Petition Tag - country music

1. Nominate IFCO into Country Music Hall of Fame

Despite having a history of their own that easily rivals some of the biggest names in Nashville, they remained unassuming, gentle souls (albeit with an outrageous sense of humor and always at the ready for mischief). As co-presidents of IFCO, the only fan club monitoring organization in the world, they were the dedicated voice of the fans, and the artists, for more than forty years.

In 1968, four years before the first Fan Fair, the sisters held the first annual IFCO Show. It wasn't just a showcase for the artists, it was also a chance for the fans to meet their favorite artists and get an autograph. This event gave birth to what eventually became known as Fan Fair and is now the CMA Fest. They were also one of the first music related businesses to claim an address on the World Wide Web.

The Johnson sisters were such an integral part of the country music industry and the concept that has grown to be called CMA Music Fest can be traced back to these three utterly disarming, totally charming, wildly-whacked-out, funny, unassuming, promotional genii. They were the Yin to Nashville's Yang. If you are looking for the true heart of country music, look no further than Loudilla, Loretta, and Kay, the incredible Johnson sisters. They impacted Nashville in a way that ensures they should never be forgotten and I, for one, would like to see them inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. If you agree with me, please sign this petition.

2. Bring Garth Brooks to CMC Rocks 2018

CMC Rocks is Australia's Biggest International Country & Roots Festival & just celebrated it's 10th Year. We'd like to see Garth Brooks kick off the next decade of Country Music celebrations.

3. Induct Jerry Lee Lewis into the Country Music Hall of Fame

Jerry Lee Lewis, equal in stature to the all time greats, Jimmie Rodgers, Al Jolson, and Hank Williams, and truly deserving of the title "Greatest Living American Song Stylist", is long overdue for induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The Ameripolitan Music Awards, a grassroots movement, has created this online petition to let the Country Music Association know that Jerry Lee Lewis has one of the most loyal fan bases of any country artist in history, and together we have the opportunity to influence the nominating committee and voting members of the CMA.

We are aware that Jerry Lee already has many advocates within the CMA and the Country Music Hall of Fame, and they need our help to make a strong case for his inclusion on the ballot.

Though he is one of the most successful recording artists of all time, having 54 albums and 77 singles (12 of them being #1), statistics alone cannot describe the unique contribution to country music by Jerry Lee Lewis. Beginning with his first single "Crazy Arms" in 1956, to his million seller "You Win Again" 1957, and through his string of classic country hits in the late 60s and 70s, Jerry Lee has defined and redefined what country music is,

4. Help Elect Mel Street to the Country Music Hall of Fame

Street was born in Rowe, Virginia to a coal mining family. Publications cite his year of birth as 1933, although his family maintains that he was born in 1935. He began performing on western Virginia and West Virginia radio shows at the age of sixteen. Street subsequently worked as a radio tower electrician in Ohio and as a nightclub performer in the Niagara Falls area. He moved back to West Virginia in 1963 to open up an auto body shop.

From 1968 to 1972, Street hosted his own show on a Bluefield, West Virginia television station. He recorded his first single, "Borrowed Angel," in 1970 for a small regional record label. A larger label, Royal American Records, picked it up in 1972, and it became a top-10 Billboard hit. He recorded the biggest hit of his career, "Lovin' on Back Streets", in 1972.

Mel’s last television appearance was on national television in 1977. He performed his 1976 hit “I Met A Friend Of Yours Today” on one of Nashville’s favorite TV shows “That Good Ole Nashville Music”.

Street continued to flourish throughout the mid-1970s, recording several hits such as "You Make Me Feel More Like a Man," "Forbidden Angel," "I Met a Friend of Yours Today," "If I Had a Cheatin' Heart," and "Smokey Mountain Memories". He signed with Mercury Records in 1978. But, suffering from clinical depression and alcoholism, he committed suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound on October 21, 1978, his 43rd birthday. He had a record debut on the country charts on October 21 as well, called "Just Hangin' On", and later charted four posthumous songs. Street's idol George Jones sang at his funeral.

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5. Return to Paper Ballots for all Federal and State Elections

Due to the lack of Candidate Integrity and the level of corruption in our Federal Government it is impossible to trust that a computer voting machine in the United States of America will not be tampered with in a highly contested election such as the 2016 Presidential Election this November.

