The Country music Hall of Fame has announced their 2017 inductions and they include a songwriter, an actor/singer, and a near record holding award nominee. Announced last week the list goes like this:
Don Schlitz, Jr. A songwriter whose first hit was a song recorded by Kenny Rogers, The Gambler, became the beginning of an incredible successful career for Schlitz whose songs would go on to win him to Grammy awards and be recorded by the likes of Paul Overstreet, Randy Travis, Loretta Lynn, the Judds, and George Strait.
Jerry Reed; whose signature songs read like a toe-tapping good set list, “Guitar Man”, “U.S. Male”, “A Thing Called Love”, “Alabama Wild Man”, “Amos Moses”, “Ko-Ko Joe”, “Lord, Mr. Ford”, “East Bound and Down”, and the Grammy winning “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot”. But he was known for more than just his music. He was also an actor known for many roles including Cledus Snow in three Smokey & The Bandit movies, for which he also wrote the theme song. His final acting role was as the Coach, Red Beaulieu, in The Waterboy. He passed away in 2008.
Alan Jackson; has sold over 80 million records worldwide, had 66 titles hit the Billboard Hot Country charts and 35 of those have reached #1. He has been nominated for 81 CMA awards, the second most nominations for any one artist, he won 16 of them, 2 Grammy wins, and 17 ACM Awards. A well deserving recipient of a position in this Hall of Fame.
If you want to watch the Inductee announcement you can do so below;
The formal induction ceremony for the new inductees will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the CMA Theater in October.
Read more on the Hall of Fame and the inductees here.
Story & Images from the Country Music Hall of Fame website.