The not-for-profit Jack Richardson Music Awards (JRLMA) exists as a regional music incubator to preserve the rich music history of our region, celebrate the music makers of today and encourage a new generation of musicians.


The JRLMA is proud to acknowledge that the land on which we gather for our events is the traditional territory of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendt, Attawandaron and Lenape Indigenous peoples. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties, including Treaty 6, the London Township Treaty.



Have a look at our 2017 Winners, as announced April 2nd at Aeolian Hall and April 9th at London Music Hall. Congrats to all!



Jack Richardson London Music Week 2018

April 8th – 15th, 2018
Presented by Unifor – the union / lesyndicat



The Jack Richardson London Music Hall of Fame is located at 182 Dundas Street downtown. See our Class of 2017 Inductees!


News & Events

Celebrating  Johnny, June & Saul Holiff

The JRLMA is hosting special events on Saturdays in February at the Jack Richardson Music Hall of Fame to put us in the mood for the Feb.22, 8 pm, concert at the London Music Hall (Music & Memories Of Johnny Cash, June Carter & Saul Holiff) which celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Johnny Cash’s proposal to June Carter on stage at the old London Gardens on Feb. 22, 1968.

Hall of Fame doors open at noon with the program starting at 1 pm. Admission by donation.

February 3rd Join us for “I Met Johnny Cash or June Carter (or both of them) & remember Saul Holiff” day Hosted by Amanda Lynn Stubley who will be playing on the stage in The Rosewood Room. Special guest is CCMA Hall Of Famer Larry Mercey. If you have a story please come share it with us.

February 10th I Knew Johnny Cash or June Carter Or Saul Holiff (or all of them). Hosted by James Stewart Reaney.

February 17th Every Version Of The Feb. 22 1968 Proposal We Can Find. Oral history of the fans’ eye-witness accounts. 

Sunday April 15th Filmmaker Jonathan Holiff and author Julie Chadwick will be joining us on the last day of Jack Richardson London Music awards week as London and the JRLMA continue to celebrate that legendary February night.

We also still have copies of Julie Chadwick’s The Man Who Carried Cash for sale at the Hall.This is the book about London’s Saul Holiff & Johnny. It is centred on the 12-13 years Holiff managed Cash (and for much of the time June Carter, too) ending in 1973. 

The price is $20 Cash (heh heh) with proceeds going to the Hall. There will be a big sample copy if people want to have a look. We also have posters provided by Dundern Press.    https://www.facebook.com/events/1961729017487802/

Jack Richardson London Music Awards Creating a February Fever – Johnny & June: Engaged in a Fever February 22, 2018

The Jack Richardson London Music Awards (JRLMA) will be heating up February by making it hotter than a pepper sprout. If that sounds like the words to Jackson — the signature song of country superstars June Carter and Johnny Cash — it should. The JRLMA is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Cash’s on-stage proposal to Carter on Feb. 22, 1968 at the old London Gardens with a country music gala 50 years to the day after it happened.

February 22, 2018 at the London Music Hall, JRLMA presents – Johnny & June: Engaged in a Fever – A 50th Anniversary Celebration of that Magical Night at the London Gardens, February 22, 1968

Tickets https://www.londonmusichall.com/events/

Guests of honour include W.S “Fluke” Holland, Cash’s drummer who was behind the kit at the iconic 1968 London Gardens show and Tommy Cash, Johnny’s younger brother. JRLMA winners The Marrieds perform a tribute to Johnny and June with guest appearances by Holland and Cash.

What you need to know:

More London musicians will be joining the show and other guests who know the Cash-Carter-London story will be here on Feb. 22 or during Jack Richardson London Music Week 2018 (April 8-15).

Filmmaker Jonathan Holiff and author Julie Chadwick will be here on April 15 as London and the JRLMA continue to celebrate that hot February night.


  • Drummer WS “Fluke” Holland is known around the world as a pioneer

of Rockabilly, Country, Folk and Rock & Roll. His driving “train-like” rhythms and innovative shuffles are distinctively present on dozens of icon-hit records including, Folsom Prison Blues, Ring of Fire, I walk the Line. Boy Named Sue and dozens of other recording by Johnny Cash and The Tennessee3. WS was behind the kit for Cash’s band for the magical night February 22, 1968 at the London Gardens.

