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George Strait, Harold Bradley and Sonny James receive their Hall of Fame Medallions May 6 in Nashville.

Here are highlights from the emotional and history-making May 6 ceremony where George, Harold and Sonny were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and received their medallions at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame.

Among those in attendance at the Hall of Fame were:

  • Eddy Arnold
  • Trace Adkins
  • Reba McEntire
  • Randy Owen
  • Teddy Gentry
  • Jeff Cook
  • Brenda Lee
  • Little Jimmy Dickens
  • Vince Gill
  • George Jones
  • The Jordanaires
  • Porter Wagoner
  • Bill Anderson
  • Ray Stevens
  • George “Goober” Lindsey
  • Alan Jackson
  • Jimmy Wayne
  • Jim Lauderdale
  • Phil Everly
  • Charlie Daniels
  • Connie Smith
  • Lee Ann Womack
  • John Amos (of Good Times, Roots, the Mary Tyler Moore Show and more)

After Vince Gill sat in on guitar during a tribute tune for legendary guitarist Harold Bradley—the most-recorded guitarist in history—Harold got up to the microphone and told Vince he “played too loud,” eliciting a roar of laughter from the audience. It became a running joke throughout the evening until, finally, near the end of the night, George Strait was preparing to sing “Amarillo by Morning” when he looked over at Vince and said, “Vince, I don’t think you played too loud,” to yet another round of laughter and applause.

During the Sonny James tribute, Ray Stevens, who had a hit with the tune “The Streak,” came onstage in full Indian attire and sang Sonny’s classic song “Running Bear,” but only after saying he’d once done a song about “running bare” too. Halfway through the song, George Lindsey, in full female Indian attire, joined Ray onstage and played the role of Little White Dove to hoots of laughter from the audience.

Vince Sang “Young Love” in Tribute to Sonny, but before he started, he pulled out a page with the lyrics on it and said, “I turned 50 not long ago, and one of the side effects of Cialis is memory loss . . . watch out for that, Porter!” The crowd roared.

For additional photos and more information about this emotional night, check out the story in the 6/18 issue of Country Weekly.