Country Music Hall of Fame Adds Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare and 'Cowboy' Jack Clement

Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare, Cowboy Jack Clement

Country Music Association

Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare and Jack Clement are the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The trio of new inductees attended a news conference Wednesday at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

Each has had a significant impact on music.

Rogers was both a pop crossover and a pop culture sensation in the 1970s and '80s with songs like "The Gambler" and the Lionel Richie-produced "Lady."

"When I was young, my dad said, 'Son, you have to think big to accomplish small' and the Country Music Hall of Fame was as big as it gets," said Rogers in a press release. "He wanted that for me. So every record I've ever made, every concert I've performed, and every song I've written was done for the single purpose of achieving that goal."

"Cowboy" Jack Clement, a colorful artist and producer, played a crucial role in the history of music, working as a producer and engineer at Sun Records before moving to Nashville.

And Bare charted his own path, emulating the free-thinking outlaw movement and veering from country to pop and rock.

Billboard will have a full report on the Hall announcement later today.

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