Where as the United States Justice Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Congress, and the entire Executive Branch including the President of the United States have time and again failed to put 'We The People' before there own gain.

Where as the United States Justice Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Congress, and the entire Executive Branch including the President of the United States have time and again lied to, and divisively deceived 'We The People' in order to progress an unpopular social agenda despite State voted referendums opposing such measures.

Where as Candidates having a history of blatantly fraudulent activities, misappropriations of monetary and human resources, and total disregard of the rule of law, can not be trusted to not tamper with computerized voting machines or any other cyber attempts to Fix an Election.

Where as there is no way to truly have a "Re-Count" of a vote when the all votes are cast into a computerized database that can be altered with a hidden algorithm in the code of the voting software.

And Where as paper ballots are the only way to insure the integrity of the vote that can be verified with multiple "Re-Counts" if required and reduced opportunity for tampering.

6. Merle Haggard should be honored on a Postage stamp

Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, fiddler, and instrumentalist. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band the Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the twang of Fender Telecaster and the unique mix with the traditional country steel guitar sound, new vocal harmony styles in which the words are minimal, and a rough edge not heard on the more polished Nashville sound recordings of the same era.

Haggard's childhood was troubled after the death of his father, and he was incarcerated several times in his youth. He managed to turn his life around and launch a successful country music career, gaining popularity with his songs about the working class that occasionally contained themes contrary to the prevailing anti-Vietnam War sentiment of much popular music of the time. Between the 1960s and the 1980s, he had 38 number one hits on the US country charts, several of which also made the Billboard all-genre singles chart. Haggard continued to release successful albums into the 2000s.

He received many honors and awards for his music, including a Kennedy Center Honor (2010), a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2006), a BMI Icon Award (2006), and induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (1977),Country Music Hall of Fame (1994)[4] and Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame (1997).He died on April 6, 2016 — his 79th birthday — at his ranch in Northern California, having recently suffered from double pneumonia.[6]

Merle's last recording, a song called "Kern River Blues", a song that describes Merle's departure from Bakersfield in the late 1970s and his displeasure with politicians. The song was recorded February 9, 2016 and features Merle's son Ben on guitar. The single was released on May 12, 2016 marking the end of Merle's legendary career.

7. Bring back Delaware Junction Music Festival

This petition outlines the amount of people who want to bring back the Delaware Junction Festival.

Thousands of people raved, and still rave, of the amount of fun they had at this event. Thousands attended and say it was the BEST weekend of their life. Why are we going to take that away when thousands more will attend.

BRING BACK DELAWARE JUNCTION!

8. Induct Donna Fargo Into The Country Music Hall of Fame

We fans believe the time is now to recognize Donna Fargo for her unique contribution to country music. Her positive, inspirational songs have added depth, dimension, and variety to the popular cheating and drinking themes that we also love and that have often been associated with country music, especially back when her career began in the early 70s. Her songs were and are different. They make you think and make you feel good and like it's okay to be happy. In fact, Donna’s signature song, "The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA" was the only country song on Billboard's recent list of The Top 20 Happy Songs of All Time.

Donna was the first woman in country music history to have back-to-back million-selling singles, with both songs being written by the artist who sang them. She was the first female country music artist to have her own television variety show, The Donna Fargo Show. Besides her platinum-selling back-to-back hits with "Happiest Girl" and "Funny Face," many hits followed, like…"Superman," "Little Girl Gone," "You Were Always There," “Don't Be Angry," “Whatever I Say Means I Love You," "You Can't Be a Beacon," "U.S. of A.," “Do I Love You,” "It Do Feel Good," "Somebody Special," and "Daddy," to name a few. And who could ever forget the #1 recitation she wrote called "That Was Yesterday."

Some of her credits include 7 Academy of Country Music Awards, 5 Billboard Awards, 15 Broadcast Music (BMI) writing awards, 2 National Association of Recording Merchandisers Awards for best selling artist. She has also been honored by the Country Music Association, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and the Music Operators of America. She was the first inductee into the North America Country Music Association's International Hall of Fame. In 2010, Donna was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. As a writer and publisher, her most coveted awards, in addition to the Robert J. Burton Award that she won for "Most Performed Song of the Year 1972," are her Million-Aires Awards, presented to writers of songs that achieve the blockbuster status of 1 million or more performances.

