WANT TO GO?
The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
WHERE: Culture Center Theater
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
TICKETS: $60, VIP $200 (includes meet-and-greet, Governor's reception and after-show party)
INFO: 304-342-4412 or www.wvmusichalloffame.comNOTE: The ceremony will also be broadcast live on West Virginia Public radio and TV
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Singer and former "Hollywood Squares" game show host Peter Marshall is really excited that he is being inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.
"I've had a lot of awards in my life, but this would be the epitome, said Marshall, who will be at the ceremony Saturday. "I just wish I had some of my family left in West Virginia to glory in it."
The 87-year-old, who still performs with big bands and hosts a daily radio show, spent the first dozen years of his life in Wheeling and Huntington.
"My father owned a pharmacy in Wheeling," he said. "My grandmother, I think, started the first beauty parlor in Huntington. I spent all my summers in Huntington."
When Marshall was 10 years old, his father died and he was sent to live with his grandmother while his mother and sister went to live in New York. He stayed with his grandmother for two years, until his mother made enough money to take him to New York.
He returned to Huntington when he was 17 to finish high school.
"I went to high school with Soupy Sales," he said. "Actually, I went to grade school with Soupy. He was Soupy-something back then."
Sales was actually Milton Supman, which eventually evolved into the stage name Soupy Sales. Marshall is a stage name, too. Peter Marshall was born Pierre LaCock (pronounced Lay-cock), named for a popular West Virginia University coach.
It wasn't a great name for a mainstream entertainer, so he anglicized his first name and went looking for a new surname.