The Oak Ridge Boys lead the 2015 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees.
On Wednesday morning, the Country Music Hall of Fame announced their class of 2015 inductees, with the Oak Ridge Boys leading the three artists chosen for this year’s class. Additional inductees include Jim Ed Brown, & The Browns and A-list session guitarist Grady Martin.
The Oak Ridge Boys were selected to represent the Modern Era category, which includes artists who achieved success during the past 20 years. The quartet scored several hits and sold millions of records between 1977-1987, including the songs “Elvira” and “Fancy Free.”
Country legend Jim Ed Brown and his sisters Bonnie and Maxine Brown will represent the Veteran Era category. The trio began performing as Jim Ed Brown & The Brown’s in 1955 and were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1963. They broke up a few years later, and Brown went on to pursue a successful solo career.
During the ceremony, Brown shared some amusing words about receiving the honor.
Last but not least, guitarist Grady Martin will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, representing the category of recording and performing musicians active prior to 1980. Martin, while probably unrecognizable to most country music fans, contributed guitar licks to countless hit records and worked with several legendary artists. His resume includes worth with Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Buddy Holly, Marty Robbins, Waylon Jennings, Ernest Tubb and many more.