Country Music Hall of Fame Announces Inductees: Jimmy Dean, Ferlin Husky, Don Williams, and Billy Sherrill

Brody Vercher | February 23rd, 2010

  1. highwayman3
    February 23, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Good for Don Williams for gettin in there.

  2. Paul W Dennis
    February 23, 2010 at 11:04 am

    All worthy

    Since Jimmy Dean’s career as a singer largely ended 30 years ago, today he is largely remembered for the sausage bearing his name but Jimmy Dean was …

    a – a very successful singer (million sellers “Big Bad John” and “I.O.U.”) and songwriter
    b – a televsion show host both in the Washington DC area and had shows on CBS 1957-58 and ABC 1963-1966
    c – the man who introduced the Muppets to the Americanpublic via his ABC TV show
    d – a successful Las Vegas performer
    e – a successful actor who appeared in several TV shows and on the big screen


    f – one of the funniest storytellers alive

    Exposure on Jimmy’s television shows broke a lot of country acts to the American public including the likes of Roy Clark

    Congrats to all

  3. Cardsgal
    February 23, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Reba is long overdue for induction…

  4. Paul W Dennis
    February 23, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Actually Reba’s induction is about on time. Assuming anything before 25 years is pre-mature so Reba she was due anytime after 2002. Jean Shepard and Connie Smith ARE long overdue

  5. nm
    February 23, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Yeah, but Rose Maddox is overdue longer than any other women I can think of.

  6. Benny
    February 23, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    I wish Jerry Lee Lewis would get the honor to be inducted in his lifetime, same with Bobby Bare.
    But I’m glad for Jimmy Dean who, like Paul wrote, should be remembered for more than “Big Bad John” and sausages..
    and Billy Sherrill is of course the greatest producer ever – gotta mention there that Charlie Rich is long overdue as well..

  7. Cardsgal
    February 23, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    @Paul — I would argue that CMA set a precedent when it inducted George Strait and Alabama. Using the same criteria to evaluate Reba’s career, she should have gone in before Vince Gill, and her induction is several (LONG) years overdue. I’m not disputing that Connie or Jean have had much longer waits, though I don’t think either of those ladies compares to Reba in terms of accomplishment or influence.

  8. Steve M.
    February 23, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Bobby Bare would seem an obvious pick. It sounds like they need to clean up the clutter before they move honoring artists still producing new music.

  9. merlefan49
    February 23, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Your right about Reba, Connie and Jean but
    Connie Smith and Jean Shepard are first class Reba is coach. They have stayed true to their music and not changed. I’m not thrilled for Alabama and George being in the HOF at this point.

  10. Stewman
    February 23, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Whitney Duncan’s “Debut album”. She’s had singles out for almost 2 years it seems. Why even bother. Just put singles up on itunes.

  11. Thomas
    February 23, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    …reba coach – sure, and playboy-bunnies are vegetarians.

  12. merlefan49
    February 23, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    The line is from a song about Patsy Cline. In the song the line is “Patsy your first class and their just coach”.

    Not a Reba fan. I was at one time back in the very early 80’s but not anymore.

  13. Steve Harvey
    February 23, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    What country singers do you feel have done a particularly good or bad job moonlighting as actors?
    Good – Kristofferson and Willie Nelson. Taylor Swift seems to be a surprisingly decent actress.
    Bad – BRC

  14. waynoe
    February 23, 2010 at 3:43 pm


    Now that is good news!

  15. stormy
    February 23, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Dwight Yoakum is a pretty decent actor. I hated Taylor in Valentines Day, but I don’t know if was her or the role or the movie. I still maintain that White Ribbon is a vastly superior movie for 4 singles to go to for Valentine’s Day.

  16. Steve Harvey
    February 23, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Dwight Yoakum is a pretty decent actor.
    Yoakum’s a fabulous actor. Can’t believe I forgot him.

    I hated Taylor in Valentines Day, but I don’t know if was her or the role or the movie.
    It was the movie. I hate everyone involved with that movie, and I’m not not feeling much goodwill towards the girlfriend that dragged me out to it either.

    Ribbon is a vastly superior movie for 4 singles to go to for Valentine’s Day.
    I think Shutter Island is a better Valentine’s Day movie than Valentine’s Day.

  17. Michelle
    February 23, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Yoakum, Kristofferson, and Nelson. I wish I could party with Willie! How awesome would THAT be?!!

