Three named to Country Music Hall of Fame

Wed Feb 4, 2009 2:21pm EST
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NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - Veteran entertainers Roy Clark, Barbara Mandrell and Charlie McCoy were named on Wednesday to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The announcement was made by Tammy Genovese, head of the Country Music Association, who said the three would be inducted this spring at a date to be decided during a reunion for Hall of Fame members.

Clark, 75, gained fame on the "Hee Haw" TV show. Mandrell, 60, starred in her own national TV show, and McCoy, 67, is a noted touring musician and session artist.

Clark said he never thought he would wind up in "a pretty exclusive club that includes Jimmy Rodgers, Hank Williams, Roy Acuff, and Little Jimmy Dickens ... all of my friends and heroes."

The Hall of Fame was established in 1961 and will have 108 members when the three newest are added.

(Reporting by Pat Harris; editing by Andrew Stern and Mohammad Zargham)

<p>Barbara Mandrell at the 40th Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, November 6, 2006. REUTERS/Tami Chappell</p>