Don Williams, Jimmy Dean inducted into Country Hall of Fame
Monday, October 25, 2010
– Don Williams and the late Jimmy Dean were officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame Sunday.
Williams was unable to make the event due to bronchitis.
Dean, who had hits including Big, Bad John" and television shows, died in June.
Hall of Famers Clark, Bill Anderson, Jim Foglesong, The Jordanaires, and Charlie McCoy, singer-songwriter Shawn Camp, Joey + Rory, Trace Adkins and Chris Young, bluegrass acts Dailey & Vincent and The Del McCoury Band and Alison Krauss gave tribute to the artists.
Ferlin Husky and Billy Sherrill previously entered the Hall in May.
Krauss, the McCoury Band and Young performed in Williams' honor. He enjoyed 16 number 1 hits between 1974 and 1985. He also helped to bring country to other nations, particularl8y Europe.
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