The Hollywood Bowl has been home to musicians, conductors, singers, dancers, actors, and composers of the highest caliber since its beginnings in the early nineteen-twenties. Performing at the Hollywood Bowl is regarded by many as an honor in itself, but the luminaries honored here are further distinguished by their induction in the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame.
The Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame recognizes artists whose achievements embody the spirit of the Bowl.
Founded in 2000, the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame celebrates those consummate creators and performers, who, through their talent and effort, have established themselves as true superstars - with appearances on screen, stage, recordings, and at the Bowl - whose contributions to the arts have made them part of the fabric of American culture.
Come see photos and an exciting film with all the inductees - in the lobby of the Hollywood Bowl Museum.
As co-founding members of AEROSMITH--America’s Greatest Rock & Roll Band--the songwriting team of STEVEN TYLER and JOE PERRY have sold more than 150 million albums worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. With scores of awards and multi-platinum albums, AEROSMITH continues to inspire generations to get their wings, to get a grip and to just push play. It’s no wonder their songs remain relevant to this day and they’re one of the most beloved bands of all time.
Since breaking through to solo success in the mid 1970s, Grammy winner PATTI AUSTIN has become one of the worlds most popular and versatile vocalists. A mainstay on the Billboard charts, she has 19 solo albums to her credit and has performed her award nominated hit songs on both the Grammys and the Oscars. The Goddaughter of musical legends Quincy Jones and Dinah Washington, Patti made her stage debut with Washington at the world famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem at the age of four.
Patti continues her commitment to social issues through her work to end domestic violence and gives countless hours to her mentoring work through The Over My Shoulder Foundation which she co founded.
JOHN LEGEND is a nine-time Grammy Award winning recording artist, critically-acclaimed concert performer, philanthropist/social activist, and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people. Legend’s debut album, Get Lifted (2004) sold more than three million copies worldwide and earned an astounding eight Grammy nominations with three wins for Best New Artist, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B album. Inspired by the monumental 2008 Presidential election, Legend teamed up with The Roots to release the socially conscious album, Wake Up! (2010.) The album was nominated for five Grammy Awards and won Best R&B Album, Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B song. In 2007, Legend launched the Show Me Campaign, a nonprofit organization fighting poverty around the world.
One might expect an entertainment and business mogul to take a break – or at the very least a quick breather – after a career that has produced over 55 million in worldwide album sales; 63 Top 10 hits; the #1 TV sitcom for 6 consecutive years on TWO networks; successful Clothing, Footwear and Home Collections; as well as a stint on Broadway that garnered a Drama Critics Award. As if that wasn't enough, REBA is also the recipient of 15 American Music Awards, 9 People's Choice Awards, 7 Country Music Association Awards, 2 GRAMMYS and is one of only four entertainers in history to be honored with a National Artistic Achievement Award by U.S. Congress.
From the moment she burst onto the music scene as the lead singer of the multi-racial band Rufus in the early '70s, CHAKA KHAN's all-powerful voice, show-stopping stage presence, and style created a standard that set her apart from any other singer before or after her. Nearly 40 years later, Chaka is a legendary music icon whose influence has impacted whole generations of hit-making contemporary artists.
Over the past two decades, HARRY CONNICK, JR. has proven to be among the world's most successful and multi-talented artists. While he first reached a mass audience as a pianist, singer and bandleader, his subsequent success in theatre, film, and television have secured his place as a renaissance man and a versatile entertainer second to none, garnering him both Grammy and Emmy awards as well as Tony nominations.
GLORIA ESTEFAN - Billions have heard her unmistakable voice, millions have flocked to her electrifying performances, and an astonishing 90 million of her albums have sold worldwide. Though Gloria Estefan exploded onto the pop scene in 1985 as the dynamic front woman of the groundbreaking Miami Sound Machine, it was the seven time Grammy winner's soar to solo-act superstardom, which clearly earned her title, the "Queen of Latin Pop."
DONNA SUMMER rocketed to international superstardom in the mid-1970s with her groundbreaking merger of R&B, soul, pop, funk, rock, disco and avant-garde electronica. A five-time Grammy winner, she maintained an unbroken string of hits throughout the '70s and '80s, most of which she wrote. In 1980, Summer became the first artist to sign with David Geffen's new label, Geffen Records, leaving her disco days behind and moving into the next phase of her career. She first appeared at the Hollywood Bowl in 1979, performing to sold-out crowds. Her autobiography, Ordinary Girl, was published by Random House in 2003. She again performed before sold-out crowds when she appeared at the Bowl for two nights in 2008.
