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‘Golden Voices’ Sing at Tribute Show

Posted in News on June 12, 2000

More than a dozen BMI legends were big winners at the Second Annual Golden Voice Awards (6/12), saluting "men and women who have given country music her voice." Hosted by Bill Anderson and Jan Howard, the show featured performances by Billy Walker, Mandy Barnett, and Steve Wariner, among others. The award winners are chosen by about 100 voters, 71 of whom are Grand Ole Opry members.

More than 700 people attended the brunch event at the Opryland Hotel, with proceeds going to The Performers Benefit Fund, which provides adequate health care for qualifying members of the Grand Ole Opry and is administered through a board of directors elected by Opry members.

Anderson presented the non-musician Golden Circle Award to Charlie Lamb for his contributions in furthering country music through his work as a journalist, publisher and promoter. Lamb, who was an early champion of the careers of Kitty Wells, Ed Bruce, Connie Smith and Anderson, was an innovator of the layout of modern sales charts as publisher of the trade magazine Music Reporter.

BMI's Golden Voice Awards Winners

Career Achievement Award
Jimmy Dickens

Golden Voice Entertainer
Ferlin Husky

Male Golden Voice
Gene Watson

Male Golden Legacy
Marty Robbins

Female Golden Voice
Skeeter Davis

Female Golden Legacy
Dottie West

Golden Group Legacy
Wilburn Brothers

Bluegrass Golden Voice
Mac Wiseman

Bluegrass Golden Legacy
Lester Flatt

Golden Musicians
Drums: Larrie Londin
Fiddle: Benny Martin
Lead Guitar: Leon Rhodes
Keyboards: Floyd Cramer
Steel Guitar: Buddy Emmons