For the second time in the past two months, McNally Smith College of Music’s Composition instructor, Gary Rue, will again be recognized for his outstanding contributions to Minnesota arts and culture. Rue will be inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in New Ulm, Minn., November 5, joining such legendary recording artists as Bob Dylan, Judy Garland, Prince, Bobby Vee, The Sounds of Blackness and others from across the music spectrum, ranging from pop and classical music to country, chorale, polka and other genres. Also being inducted with Rue are The Andrews Sisters, Dick Kimmel, the late Keith Reese, Doug Kodet and the Minnesota Chorale.
Last month, Rue and his first band, The Sensational Sleepers, were inducted into the Mid-America Music Hall of Fame (formerly the Minnesota Rock Country Hall of Fame ) during proceedings September 16-18 at the Sheraton Hotel in Bloomington.
“I’m honored and humbled for this recognition,” Rue says. “As a kid from a small town near the South Dakota border who has loved making music his whole life, it’s very endearing to have your work validated by an organization or institution such as the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame. And to be recognized in such great company as the other Minnesota musicians and artists that are in the hall is indeed an inspiration that I hope I can continue to share with my students at McNally Smith and through my music.”
In his music career, Rue has served as a band leader, singer-songwriter and music composer for film, television and more than 75 scores for theater, including many plays such as “Stinky Cheese Man,” “True Stories,” “Chopin’s Heart”) at the SteppingStone Theater in St. Paul (where he is composer in residence) and others.
Besides the Sleepers, Rue worked in the legendary Wire band of the ‘60s and ‘70s and later often led the musical ensemble for the annual Curtiss A Tribute to John Lennon every December 8 at First Avenue. His song, “Rose of England,” has been covered by Nick Lowe. He also served from 1986 as conductor and arranger in North America for ‘60’s pop star Gene Pitney and his 15 piece orchestra (“The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” “Town Without Pity” and many more) until Mr. Pitney’s death in 2006. Last winter, Rue and an orchestra featuring many of the music college’s faculty and current students performed a hot retrospective set of Pitney’s hits in the McNally Smith College of Music Auditorium. The longtime bandleader shared fond and funny anecdotes about his former boss and the pop legend that still has many fans around the world.
For more information about the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame event and to order tickets, please see the website or call 507-359-9014.Newer: McNally Smith College Students Collaborate with African AIDS Orphan-Students on Album
Older: Gary Rue Inducted Into Mid-America Music Hall of Fame