Member Monday December 2016

Brenda Lee Official's first album, Grandma What Great Songs You Sang, was released in 1959, and featured twelve pop standards.

Brenda Lee Official’s first single release was a cover of fellow #CMHOF member Hank Williams’s “Jambalaya.”

Brenda Lee Official first toured outside the US in 1959 with concerts in France. This was the beginning of international stardom for Lee. Not only was her tour successful, but the following years would find her performing in South America, Australia, Japan, and all through Europe.​


We're still holding on to the Christmas spirit this #MemberMonday. This diorama was created by Brenda Lee Official for inclusion in the exhibit Brenda Lee: Dynamite at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.


Brenda Lee Official enjoyed success on country radio in the 1970s and 80s with songs like “Nobody Wins,” “Big Four Poster Bed” and “The Cowgirl and the Dandy.”



Sons of the Pioneers


Sons of the Pioneers Gathered around Microphone

Leonard Franklin Slye, formed the Pioneer Trio in 1933 along with Bob Nolan, and Tim Spencer. By 1935 they added brothers Hugh and Karl Farr and had changed their name to Sons of the Pioneers. Slye eventually changed his name to Roy Rogers and became a singing cowboy star on his own. Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers would appear together in several western movies.

The Sons of the Pioneers were the third artist signed to Decca Records. “Cool Water” became one of their most popular songs.​

Roll on Texas Moon from 1946, is just one of the many western movies to feature Roy Rogers with the Sons of the Pioneers.​

In 1991, MCA Records released a series of CDs spotlighting Country Music Hall of Fame members. Each featured a special Hatch Show Print poster on the cover. This CD contains some of the earliest Decca recordings by the Sons of the Pioneers.


This clip from 1956 features the Sons of the Pioneers singing one of their most popular songs “Tumbling Tumbleweeds,” written by Bob Nolan.

Sons of the Pioneers Plaque

Sons of the Pioneers Snapchat Story



Jimmie Davis

This 45 EP cover from the 1950s features four of Davis’s hits including “You Are My Sunshine” and “Nobody’s Darlin’ But Mine.” 

Jimmie Davis was twice elected governor of Louisiana & appeared in several movies. This poster is from the 1947 film Louisiana.

​Jimmie Davis recorded country & gospel. This ad from 1951 promotes his country song “Fifteen Miles From Dallas” and “Someone to Care.”


Country Music Hall of Fame member Jimmie Davis scored a major hit in 1940 with his recording of “You Are My Sunshine.” In 1977, “You Are My Sunshine” was declared Louisiana’s official state song. Let’s all sing along with Jimmie Davis.


Jimmie Davis's "You Are My Sunshine" continues to rise in popularity. It was recently covered by Morgane & Chris Stapleton.

Jimmie Davis Hall of Fame Plaque


Jimmie Davis Snapchat Story



​Both record producers, Sam Phillips & Ken Nelson unite for a picture during the annual medallion ceremony on October 4, 2001.

Ferlin Husky’s “Gone” is just one of many hit records produced by Ken Nelson. This single stayed at the top of the country charts for ten weeks in 1957. The production style used on this recording is said to be one of the earliest examples of the Nashville Sound. ​

These album covers represent just a few of the many artist Ken Nelson produced while at Capitol Records.​

Ken Nelson's Hall of Fame Plaque




Ken Nelson Snapchat Story


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