The Oak Ridge Boys are among the newest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Golden and Richard Sterban are part of an all-star class that also includes Jim Ed Brown and the Browns and the late Grady Martin -- an honor that the quartet says is pretty incredible.
Jim Ed Brownpassed away in June, only a few months before he was to be officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame along with his sisters Maxine Brown and Bonnie Brown, as part of the group the Browns. But although Jim Ed Brown didn't live long enough to enjoy the official celebration, Maxine Brown says that he was thrilled to receive the nomination before his death -- even if he was a bit concerned about his siblings accepting the honor on his behalf.
Elvis Presley wasn't swayed by discouragement, and it's a good thing. The singer made his first -- and last -- Grand Ole Opry appearance on this day (Oct. 2) in 1954 ... and it didn't go as well as he had hoped.
You never know who's going to pop up where in Nashville. On Wednesday night (Sept. 30), Reba McEntire and Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman surprised the crowd at the Basement East by joining up-and-coming trio the Shadowboxers for a rendition of Dolly Parton's "Jolene."
Back in June, Loretta Lynn was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame. A television special featuring that event's tributes and musical performances is scheduled to premiere on Saturday (Oct. 3), but you don't have to wait until then to see one of the evening's best sets: The Boot has an exclusive premiere of Vince Gill and Patty Loveless' performance of "After the Fire Is Gone," a tribute to Lynn.
Sixty-one years ago, Patsy Cline's career officially got started. On Sept. 30, 1954, the singer signed her first recording contract, with Bill McCall of Four Star Records, when she was only 22 years old.
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