It was announced this morning that Randy Travis, Charlie Daniels and Fred Foster have been elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. All three are well deserving of the honor as each has had an outstanding career in country music.
Fred Foster has been instrumental in the recording industry for over 50 years and has been instrumental in the careers of Kris Kristofferson and Roy Orbison, in addition to dozens of others. He was the founder of Monument Records, which was the starting point for many country music artists.
Charlie Daniels was the choice that surprised me. While he certainly has had a Hall of Fame career, his name never really came up in the discussion prior to the announcement. I find it hard to believe that Charlie is 79 and still heavily touring. As he said, Jimmy Dickens is his hero and he wants to continue working as long as he can. While Charlie has been part of the Southern Outlaw segment of country music, there is no doubt that his heart and soul are based in Nashville.
I am very glad that Randy Travis is receiving the recognition that he deserves. If you watched the announcement this morning, then you know it was a very emotional moment. Randy physically looked good but was basically unable to communicate other then saying thanks. His wife, and I forget her name, have a very eloquent and well received speech. She represented Randy well.
I know there are those who are disappointed that their choices and favorites did not get elected. It is tough when only one gets in each year per category. I would think that Randy getting in opens the door for others such as Ricky Skaggs, Tanya Tucker, Crystal Gayle and others from that generation. And Charlie getting in should help Hank Williams, Jr., among others. The big loser today, if there is one, would be the fans of Dottie West. Again his year, there was a Facebook campaign urging the voters to elect Dottie. But as in the past, the voters looked elsewhere. Perhaps her day will come, but as we know and as history has shown, those who have passed away have less of a chance of getting elected as each year goes by.
One other note about today: Yes, Fred Foster spilled the beans in his speech when he revealed the names of Charlie Daniels and Randy Travis. I am sure it wasn't intended as those elected are coached not to say anything. But he is 85, so I am sure he just had a moment where he forgot. It did take some of the surprise out of the announcement for Charlie and Randy, but Brenda Lee handled it well and I am sure Fred feels as bad as anyone. Except for that one moment, the day went off without a hitch.
Congratulations again to Randy Travis, Charlie Daniels and Fred Foster on their election to the Country Music Hall of Fame.