Here are some Fun Facts About the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to share with your group. We hope this adds an element of fun to your trip.
- The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is the largest popular music museum in the world, housing more than 1,000,000 artifacts including costumes, instruments, personal items, automobiles, original song manuscripts, over a million historical photographs and more than a million recorded songs.
- The architecture of the museum incorporates myriad of musical symbols. Included are the windows on the front which evoke the ebony keys of the piano keyboard, the giant sweeping arch of the right side of the building portrays a 50's Cadillac fin, the four disc tiers on the rotunda's roof represent the evolution of recording technology: the 78, the vinyl LP, the 45 and the compact disc, and finally the stone bars along the top of the rotunda's outside wall form the musical arrangement to the chorus of the Carter Family classic "Will the Circle Be Unbroken."
- The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame share eleven common members. (Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, The Everly Brothers, Hank Williams, Brenda Lee, Sam Phillips, Floyd Cramer, Chet Atkins, Bill Monroe, Jimmy Rogers, and Bob Wills)
- Elvis Presley's "Solid Gold" Cadillac on display inside features a 45-rpm record player, refrigerator, cocktail dispenser, electric shoe buffer and six twenty-four karat gold plated records attached to the interior ceiling. It was customized by George Barris, the designer of the original Batmobile, and ingredients in the car's paint included twenty-four karat gold dust, crushed pearls and diamond dust.
- The first Country Music Hall of Fame members were elected in 1961. The three charter members were Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers and music businessman Fred Rose.
- Roy Rogers is the only member of the Country Music Hall of Fame to be elected twice, first as a member of the Sons of the Pioneers, and later as an individual inductee.
- There are 118 inductees in the Country Music Hall of Fame. The 2012 class includes Garth Brooks, Hargus "Pig" Robbins, and Connie Smith.
- Many of the artifacts included in our feature exhibit "Family Tradition: The Williams Family Legacy", are part of Hank Williams Jr.'s private collection and have never been on display prior to the exhibit opening.
- Brenda Lee did two command performances for Queen Elizabeth before the age of 20, sold over a hundred million records, and is the only woman in history to be inducted into both the Country Music and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame.
Hall of Famers Trivia
- What 2005 Hall of Fame inductee was known as the Harmonica Wizard?
- What four Hall of Fame members made up the group "The Highwaymen"?
- Which 1980 inductee was known as "The Man In Black"?
- Which 2004 inductee is a Rhodes scholar and wrote "Help Me Make It Through the Night"?
- What 2001 inductee was the voice of the original Dukes of Hazard and sang the theme song?
- Which 1993 inductee is known for his bandana and tennis shoes?
- What 1999 inductees real name is Harold Jenkins?
- Who is the 1988 inductee who was born in Butcher Holler, KY?
- Which 1992 inductee had his first chart record in 1955 and is still performing 50 years later?
- Who is the 1998 inductee who was a beautician before finding her place in Nashville?
- DeFord Bailey
- Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson
- Johnny Cash
- Kris Kristofferson
- Waylon Jennings
- Willie Nelson
- Conway Twitty
- Loretta Lynn
- George Jones
- Tammy Wynette
Country Music Trivia
- What was the Dixie Chick's first album?
- Which former Beatle had a hit duet with Buck Owens?
- Which country singer was married briefly to actress Julia Roberts?
- Who was the first country singer to be a musical guest on Saturday Night Live?
- Who won a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Loretta Lynn in the 1980 film Coal Miner's Daughter?
- What TV sitcom featured Reba McEntire in the starring role?
- What act was the first to be inducted into both the Country Music and the Rock and Roll Halls of Fame?
- Who was the first woman to win the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year award?
- Who won the academy of Country Music's first Entertainer of the Year award?
- Who were the first singers inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame?
- Thank Heavens for Dale Evans
- Ringo Starr
- Lyle Lovett
- Anne Murray
- Sissy Spacek
- Johnny Cash
- Loretta Lynn
- Merle Haggard
- Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers, in 1961