Kenny Rogers joins 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.
The trio was honoured for their influence on modern
Country music at the ceremony attended by Garth
Brooks, Kris Kristofferson and Barry Gibb.
Rogers, whose hits include Lucille and Islands in the
Stream, called it the "culmination" of his career.
"I'm flattered, I'm honoured and I'm nervous," he said
before the ceremony.
Rogers, 75, helped lead the way for crossover country
pop hits and was in a reflective mood.
"What I've realised is that success is not a happening,
it's a journey," he said.
"I think without this it would have been incomplete."
Singer Alison Krauss said of Rogers' addition to the Hall
of Fame that "justice has been done", while Garth
Brooks revealed the star took him on his first major tour
as one of his opening acts.
"If there was an entertainer university, I can vouch
firsthand that Kenny Rogers would be the professor of
that class," said Brooks.
Bare, 78, whose hits include Dee-troit City and How I
Got to Memphis, said of his induction, "It means that I
will forever be referred to as a hall of famer. It sounds
real good.''
Fellow inductee Clement died from liver cancer in August
this year at 82, but he had found out five months earlier
that he would be honoured.
He was inducted as a producer, songwriter and
performer, having penned some of Johnny Cash's early
hits and been responsible for the famous mariachi horns
on Ring of Fire, which was performed at the ceremony.
Clement also worked with Jerry Lee Lewis and
discovered Charley Pride.

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