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2015 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
March 25 at the Country Hall of Fame and Museum's rotunda, the Class of
2015 Inductees were announced by the Hall of Famer "Little Miss
Dynamite" Brenda Lee.
The speculations are
always many among country music lovers and media before the names of the
honorees are revealed. This year artists that were in the predictions
will be inducted in the Veteran's Era, and they are Jim Ed Brown and The
Browns. The Modern Era category inductees are The Oak Ridge Boys and
the late Grady Martin will be inducted in the category Recording and/or
Touring Musician active prior to 1980.
the inductees have contributed in significant ways to keep country music
alive and well, broaden its audience and keep it on people's minds and
in their hearts. If you ever have heard "On The Road Again" with Willie
Nelson, "Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley and "El Paso" by Marty Robbins, you
have heard Grady Martin play. Jim Ed Brown and The Browns have given us
"Looking Back To See", "Three Bells" and "The Old Lamplighter" and
toured all over the world which made people who hadn't been familiar
with the genre before discover and start loving country music.
Oak Ridge Boys is a group that - just like The Browns - has very
distinct and original style vocal harmonies, but unlike The Browns
intricate soft and tender style, The Oak Ridge Boys have put more
emphasis on - in their own words - power. Starting out as a gospel
quartet, they went over to country in 1977 and had their first success
with "Y'all Come Back Saloon". "Elvira" is another of their big hits.
A Medallion Ceremony will be held for the inductees later this fall.
Shelley Ridge for Country Music International Magazine