Any way you say it – THoF, The Hall,
Y’alls Hall, The Hall of Shame, it will always be the one, the only,
the original, Texas Hall of Fame.
The Texas Hall of Fame served as a proving ground and showcase
stage for talent – new, established, and undiscovered. Think of
most country artists that made it big since 1978 and likely they
played The Hall. Johnny Lyon brought entertainers to the Brazos
Valley that most folks would never have had the chance to see in
person. “The THoF was built to be the biggest and destined to be
the best”. This philosophy was borne from the shared experiences of
Johnny Lyon and his original partner, Paul Emola. They knew music,
could spot talent and had been in many a dancehall in their day.
They combined their talents, and a dream was born. This site pays
tribute to all the musicians, singers, entertainers, patrons, and
staff members that shared this dream for over 30 years. The
memories of The Hall will last for generations. We hope to honor
all the folks that shared the good times there over the years.
Good times with good people never
leave us; they live on and become a part of who we are. Dancehalls
come and dancehalls go, but the really, really special ones become a
part of legend.
Though the building is gone, the spirit lives on. Thousands of
good nights out led to friendships, marriages, college flings, and
maybe a headache or two. But no building is The Texas Hall of Fame. The
Texas Hall of Fame is a Saturday night after a long day on the
shredder. It's Fireman’s Week, where the state’s best firefighters
gathered over pool and beers. It’s the post-game meet up spot, with
a dance floor big enough for spinning a pretty gal around. It’s
hearing the Aggie Fight Song echo off the walls, and it’s knowing
your bartender’s name. The Texas Hall of Fame is bigger than the
name, and no new place will succeed just by slapping the name of
someone else’s place over their door.
Johnny Lyon left a legacy of music and friendships. He hung on
to The Hall through over three decades and only left the game,
because he left this world for a better one. God Bless Johnny F
Lyon, Lt. Colonel.