Philadelphia International (PHL) opened Philadelphia’s Music Legends: Selected Artists on the Walk of Fame on July 1, an exhibit honoring the city’s contributions to American music.
Forty-four black-and-white photographs of musicians who were inductees to the city’s Walk of Fame are on display at PHL. The Walk has 107 bronze plaques recognizing members of the music and entertainment industries who have ties to Philadelphia.
Four of those inductees – Jerry Blavat, Nathan Morris, Peter Nero and Joseph Tarsia – attended the airport’s unveiling.
Blavat, a disc jockey, record promoter, roadie and television host, has been involved with the music industry since 1962. He has been on the radio since 1970.
While a student at Philadelphia’s High School of the Creative and Performing Arts, Morris created rhythm and blues group Boyz II Men. The group won four Grammys, sold more than 60 million records and broke a record by Elvis Presley by spending 13 weeks on top of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
Nero, a pianist, composer and conductor, has won two Grammy Awards and is the founding music director of Peter Nero and the Philly Pops. He has recorded 67 albums since 1961.
Tarsia is a recording engineer who has worked with artists such as Bobby Rydell and Chubby Checker. He formed Sigma Sound Studios in 1968 and helped create the Sound of Philadelphia.
The exhibit is sponsored jointly by PHL and Sunoco Welcome America. It can be seen in Terminal A-East through mid-September.