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Emmylou Harris, Tom T. Hall, Statlers, Ernest Stoneman named to Country Music Hall of Fame

Tuesday, February 12, 2008 – Emmylou Harris, Tom T. Hall, the Statler Brothers and Ernest Stoneman will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, it was announced Wednesday.

Harris, known for her angelic voice and work with Gram Parsons, was inducted in the 1975-to present category. Harris has seven number one songs to her credit, including "Sweet Dreams," "Two More Bottles of Wine" and "To Know Him Is To Love Him" with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt.

Hall, well known as a songwriter as well as putting out his own discs, was named for the World War II-1974 category. He remains active today. Among his hits were "The Year That Clayton Delaney Died" and "I Love."

The Statler Brothers - brothers Don and Harold Reid, Philip Baisley and Jimmy Fortune - first hit the charts in 1965 with "Flowers on the Wall." They have enjoyed four number one hits. The Virginia-based group was named in the same category as Hall.

Stoneman, considered a major figure in country during the 1920s, was picked for the pre- World War II category. The Virginia native, recorded traditional ballads, sacred songs, and Victorian sentimental songs. He often played only with guitar and harmonica. He recorded in Bristol, Va. at about the same time as the Carter Family and Jimmy Rodgers in 1927. After the Depression, he only had one session, in 1934. After World War II, he started a band around his children, which eventually became the Stoneman Family. He died in 1968 at 75.

The inductees will officially receive their honor in November during the Country Music Association awards.

Emmylou Harris, Tom T. Hall, the Statler Brothers and Ernest Stoneman will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, it was announced Wednesday.

Harris, known for her angelic voice and work with Gram Parsons, was inducted in the 1975-to present category. Harris has seven number one songs to her credit, including "Sweet Dreams," "Two More Bottles of Wine" and "To Know Him Is To Love Him" with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt.

Hall, well known as a songwriter as well as putting out his own discs, was named for the World War II-1974 category. He remains active today. Among his hits were "The Year That Clayton Delaney Died" and "I Love."

The Statler Brothers - brothers Don and Harold Reid, Philip Baisley and Jimmy Fortune - first hit the charts in 1965 with "Flowers on the Wall." They have enjoyed four number one hits. The Virginia-based group was named in the same category as Hall.

Stoneman, considered a major figure in country during the 1920s, was picked for the pre- World War II category. The Virginia native, recorded traditional ballads, sacred songs, and Victorian sentimental songs. He often played only with guitar and harmonica. He recorded in Bristol, Va. at about the same time as the Carter Family and Jimmy Rodgers in 1927. After the Depression, he only had one session, in 1934. After World War II, he started a band around his children, which eventually became the Stoneman Family. He died in 1968 at 75.

The inductees will officially receive their honor in November during the Country Music Association awards.

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