Hall of Fame Welcomes New Members
Barbara Mandrell, Roy Clark and Charlie McCoy were officially welcomed as the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame at the annual Medallion Ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, May 17.
The three new inductees share a unique common bond, as they saw some of their biggest successes through the medium of television. Barbara hosted her own highly-rated variety series on NBC-TV, Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters, while Roy co-hosted the long-running musical/comedy series Hee Haw with Buck Owens, which helped bring country music to a mass audience. Multi-instrumentalist Charlie, the most recorded harmonica player in history, was the musical director on Hee Haw for several years. The evening included musical tributes to the new inductees. Rodney Crowell performed Roy Orbison's classic "Candy Man," which featured Charlie McCoy's signature harmonica licks, to honor Charlie. Garth Brooks took the stage during Roy Clark's segment to perform Roy's No. 1 single, "Come Live With Me," while Josh Turner honored Roy with "Thank God and Greyhound." Barbara Mandrell's good friend Reba McEntire sang Barbara's famous hit, "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool," and Barbara's sister Louise performed "Sleeping Single in a Double Bed," Barbara's first No. 1 single.