Ray Charles and The Jude join the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, a day after Naomi Judd at a ceremony full of tears, music and laughter.
The loss of Naomi Jude changed the normally celebrated festival, but as singers and musicians of that genre mourned Naomi Jutt, The Jude, Ray Charles, Eddie Byers and Pete Drake celebrated their four debutants. Karthik Brooks, Trisha Earwood, Vince Gill and many more performed their hit songs.
Naomi and Vinona Jude were one of the most popular twins of the 1980s, winning 14 No. 1s in their three-decade career. Prior to her introduction, the family told The Associated Press that Naomi Judd had died of a “mental illness” at the age of 76.
Daughters Wynona and Ashley Judd held each other in tears and read the Bible verse together.
“I’m sorry she could not hang out until today,” Ashley Judd told the crowd, crying about her mother. Wynonna Judd talked about the family reunion when they said goodbye to her, and she and Ashley Judd read Psalm 23.
“I will continue to sing even if my heart breaks,” Vinona Judd said.
Fans gathered outside the museum, drawing a bouquet of white flowers outside the entrance and a small framed photo of Naomi Jude below. A rose lay on the ground.
Charles’s persuasion showed country publications that transcended his genre, which showed the commercial appeal of the genre. Georgia-born singer and pianist Grant O’Brien grew up listening to and releasing “Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music” in 1962, which became one of the best-selling country releases of his era.
Blind and orphaned at a young age, R&B became famous for its evangelism and soul, but his decision to record folk music changed the way the world thought about the genre, expanding audiences during the Civil Rights era.
Charles’ version of “I Can’t Stop Loving You” topped the Billboard 100 charts for five weeks and remains one of his most popular songs. He died in 2004.
Brooks sang one of Charles’ hit songs, “Seven Spanish Angels” with Willie Nelson, while Betty Lovett sang “I Can’t Stop Loving You”.
Ronnie Millsab, Country Music Hall of Famer, said he met Charles when he was a young singer and that others tried to follow Charles, but no one could measure it.
“There was only one of them, only one,” Milsab said. “He sang folk music that had to be sung.”
Hall of Fame Recorded two musicians based on many folk songs and singers: Eddie Byers and Beat Drake.
Byers, who has been a drummer in Nashville for decades, has been a member of the Grand Ole Aubrey band, having worked on 300 platinum records. He continued to play on the records for The Judges, Ricky Skokes, George Strait, Alan Jackson and Kenny Chesney. He was the first drummer to join the company.
Drake, who died in 1988, was a pedal steel guitarist and member of Nashville’s talented session musicians, playing on hits such as Tommy Vineet’s “Stand by Your Man” and George Jones’ “He Stop Loving Her Today”. . He was the first pedal steel guitar player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
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