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Published May 04, 2012, 09:31 PM

Newly created North Dakota Rock-Country Music Hall of Fame inducts performers

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- It's a first of its kind in North Dakota and coordinators say they're 15 years behind the times in getting it started.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- It's a first of its kind in North Dakota and coordinators say they're 15 years behind the times in getting it started.

Right now, some of the best rock and country performers to ever hit the stage in Fargo are the first to be inducted into the newly created North Dakota Rock-Country Music Hall of Fame.

This is one fun crowd, the place is packed, people jamming to the music they grew up with in the 60s and 70s.

Now, the creator of this new Hall of Fame in North Dakota, is the same person who started the Minnesota Hall of Fame. He's Doug Spartz, a musician who has spent his life touring around the area.

Some of the bigger names going in tonight, are Bobby Vee, Peggy Lee and Lawrence Welk.

But Spartz says even though they're the ones who made it national, everyone performing here tonight has put his or her stamp on music and had their start in Fargo.

Spartz says, "they always had the best musicians better than Minneapolis better than Sioux Falls, Fargo was the pot right here and one of the guys we're inducting here tonight Jeff Mooridiean for 50 years is just the best guitar player anywhere right here from Fargo."

Now the next step is finding a place that will physically hold and maintain a hall of fame shrine. Organizers are hoping a museum in town will donate its services.

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