The Oak Ridge Boys And The Browns Have Been Inducted Into The Country Music Hall Of Fame.
The two acts joined the fabled institution during a ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee on Sunday (25Oct15) in front of a star-studded crowd.
Country veteran Kenny Rogers was on hand to induct the Oak Ridge Boys, while Garth Brooks also paid tribute to his heroes, saying, "They opened the doors for me, but what they really did, long before that - Y'all Come Back Saloon might be one of the greatest albums ever recorded in country music history. Great song after song, hit after hit."
It was a bittersweet night for sibling trio The Browns as one of their members, Jim Ed Brown, lost his battle with cancer in June (15). He was inducted as a solo artist shortly before his passing.
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Oak Ridge Boys Star William Lee Golden Has Finally Wed His Sweetheart After First Falling For Artist Simone Staley In 1980.
The country music star lost touch with Staley after meeting her backstage at a show in California and it wasn't until 2009 when the couple reconnected.
They wed in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday (29Aug15).
Guests at the nuptials included Golden's Oak Ridge Boys bandmates Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall and Richard Sterban.
The Oak Ridge Boys Will Join Jim Ed Brown And The Browns And Session Guitarist Grady Martin Among The New Inductees Into The Country Music Hall Of Fame.
The class of 2015 was announced by singer Brenda Lee, herself a Hall of Fame member, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday (25Mar15).
The trio will be feted at a special ceremony in Nashville later this year (15), when the Oak Ridge Boys will be inducted in the modern era category, and the Browns in the veteran era section. Martin will be recognised as a recording and/or touring musician active prior to 1980.
Blind country music star Ronnie Milsap, bluegrass singer MAC Wiseman and late songwriter Hank Cochran were named as the 2014 honourees, while Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare and the late Cowboy Jack Clement were inducted in 2013.
Oak Ridge Boys frontman Duane Allen enjoyed a double delight at a recent Texas Country Music Hall of Fame gala - he was inducted and then made an honorary Admiral in the Texas Navy.
The singer was feted in his native state during a ceremony in Carthage on Saturday (09Aug14) at the launch of a new Hall of Fame exhibit dedicated to Allen's life and career.
The event also featured an appearance by Governor Rick Perry, who announced the special naval appointment in recognition of Allen's achievements in the music industry, while Allen's bandmates, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban, were made honorary Texans.
Continue reading: Country Star Duane Allen Receives Double Honour In Texas
Country music mogul Ronnie Gant has died at the age of 69.
The publisher died on Saturday (04Jan13) at the Centennial Medical Center in his native Nashville, Tennessee.
Born Ronald C. Gant, he was the younger brother of singer/producer Don Gant and began his career working at the Acuff-Rose music publishing company.
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The bandmates were touched when they received word from Bush's wife Barbara, suggesting they call the president and sing to him to help lift his spirits as he battled a "persistent fever" in a Texas hospital.
And singer Duane Allen has confirmed he and his musical pals jumped at the chance to perform for their fan.
Continue reading: Oak Ridge Boys Help Lift President Bush's Spirits With Phone Performance
Pal and neighbour WILLIAM LEE GOLDEN of the Oak Ridge Boys admits visiting the Cash house will now be a tough task, but he's happy that the couple's only child JOHN CARTER CASH will be there to help his father through his grief.
He says, "It's hard to imagine going over to that home. I know Johnny Cash will be lost there without his partner. It'll be a lonely home without her, but they have John Carter Cash as a living example of their love, so I'm sure that Johnny will be leaning closer on John Carter in the days ahead.
Continue reading: June Carter Cash Death Leaves Void For Johnny
The country music world is mourning the loss of former Oak Ridge Boys bass
singer NOEL FOX.
Longtime band manager JIM HALSEY announced Saturday (12APR03) that Fox
died Thursday (10APR03) at a Nashville hospital following a series of strokes.
He was 63.
Halsey says, "His positive attitude and always-smiling face is what this
world needs more of."