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WV Music Hall of Fame inductees include Mountain Stage co-founder and host Larry Groce and state’s ‘First Lady of Gospel Music’

By BILL LYNCH

Charleston Gazette-Mail

Sonny Davis, center, 93, applauds after a live performance of his song, “Dumplin’ Pie,” during a ceremony unveiling of the 2020 West Virginia Music Hall of Fame class. Davis and his twin sister, Honny, were among the inductees announced Tuesday.
(Gazette-Mail photo by F. Brian Ferguson)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame announced its 2020 class of inductees Tuesday morning, a list that includes the co-founder of “Mountain Stage,” West Virginia’s “First Lady of Gospel Music” and a pair of twins who began their musical career at the age of 12.

A good crowd came out for the announcement at the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame’s museum in the Charleston Town Center mall. Among those in attendance were Charleston Mayor Amy Goodwin, members of the “Mountain Stage” band and crew, and the executive director of West Virginia Public Broadcasting, which will broadcast the induction ceremony April 4, 2020, from the state Culture Center Theater.

A few of the artists who will be honored next year, including Larry Groce and 93-year-old Sonny Davis, of the Davis Twins, were also in attendance. Davis’ sister, Honny, was scheduled to appear but arrived late.

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