SOURCE: Grafton Blues Association

September 15, 2006 10:53 ET

Last Surviving Paramount Blues Recording Artist Henry Townsend to Be Honored With First Walk of Fame Piano Key in Grafton, Wisconsin

GRAFTON, WI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 15, 2006 -- Legendary blues recording artist Mr. Henry Townsend, in conjunction with his appearance at the Inaugural Paramount Blues Festival on September 23, 2006, will be the first inductee in the Paramount Plaza Walk of Fame during a ceremony to be held at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 24, 2006.

The key, the first of 44 "piano keys," is 2 feet wide by 7 feet long and made of black granite to resemble a keyboard. Annually additional keys, placed by the Village of Grafton, will be inscribed with artists names that recorded for Paramount Records. Other inductees were chosen by the Paramount GIG organization in Grafton. In addition to Mr. Townsend, this year's inductees also include Charley Patton, Ma Rainey, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Skip James, and Thomas Dorsey. The ceremony is scheduled to take place in the Paramount Plaza.

Mr. Townsend, 96, will perform the day before at the Grafton Blues Association's Inaugural Paramount Blues Festival at 1:30 p.m. For information on the inaugural Paramount Blues Festival visit For more information on the plaza and ceremony or to make a donation call the Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce at 262-377-1650.

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    Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce