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House of Guitars among hall of fame inductees

Rochester Business Journal
February 24, 2014

David Hochstein and the radio station WDKX are among the 2014 inductees to the Rochester Music Hall of Fame, the organization announced Monday. The inductees also include Duke Jupiter, Emily Sibley Watson and the House of Guitars.

The inductees were announced at a ceremony Monday at the Max of Eastman Place.

Duke Jupiter was one of the most popular rock bands to come out of Rochester, officials from the Rochester Music Hall of Fame noted. From 1973 to 1986 the band released nine albums and had four music videos on MTV.

Hochstein was considered one of the best violists America has ever produced, officials noted. The Hochstein School of Music and Dance was founded as his memorial.

Emily Sibley Watson was instrumental in shaping the cultural landscape of Rochester and the driving force behind the establishment of the David Hochstein School of Music, officials said Monday.

The House of Guitars is considered the world’s largest music store, with a museum-like atmosphere and rooms, and was named the No. 2 stop on the roadmap of musical America, officials said.

WDKX has been independently owned and operated since it first went on the air 40 years ago. Founder Andrew Langston chose call letters to honor African-American heroes—“D” for Frederick Douglass, “K” for Martin Luther King Jr. and “X” for Malcolm X.

Special Merit Awards to the Rochester Music Hall of Fame were announced for Ethel Gabriel, a Grammy-winning producer who was the first female record producer, and Peter Morticelli, a musician, producer and record company owner who was instrumental in the success of the band Duke Jupiter.

The Rochester Music Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization founded in 2009 in response to local musician Karl LaPorta, who shared his vision to have a place where local musicians and their accomplishments could be honored.

The 2014 Induction Ceremony is slated for April 27 at Eastman Theatre.

(c) 2014 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail

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