The latest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame have been announced: Kenny Rogers , Bobby Bare and "Cowboy" Jack Clement.
Kenny Rogers is the Modern Era inductee this year. His string of hit includes classics like "The Gambler," "Lady," "Lucille" and his #1 pop duet with Dolly Parton, "Islands in the Stream." Rogers has charted 120 hit singles in his career, and has sold over 130 million records. A photographer, entrepreneur and actor as well as a singer, Rogers helped country music cross over to the pop charts in the 1970s and '80s.
In a statement, Rogers said, "When I was young, my dad said, ‘Son, you have to think big to accomplish small’ and the Country Music Hall of Fame was as big as it gets. He wanted that for me. So every record I’ve ever made, every concert I’ve performed, and every song I’ve written was done for the single purpose of achieving that goal."
Bobby Bare is the Veterans Era inductee. Best known for his hits like "Detroit City," "500 Miles Away from Home" and "Four Strong Winds, " the Grammy-nominated Bare was also known as an interpreter of songs by top writers like Kris Kristofferson , Shel Silverstein and Tom T. Hall. He's still recording today, having most recently teamed with Jamey Johnson for a duet on Johnson's 2012 album Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran .
Bare said in a statement, "This is big -- an honor and the validation of a dream, totally unexpected. Now I’ll be famous forever."
"Cowboy" Jack Clement is the Non-Performer inductee. A legendary producer, he was the man responsible for discovering and recording Jerry Lee Lewis, and also worked with Roy Orbison , Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash. Clement also wrote a string of hits for Cash, including "Guess Things Happen that Way" and "Ballad of a Teenage Queen," and is the man responsible for adding the horns to Cash's classic "Ring of Fire." In the '80s, U2 sought him out, and he ended up producing part of the band's album Rattle & Hum , including the hits "Angel of Harlem" and "When Loves Comes to Town."
All three performers will be officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in a ceremony later this year.
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