Pioneer Awards Honor Al Green

R&B/soul singer Al Green will be honored with the lifetime achievement award at the 12th annual Pioneer Awards, presented by the charitable Rhythm & Blues Foundation. Scheduled for Oct. 4 at N

R&B/soul singer Al Green will be honored with the lifetime achievement award at the 12th annual Pioneer Awards, presented by the charitable Rhythm & Blues Foundation. Scheduled for Oct. 4 at New York's Apollo Theatre, the awards ceremony will honor veteran artists who greatly influenced R&B. Last year's lifetime achievement recipient was Stevie Wonder.

Early jazz saxophonist Louis Jordan, perhaps known best for his wartime hits "G.I. Jive" and "Caldonia," will be recognized with the organization's legacy award, which pays tribute to a deceased member of the R&B community. Jordan died in 1975.

Singers Fontella Bass and Dee Dee Sharp, as well as saxophonist Big Jay McNeely, will be recognized with individual Pioneer Awards, while the Emotions, a gospel-influenced trio, will receive the foundation's group award. The songwriting/entrepreneur awards will go to Holland-Dozier-Holland, the team behind such Motown classics as "Stop in the Name of Love" and "You Can't Hurry Love," and pianist/composer Allen Toussaint.

Last year's Pioneer Awards were the Rhythm & Blues Foundation's most successful fundraiser, bringing in $283,000, thanks, in part, to a $50,000 donation from Aretha Franklin. This year's host and performers have yet to be confirmed.