Marty Stuart And Connie Smith Make Hall Donation
Marty Stuart and his wife Connie Smith donated a treasure trove of country music artifacts to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Feb. 13.
Marty's endowment includes personal items that once belonged to Johnny Cash, Lester Flatt and Hank Williams. One of the items is a suitcase that Hank had with him on the night that he died, Jan. 1, 1953. Connie presented several artifacts of her own, including a stage outfit and a studio acetate of her debut hit, "Once a Day," which was given to her the day she recorded it in 1964. Marty had requested that the ceremony be held on Feb. 13, deeming his gifts a "Valentine of Love" to the Museum. The ceremony featured performances by Marty and his Fabulous Superlatives band, Connie and special guests Vince Gill and Ricky Skaggs.