Area native to enter La. Music Hall of Fame

PARKERSBURG – A Parkersburg High School graduate on Saturday will be inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

Mike McAllister, Parkersburg High class of 1975, attended the former Parkersburg Community College, the predecessor of West Virginia University at Parkersburg, for two years studying music, then transferred to the Berklee College of Music at Boston where he earned an associate’s degree in music performance in 1980.

Returning to the Parkersburg area, he performed with several bands and eventually joined a band in New Orleans where he remained for the next 20 years.

In New Orleans, McAllister joined the J. J. Muggler Band and played with them for 13 years. J. J. Muggler is the longest-running southern rock and blues group and has played in the New Orleans area for 42 years.

The band will join a long list of music greats who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame over the past years, including Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Cosimo Matassa, Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Pete Fountain, Buddy Guy, Gov. Jimmie Davis, Ellis Marsalis, Lead Belly, Webb Pierce, Dale Hawkins, Louis Prima, Percy Sledge, Irma Thomas, “Dr. John” Mac Rebennack, Jelly Roll Morton, Allen Toussaint, Al “Carnival Time” Johnson, Bill Conti and Clarence “Frogman” Henry.

McAllister was forced out of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and lost all his musical equipment in the flood. He moved to the Atlanta, Ga., area and is living in Cumming.

He performs with several local bands and teaches drums at The Music Authority where he has more than 40 students each week.

McAllister is the son of Dick and Peggy McAllister of Parkersburg. His sister is Debby Pitner (John) of Vienna and a brother Rick (Denise) in Charleston.