The Country Music Associate has announced three new artists to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this year. Ronnie Milsap will be the 2014 inductee in the Modern Era category. Mac Wiseman will be inducted in the Veteran category. The late Hank Cochran will be inducted in the rotating Songwriter category.
Ronnie Milsap’s passionate vocals and rousing showmanship made him a favorite concert attraction for more than four decades. His command of country, country-pop, rock & roll, rhythm & blues, funk, pop, and classical music made the singer-keyboardist a formidable entertainer who defies narrow classification. Nevertheless, he’s one of country’s most successful artists, with six Grammy awards for Best Male Country Vocal performance, four CMA awards, and thirty-five #1 hits. An exemplar of the country-pop sound of the late 1970s and early 1980s, the energetic and versatile performer kept scoring hits into the youth-driven country boom of the late 1980s and early 1990s. As of 2014, Milsap had seven albums certified gold by the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA). Greatest His Volume 2 was platinum, and Greatest Hits double-platinum. Additionally, Great Video Hits had achieved gold status.
As a popular bluegrass vocalist, Malcolm B. “Mac” Wiseman, “The Voice with a Heart,” is known for his Dot Records interpretations of songs including “Shackles and Chains,” “Jimmy Brown the Newsboy,” “I’ll Be All Smiles Tonight,” and “Love Letters in the Sand.” But he has filled many other roles in country music, including stints as a sideman with Flatt & Scruggs and with Bill Monroe, featured vocalist with Molly O’Day, country recording director for Dot (1955–59), and a founding member and first secretary of CMA (1958).
Hank Cochran (1935–2010) has been called the “pluperfect” country songwriter. He wrote 29 Top Ten hits over a 30 year span, which makes him one of the most successful writers in country music history. His “Make the World Go Away” and “I Fall to Pieces” have both been recorded by more than one hundred artists. “Don’t Touch Me,” “The Chair,” “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me,” “I Fall to Pieces” and “She’s Got You” are all certified as having been broadcast more than one million times each. “Make the World Go Away” is a two-million-performance song.
The induction ceremony will be held later this year.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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