Don Williams Misses His Own Induction

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Country legend Don Williams (“Tulsa Time”) played two sold-out star-studded shows at the Ryman last week, but bronchitis stopped him from being at his own induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

That didn’t stop Alison Krauss, Chris Young and others from saluting Williams and helping with the induction.

He went into the hall of fame with the late Jimmy Dean (“Big Bad John”), who was saluted by, among others, Mel Tillis, The Tennessean reported.

Jimmy became a national TV host, and Mel told the story that Jimmy once hosted The Mike Douglas Show and was told Mel couldn’t be a guest because he stuttered.

“Jimmy said, ‘If you can’t use him, you can’t have me,’ ” Tillis said. “And I went on, and the next thing I knew I’m doing shows with all kinds of people. Jimmy was the first to have me on major television.”

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