Member Monday April 2017

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Carl Smith and singer Goldie Hill were married from 1957, until her death in 2005. Like Smith, Goldie Hill was a popular recording artist in the 1950s. 

Little Jimmy Dickens welcomes Carl Smith into the Country Music Hall of Fame during the Medallion Ceremony on May 3, 2004.

​By the late 1970s, Carl Smith had given up touring and recording to live the life of a gentleman horse breeder. Horses were often featured on his album covers like this one from 1968.

​Carl Smith, Webb Pierce, and Marty Robbins starred in the 1957 western movie Buffalo Gun.


Carl Smith performs his 1956 single “You Are The One.”


The Big Gig - Alabama played a special concert for museum members in the CMA Theater on July 6, 2016.

The rare Alabama Band #3 LP from 1978 contains songs that would become hits for the group including “Why, Lady Why,” “Tennessee River,” and “My Home’s In Alabama.”

​Alabama pictured here during their induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame at the annual Medallion Ceremony on May 5, 2006.


Watch a rare clip of Alabama performing “My Home’s In Alabama” in concert at Anaheim Stadium on October 26, 1980 on a bill that also included Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, and Johnny Paycheck.


Emmylou Harris and Vince Gill on stage for the 2015 All for the Hall New York concert benefitting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. ​

Emmylou Harris pictured on the cover of her 1979 album Blue Kentucky Girl playing the 1955 Gibson J-200 guitar, with a custom black finish and inlaid rose, that is currently on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.​

One of Emmylou Harris’s favorite charities is Bonaparte's Retreat Dog Rescue in Nashville. Each year she holds the Miracle On Music Row event to raise money for the shelter.​

Gram Parsons introduced Emmylou Harris to the music of the Louvin Brothers. Harris’ version of the Louvin’s “If I Could Only Win Your Love” made it to #4 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. Harris’ friend Charlie Louvin was on hand in 2008 for her induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. ​


After the Grand Ole Opry left the Ryman Auditorium in 1974, the building fell into disrepair and was in danger of being torn down. In May 1991, Emmylou Harris and her acoustic band the Nash Ramblers taped shows in the historic theater that would eventually become an album and documentary. In 1992, the album Emmylou Harris and The Nash Ramblers Live at the Ryman was released and helped spur new interest in the Mother Church of Country Music, which was eventually saved, renovated, and has again become a world–renowned music venue.


​The Statler Brothers’ third Mercury album, Country Music Then and Now, featured their comic alter-egos “Lester ‘Roadhog’ Moran & His Cadillac Cowboys.” An entire album followed, the hilarious Lester “Roadhog” Moran & His Cadillac Cowboys: Alive at the Johnny Mack Brown High School.

​The spotlight exhibit, The Statler Brothers: Havin’ Quite a Time, opened June 1, 2010, and ran through May 2011. The exhibit incorporated photographs, costumes, instruments, and song manuscripts from the group.

The group reunited for an interview in the museum’s Mike Curb Conservatory on June 3, 2010.​

The Statler Brothers recorded and toured with Johnny Cash from 1964 through 1972.​


Jimmy Fortune joined the Statler Brothers in 1982, following the departure of Lew DeWitt who left due to health issues caused by Crohn’s disease. Fortune was responsible for writing several of the group’s hits including the chart-topping “Elizabeth.”