We have yet to rank those who are not in the Country Music Hall of Fame, and we may never. One thing is certain is that whether or not we rank those not included in the Hall this is certainly an institution that we hold in high regard. As such it is considered news to us that the Country Music Hall of Fame Class of 2017 has been announced.
This is not a large group, but is typical of the Country Hall, which has been established in the early 1960’s and only boasts 133 members. The three new members forming the Class of 2017 come from three categories.
Alan Jackson enters as this year’s “Modern Era Artist”. Jackson has an incredible 35 number one songs to his credit and has sold over 80 million records. It is noteworthy that the Country Music Hall of Fame had an exhibit in 2014 honoring his 25 years in the music industry.
Jackson will joined by the late Jerry Reed, who enters as the “Veteran’s Era Artist”. Reed was also an actor and is best known to fans for his roles in the Smokey and the Bandit films. He would go #1 on the Country Music charts four times.
Don Schlitz is this year’s third inductee, selected in the “Songwriter” category, which is rotated and awarded every three years. Schlitz wrote Kenny Rogers’ biggest hit, “The Gambler” and “Forever and Ever, Amen” by Randy Travis.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the latest class of the Country Music Hall of Fame.