Jimmy Dean, Don Williams, more to be inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame
The Country Music Hall of Fame announced its 2010 inductees this week, and the four honored include a goofball '60s-era honky-tonk feller, an earnest '70s-era troubadour, a pop-country songwriter/producer, and a man known as well for his meat as for his music.
We're not talking Rebel Without a Cause here; we're talking Sausage King. Jimmy Dean had a string of hits from the late 50s through the late 70s including "Big Bad John" and "PT 109," and enjoyed a successful acting career. But Dean is best known as founder of and spokesman for the Jimmy Dean Sausage company. Just thinking about this man makes me hungry as all hell.
A songwriter, engineer and producer known for recreating Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" approach to create a number of pop-country crossover hits, Billy Sherrill was, among other things, responsible for creating entire personae for artists like Tammy Wynette, whose songs "Stand By Your Man," "Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad" and "I Don't Wanna Play House" represented her as one of country music's biggest crybaby, can't-stick-up-for-herself pussies. Love the gal, but grow a pair (of ovaries), Tammy.
After a successful stint with the folk-pop band Pozo-Seco singers in the late 60s, Don Williams went on to become one of the most important country artists of the 1970s. Known as "the Gentle Giant" for his imposing build and earnest bass-baritone voice, his hits include "You're My Best Friend," "Rake and Ramblin' Man," "I Believe in You" and "Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good."
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