The NJ Hall of Fame will induct Lesley Gore, Sarah Dash, Patti Smith, Alexander Hamilton



The Garden State certainly doesn’t own it, but singer Lesley Gore will be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame this fall alongside 23 other stars in music, literature, business, sports and public service.

Gore, the ’60s teenage pop princess (‘ It’s my birthday ‘,’ You don’t own me ‘) who grew up in Tenafly and died in 2015, joins the venue with legends from R&B, punk , rock, funk, jazz and a founding father.

New Jersey Hall of Fame inductees are in part determined by public vote (other factors affect who is inducted, such as whether or not there are live candidates available for the ceremony).

Men have traditionally dominated inductees – and they’ve done so again with this year’s nominees, which included 34 men and 18 women (and a family).

The room’s new 24-person class, which includes both living and deceased, is a bit more uniform, with 13 men and 11 women, including Gore, who recorded with Quincy Jones as a teenager and was 68 when She died.

Last year the hall’s first virtual induction took place. This year, the format change, ushered in by the COVID-19 pandemic, will continue with a remote ceremony on Saturday, October 16 that will air on NJ PBS, social media and radio.

The New Jersey Hall of Fame is preparing to move into a Jersey-centric museum in the American Dream complex in East Rutherford, which will be its first static physical home.

Another music star entering the hall this year is singer Sarah Dash, a native of Trenton known to be a founding member of Patti LaBelle & The Blue Belles and Labelle, whose 1974 song “Lady Marmalade” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003..

Chicago-born punk rocker Patti Smith who grew up in Pitman and Deptford will join Dash. Smith’s guitarist Lenny Kaye, who grew up in northern Brunswick, will accompany him as an inductee.

Another great music, Englewood singer and jazz guitarist, Grammy winner George Benson (“Give Me the Night”, “Breezin ‘,” “This Masquerade”), 78, who achieved success pop in the 70s and 80s, is also made his way to the room.

Statesman Alexander Hamilton, who died in his late forties after a duel in 1804 with Aaron Burr at Weehawken and 211 years later became the subject of Tony Award-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical and Pulitzer, gets a nod in the utility category.

Women beauty industry pioneers will be inducted into the business category.

Sara Spencer Washington, who died in 1953, founded the Apex cosmetics line in Atlantic City and became one of New Jersey’s first black millionaires in the early 20th century by launching her home and school selling empire. of beauty. Another inductee, Louise Scott, who died in 1982, was the founder of a beauty chain and beauty school who would be Newark’s first black woman millionaire.

Sara Spencer Washington became a millionaire at the turn of the 20th century after creating Apex, her Atlantic City-based beauty company, from scratch, starting door-to-door and becoming an international network of representatives and beauty schools catering to black students and clients. She encouraged black women to gain financial independence by selling her products or studying in her schools.Courtesy of Royston Scott

Sports inductees include Monte Irvin, the Orange Baseball Hall of Famer, who died in 2016 at the age of 96. He played with the Newark Eagles of the Negro Leagues as well as the New York Giants and Chicago Cubs.

Gay Talese, the Ocean City writer, joins the audience in the arts and letters category alongside John Forbes Nash Jr., the Princeton University mathematician whose life was portrayed in the Oscar-winning film ” A Beautiful Mind “. He died in 2015, at the age of 86, with his wife, Alicia Nash, as a result of a car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike.

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Patti Smith is known for New York punk rock but grew up in Gloucester County.Ilya S. Savenok | Getty Images

Sarah Dash’s colleague, from Trenton, Antonin Scalia, who was an associate judge of the United States Supreme Court from 1986 until his death in 2016 (he was 79), also joins the room this year. The same goes for actor-comedian Buddy Hackett, who died in 2003 at the age of 78. (Hackett, originally from New York City, lived in Leonia and Fort Lee in the 1950s and 1960s.)

Nominees who weren’t chosen include the Jonas Brothers (Wyckoff), Tony and the Emmy-winning actor Baby Neuwirth (Princeton) and blueberry grower Elizabeth Coleman White (Whitesbog).

Others who were ready to enter the room but were not selected: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz and magician David Copperfield, both of whom were the subject of allegations of sexual misconduct in 2018.

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Guitarist and singer George Benson.Oscar González | NurPhoto via Getty Images

Here is the full list of inductees, as announced by the New Jersey Hall of Fame:

George Benson, Englewood, Grammy-winning jazz guitarist, singer and songwriter

Sarah Dash, Trenton, singer who co-founded Patti LaBelle and The Blue Belles

Lesley Gore, Tenafly, singer and songwriter

Mount Irvin

Member of the Monte Irvin Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006.

Buddy Hackett, Fort Lee, actor and comedian

Patti Smith, Pitman / Deptford, and Lenny Kaye, New Brunswick, Longtime singer-songwriter and guitarist who were part of New York’s punk rock movement in the 1970s

Mary Chapin Carpenter, Princeton, country music singer (chosen for induction the previous year, attending this year’s ceremony)

Dorothea Lange, Hoboken, documentary photographer

Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Englewood, author and aviator

John Forbes Nash Jr., Princeton, mathematician

Gay Talese, Ocean City, writer and journalist

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His name is Alexander Hamilton.Star-Ledger File Photo Scanning

Madeline McWhinney Dale, Middletown, first female officer / vice-chairman of the Federal Reserve

Louise Scott, Newark’s first black millionaire who started a beauty empire and founded a beauty school

Paul Volcker, Teaneck, 12th Chairman of the Federal Reserve

Sara Spencer Washington, Atlantic City, one of New Jersey’s first black millionaires and founder of Apex News and Hair, which includes beauty schools and door-to-door sales

John Forbes Nash Jr.

Nobel laureate mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr., his wife Alicia Nash and their son John in 2009.John O’Boyle | The big book of stars

Margaret Bancroft, Haddonfield, pioneer of special education, founder of Haddonfield / Bancroft Training School

Alexandre hamilton, founding father and first secretary of the treasury

David Mixner, Elmer, political activist and author

Guillaume Paterson, South branch, Signatory of the Constitution of the United States, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and Second Governor of New Jersey

Gustave Perna, Rockaway, US Army Four-Star General / COO of Federal COVID-19 Response

Antonin Scalia, Trenton, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1986 until his death in 2016

Val Ackerman, Pennington, first president of the Women’s National Basketball Association

Mont Irvin, Orange, left and right fielder in Black Leagues and Major League Baseball who played with the Newark Eagles, New York Giants and Chicago Cubs

Ron Jaworski, Voorhees, former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and National Football League analyst

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