THE CARPENTERS' relationship with the Hollywood Bowl dates back to 1966, when 16-year-old Karen and 19-year-old Richard won three awards at the venue's "Battle of the Bands" contest, an event that launched the duo's legendary performing and recording career. In addition to their trademark harmonies, the main ingredients were Karen's unique voice, her skills as a drummer, plus Richard's piano and arranging talents that reflected his extensive knowledge of generations of pop, jazz and music history. Tragically, Karen died of heart failure from anorexia nervosa on February 4, 1983. Through their many albums of classic recordings and hit singles, the Carpenters' legacy carries on.
JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET first appeared as a pianist on the Hollywood Bowl stage in 1989 and has performed here regularly ever since. He captivates audiences around the world with his thrilling performances, profound artistry, poetic musicality, and dazzling technical prowess. Thibaudet is sought after by today's foremost orchestras, festivals, conductors, and collaborative musicians for his enlightened interpretations and charisma. Thibaudet was born in Lyon, France, where he began his piano studies at age five and made his first public appearance at age seven. At twelve, he entered the Paris Conservatory to study with Aldo Ciccolini and Lucette Descaves, a friend and collaborator of Ravel. At age fifteen, he won the Premier Prix du Conservatoire and three years later, won the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York City. Thibaudet is an exclusive recording artist for Decca, which has released over 40 of his albums, and he was the soloist on the Oscar and Golden Globe-award winning soundtrack of Universal Pictures' Atonement and the Oscar-nominated Pride and Prejudice.
KIRI TE KANAWA gained legendary status almost overnight after her sensational debut as the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 1971. From then, she moved rapidly into the front rank of international opera, and has become one of the most famous sopranos in the world. At the time of her operatic debut she was already an experienced concert and recording artist, and equally at home in front of the cameras as on stage. Continuing to develop as a recitalist, she is now a much sought-after singer in a wide variety of musical contexts.
JOSH GROBAN has garnered a worldwide audience with a rare mix of talent and style that is equal parts star power and boy-next-door appeal. His follow-up Reprise Records release, Closer, features the single "You Raise Me Up" along with twelve other distinctive tracks, including three original songs by the young artist. Co-produced by David Foster, Walter Afanasieff, and Eric Mouquet, Closer boasts a guest artist roster led by violinist Joshua Bell and the innovative French duo Deep Forest. His live performance at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles was released as a CD and DVD combination by Reprise Records in 2004. Since the release of his extraordinarily successful 2001 self-titled debut album, featuring the international hit "To Where You Are," Groban has become a musical phenomenon, selling millions of albums worldwide and making scores of televised appearances, most notable his 2003 PBS Great Performances special, which itself became a No. 1 selling DVD and the best-selling long form music video of 2002. His appearance at the closing ceremonies of the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics was seen by over a billion people, many of whom were instantly converted into avid "Grobanites," as the artist's fans around the globe have affectionately dubbed themselves..
SIR JAMES GALWAY is regarded as both the supreme interpreter of the classical flute repertoire and a consummate entertainer whose appeal crosses all musical boundaries. As one of the most televised and recorded classical artists performing today, Sir James has made himself a legend, a modern musical master whose virtuosity on the flute is equaled only by his limitless ambitions and vision. Through his extensive touring, over 30 million albums sold, and his frequent international television appearances, Sir James has endeared himself to millions worldwide. As an instructor and humanitarian, Sir James is a tireless promoter of the arts.
LIZA MINNELLI began her career at a very early age, co-starring with her mother in the movie In the Good Old Summertime in 1949. At the age of 10, Liza hosted the first-ever TV broadcast of The Wizard of Oz, reaching a viewing audience of about 45 million people. By the time she was 19, she had landed the lead role in Flora, the Red Menace. This Broadway performance won her a Tony for Best Actress in a Musical. In 1967 she went on to star in several films that showcased her superb acting abilities (Charlie Bubbles, The Sterile Cuckoo, and Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon). In 1972, her movie career peaked when she played Sally Bowles in Cabaret. The film won eight Oscars, including Best Actress for Liza. The role also earned her a Golden Globe and a British Film Academy Award. The unqualified success of Cabaret put Liza on the covers of Time and Newsweek in the same week. Liza continues her extraordinary music career with ongoing concert tours in the U.S. and Europe, as well as recording a new album. She also continues to make us laugh as the hilarious Lucille Austero on TV's Arrested Development.
