Grand Wizard Theodore To Enter Bronx Walk of Fame
Ground-breaking Hip-Hop DJ Grand Wizard Theodore will be honored this Saturday (June 20) with an induction into the Bronx Walk of Fame.
Since 1997, the New York borough annually recognizes its distinguished residents with a ceremony at the Walk of Fame, located at the Bronx County Building.
Born Theodore Livingston, Grand Wizard Theodore began his DJ career in the 70s as an apprentice of fellow legend Grandmaster Flash, and his older brother Mean Gene.
He revolutionized Hip-Hop music in the late 1970s by creating the scratching technique.
By rotating a vinyl record on the turntable while simultaneously alternating the crossfader, Theodore was able to create the now seminal scratching sound effect synonymous with Hip-Hop Culture.
In 1980, Theodore joined the Fantastic Five, and released the old school single Can I Get a Soul Clap.
Later, he made an appearance in the pioneering 1982 flick Wild Style, the first ever Hip-Hop film.
In 2001 the Source Magazine recognized Theodores achievements with a Pioneer Award.
He is also the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Turntablist Federation.
Grand Wizard Theodore will share his Bronx Walk of Fame induction with composer Charles Fox, actress Judy Reyes, singer/songwriter Melissa Manchester, and 70s pop figure Tony Orlando.
The ceremony is free to the public, and will commence this Saturday (June 20) at 11AM in front of 851 Grand Concourse.