Alan Jackson Inducted Into Hall of Fame
This year’s inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame are Alan Jackson, Jerry Reed, and Don Schlitz, who will enter in the “Modern Era Artist,” the “Veterans Era Artist” and the “Songwriter” category, respectively. Jackson, Reed and Schlitz will increase membership in the Hall of Fame from 130 to 133 members.
Vince Gill announced the news on Wednesday, April 5th in the Rotunda of the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.
Alan says he was speechless and bit confused when he first found out about the honor.
“When they first told me, we were actually standing in, I have this little bar on Broadway that we opened a while back and we were, the record label called and said they wanted to meet with me that morning for some kind of meeting, you know, and they never meet withg me. I figured they were gonna drop me off the label ‘cause I hadn’t turned in my album like they want me to. So, that’s where we were and then all these people walked in. I thought it was some kind of intervention, you know? Anyway, when they told me what it was for, I mean it caught me off-guard and I was, I know I stumbled around and couldn’t even think of what to say, because I didn’t know what to say. It caught me off-guard. People have been telling me for years, ‘Aww, you’ll be in the Hall of Fame. You’ll be in the Hall of fame.’ But you just don’t think about it that way, and when it happened, I still didn’t know what to say.”
The honorees will be celebrated at the annual invitation-only Medallion Ceremony in Nashville later this year.
About the inductees:
Over the course of his 25-plus year career, Jackson has released more than 20 albums and collections — including forays into gospel and bluegrass — nine of which went multiplatinum with two million or more in sales. He has charted more than 30 No. 1 hits, sold nearly 60 million albums, and has earned more than 150 awards. He is the second most-nominated artist in CMA Awards history with 81 nominations, following only close friend and fellow Hall of Fame member George Strait. His biggest hits include “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)”, “Midnight in Montgomery,” “Chattahoochee,” “Here in the Real World,” “Don’t Rock the Jukebox,” and “A Lot About Livin’ (And a Little ‘Bout Love).”
Reed began his career as a session player and songwriter, drawing the attention of the industry when Gene Vincent released his version of Reed’s “Crazy Legs” in 1958 and Brenda Lee recorded “That’s All You Got to Do” in 1960. Reed was dubbed a “Certified Guitar Player” by Hall of Fame member Chet Atkins, and he was named CMA Instrumentalist of the Year twice (1970 and ’71), earning the nickname “The Guitar Man.” Reed’s best-known hits included “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot,” “Me & Jerry” “Alabama Wild Man,” “U.S. Male,” “A Thing Called Love,” and “She Got the Gold Mine (I Got the Shaft).” He appeared in several movies with friend Burt Reynolds including Smokey and the Bandit films, as well as 1998’s The Waterboy alongside Adam Sandler. Reed passed away from complications related to emphysema in 2008 at the age of 71.
Schlitz has penned such monster hits as “The Gambler,” “On the Other Hand,” “Forever and Ever, Amen,” “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” “The Greatest,” and “When You Say Nothing At All.” His 50 Top 10 singles were performed by iconic acts Mary Chapin Carpenter, Alison Krauss, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kenny Rogers, The Judds, Randy Travis, Tanya Tucker, Keith Whitley, and many others and include 24 No. 1 Country hits. He has won three CMA Song of the Year Awards, two Grammy Awards, and four consecutive ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year trophies (1988-91). Schlitz was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Association Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012.