Since B.B. KING started recording in the late 1940s, he has released over 50 albums, many of them considered blues classics, like 1965's definitive live blues album Live At The Regal, and 1976's collaboration with Bobby "Blue" Bland, Together For The First Time. Over the years, B.B. has had two No. 1 R & B hits – 1951's "Three O'Clock Blues" and 1952's "You Don't Know Me" — and four No. 2 R & B hits – 1953's "Please Love Me," 1954's "You Upset Me Baby," 1960's "Sweet Sixteen, Part I," and 1966's "Don't Answer The Door, Part I." B.B.'s most popular crossover hit, 1970's "The Thrill Is Gone" went to No. 15 on pop charts. But B.B. King, as well as the entire blues genre, is not radio-oriented. His classic songs, such as "Payin' The Cost To Be The Boss," "Caldonia," "How Blue Can You Get," "Everyday I Have The Blues," and "Why I Sing The Blues," are concert (and fan) staples.
PLÁCIDO DOMINGO: singer, conductor, and administrator. By now he has sung 124 different roles, more than any other tenor in the annals of music, with at least two new roles planned in the next three seasons. His repertoire spans the gamut from Mozart to Verdi, from Berlioz to Puccini, from Wagner to Ginastera. He sings in every important opera house in the world and has made an unparalleled number of recordings, of which 101 are full-length operas, often recording the same role more than once, and for which he has earned nine Grammys and two Grammys in the newly established Latin Division. He is the only person in history to serve as General Manager of two major opera companies simultaneously – the Los Angeles Opera and the Washington Opera.
The accolades most often associated with him are "King of Opera," which was originally the banner headline on the cover of Newsweek magazine, and "a true renaissance man in music," which was first printed in Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper. London's newspaper The Guardian summed it all up recently by simply naming Plácido Domingo "the greatest operatic artist of modern times."
JOHN MAUCERI's distinguished and varied career has brought him to the world's leading opera companies and symphony orchestras, the musical stages of Broadway and Hollywood, as well as to the most prestigious halls of academia. He served for 16 years as the Director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, which was created for him by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and he retains the title of Founding Director. He has been the music director of four opera houses: Pittsburgh Opera, Washington Opera, Scottish Opera, and Teatro Regio in Turin. He has also conducted the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, the Royal Opera House, the Deutsche Oper, the New York Philharmonic, the symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Israel, and Paris, as well as the principal London orchestras.
The son of a mariachi violinist, CARLOS SANTANA was born and raised in Mexico. He signed with Columbia Records after forming the band bearing his name and went on to release a series of Gold or Platinum albums: Borboletta (1974), Amigos (1975), Festival (1976), Moonflower (1977), and Inner Secrets (1978). After another Gold Santana band album, Marathon (1979), he returned to solo work with the double-LP jazz collection, The Swing of Delight, in August 1980, which featured such guests as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Ron Carter. Santana wrote his first musical score in 1986 for the film La Bamba. In June 1999, Santana issued Supernatural on Arista Records, an album featuring many tracks co-written by guest stars such as Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20, Eric Clapton, Lauryn Hill, and others. Paced by the number one singles "Smooth" and "Maria Maria," the album became the biggest hit of Santana's career, selling upwards of ten million copies and winning eight Grammy Awards.
ANDRÉ WATTS burst upon the music world at the age of 16 when Leonard Bernstein chose him to make his debut with the New York Philharmonic in a nationally broadcast Young People's Concert. Two weeks later, when Bernstein asked him to substitute at the last minute for the ailing Glenn Gould, Watts' career was launched in storybook fashion. More than 45 years later, André Watts remains one of today's most celebrated and beloved superstars. His performances with the world's great orchestras and conductors and his sold-out recitals and appearances at the most prestigious international festivals bring him to every corner of the globe. Watts has had a long association with television, having appeared on numerous programs produced by PBS, the BBC, and the Arts and Entertainment Network. His 1976 New York recital, aired on the program Live From Lincoln Center, was the first full-length recital broadcast in the history of television. In addition to his numerous recordings for Sony Classical, Watts is included in the Great Pianists of the 20th Century series on Philips. At age 26, he was the youngest person ever to receive an Honorary Doctorate from Yale University. In May 2004, Watts was appointed to the Jack I. and Dora B. Hamlin Endowed Chair in Music at Indiana University.
