Ray Charles, The Judds to join Country Music Hall of Fame

R&B legend Ray Charles, who served redefine region audio in the Civil Rights period, and Grammy-successful duo The Judds will be inducted into the Nation Music Hall of Fame.

The Corridor of Fame on Monday declared their new associates, who will be formally inducted in a ceremony in 2022.

Charles, who died in 2004, confirmed the industrial potential of region songs when he released “Modern Sounds in Region and Western Music” in 1962, a genre-defying personal task to the Ga-born singer and piano participant.

Charles grew up listening to the Grand Ole Opy and his record, which was viewed as a threat at the time, became one of the best marketing state albums of the period. His variation of “I Can’t End Loving You,” used 5 months on best of the Billboard 100 chart and continues to be 1 of his most common tunes.

He afterwards recorded a duets album featuring country legends like Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash. Nelson in particular has lauded Charles’ impression on the genre and they experienced a 1985 No. 1 duet together named “Seven Spanish Angels.” 


“Needless to say, Ray Charles loved nation new music,” stated Valerie Ervin, president of the Ray Charles Basis, in a statement. “As a matter of reality, he risked a ton in 1962 when he decided to record ‘Modern Sounds in Place and Western Tunes.’ I simply cannot express adequate how content and honored Ray Charles would be at this second in time, as I am for him. Congratulations to all the fellow inductees and as Ray Charles would say, ‘That is so awesome.’”

More than the decades, Charles’ influence on country tunes has been much more widely identified, with a big museum exhibition on Charles at the State New music Corridor of Fame and Museum and a 2019 Opry tv distinctive dedicated to him.

Naomi Judd and her daughter, Wynonna, were being the most profitable duo in region music in the 1980s, with additional than a dozen No. 1 hits, together with “Mama, He is Ridiculous,” “Love Can Make a Bridge” and “Grandpa (Inform Me ’bout the Very good Old Times).”


“We experienced a such a stamp of originality on what we were being seeking to do,” Naomi explained in an interview following the announcement.

Originally from Kentucky, Naomi was functioning as a nurse in the Nashville location when she and Wynonna started singing jointly skillfully. Their distinctive harmonies, jointly with factors of acoustic songs, bluegrass and blues, manufactured them stand out in the style at the time.

The Judds released six studio albums and an EP involving 1984 and 1991 and gained 9 CMA Awards and 7 from the Academy of Place Music. They gained a overall of 5 Grammy Awards together on hits like “Why Not Me” and “Give A Little Adore.”

In 1990, Naomi Judd announced her retirement from accomplishing thanks to continual hepatitis. Wynonna has ongoing her solo vocation and they have from time to time reunited for specific performances.

The Hall of Fame also introduced a tie this yr for the category of recording musician between Eddie Bayers and Pete Drake.


Bayers, a drummer in Nashville for many years who labored on 300 platinum information, is a member of the Grand Ole Opry band. He consistently played on records for The Judds, Ricky Skaggs, George Strait, Alan Jackson and Kenny Chesney. Bayers is the 1st drummer to be inducted in the Region Tunes Hall of Fame.

Drake, a pedal metal guitar player and a member of Nashville’s A-workforce of experienced session musicians, performed on hits like “Stand By Your Man” by Tammy Wynette and “He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones. Drake, who died in 1988, is the initially pedal metal guitar participant to be inducted into the Region New music Corridor of Fame.

Drake’s widow, Rose Drake, stated that her husband’s work with George Harrison and Peter Frampton released a whole new audience to the sound of the metal guitar.

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