  • Tommy Cash is the younger brother of Country music icon Johnny Cash. He is an accomplished musician himself. After serving in the Army Tommy played with Hank Williams Jr.. Through his career Tommy scored a number of Billboard hits. In 1969 he delivered his biggest hit, a tune dedicated to JFK, RFK and Martin Luther King entitled, “Six White Horses.” Tommy continues to tour, is a motivational speaker and the voice behind dozens of television commercials.
  • Before there was Johnny and June, there was Johnny and Saul … the late Londoner Saul Holiff managed Johnny Cash through the 1960s before parting ways on the Londoner’s terms in 1973.
  • It was Saul Holiff who brought June Carter into the Cash touring family in 1961. As the tours continued, Cash and Carter — who were married to others — fell in love.
  • June Carter had been married twice, had two children, and had toured for years with her mother, Maybelle, who was part of the original Carter Family, country music pioneers in the 1920s.
  • In the early 1960s, June Carter co-wrote Ring of Fire with fellow songwriter Merle Kilgore. Ring Of Fire was about her relationship with Johnny Cash. In 1963, Johnny recorded the song with the Carter Family singing backup, and added horns. The song became a No.1 hit.
  • The on-stage proposal came a few years later. Holiff recalled that the country superstar, deeply in love with Carter, kept his plans to propose on stage a secret. Cash kept hinting something big was forthcoming before popping the question on Feb. 22, 1968. Making the proposal on-stage at the London Gardens in Holiff’s hometown was a nod to Holiff’s support of Cash through the Cash-caused disasters of earlier days.
  • That night, Carter initially tried frantically to brush off the invitation. She shot back “sing a song, John” and tried to lead the band into the next number on the setlist. Cash stoically waited for an an answer. There were cries of “say yes” from the audience, Carter did accept the proposal. But her “yes” must have been quiet. “They were all a dither for a moment or two, and I don’t think she answered him, or at least not so that we all could hear,” former London-area journalist Ralph Willsey recounted in a story for the Ottawa Citizen in 1998.
  • The made-in-London wedding proposal eventually led to one movie with Oscar buzz, an excellent documentary film and a fine book,
  • The proposal became a big moment in 2005’s hit biopic Walk The Line, Joaquin Phoenix was Cash. Reese Witherspoon was Carter — and won an Oscar.
  • But the location for the proposal was given as “Ontario, Canada” and the beautiful Orpheum Theatre in Memphis provided the fictionalized setting. The 1960s’ hockey barn and London where it really happened were not on screen.
  • Much worse, Walk The Line left Saul Holiff out of the story. That odd and hurtful omission helped inspire another film. Setting the record straight is Jonathan Holiff’s terrific documentary film My Father And The Man In Black. London-born Jonathan is the son of Saul Holiff.
  • In turn, B.C. author Julie Chadwick was inspired by Jonathan Holiff’s moving film to write The Man Who Carried Cash about the Londoner and the country superstar — and June Carter — teaming to conquer the entertainment world.
  • One last Cash and London note. — Londoners will remember the ATM connection to the Man in Black.
    “How many times have you been caught short, and the only thing between you and your money is the clock … you know, Canada Trust has a better idea,” the musician told Canadian TV audiences in a 1985 commercial announcing the rollout of the London-based Canada Trust’s  line of automatic “JohnnyCash” machines.
  • June Carter and Johnny Cash died months apart in 2003. Saul Holiff died in 2005.
    • — With files from London Free Press, Postmedia News, Wikipedia, The Guardian

For more information contact James Stewart Reaney 226-268-7063, Scott Bollert 519-494-5518, or Alexandra Kane 519-630-6930

JRLMA Wants to Bridge Music History

Please follow the link below and sign the petition.

The JRLMA is working toward having the 3 city bridges named in honour of the great London musicians. They are circulating an on-line petition at www.ipetitions.com/petition/bridging-our-music-history. Londoners are encouraged to sign the on-line petition to help.

The Jack Richardson London Music Awards (JRLMA) aims to make London a truly music focused community. In order to push the tempo up, the JRLMA is petitioning to honour three of London’s music greats. “It’s our goal to name the Queens Avenue Bridge spanning the Thames River downtown in honour of the late Jack Richardson,” says Mario Circelli, JRLMA Board Chair. The Board also recommends that the Richmond Street Bridges (north of Epworth Ave.) be named in honour of Garth Hudson and Priscilla Wright respectively. Hudson, Richardson and Wright are all Jack Richardson Music Hall Of Fame inductees.

Priscilla Wright hit it big in 1955 with her international hit single, Man In A Raincoat. The song was recorded at the CFPL radio studios with her father Don and his septet backing the teen idol. The song was such a smash hit, she was invited to sing it on the Ed Sullivan Show in July 1955 and she was selected by Cash Box Magazine as the Most Promising Artist of the Year. Hudson achieved international success as keyboardist for The Band. Hudson grew up on Epworth Avenue, a few blocks south of the span. Hudson attended Broughdale Public School and later Medway High School, and Western University.  “We consider Jack “The Bear” Richardson as the first champion of Canadian music,” says James Stewart Reaney JRLMA Board member.

Richardson is an Order of Canada recipient and the Juno Award for Producer of The Year is named in his honour. Ward 6 Councillor Phil Squire says the time is right because these legends came from London and never forgot their roots. “It makes sense,” says Squire. “We have a rich music history and we should commemorate them,” he says.

According to Ward 5 Councillor Maureen Cassidy, “Richardson, Hudson and Wright are wonderful examples of the truly amazing talent to come from our city. To honour these long-time Londoners in this way – bridging the past with the boundless future for music in London – is especially exciting. I’m so pleased to support this endeavour.”

For over 15 years the not-for-profit Jack Richardson London Music Awards (JRLMA), which also operates Jack Richardson London Music Week (JRLMW) and the Jack Richardson Music Hall of Fame, honours and celebrates the music-makers of London and surrounding area. The group annually recognizes the achievements of London and area musicians and promotes and preserves the areas music history.

Biographical information for all three honourees available at: www.jrlma.ca/inductees/