Grammy® Award-winning violinist JOSHUA BELL has been captivating audiences around the globe for more than 20 years. Known for his poetic musicality, Bell came to national attention at age 14 in his debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra. A Carnegie Hall debut, the Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a recording contract further confirmed his unique presence in the music world. Bell has performed with the world's leading symphony orchestras and conductors, recorded 28 albums and earned the title of "classical music superstar." Billboard Magazine named him the 2004 Classical Artist of the Year, and his recording, "Romance of the Violin," the 2004 Classical Album of the Year. Following his three-year involvement with the film The Red Violin, where he was responsible for all solo violin music composed by John Corigliano, the album captured the Oscar® for Best Original Score. Bell received a Grammy for the Maw Violin Concerto, and millions have enjoyed his appearances on Grammy telecasts, PBS specials, as well as Evening at the Pops, and The Indy 500 Victory Celebration. Bell has been the subject of a BBC documentary and serves on the Artist Committee of the Kennedy Center Honors. He plays the 1713 Gibson ex Huberman Stradivarius.
One of the most acclaimed and influential singers of the 20th century, FRANK SINATRA (1915-1998) was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, to Italian immigrant parents. He began his career singing for New York radio programs, and as a vocalist with the big bands of Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, becoming a pop idol. His charisma transferred easily to television and film, as seen in both musicals (Anchors Aweigh, On the Town, Guys and Dolls, High Society, Can-can) and dramas (From Here to Eternity - winning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, The Man with the Golden Arm, Ocean's Eleven, Von Ryan's Express). After a long series of best-selling recordings for Capitol, Sinatra founded his own label, Reprise, (1961), for which he made classic recordings with Basie and Ellington. Sinatra made his Hollywood Bowl debut in 1943 before a legion of adoring bobby-soxers. He returned in 1945, the year that Anchors Aweigh was released; in the film he and Gene Kelly play sailors who crash a rehearsal at the Bowl to persuade pianist/conductor José Iturbi to give a break to an aspiring young singer (Kathryn Grayson). Sinatra was back at the Bowl in 1946 for a Jerome Kern program, which also featured Kathryn Grayson, Judy Garland, and Lena Horne.
TRISHA YEARWOOD'S phenomenal career began with her breakout #1 single "She's in Love with The Boy" from her multi-platinum debut album. She was awarded Country Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year in 1997 and 1998. During her ten-year career she has received three Grammy Awards as well as multiple CMA's and American Music Awards. Her ten-album catalogue has been awarded a quadruple Platinum, a Double Platinum, three Platinum and four Gold Records. She has performed on the Academy Awards, the closing ceremony of the 1996 Olympics and for the Library of Congress. In 1999, Trisha was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry, one of the highest honors for a country music artist. She has accomplished elusive crossover success into the international pop market with such hits as "How do I live" which has become a modern standard. Trisha Yearwood performed three sold-out nights at the Hollywood Bowl on the Fourth of July weekend of 1997with John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
Violinist SARAH CHANG is recognized the world over as one of classical music's most captivating and gifted artists. Appearing in the music capitals of Asia, Europe, and the United States, she has collaborated with nearly every major orchestra in the world. The remarkable accomplishments of Chang's career were recognized in 1999 when she received the Avery Fisher Prize, one of the most prestigious awards given to instrumentalists. An exclusive EMI recording artist since the age of 9, Ms. Chang has made over 15 albums, the latest of which includes Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Placido Domingo, and a French Sonata album with pianist Lars Vogt, which has just been released. Born in Philadelphia, Sarah Chang began to study the violin at age 4 and within a year had already performed with several orchestras in the Philadelphia area. Her early auditions, at age 8, for Zubin Mehta and Riccardo Muti led to immediate engagements with the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Following high school graduation and completion of the Juilliard School's pre-college program, she enrolled at Juilliard as a college student, where she studied with the late Dorothy DeLay.
Composer/conductor/arranger HENRY MANCINI was one of the most versatile talents in music. The Mancini name was synonymous for more than 40 years with great motion picture and television music, and with fine recordings and international concert performances. He was nominated for 72 Grammys by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and won 20; nominated for 18 Academy Awards by the National Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, he received four Oscars. He was also honored with the Golden Globe Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and nominated for two Emmy Awards by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Whether with a complete score or a featured song, Mancini brought his talents to many memorable films: Victor/Victoria, The Glass Menagerie, The Pink Panther, 10, Darling Lili, Arabesque, Charade, Days of Wine and Roses, Hatari! and Breakfast at Tiffany's. He also wrote scores for television films including The Thorn Birds and The Shadow Box, as well as themes for series including Peter Gunn, Mr. Lucky, Newhart, Remington Steele, Hotel, and NBC News election night coverage.
