BMI songwriters “Cowboy” Jack Clement and Bobby Bare are among the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Considered the highest honor in the genre, the Country Music Hall of Fame was created in 1961 by the Country Music Association as a way to recognize those individuals in both the creative and business communities who have made significant contributions to the format.
“‘Cowboy’ has been responsible for producing many of the iconic songs in Country Music,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer, also stating,”Bobby pioneered the Country concept album and was one of the first artists to take the format to Europe.”
Since the Country Music Hall of Fame’s inception, 82 % of the honorees have been BMI members, including Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers, who were among the first inductees in 1961, and Dolly Parton, who was honored in 1999. Last year, BMI legend Connie Smith joined the elite club. Kyle Young, Director of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, noted that Clement and Bare were both influential during the birth of rock ‘n’ roll, the ’60s folk revival, the ascent of hard Country, and the rise of sophisticated pop Country with a global impact.
The induction ceremony for this year’s honorees will take place at the new CMA Theater in Nashville later this year. For more information, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s site.
A heartfelt congratulations to our BMI songwriting icons for this well-deserved honor.