Nashville, Tenn. – Joining rock and roll Hall of Fame member Jerry Lee Lewis, the late country singer Keith Whitley and musician Joe Gallant. Country Music Hall of Fame.
The 86-year-old Lewis, nicknamed the “Assassin”, wore a red jacket with sequins and white shoes at an announcement on Tuesday, where he was introduced by the duo Brooks & Dunn.
“I was wondering if they were ever going to introduce me,” Lewis told a news conference. “But they came and I was very happy and grateful for that.”
In Ferrida, Louise, Lewis gained his initial fame under Sam Phillips at Sun Records in Memphis, where he played alongside Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash in the now-famous Million Dollar Quartet. His energy and ego were demonstrated in his early rock hits such as “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lotta Shakin‘ Goin ’On”.
For years, he talked about being expelled from the Country Music Hall of Fame, saying he couldn’t understand that he wasn’t recognized for his country records and contributions to the genre. The Country Music Association has created the Hall of Fame and is engaged in voting. Veteran artists and performers of the modern era, as well as non-performers, musicians and songwriters are introduced every year.
Lewis ’career nearly went off track due to a scandal involving his marriage to his 13-year-old cousin Myra, and he faced a reaction from fans during a tour of England in 1958 when the crowd became militant.
Lewis spent several years on the blacklist before returning to the country charts in the late ’60s. He had top country singles such as “What Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made a Loser Out of Me),” “She Even Wake Me Up To Say Goodbye” and “To Make Love Sweeter for You”. He had the number one country hits with songs like “There Must Be More to Love Than This”, “Would You Take Another Chance on Me” and “Chantilly Lace”.
Whitley had a short career: just four years and seven months on the Billboard charts before his death at the age of 34 in 1989. But the singer from Sandy Hook, Kentucky, has found a commercial breakthrough with hits such as “When You Say Nothing at All” and “I’m Not a Stranger in the Rain”. He met Ricky Skegs when they were both teenagers, and they were both hired by Clinch Mountain Boys bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley.
For many artists and fans who were fascinated by his emotional voice and singing, including artists such as Garth Brooks, who advocated the introduction of Whitley, have been waiting for an introduction to Whitley for a long time. His widow, compatriot singer Lori Morgan, told a news conference on Tuesday how much it meant to her family and their two children that he was introduced to the state.
“Keith never knew how good he was,” Morgan said. “He would be completely impressed if he were here today.”
Whitley met Morgan, who was then working on a reception in the studio, during the recording of the demo “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind”, which became a hit of George Straight. They married in November 1986.
Morgan said fans still regularly visit the Whitley Tomb site, leaving memos and paying homage. She said she also planned to visit his grave after the press conference to sit on the blanket with the family and cry.
Galant headed RCA Nashville at the age of 32, becoming the youngest person to ever head a division of a major label in Nashville. He went on to sign artists such as Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, Lori Morgan and Keith Whitley, Vince Gill, Judd, Martina McBride and others. He helped the Alabama band succeed in crossover with multi-platinum hits. In the 1990s, he returned to New York and became president of the RCA, where he signed with artists such as Wu-Tang Clan and the Dave Matthews Band.
But he returned to Nashville and oversaw the evolution of RCA to Sony BMG Nashville, adding publications such as Arista Nashville and Columbia Nashville. Sony BMG Nashville is now Sony Music Nashville. He left Sony Music Nashville in 2010.
and saw how many of the artists he worked with over the years became the Country Hall of Fame, including Juds just a few weeks ago.
“I’ve been here a bunch,” Galant said of the Hall of Fame and Museum building, where there are plaques on the wall of the rotunda of accepted artists. “I always went by saying, ‘I know him, I know her.’ But I didn’t believe my name would ever be in this place, and that’s not what I had in mind. ”
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