BRIAN WILSON is one of rock's most deeply revered figures, a writer, producer, arranger, and performer of some of the most cherished music in rock history. His now-legendary career began when the 19-year-old Wilson, his younger brothers Dennis and Carl, cousin Mike Love, and friend Al Jardine gathered to rehearse a tune that Brian and Mike had written for a try-out recording session. The song, "Surfin'," hit big locally and made ripples on the national charts, and the Beach Boys were signed to Capitol Records. Wilson became the band's producer beginning with their third album. In 1964, Wilson decided he could no longer tour with the Beach Boys and chose to dedicate his energies to writing and producing the band's records. Influenced by the Beatles' Rubber Soul album, Wilson teamed up with lyricist Tony Asher and the best studio musicians in Los Angeles to create Pet Sounds. The record's imaginative sound world - accordion, theremin, bicycle bells, kazoo, banjo, glockenspiel, and even barking dogs and a Sparklett's water jug - made it much more than the sum of its hit singles, "Wouldn't It Be Nice" and "Sloop John B." In 1998, Wilson recorded Imagination, and toured extensively with that repertoire.
ROGER DALTREY first appeared at the Hollywood Bowl in 1967 with the band The Who. In addition to his fame as a rock star, he starred in the Ken Russell film Tommy, based on the first-ever rock opera performed by The Who. Daltrey has had a solo career as a singer and actor, returning to the Hollywood Bowl in 2003 as Alfred P. Doolittle in My Fair Lady. His extensive charity work was recognized with a Humanitarian Award in 2003 from Time magazine.
NATHAN LANE, 2001 Tony-award winner for The Producers, first brought down the house at the Hollywood Bowl in 1997 in his appearance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. His Broadway hits include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Love! Valor! Compassion!, and Guys and Dolls. He is known for his voice acting in the animated film The Lion King and in Mike Nichols' film The Birdcage, among many other film and television roles.
PATTI LUPONE recorded an album with John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra called "Heatwave," and she proudly refers to herself as the orchestra's "girl singer." During one recent season, she demonstrated her versatility with appearances on Broadway (in Noises Off), on television (in the HBO series Oz), and in concert at Carnegie Hall. A drama graduate of the Juilliard School, LuPone won a Tony in 1980 as Evita and created the role of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard in London in 1994. She continues to work in television, films, Broadway stage, and concerts, including frequent appearances at the Hollywood Bowl.
THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS have been considered ahead of their time, masters of timing, and practitioners of timeless comedy. The Smothers Brothers grew up in Southern California. With their blend of comedy and music, they have brought warmth, humor, and joy to generations of audiences. They had their own primetime comedy series on television in the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, which is now studied in universities as a factor and reflection of the social changes in the United States during the 1960s.
LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI served as Music Director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra between 1945 and 1947. The orchestra was created for him, comprised of musicians from the Los Angeles Philharmonic and from the area's leading studio players. Stokowski was 57 when he assumed the post at the Bowl, and his tenure here marked a mid-point in a distinguished conducting career that ended only with his death in 1977 at the age of 95. Born in London in 1882, Stokowski emigrated to the U.S. in 1905. He held his first Music Directorship at age 25 with the Cincinnati Symphony, and went on to lead Philadelphia Orchestra from 1912 to 1936. He is best known to later generations for his appearance in the 1940 Disney film Fantasia.
KATHLEEN BATTLE possesses a luminous soprano voice known in opera houses and concert halls around the world. She made her West Coast debut at the Hollywood Bowl in 1972. Seeking to expand her artistic horizons, she has performed and recorded spirituals and a jazz album, So Many Stars. Ms. Battle has her Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Cincinnati, an Emmy Award for her performance on the PBS broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera's 1991 season opening gala, and in 1999 she was inducted into the NAACP Image Award Hall of Fame.
GEORGE HARRISON – "the quiet Beatle" – was born in Liverpool, England, in 1943, and died here in Los Angeles in 2001. He was just 15 years old when he played guitar in the band The Quarrymen with his older schoolmates Paul McCartney and John Lennon. By 1960 the band was called the Beatles and in 1963 the band had its first hit, "Please Please Me." The Beatles performed three times at the Bowl: August 23, 1964, August 29 and August 30, 1965. Following the split-up of the Beatles in 1970, Mr. Harrison went on to a solo career as a performer and film producer.
