CMA Announces Roy Clark, Barbara Mandrell, and Charlie McCoy as Newest Members of Country Music Hall of Fame
Announcement Made at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum With Special Guests Louise Mandrell,
Clark will be inducted in the “Career Achieved National Prominence Between World War II and 1975″ category. Mandrell will be the fifth artist inducted in the “Career Achieved National Prominence Between 1975 and the Present” category, which was created in 2005. McCoy will be inducted in the “Recording and/or Touring Musician Active Prior to 1980″ category, which is awarded every third year in a rotation with the “Non-Performer” and “Career Achieved National Prominence Prior to World War II” categories.
“Barbara, Charlie and Roy are truly deserving of Country Music’s biggest honor and the opportunity to join the legendary artists and musicians who have already been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame,” said
Clark, Mandrell, and McCoy will be officially inducted at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Medallion Ceremony, which takes place during an annual springtime reunion of the Hall of Fame membership. Since 2007, the Medallion Ceremony has served as the official rite of induction for new members.
“The music created by the 2009 Hall of Fame inductees collectively reflects the European and African musical forms and traditions that are the bedrock of Country Music,” said
The announcements were made this morning at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum during a press conference hosted by Genovese. Clark was introduced by his friend, Country Music Hall of Fame member
“It makes you proud to be considered in that league,” said Clark. “I never thought about being in the Hall of Fame before because you’re busy working in your career. Never thought I would be there. Then when you are selected it makes you stop and think. I’m now in a pretty exclusive club that includes
“I am eternally grateful to be joining those honored in the Country Music Hall of Fame who I admire and hold in the highest esteem,” said Mandrell. “I thank God for my blessings every day because I realize how very fortunate I am to have such loving family, friends, and fans who took my career to places that I could never have even imagined. Since age 11, I’ve been privileged to have lived my life as a Country Music entertainer.”
“When I started playing sessions, all I ever wanted to do was perform on these legendary artists’ records,” said McCoy. “And now, to be included in the same place that they are is beyond my wildest dreams.”
CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961 to recognize noteworthy individuals for their outstanding contributions to the format with Country Music’s highest honor. All inductees are chosen by CMA’s Hall of Fame Panel of Electors, which consists of more than 300 anonymous voters appointed by the CMA Board of Directors. Clark, Mandrell, and McCoy will increase membership in the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame from 105 to 108 inductees.
Recording and/or Touring Musician Active Prior to 1980
In 1960, McCoy briefly became the drummer for pop singer
McCoy was the first musician to use the “Nashville Number System” in the recording studio. This informal method of transcribing music with numbers was developed by
McCoy released his first solo album The World of
Entering the ’70s, McCoy remained an in-demand
In addition to performing and recording, McCoy worked as Musical Director for several television series and specials during the ’70s and ’80s. His best known work in this capacity included 18 years on the long-running syndicated television series “Hee Haw”; 20 years with what is currently known as “The Colgate Country Showdown”; and 5 years with “The Arthritis Telethon.” McCoy also served as Musical Director on “The Charlie Daniels Christmas Special,” “Happy New Year from Opryland,” “Hee Haw Honeys,” “Nashville Palace,” and more.
The always busy McCoy also toured internationally, which he continues to this day. Between 1986 and 1998, he released four Country albums (including three on Step One Records), one Gospel album on Simitar Records, and nine albums available exclusively in
Throughout his career, McCoy performed harmonica on a multitude of recordings. Among his most well-known are those with the following artists:
McCoy and his wife Pat have been married for 21 years. They are strong supporters of the Nashville Predators hockey team and Vanderbilt University’s basketball team. They live in
Career Achieved National Prominence Between World War II and 1975
After working at several local clubs and radio stations, Clark became a regular on Jimmy Dean’s
Clark signed with Capitol Records in 1963, achieving a Top 10 Country hit with his first single, “Tips of My Fingers.” After several minor hits, he moved to
National television became a key component of Clark’s career. Dean was the guest-host of “The Tonight Show” several times during the 1960s, and he brought Clark on the show, introducing the young performer to a national audience for the first time. Clark’s musical talent and comedic personality struck a chord with viewers, and more television appearances followed on series such as “The Jackie Gleason Show,” “Fanfare,” and “The Joey Bishop Show.” He also appeared in several episodes of the hit “Beverly Hillbillies” television series playing two recurring characters, “Cousin Roy” and his mother, “Myrtle.”