  18. Steve Harvey
    February 23, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    How awesome would THAT be?!!
    I’ve been there and it ain’t that… hey… what? Not a… woah, is that a penguin eating that hamburger? That’s weeeeeeeird.

  19. Michelle
    February 23, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Hey, sounds like fun to me!! I like penguins!!

  20. waynoe
    February 23, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Connie Smith should be the next female inductee. She is the female equivalent of Don Williams. Pure class and highly regarded by her peers.

  21. badrockandroll
    February 23, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Paul: Thanks for giving me the background on Jimmy Dean. I honestly thought of 3 things when I read that he was inducted: Big Bad John, sausage and that Connie Smith should have gotten in before him & Ferlin Husky. Even though I now know a little more about the situation, I still think that Connie Smith should be a member, but I no longer think that Jimmy Dean shouldn’t. So thanks for the education in the “classics”!

  22. Lewis
    February 23, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    What about Dottie West and Ronnie Milsap? How come Johnny Horton is not in the Hall of Fame? They need to put Connie Smith and Jean Shepard in the Hall too as well as Wanda Jackson and Dottie West. If they can put in Vince Gill in the Hall before anyone else why not Reba?

    Dottie West, Connie Smith, and Ronnie Milsap were a few names that I wanted to see for 2010 but they are slammed for some reason. The Hall is like that for females in country music as well as people like Johnny Horton and several others who should have been there long ago. Is the Hall biased towards females in country music and turning down others who deserve it more? I think so and I believe we should let the Hall know who and what we think should be in the Hall.

  23. David
    February 23, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Well Ferlin finally made it..congrads to him…I’m still waiting (and much of the Classic Country world) on Jean Shepard’s induction. Maybe next year.

    Shirrell is due for the non-performer catagory.

    As for Don Williams. Yes, He needed to be in the Hall. I love his music. But he did not need to go in before Hank Williams, Jr. in the modern area catagory. Just my opionion.

  24. Ollie
    February 24, 2010 at 5:27 am

    As for the CMHOF, there are so many worthy candidates who deserve inclusion. I’d love to see Ralph Stanley and/or The Stanley Brothers honored, and I’d like to see some artists who were primarily instrumentalists, such as Doc Watson and Vasser Clements, added.

  25. Jon
    February 24, 2010 at 7:46 am

    Some of my favorites aren’t in the Hall yet, while others who aren’t favorites of mine are already there. So I think it’s pretty obvious that they don’t know anything about real country music, and they are probably biased too. And maybe corrupt. Because if they were honest and fair and knew about real country music they’d agree with me.

  26. Cardsgal
    February 24, 2010 at 10:05 am

    @Lewis: If you do decide to “let the Hall know” who you think should be honored, please remember that the museum does NOT make these selections. Honorees are chosen by the CMA.

  27. Jon
    February 24, 2010 at 10:41 am

    @Lewis: If you do decide to “let the Hall know” who you think should be honored, please remember that the museum does NOT make these selections. Honorees are chosen by the CMA.

    Well, that’s not quite right. Honorees are chosen by a panel chosen by the CMA. And membership in or employment by the CMA does not automatically get you on that panel.

  28. Cardsgal
    February 24, 2010 at 10:56 am

    @Jon: Actually, it’s not a “panel chosen by the CMA.” The honorees are chosen by a select committee of folks, MADE UP OF CMA MEMBERS. I know that the entire membership of the CMA does not vote on the honorees, and never implied such.

  29. Jon
    February 24, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    @Cardsgal “select committee” “the CMA.” That was my point; entrants into the hall are not “chosen by the CMA.” And, in fact, caps notwithstanding, I see that the HoF’s website describes the panel as made up of “industry leaders chosen by the CMA,” which is not the same as saying that the panel is made up of CMA members, though it may well be. Also note that the panel is anonymous, precisely in order to shield it from well-meaning (or not) lobbying efforts. It is pretty much a waste of time to engage in them.

  30. Jon
    February 24, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Hmm, apparently following a “” is beyond the capacity of the page. So read that first sentence as “‘select committee’ does not equal ‘the CMA.'”

  31. Chris N.
    February 24, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    It’s pretty much impossible to be an “industry leader” in country music without being a CMA member, so it’s a distinction without difference. So, anyway.

  32. Jon
    February 24, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    You’re overestimating the organizational reliability of musicians and songwriters, who can easily and properly be considered industry leaders valuable contributors to such a panel, but who may nevertheless view actually signing membership applications and remembering to send in annual dues as unnecessary irritants.

