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David Ball inducted into the historic Spartanburg Music Trail

Posted by Scott Metko on January 27, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Four new inductees added to Spartanburg Music Trail

By Dan Armonaitis

Published: Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:58 p.m.

The Spartanburg Music Trail officially has four new inductees.

Hub City natives Marshall Chapman, the Sparkletones, David Ball and Buck Trent will be honored in 2013 after topping a poll in which the public was asked to choose from among eight nominees.

A two-sided sign representing Chapman and the Sparkletones will be installed near the corner of Liberty and St. John streets in the winter; one representing Ball and Trent will be installed in the vicinity of the George Dean Johnson Jr. College of Business and Economics next summer.

“The public has spoken, and we're excited that we now know who will be honored,” said Betsy Teter, executive director of the Hub City Writers Project, a nonprofit organization that spearheaded the trail's creation. “We're looking forward to planning events associated with both induction ceremonies.”

Nearly 2,000 people cast votes in the poll, which ran on the Herald-Journal's entertainment website,, from late September through the end of October.

“We were really pleased with the number of people who participated,” Teter said. “It's clear that Spartanburg is a town that loves its musicians.”

The Music Trail opened in 2011 with 12 inaugural inductees selected by a committee organized by the Hub City Writers Project.

Those musicians – Ira Tucker, Arthur Prysock, Clara Smith, William Walker, the Marshall Tucker Band, Pink Anderson, Johnny Blowers, Hank Garland, Champ Hood, Walter Hyatt, Don Reno and the Blue Ridge Quartet – already have signs representing them in downtown Spartanburg.

“We're one of just a small handful of communities in the entire country that honors its musicians in a public way, and it makes me proud to be a resident of Spartanburg,” Teter said.

Gospel singers Bob Beatty and Julius “June” Cheeks, along with classical musicians David Daniels and Carlos Moseley, were also nominated but didn't receive enough votes to be inducted.

“For those disappointed that their choice wasn't selected, we want to stress that we'll go through this process again next year,” Teter said. “There are no losers. The only thing we're voting on is the timing of the various ceremonies.

“I'm sure that all of the artists who were nominated will eventually get on the trail.”

About the four new Spartanburg Music Trail inductees:

*Chapman is a Nashville, Tenn.-based singer-songwriter who has released 12 critically acclaimed albums and had songs cut by such artists as Jimmy Buffett and Emmylou Harris.

*The Sparkletones, formed by four local teenagers, were a rockabilly group that appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and had a major hit in 1957 with “Black Slacks.”

*Ball is a Nashville, Tenn.-based country music singer best known for such hits as “Thinkin' Problem” and “Riding with Private Malone.”

*Trent, who still performs regularly in Branson, Mo., invented the electric banjo and worked closely with country music legends Porter Wagoner and Roy Clark in the 1960s and ‘70s.

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