Philadelphia is home to many legendary musicians, singers, and entertainers. It is a vibrant musical city that has made lasting contributions to the music world. To celebrate and preserve this cultural legacy, the city has immortalized many of its music greats on The Walk of Fame, composed of 107 bronze plaques on the Avenue of the Arts on Broad Street between Walnut and Pine.
The first inductees on the Walk of Fame, founded by the Philadelphia Music Alliance, were named in 1987 and included Marian Anderson, Mario Lanza, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Bessie Smith, Pearl Bailey, Chubby Checker, Bill Haley, Bobby Rydell, and Leopold Stokowski. Over the years, more artists have been inducted: Boyz II Men, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, Joan Jett, Patti LaBelle, Eugene Ormandy, Teddy Pendergrass, Nina Simone, and Grover Washington, Jr. These are just some of the artists represented on The Walk of Fame. Each has made tremendous contributions, both past and present, to an array of musical genres spanning jazz, blues, gospel, and opera to rock, funk, pop, and hip-hop. Philadelphia's musical diversity and its musical legacy continues with highly recognized contemporary artists such as The Hooters, Amos Lee, Christian McBride, Pink, and Jill Scott - artists who might some day be future inductees on The Walk of Fame.