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Wacoans petition for Tom Wilson Jr. to join Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Posted at 10:56 AM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 11:56:29-04

WACO, TX — A music icon from Waco is getting support for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame recognition.

Keep Waco Loud started a petition to garner support for Tom Wilson Jr. into the prestigious hall of fame.

Wilson grew up in Waco and graduated from A. J. Moore High School.

He graduated from Harvard University in 1954 and became the first Black producer at Colombia Records.

He produced legendary music with Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Velvet Underground and even the Batman theme song.

Wilson died in 1978 but his son who lives in South East Texas would like to see him honored, and so would many Wacoans.

"He would make his mark and move on and those are the things I'm most proud of is not settling. Not becoming static. He was anti-status quo. Always pushing the envelope forward," said Tom Wilson III.

To hear more about Wilson's life and from friends and family, check out the podcast "Invisible Icon: The Tom Wilson Story."