So, for the exemplary country music artist she is… for the consummate writer of songs we love, relate to, and remember… for the ambassador of goodwill representative for country music that she is… for one of the most talented, loved, respected women in country music, who makes her fans feel like they are "Somebody Special," like her song says, and that she "loves them more," as her current song says… join the campaign to get Donna Fargo inducted into the country music Hall of Fame because she deserves to be there.

~Linda Cottingham,
President: Donna Fargo International Fan Club

9. Get Sammy Kershaw into the Hall of Fame

Sammy is a awesome singer who deserves to be in the hall of fame right beside his awesome buddy George Jones.

Let's make it happen. Too many great singers are left unnoticed.

10. Induct Freddie Hart to Country Music Hall Of Fame

Freddie started his recording career with Capitol Records in 1953. He has been on Columbia, Kapp, Monument, Sunbird and Capitol three different times and now has his own record label.

Freddie is one of the most loved and most genuinely sincer entertainers in the world. His love and appreciation for his fans is second to none.

His website : http://mreasylovin.com/

Freddie Hart has won almost every award Country Music has to offer. The Academy of Country Music honored him with five awards in 1972 including:

Entertainer of the Year
Artist of the Year
Song of the Year
Album of the Year
Single of the Year

In 1971 and 1972, his hit song "Easy Lovin" was chosen song of the year by the Country Music Association, this being the first time in country music history that the same song was so honored two years in a row.

Freddie has had fourteen number one singles, thirty four top ten singles and has recorded forty three plus albums. Freddie's songs are on play lists and on radio stations somewhere all over the world every single day and have been since his first recording session in 1953.

The list never ends as to the great artists who have recorded Freddie Hart songs; a few of them include: George Morgan, Carl Smith, Kenny Rogers, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, George Jones, Lefty Frizzell, Billy Walker, Tammy Wynette, David Frizzell, Connie Smith, Wayne Newton, Rose Maddox, Joe & Rose Lee Maphis, John Prine, Ray Stevens, Porter Wagoner...among many, many others. Freddie's first number one song was "Loose Talk" recorded by Carl Smith in 1955.

Some of the number one songs written by Freddie Hart include:
"Easy Lovin"
"Got The All Overs For You"
"Hang In There Girl"
"Trip To Heaven"
"My Hangup Is You"
"The Want-To's"
"Skid Row Joe"
"Loose Talk"
"Bless Your Heart"
"If You Can't Feel It, It Ain't There"

Freddie has had other number one songs which he didn't write but include "Super Kind of Woman" & "The First Time."

11. Induct Keith Whitley into The Country Music Hall of Fame

Jackie Keith Whitley began his journey on the stage at the tender age of 4. By the age of 8 he was performing on the radio. By the time his early teens rolled around he was recording with major artists of the time and touring. He was sought out for his talent in both musical and vocal abilities. He graced our lives with his voice and songs his entire journey till he went on to the greatest stage of them all in 1989.

He made a giant mark on the music industry, mainly his love, Country Music. Many well known artist looked to him as one to follow in the foot steps of as they began their Country Music Journey. Many of them still walk their steps one at a time in the music industry and have made their own significant mark on music history, but their steps started in the desire to follow the ones that Keith Whitley had already imprinted firmly into the progressive roots of Country Music,keeping them entwined with the roots of Country Music's forefathers enabling them to grow into what Country Music is today and shining a promising light on new generations that are still to come into Country Music.

Keith Whitley was not just a singer that left Country Music too soon. He is a true Country artist whose music is still loved and being shared with those just now starting to find their love and passion for music. Like music, he will never die as long as he is remembered. It is time that he is remembered and held up in the place he has earned and deserves. His place in The Country Music Hall of Fame.

12. Please induct Red Sovine into the Country Hall of Fame!

Red Sovine, born Woodrow Wilson Sovine in July of 1918 was a Country Music singer most noted for his (often sentimental) recitations which earned him the title "The King of Narrations". His most famous example is the heart wrenching 1976 number one hit "Teddy Bear".

Red's talents as a country music artist earned him five top ten singles (3 of which went number 1). He charted 19 songs in the top 100 in the US and Canada and several hits that crossed over to the pop charts. But far greater than his chart performance is that he was a "fan favorite" performer who's career spanned over 40 years.

He had a unique talent that made us laugh, made us cry, and made us stomp our feet! Lets not forget his contribution to this wonderful artform. In an age where the recited songs are nearly gone, I would love to see a renewed interest in Red's wonderful work!

