The Global Doo Wop Coalition Hall of Fame is committed to the principles of the Truth In Music Act. As such, the GDWCHOF Board of Directors has carefully defined the eligibility criteria for induction in the GDWCHOF as follows:
To be considered for induction into the Global Doo Wop Coalition Hall of Fame, a vocal group nominee must have Doo Wop as its primary music style or have a minimum of 25 years of history with the Doo Wop genre or have made a historical contribution and influence on Doo Wop around the world.
Only original members of the nominated group are eligible for induction into the Global Doo Wop Coalition Hall of Fame. An original member must have participated in the first commercial recording of the group.
If a performer who is not an original member has been a member of the group for at least 25 years, he or she is also eligible for induction as a part of the nominated group, also according to his or her contributions.
The Global Doo Wop Coalition Hall of Fame Induction Committee will consider all nominations. Final action is the responsibility of the full Global Doo Wop Coalition Hall of Fame Board of Directors who alone will determine voting procedures.
Doo Wop Pioneers
This category includes individual artists who may pre-date Doo Wop but who have had a profound impact on the Doo Wop genre and artists who made significant contributions to the genre but who are not necessarily associated with a particular group.
Non-performers will be considered eligible for induction if they have made a significant and lasting contribution to the genre. Included in this category are songwriters, disc jockeys, producers, record company executives and owners, agents and promoters. Also eligible in this category are other individuals and organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to Doo Wop music and the people who performed it.
In the case of a non-performing nominee, the Global Doo Wop Coalition Hall of Fame Induction Committee will make its recommendation to the GDWCHOF Board of Directors who will, at its sole discretion, accept or reject a candidate.
The Ronnie I Humanitarian Award
The Ronnie I Award was established in 2014 and named in memory of Ronnie Italiano, owner of Clifton Music in New Jersey. Ronnie’s love of vocal group harmony helped keep the music alive through his store, the Clifton record label and the hundreds of shows he produced featuring legendary groups who he reunited for performances. As founder of the United in Group Harmony Association, Ronnie I was passionate about sustaining the genre.
The Ronnie I Humanitarian Award is given to an individual or organization that represents the ideals, values and passion for vocal group harmony that Ronnie Italiano demonstrated. The award is given at the sole discretion of the GDWCHOF Board of Directors.