When you think of Ronnie Milsap, you cannot help but start singing "Smoky Mountain Rain," or perhaps "There's a Stranger in My House." He was the definition of cool. He was a crossover sensation and to this day, folks still love his music. He is still performing to this day. One thing even cooler, he never let his blindness take away from his wonderful performances. Hunter Hayes, who is becoming very popular in country music, said that Ronnie Milsap was one of his idols.
Yesterday, Hunter got to announce that Ronnie Milsap will no longer be a stranger in the house of country music. Ronnie Milsap was named as one of the inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame. A lot of fans were pulling for this nomination and were elated to hear of the news.
Hank Cochran was also named as an inductee in the songwriter category. It would take more than a few lines to describe the impact that Cochran has made into the music community. Patsy Cline would shape the sound of country music with Cochran's hit songs 'I Fall to Pieces' and 'She's Got You.' Ray Price would croon away on 'Make the World Go Away.' Vern Gosdin would pick up the pace with 'This Ain't My First Rodeo.' If there was a lying, cheating, country heartache song, it is a sure bet that Hank Cochran wrote it.
Mac Wiseman was named in the veteran's era category. This was a shock for quite a few, but well deserving. He would have a Kentucky connection, having played with Molly O'Day, as well as for Bill Monroe. His first solo effort, 'Tis Sweet to be Remembered' helped me gain popularity with his solo career. He would run the country division of Dot Records and helped co-found the Country Music Association.
Three legendary performers will now be able to call the Country Music Hall of Fame their home. Click out my article on Examiner here with a little more insight of the ceremonies.