13. Induct Wynn Stewart Into the Country Music Hall of Fame

This petition calls for the induction of country music legend, Wynn Stewart, to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Stewart was one of the forefathers of the legendary Bakersfield sound, using the classic honky tonk style while borrowing stylistic elements of rock 'n roll to create one of the most recognizable sounds in country music.

With songs like "Playboy," "Big, Big Love," "Another Day, Another Dollar," and the 1968 ACM song of the year, "It's Such A Pretty World Today" Stewart influenced legends Buck Owens and Merle Haggard and other artists such as Dwight Yoakam, Dale Watson, and Alan Jackson.

Despite his untimely death, Stewart's career spanned over three decades and helped create one of the most popular sub-genres of country music that has continued to influence artists well into the 21st century.

14. Induct Ronnie Milsap Into The Country Music Hall Of Fame

Ronnie Milsap is a legendary Country Music Artist who has earned a place in the Country Music Hall Of Fame.

He's been credited with 6 Grammy Awards, 40 #1 hits of which 35 reached top spot on the Billboard charts, Most Promising Male Artist in 1975, Inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1976 & into the North Carolina Music Hall Of Fame in 2002, Awarded the Career Achievement Award by Country Radio Seminar in 2006, Awarded the 2007 Rocketown Legend Award.

15. Bring Chris Young to Decatur IL

Can We Get Chris Young to come to Decatur Civic Center to put on a Concert?

Christopher Alan "Chris" Young (born June 12, 1985 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee) an American country music artist was in 2006 declared the winner of the television program Nashville Star, a singing competition which aired on the USA Network. After winning, he was signed to RCA Records Nashville, releasing his self-titled debut album that year. It produced two chart singles on the Hot Country Songs charts in "Drinkin' Me Lonely" and "You're Gonna Love Me".

A second album, The Man I Want to Be, was released September 1, 2009. It includes the singles "Voices", "Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)", and "The Man I Want to Be"; the latter two have reached Number One on the country singles chart.

16. Elect David Allan Coe to the Country Music Hall of Fame

David Allan Coe has many timeless country singles and has influenced many generations of country music fans he deserves his place in the country music hall of fame.

Born September 6, 1939 in Akron, Ohio, he is an American Outlaw country music singer who achieved popularity in the 1970s and 1980s. He has written and performed over 280 original songs throughout his career.

As a singer, his biggest hits were "You Never Even Called Me by My Name", "The Ride", "If That Ain't Country" and "Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile".

His best-known compositions are the #1 successes "Would You Lay With Me (in a Field of Stone)" by Tanya Tucker; and "Take This Job and Shove It", which was later covered by Johnny Paycheck that was later a hit movie (both Coe and Paycheck had minor parts in the film).

17. Play The Oak Ridge Boys NEW songs ON THE RADIO!

The Oak Ridge Boys deserve to have their new songs played on the radio.

The Oak Ridge Boys, are probably best known for hit songs such as “Y’All Come Back Saloon” from 1977 A year later, Paul Simon recruited the Oaks to sing on his million-selling pop smash “Slip Slidin’ Away.”, “Elvira”, from 1981, as well as several other number one and top five hits.

However, they are so much more than that! They are one of the longest-running groups in country music. They are also the only country quartet still touring. They were inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001. Their music spans decades. They have won many awards. They are humanitarians and friends of Presidents. They endlessly tour around 150 dates or more a year (still), throughout the United States and beyond. During the Christmas season they do their yearly Christmas tour, which even includes a visit from Santa Claus himself, some of their Christmas songs are original, and they also sing some traditional favorites.

The Oak Ridge Boys are made up of Joe Bonsall (tenor), Duane Allen (lead), William Lee Golden (baritone), and Richard Sterban (bass) These four incredible men, bring to their fans, a family friendly show that rocks, with the most incredible 4 part harmonies. This quartet came together back in 1973 as a Gospel group, then they reinvented themselves as country stars with 1977’s. Their fans are very loyal, most of them have been coming to see their live shows for over 30 years, with one big difference from 30 years ago, now they bring their children, and grandchildren when they come to the shows, who have been raised on the music of The Oak Ridge Boys.