RANDY NEWMAN has had a prolific career writing pop songs and movie scores. He was awarded his first Oscar in 2002 for his work on Monsters, Inc., after garnering 16 nominations over the course of his varied career. Well-known for his sense of satire and wit in his music, Mr. Newman has recorded many popular albums which include his hits "Sail Away" and "I Love L.A." He has Grammys for his scores for The Natural, A Bug's Life, and Toy Story 2. He made his Hollywood Bowl debut in 1996.
BERNADETTE PETERS is best-known as a Broadway star, winning Tony awards for her performances in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Song and Dance and the 1999 revival of Annie Get Your Gun. She has also appeared in 14 films and numerous television movies and series, with an Emmy nomination for her performance on Ally McBeal. In addition to numerous original Broadway cast albums, Ms. Peters has recorded four solo albums and has performed solo shows at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and the Hollywood Bowl, where her 1996 concert was telecast live.
MARILYN HORNE first sang at the Hollywood Bowl in 1947 as a soloist with the Roger Wagner Chorale, going on to a worldwide career as a coloratura mezzo-soprano, celebrating 26 years as a leading artist at the Metropolitan Opera, and 39 years at the San Francisco Opera. In 1999 she was inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame; in 1995 was named a Kennedy Center Honoree by President Clinton; and in 1992 received the National Medal of the Arts. Ms. Horne established The Marilyn Horne Foundation, dedicated to the presentation of young singers and the art of the vocal recital.
MONTY PYTHON was founded in 1969 by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. Blending satire, surreal outlandishness, broad slapstick, edgy black comedy and social commentary, the British group became an international cult phenomenon, making the groundbreaking television series Monty Python's Flying Circus for the BBC and many popular recordings, books, and films. The 1982 film Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl contains some of their best known sketches.
BONNIE RAITT is a singer, songwriter and guitarist whose unique style blends blues, rock and pop. She made her Hollywood Bowl debut in 1992, is a nine-time Grammy Award winner and is known for her lifelong commitment to social activism. One of the founding members of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, she continues to work for artists' royalty reform, as well as on issues of peace, justice, environmental protection and human rights. Bonnie is the first woman to have her own Signature Series Stratocaster, and donates her royalties from sales of the Strat to support guitar lessons for young girls through the Bonnie Raitt Guitar Program in Boys and Girls Clubs across America.
JOHN RAITT is an icon of American musical theater. He made his Hollywood Bowl debut in 1942 in Rose Marie and his Broadway debut in 1945 as the original Billy Bigelow in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel – they wrote the famous "Soliloquy" expressly for him. He went on to a long and illustrious singing and acting career on stage, in film, and on television. He has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame at the Gershwin Theatre on Broadway. Bonnie Raitt is his daughter.
STEVIE WONDER is a singer/songwriter, producer and instrumentalist who began recording for Motown in 1962, at the age of eleven. In his long career, he has earned 21 Grammys including a National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' Lifetime Achievement Award, an Academy Award, and sold upwards of 70 million records. He was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, and received the Kennedy Center Honor in 1999. Stevie Wonder is known for his staunch support of social issues and was instrumental in the establishment of the National Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. He first appeared at the Hollywood Bowl in 1973.
GARTH BROOKS made his Hollywood Bowl debut in 1994 with a concert that sold out in a record 21 minutes. Brooks, the biggest selling solo artist in American music history with RIAA-certified sales in excess of 101 million albums in just 11 years, is also the only artist to have four albums sell more than 10 million units. Brooks' phenomenal popularity as a singer, songwriter, and entertainer resulted in his being named the Artist of the Decade by both the American Music Awards and the Academy of Country Music. His 1996-98 World Tour drew over 5.3 million people at 350 shows in 100 cities, while the crowd at his 1997 concert in Central Park was the largest in the park's history.
JOHN WILLIAMS has captured the imagination of millions of people through his film scores-from Star Wars, Jaws, and E.T. to Schindler's List and Amistad. He has five Oscars (and 39 nominations), 18 Grammys, three Golden Globes, three British Academy Awards, and countless other awards. As a symphony conductor, Mr. Williams has appeared at least 65 times with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, 55 of those at the Hollywood Bowl, and was music director of the Boston Pops for fourteen highly successful seasons. Mr. Williams holds honorary degrees from eighteen American universities and also holds the title of Artist-in-Residence at Tanglewood.
The Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame was conceived on behalf of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association by Wayne Baruch and Charles F. Gayton.