In the late ’60s, the CBS Television Network developed a Country version of the comedy series “Laugh-In” and picked Clark and
During the early ’70s, Clark achieved a string of Top 10 Country singles including “I Never Picked Cotton” (1970), “Thank God and Greyhound” (1970), “The Lawrence Welk-Hee Haw Counter-Revolution Polka” (1972), “Come Live With Me” (1973), “Somewhere Between Love and Tomorrow” (1973), “Honeymoon Feelin’” (1974), and “If I Had It to Do All Over Again” (1976). In between his “Hee Haw” duties, he acted on television shows such as “Love, American Style” and “The Odd Couple.” He appeared as himself on television shows and specials such as “The Captain and Tennille,” “Hollywood Squares,” “Johnny Cash Christmas Special,” “The Muppet Show,” and guest-hosted “The Tonight Show” several times. The busy Clark also toured constantly, both in
As the ’80s began, Clark started exploring different avenues. He was the first Country Music artist to open a theater in
Clark was recognized by his peers with seven CMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year in 1973. He also won the Comedian of the Year Award in 1970; Instrumental Group of the Year Award (for his work with
Clark and his wife Barbara live in
Career Achieved National Prominence Between 1975 and the Present
After returning home from
In eighth grade, she joined her parents to form the Mandrell Family Band. The group entertained exclusively for all branches of the military throughout her high school years, including performances overseas in countries such as
But it wasn’t only show business that captured her young heart, as Mandrell fell in love with the band’s first drummer,
In the summer of 1968, her father took her to the Grand Ole Opry. While enjoying the show, Mandrell whispered to her father, “Daddy, I wasn’t cut out to be in the audience. I want to get back into Country Music. Will you manage me again?” Within 48 hours of a nightclub appearance near the Opry, she received four different recording contract offers. Signing with
In 1975, Mandrell moved to ABC/
Mandrell returned to the No.1 spot for two weeks in 1978 with “Sleeping Single in a Double Bed.” She repeated this feat with her follow-up, “(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right” and “Years,” both released in 1979. Entering the ’80s, she continued to achieve success hit singles including “Crackers,” “The Best of Strangers,” and “In Times Like These,” among others. Mandrell also returned to the No.1 position three more times with “Till You’re Gone,” “One of a Kind Pair of Fools,” and the song that would become her signature hit, “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool.”
In recognition of her success, Mandrell received four CMA Awards. She took home the CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Award in 1979 and 1981, and became the third female artist to be named CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1980. One year later, she made history as the first artist to win the CMA Entertainer of the Year Award two years in a row.
In addition to her recording successes, Barbara was also building a national television profile. In 1978, she made a guest appearance on the “Lucy Comes to Nashville” television special with
All her hard work with hit singles, touring, television appearances and awards opened new entertainment avenues for Mandrell. In 1980, she joined with sisters Louise and Irlene to host “Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters” on the NBC Television Network. The one-hour variety series featuring guest artists, musical segments and comedy was an instant prime time hit, reaching 40 million viewers on a weekly basis and earning a combined 11 Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. Now at the height of her career, Mandrell continued to record albums and tour vigorously around the tape dates for her series. She was also a frequent guest on television specials, including “Bob Hope’s All-Star Birthday Party,” “John Schneider: Back Home,” and “Lawrence Welk” (all in 1980); “Battle of the Network Stars,” “Bob Hope Funny Valentine Special,” and the television movie “Country Gold” (all in 1981). But after two seasons, Mandrell ended her television series in 1982 under her doctor’s orders after being diagnosed with vocal strain.
The variety show steered her towards winning her two Grammy Awards. Mandrell ended each episode with a gospel segment that stirred her to record the inspirational album, He Set My Life to Music. The title cut earned Mandrell her first Grammy Award in 1982 for Best Inspirational Performance. She won a second Grammy Award in 1983 for Best Soul Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group for her duet with
Mandrell received a total of six American Music Awards in the 80s: one for Favorite Country Single (“Sleeping Single in a Double Bed”) in 1980; and five for Favorite Female Country Artist in 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1987. In addition, she received nine People’s Choice Awards, including Favorite Female Musical Performer (1982, 1985), Favorite Female Personality (1982), and Favorite All-Around Female Performer (1982-1987). In 1981, People named her as part of its “25 Most Intriguing List.”
She returned to television in 1983 with her Vegas-style concert special, “Barbara Mandrell: The Lady is a Champ” on HBO. A year later, she released a duet album with
However, after almost four decades of music success, she met her biggest challenge. On
Her accident and recovery behind her and a desire to return to the stage, Mandrell continued to garner accolades throughout the ’80s. She charted several Top 10 Country hits, including “There’s No Love in Tennessee,” “Angel in Your Arms,” and “Fast Lanes and Country Roads.” Her duet with the Oak Ridge Boys, “When You Get to the Heart,” reached the Country Top 20. Moving to Capitol Records in 1987, she achieved success with the singles “I Wish That I Could Fall in Love Today” (No.5) and “My Train of Thought” (No.19). During this time she also starred in two CBS television specials: “Barbara Mandrell: Something Special” (1985) and the Emmy-winning “Barbara Mandrell’s Christmas: A Family Reunion” (1986).
In 1990, Mandrell released her autobiography, “Get to the Heart:
Mandrell had enjoyed her experience in the “Burning Rage” television movie several years earlier and began to focus on other acting opportunities. She appeared in guest roles on several television series, including “Empty Nest” (1993), “The Commish,” (1994), “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” (1996), “Touched by an Angel” (1996, 1998), “Diagnosis Murder” (1997), “Love Boat: The Next Wave” (1998) and “Walker, Texas Ranger” (2000). She played a recurring character on the daytime drama “Sunset Beach” in 1997 and 1998 and acted in two additional television movies “The Wrong Girl” (1999) and “Stolen from the Heart” (2000). She also starred in her own television special “Steppin’ Out” during this time (1995).
In 1997, after releasing her last studio album, Mandrell shocked her fans and the industry by announcing she was retiring from her Country Music career. Her final concert was filmed at the Grand Ole Opry House in October for a highly-rated TNN concert special, “Barbara Mandrell and the Do-Rites: The Last Dance.”
In 1999, Mandrell was inducted into the Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame. BNA Records paid homage to Mandrell in 2006 with She Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool: A Tribute to
SOURCE Country Music Association