," said McGrath.

Other inductees included George Eastman, Bat McGrath, Son House, Nick Nickson, Jack Palvino, Don Potter and Lou Gramm. All of whom left a mark on Rochester's music scene.

"The number of famous muscians who have come from Rochester or lived here at one time or another is just staggering," said Bruce Pilato, Rochester Music Hall of Fame Producer.

Inductee and lead vocalist for the rock band Foreigner, Lou Gramm was born in Rochester and now lives in Webster. And long-time fans still remember Rochester bred WBBF DJ's waking them up in the morning.

Sunday's ceremony also marked a big reunion: Bat McGrath and Don Potter playing together for the first time in years. It was a time to reminice and honor the man who paved the way for it all by inducting George Eastman in his own theatre.

A celebration of the music legends who put Rochester on the map joined by a community that plans to keep it there.

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