COUNTRY HALL OF FAME
TO INDUCT A DOZEN

Waylon Jennings, "Whisperin’" Bill Anderson, Everly Brothers Top The List
As part of the festivities surrounding the opening of a new Hall of Fame building this summer, the Country Music Association is inducting a dozen acts into the Hall, instead of the normal two or three it yearly elevates.

The Everly Brothers, Sam Phillips, Waylon Jennings and "Whisperin’" Bill Anderson are among those to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this fall. Others to be inducted during the Oct. 4 dinner in Nashville include the Delmore Brothers, Don Gibson, Homer & Jethro, the Jordanaires, Don Law, the Louvin Brothers, Ken Nelson and Webb Pierce. The inductees will also be recognized during the Country Music Association Awards, which will be broadcast Nov. 7 on CBS.

"I can't talk for grinning," said Anderson, a star of the Grand Ole Opry radio show. "I've tried never to get caught up in wondering about this sort of thing, but now that it's happened it is very exciting."

Phillips, 78, and Anderson, 63, are this year's regular inductees, while the rest have been finalists at least three times over the years. It will be the largest class ever inducted into the Hall of Fame, said CMA Executive Director Ed Benson.

Jennings has repeatedly attacked the CMA voting process, claiming block voting has marred the integrity of the awards. "Waylon has been critical of the CMA over the years, but that's not a part of the nomination and election process," Benson said. "He is an incredible and unique talent, and his going into the Hall of Fame is well deserved."

Inductees were chosen by a panel of 300 electors appointed by the CMA Board of Directors.

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