Kenny Rogers, Jack Clement Inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame
Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare and the late Jack Clement have been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame at its museum in Nashville, during a ceremony attended by Garth Brooks, Kris Kristofferson and Barry Gibb.
Predictably, both Rogers and Bare were happy about their new induction, with Rogers calling it the “culmination” of his career.
“I’m flattered, I’m honoured and I’m nervous,” he said before the ceremony. He added, in typically profound fashion, “What I’ve realised is that success is not a happening, it’s a journey. I think without this it would have been incomplete.”
Singer Alison Krauss offered her assessment of on Rogers’ addition to the Hall of Fame, saying “justice has been done”, while Garth Brooks commented that the star had taken him on his first major tour as one of his opening acts.
He added, “If there was an entertainer university, I can vouch firsthand that Kenny Rogers would be the professor of that class.”
Bare’s kept his appreciation short and sweet, saying “It means that I will forever be referred to as a hall of famer. It sounds real good.” It sure does, Bobby – it sure does.
Sadly, Clement died from liver cancer in August of this year at 82, but he had known about his imminent induction 5 months prior to passing away.
He was inducted as a producer, songwriter and performer, being responsible for some of Johnny Cash’s early hits and writing the famous mariachi horns on “Ring of Fire”, which was performed at the ceremony.
If those iconic horns weren’t enough, Clement also worked with Jerry Lee Lewis and discovered Charley Pride, so sounds like his induction was a long time coming.
Our congratulations go out to this trio of talented musicians.