Vanderbilt University writer-in-residence Peter Guralnick was inducted with Bonnie Raitt, Charles Musselwhite, and Lonnie Brooks into the Blues Hall of Fame during a May 5, 2010 ceremony in Memphis.
Guralnick is the author of acclaimed biographies on Elvis Presley and Sam Cooke. About Last Train to Mephis, the first volume about Presley, Bob Dylan wrote, “Elvis steps from the pages. You can feel him breathe. This book cancels out all others.” Guralnick has also written extensively about the blues. The Blues Hall of Fame already lists his books, Feel Like Going Home, Searching for Robert Johnson and Sweet Soul Music, as “Classics of Blues Literature.”
Guralnick’s fellow inductee in the “non-performer” category was Sonny Payne, host of the King Biscuit Time radio show. Previous non-performer inductees include Sam Phillips, Alan Lomax and Leonard Chess. Guralnick is currently working on a book about Phillips.