Country Music Hall of Fame Adds Garth Brooks, Connie Smith, Hargus 'Pig' Robbins
The latest additions to the illustrious Country Music Hall of Fame were announced at a news conference on Tuesday morning (March 6) and they cover a wide range of entertainment and country music history.
Global entertainment icon Garth Brooks has sold more than 128 million albums since the start of his career and toured the world taking his unique brand of country music to meteoric heights.
Connie Smith, whose career began in 1964 with the mega-hit 'Once a Day' continues to dazzle nearly 50 years later with the release of last year's critically-acclaimed 'Long Line of Heartaches.'
Hargus "Pig" Robbins was one of the most prolific keyboard session players in Nashville beginning in the 1950s. His distinctive work has been heard on tracks by Bob Dylan, George Jones, Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, among countless others.
Garth will be inducted in the Modern Era Artist category, with Connie Smith to be inducted in the Veterans Era Artist category and Robbins in the Recording and/or Touring Musician Active Prior to 1980 category, an honor awarded every third year in rotation with the Non-Performer and Songwriter categories. Their membership increases the number of Hall of Famers from 115 to 118 inductees.
"I am astounded and honored to be in the Country Music Hall of Fame," says Garth. "At the same time, I can't help but feel guilty going in when there are so many deserving artists that came before me who are yet to be inducted.
"I have always considered myself lucky, and I guess my good luck has struck again," Robbins says of his election. "I am so honored to be named one of the new members."
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