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Rising up from the Ashes:

The South Carolina Entertainment & Music Hall of Fame

In an instant, irreplaceable pieces of South Carolina's history were consumed by flames. A guitar. A jacket. Letters.

When the South Carolina Entertainment and Music Hall of Fame was ravaged by fire years ago, the state mourned the premature loss of a significant treasure. However, efforts are now underway to resurrect the South Carolina Entertainment and Music Hall of Fame, aiming for a grander and more resilient revival.

The Unseen Aspect of Fame

Established as a non-profit organization, the Hall of Fame was conceived to honor individuals native to or deeply connected with the Carolinas who have achieved national acclaim. Yet, achieving fame is merely the entry requirement. Dr. David Godbold, the founder, envisioned celebrating those who not only attained success but also utilized it to uplift their communities in South Carolina, or even the entire state. Often, their philanthropic endeavors offstage go unnoticed.

Much of what the public learns about South Carolina's prominent entertainers revolves around sensationalism and wealth. Rarely do we hear about the musician who returns to their hometown, donating thousands of pairs of socks to those in need. The resources, visibility, and goodwill that our entertainers bring back to their communities often go unrecognized.

The journey to success is also a prevalent theme among the inductees. "We seldom hear about the nights spent sleeping in cars and performing $100 gigs just to make ends meet and carve out a name for themselves," observed Godbold. Many of our inductees overcame significant life hurdles long before fame was even a possibility, underscoring the resilience required to navigate the challenging path of building a career in entertainment.

Hall of Fame Ambitions

Mirroring the ambition of the individuals it honors, the vision for the South Carolina Entertainment and Music Hall of Fame has always been bold. Under the new Executive Director, Justin Ray Williams, & new Chairman Roy Costner III this vision is set to expand even further.

The plans for its renaissance are ambitious, encompassing a public presence that matches the lofty aspirations of its founders and honorees. This includes a state-of-the-art exhibition space, an exhilarating annual induction ceremony, monthly events, a weekly radio program, Roku/Fire TV channels, entertainment conferences, and educational workshops highlighting South Carolina's rich entertainment history.

South Carolina was the first state chosen to host an Entertainment and Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony broadcast nationally on TV. With the support of CBS/TNN and Producer Jim Owens, a prominent entertainment executive, Godbold orchestrated the most significant event in the Hall of Fame's history. Following this, the induction of the iconic Marshall Tucker Band evolved into a Southern Rock reunion hosted by Charlie Daniels.

"As we tell everyone willing to listen, our objective is to ensure that the legends of South Carolina's entertainment and music remain etched in the memories and hearts of all who visit the Hall of Fame. Additionally, we aim to propel emerging artists toward Hall of Fame status by hosting regular events and concerts at the new venue."

The new venue is slated to be situated in Greenville, a burgeoning business hub that has garnered increasing recognition as an arts and entertainment destination. The vibrant downtown, nationally acclaimed in its own right, was a natural choice for Williams and Costners new board. Artifacts spared from the fire, solely because they were in storage, will be showcased, and efforts to expand the collection are underway.

Fostering ongoing events that cater to artists has long been a vision for Williams, who boasts over two decades of experience in the entertainment industry. Williams is keeping the artists' needs and educational workshops at the forefront of the organization.

With a growing cadre of devoted supporters, the future of the Hall of Fame rests in the hands of the community. The South Carolina Entertainment and Music Hall of Fame embodies the creativity, determination, and passion inherent to the people of South Carolina. With continued support, it will enter its next chapter as a beacon for many of the state's most ardent advocates, whether famous or not.

Jennifer Oladipo
Media Partner for The SC Entertainment & Music Hall of Fame


The South Carolina Entertainment Hall of Fame was established in 1989 while David Godbold was living in the State of Texas. He met a gentleman from Austin who informed on the importance of honoring our Music and Entertainment Celebrities that were from their home states. The Texas Music Office provided the insight to the beginning of the Hall of Fame is South Carolina.

In 1990 Godbold moved back to his home state of South Carolina from Texas and began the research that would lead to a successful Hall of Fame honoring those national celebrities from SC. After preparing the program for presentation to the SC Secretary of State Jim Miles, a date was set and the meeting was held in Columbia SC at the State House. When the presentation was completed, Secretary of State Jim Miles agreed the Hall of Fame for Entertainment and Music would be vital to the State, the office was formed under his direction to officially establish the first Hall of Fame honoring our states Entertainment and Music Celebrities.

David Godbold founded the hall of fame with the help of Secretary of State Jim Miles. Jim Miles named Godbold as the state’s first Entertainment and Music Commissioner. The South Carolina Music and Entertainment Commission was established to promote the entertainment industry in South Carolina. Please note this office was set prior to the entertainment explosion in Myrtle Beach SC. ( Established before the Alabama Theater etc.)

Godbold saw a need for South Carolina to have a presence in the growing entertainment industry and with Jim Miles pledging his support, the stage was set. Jim Miles and David Godbold made numerous national television appearances to induct famous celebrities from South Carolina while promoting SC as an Entertainment Location for theaters as an alternative to Branson Missouri.

South Carolina Entertainment and Music Hall of Fame was the first state selected to have an induction ceremony on National TV. CBS/TNN along with Producer Jim Owens, a major entertainment executive helped Godbold pull of the biggest show in Hall of Fame history. The next big show was the induction of the super group, Marshall Tucker. The event turned into a Southenr Rock reunion that was hosted by Charlie Daniels.

The South Carolina Entertainment Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization developed for the purpose of honoring South Carolina natives and or those with SC connections that have achieved national success. To date 64 music and entertainment celebrities have been inducted into the hall of fame.

Important Note: The hall of fame lost all of its memorabilia in the Georgetown fire years ago and continues to grow and replace articles from many of the inductees. For information, please call 1- 888-411 FAME (3263).