Thursday, December 2, 2010

Country Laureates

"That´s when they hung my name, in the fool´s hall of fame..." Country trivia fact of the week: only five performers were inducted into three Halls of Fame: the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Here´s a classic song by each.

Jimmie Rodgers - Blue Yodel No. 8 (Mule Skinner Blues) MP3
Hank Williams - My Son Calls Another Man Daddy MP3
Bob Wills - Time Changes Everything MP3
Bill Monroe - I´m Going Back To Old Kentucky MP3
Johnny Cash - Fools Hall Of Fame MP3


Paul said...

Interesting! Were there any who made into the Rock and Country Halls, but got shut out by the Nashville Songwriters?

Ramone666 said...

Nope, it´s the Rock Hall that doesn´t admit a lot of country singers: Cash is the only regular inductee; the other four mentioned are listed in the early influences category. No Willie, Waylon, or Merle present, nor Kris, Gram, or Townes... No George Jones either. A fool´s hall indeed.

Unknown said...

Nice little bit of trivia.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I didn't know that about the R&R Hall, especially Gram, who pretty much invented country rock.

Unknown said...

@hcshann: So Gram "pretty much invented country rock"?? Aren't you forgetting quite a few folks...Chris Hillman, for one, who was co-author of almost all of those songs folks like to attribute entirely to Gram. Then there's the other rockers who were dipping into country at the time - Buffalo Springfield, Poco, Rick Nelson, Gene Clark, Linda Ronstadt and more - even the Beatles were covering Buck Owens. Really, there were lots of folks. I'm taking nothing away from Gram, but he really didn't "invent" anything, he was just another rock musician trying to play what was then considered "country" music. And had he not been a junkie, he might still be around making music.