  33. Wade
    February 24, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Eddie Rabbitt is long overdue for the hall of fame as an artist and songwriter (“Kentucky Rain”, anyone?)

  34. Paul W Dennis
    February 24, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    I agree that a fairly good case can be made for Rabbitt, but I’d like to “honor the living” (as much as possible) first, then get to the recently deceased.

    As a recording artist, Don Williams was far more successful than Rabbitt. Toss in Rabbitt’s songwriting and it’s closer, throw in Don Williams’ international success and the gap widens again. I was a little surprised that DOn was elected this year – had Rabbitt been tapped I would have been stunned

  35. Wade
    February 25, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Paul, I agree with most of your thoughts. Williams did have a slightly better chart run, but Eddie Rabbitt wrote virtually all of his own songs. Williams wrote almost none of his singles. Which also points to the case for Bob McDill to be put in as well. Eddie Rabbitt was always overlooked and ignored by the country music establishment. Trying to figure out why.

  36. Lynette
    February 25, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    There are too many over due, but the one thing that really annoys me is that Dottie West has not been put in. They put vince gill in when he was in his 40’s Dottie would be 79 if she was still alive. Thank god ferlin has been elected as his was well overdue they should be putting jean shepard in with him. and glad billy is going in he really deserves it.

  37. nm
    February 25, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Honorees are chosen by a panel chosen by the CMA.

    Actually, a panel chooses a slate of nominees, and a much larger selection of the CMA membership votes on those nominees. If I knew who they were, I would browbeat them all until Rose Maddox (or, better, the Maddox Brothers and Rose) were members. But California acts get no respect….

  38. Jon
    February 25, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Actually ;-), a couple of small committees (c. a dozen members each) select the nominees in each of the categories, and then the nominees in all the categories are voted on by a panel of about 300 members, who are not required to be CMA members, and some of whom are probably not CMA members. And the membership of both the committees and the panel is kept anonymous precisely in order to deter browbeating.

  39. Duke
    March 2, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    How’s this for a list?

    Johnny Horton, Jean Shepard, Connie Smith, Skeeter Davis, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Cowboy Copas, Dottie West, Ronnie Milsap, Jerry Lee Lewis, Hank Jr., The Stanley Brothers, The Wilburn Brothers, Johnny Paycheck, Wynn Stewart, Bobby Bare, Hank Locklin, Charlie Rich.

    As far as comedians go, Stringbean, Ray Stevens, & Jerry Clower.

    All deserving.

  40. Duke
    March 2, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    And yes eventually Reba, Randy Travis, & yes…Garth. EVENTUALLY

  41. WayneTrain66
    March 23, 2010 at 8:34 am

    There’s no way Connie Smith belongs in the Hall of Fame. She was big on the Grand Ol’ Opry but a very minor star overall. Few of her songs have stood the test of time as classics. She was merely one in a long line of pretty faces who happened to have a nice voice. I hear NOTHING in her voice which makes me feel she’s the best female singer the genre has ever known. She’s not even close, IMO. If you induct someone like Connie Smith, then you’re opening the door for the future inductions of Donna Fargo, Lynn Anderson, and Helen Cornelius. And we don’t want that, do we?

  42. Rita B
    April 2, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    I have to admit, I googled myself today and saw this! Thanks so much for the kind words!

  43. Michael Kesterson
    May 9, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    The country music hall of fame should be embarrassed that they have yet to elect Hank Williams Jr. He is one of the best singer/songwriters ever and truly magical on stage in concert.

  44. JamesW
    May 12, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Nothing against Don Williams, but there is not one thing he has done or accomplished that hasn’t been eclipsed by Ronnie Milsap. Milsap’s exclusion is beyond comprehension.

  45. Paul W Dennis
    June 13, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Jimmy Dean as passed away at his home in Virginia – he was 81. Although Jimmy did not live to be inducted, at least he knew of his election to the Country Music Hall of Fame


  46. Razor X
    June 13, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    I’m sorry to hear that. As you said, at least he knew about his induction; pity he didn’t live to enjoy the day.

  47. Stormy
    June 14, 2010 at 9:47 am

    If all you know Jimmy for is Big Bad John, find a song called “Oklahoma Bill” which is one of his best and possibly the most underrated soldier song of all time.

  48. Larry lewis
    March 8, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Jerry Lee Lewis!!! How many #1 country hits,top 10 country hits,top 40 country hits do you have to have before you are elected to the CHOF ? Not to mention he’s a documented certified legend and pioneer ..COME ON!!!!

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