The Hard Rock Cafe owns the largest collection of rock and roll memorabilia in the world – even more than the Rock and Roll hall of Fame. And each of its some 135 Cafes is a museum of musical artifacts.
But the hard Rock Cafe located in Niagara Falls, New York features a very special room of musical artifacts – The Buffalo Room where visitors can view items from members of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. It is the only room of its kind in all of the Hard rock Cafes.
On June 27 members of the BMHOF gathered to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Buffalo Room with food, music, and a special exhibit. BMHOF Communications Committee Charmian Greg Hennessey is an avid music memorabilia collector in his own right and set up a special exhibit of famous musicians and songwriters from the Buffalo area using artifacts taken from his personal collection that even included a few recording cylinders and 78rpm records.
Songwriters featured in the exhibit were Harold Arlan, jack Yellon, Chauncey Olcott, Ray Evans, and Ray Henderson. The exhibit also featured memorabilia from Brian McKnight and Rick James.
In the main room the Barbershop group Friends of harmony, Jesse Galante, and Bill and Helen Lebel performed music from the featured songwriters including “Happy Days are Here Again”, “My Wild Irish Rose”, “Five Foot Two’, and “Over the Rainbow”.
Songwriter and BMHOF member Dick Bauerle took the stage to talk about music and songwriting.
The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame has some 300 members and while many of them are best known around the western New York area; there are also some very recognizable names to any music fans including Natalie Merchant and the 10,000 Maniacs, Rick James, Brian McKnight, the Goo Goo Dolls, the Buffalo Bills Barbershop Quartet – who appeared in the original Broadway production of “The Music Man” – the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Ani Difranco, Aretha Franklin, Bob James, Spyro Gyra, Take 6, Tommy Tedesco, and Grover Washington Jr.