Hall of Fame Announces New Members
Jimmy Dean, Ferlin Husky, producer Billy Sherrill and Don Williams have been selected as the new members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Induction ceremonies for the four new members will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum later this year. Since 2007, the Museum's Medallion Ceremony, an annual reunion of the Hall of Fame membership, has served as the official rite of induction for new members. Due to a tie in the voting, both Jimmy and Ferlin will be inducted in the “Veterans Era Artist” category. Don Williams will be inducted in the “Modern Era Artist” category, while Billy Sherrill will be inducted in the “Non-Performer” category. The foursome shared their reactions to the good news.
“I thought I was already in there,” Jimmy joked. “Seriously, it brought a huge grin to my face. I am honored.” An emotional Ferlin said, “I'd like to thank my Lord Jesus Christ for dying for me, saving my soul and bringing me into the world as a country boy. And also, for giving me the talent to sing, entertain, and help convert millions around the world to country music.” Billy noted, “Anything I have ever accomplished would have been totally impossible without the help and support of the greatest songwriters and musicians in the world, and of course what I stole from [producer] Owen Bradley.” And Don said, “I feel extremely honored and overwhelmed with this news. It is unbelievable that CMA thought about me in this manner.”