Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Reveals 2017 Inductees

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Vern Gosdin photographed in 1984. 

Whenever the names of artists overlooked for Country Music Hall of Fame induction come up, Vern Gosdin typically figures in the conversation. This morning’s announcement that the man known simply as “The Voice” is one of four incoming members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame will hopefully be another step toward the goal that many of his supporters have long been championing.

Gosdin was announced as the newest member in the songwriter/artist category. A native of Alabama, the singer first came to prominence with his brother Rex with the 1967 single “Hangin’ On." As a solo artist, the singer was a regular presence on radio from the late 1970s through the early 1990s, racking up hits such as “Today My World Slipped Away” and “Chiseled In Stone,” which won him and Max D. Barnes the 1989 CMA Award for Song of the Year. Gosdin passed away in April of 2009 at the age of 74 due to complications from a stroke.

Also being announced as new members of the Hall are Tim Nichols and Walt Aldridge in the Songwriters category.

Best known for the success of his 2004 composition “Live Like You Were Dying,” which became a massive hit for Tim McGraw, Virginia native Nichols also penned singles for Dustin Lynch (“Cowboys and Angels”), Jo Dee Messina (“You’re Not In Kansas Anymore”), and Keith Whitley (“I’m Over You”). He also had a brief run of success as an artist, charting a pair of singles on BNA in 1993-94 with Zack Turner as the duo Turner Nichols.

Aldridge, a native of Florence, Alabama, penned hits for artists such as Conway Twitty (“She’s Got A Single Thing In Mind”), Earl Thomas Conley (“Holding Her and Loving You”), and Ronnie Milsap (“There’s No Gettin’ Over Me”). He also was a vocalist in the 1980s group The Shooters, who charted seven titles on the Hot Country Songs chart from 1987-89. He also was a key part of the Muscle Shoals scene, working for Fame Recording Studios for many years.

The inductee in the Veterans Category this year is Jim McBride. His successes read like a who’s who of country music. Perhaps his biggest moment as a tunesmith came in 1993 with Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee,” which he co-wrote with the singer, along with “(Who Says) You Can’t Have It All” and “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow.” His resume also includes hits for artists such as Waylon Jennings and John Anderson.

The announcement took place Wednesday (Aug. 9) at Columbia Studio A in Nashville, and the official induction ceremony will take place on Monday, Oct. 23 at the Music City Center.