Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

Tom T. Hall loves telling a good old country story, you know the ones with a twist at the end and plenty of references to beer. When he set those stories to music he helped launch a new era in country music. Beginning with “Harper Valley P. T. A.” in the late 1960s, Tom wrote and sang about...
Wayland Holyfield wrote several popular songs for both popular and country artists during a career that began singing in church as a child out in Conway County, Arkansas.  He wrote such classics as “Could I Have This Dance”, “Some Broken Hearts Never Mend”,“Till The Rivers All Run Dry” and one of...
Dickey Lee grew up in Memphis and began playing at dances and parties at an early age.  He would often introduce a new song that he wrote along with the hits of the day.  In 1957, Dickey recorded for Sun Records and later became known for his teenage tragedy songs such as “Laurie (Strange Things...
John D. Loudermilk wrote several songs that became the biggest hit recording for the artist who performed the songs.  This includes artists Sue Thompson (Sad Movies Make Me Cry) and  George Hamilton IV (A Rose and a Baby Ruth).  John was also a recording artist whose first versions of his songs...
Roger Murrah has enjoyed an incredible career as a country music songwriter and with passion for the craft has dedicated his time and talent into creating a Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame. Beginning in the 1960s, Roger performed and wrote music in Nashville. His string of hit songs includes...
Don Schlitz likes to tell the story about how he was in the right place at the right time when his song, “The Gambler,” was recorded by Kenny Rogers in 1978. The truth is, if that was Don’s only hit song that might have been the case, but talent plays a big part in his story-telling songwriting...
Earl Scruggs was the father of bluegrass and country banjo playing. His style and techniques have been both influential and inspiring for generations of banjo players around the world. His easy-going personality endured thousands of music students who would often receive a lesson when they...
Ray Stevens loves to tell the stories about how some of his hit records came about such as "Everything Is Beautiful" and "The Streak."  Equally interesting are the stories of how he came up playing in school bands and how his passion for music grew and developed over the years.  Ray recorded many...

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