They put out new music almost EVERY YEAR! Their newest CD, released on September 19, 2011, The Oak Ridge Boys’ It’s Only Natural CD was released through the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® exclusive music program. It features a rerecording of the signature song "Elvira" along with six other hits, plus five new songs. In addition to the new CD, The Oak Ridge Boys are the newest members to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry®, the revered home of country music.

Before that in 2009 was The Boys Are Back, features re-imagined versions of songs by John Lee Hooker, Neil Young, and the White Stripes. The title song “The Boys Are Back”, was written for The Oak Ridge Boys by Shooter Jennings, son of Waylon Jennings and Jessie Colter. They do also do the song “Seven Nation Army” by White Stripes, Boom Boom by John Lee Hooker (in this song, the bass singer Richard Sterban takes the lead) and brings to us a most truly incredible version of this popular rock song, one that John Lee Hooker could never have imagined! Richard rocks out the house as he belts out the words of the song in his deep, vibrating voice, Beautiful Bluebird, by Neil Young, (featuring William Lee Golden), and Mama's Table by Jamey Johnson (the ACE, Duane Allen, takes the lead.).

Also more than worth mentioning would be a song from their album Colors, put out in 2003. The song, GI Joe and Lillie, (written by and features Joe Bonsall), in which he talks about his parents, who served in the military. This song has had over a million views on YouTube, so many people value it's message. These songs rock! This group rocks!









18. Place Johnny PayCheck in the Country Music Hall of Fame

Johnny PayCheck was a contributor to the country music world. He has an impressive catalog of music and helped to lead the outlaw image in country music that many artists took part in.

To this day you can still see elements of the outlaws in current artist. Many artists have rerecorded my fathers music and asked my father to be a part of their recordings. You can see his vocal influence in many artists as well, however the old man had a very unique voice. He is not a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame today, but I want to raise the fans and artists voices to a level that the country music industry can hear. I think my father influenced country music to a degree that he should be honored for.

He has yet to be entered in to the CMHoF, after all this time I had hoped to see his name on the distinguishable list of country music hall of famers. Please help out and let the country music industry hear your voice. By entering your information below you will be added to a petition that will help to get my father into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The fans understand it, other country music artists understand it, why doesn't the industry understand it?

19. Stop Country Radio Replacing Old Country with New Country

A lot of Fans Have Been Requesting New Country Music From Older Artist and in reply we get They only play NEw Country Not Just NEw Music But New artist as well.

A lot of us feel that new country would not be here if it wasn't for our legends and some are still working hard to give us New music and if country radio doesn't play them We Loose Our Legends.

I like NEw Country But i like Old Country as well.

So let's Lobby FOR A MIXTURE of both.

20. The Outlaws To Be Inducted Into The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Founded in 1972, Florida's Outlaws released their self-titled debut in 1975.

The band took elements from other Southern rock bands - the tight harmonies of the Eagles, the free-form feel of the Allman Brothers Band and the hard-rocking punch of Lynyrd Skynyrd - and incorporated them into their own unique sound.

Longtime Eagles producer Bill Szymczyk, who also produced the "Hurry Sundown" album, made a nonmusical contribution by coining the nickname that's long been associated with the Outlaws - "Guitar Army."

"He came into the studio one day, listened to us doing some guitar work and said, 'You guys like sound like a guitar army,' and it stuck with us," Thomasson said.

After a string of successful albums in the late '70s and early '80s, frequent line-up changes and a changing musical climate halted the band's hot streak, though they periodically continued to tour and release albums. Founding member Henry Paul resurfaced as a member of contemporary country group Blackhawk, while Thomasson spent a decade as part of the reformed Skynyrd.

The Outlaws reconvened last year to mark the 30th anniversary of the release of their first album and decided to keep going. The current roster consists of Thomasson, guitarist Chris Anderson, bassist Randy Threet and original drummers Monte Yoho and David Dix.

"I put the band on vacation in 1995 after I got a call to come and play with Skynyrd," Thomasson said. "I knew the original line-up of that band, and it was an honor to have been a part of what they do, but I'm also glad to be back playing with the Outlaws. It took a while to build up a head of steam, but we did and we're not going away."

While the Outlaws were originally firmly entrenched in the rock world (they frequently toured with acts like the Eagles and Foghat), their Southern rock sound helped inspire "New Country" artists like Garth Brooks, Rascal Flatts and Brooks and Dunn. "Green Grass and High Times" was recently featured on Country Music Television as one of the Greatest Southern Rock Songs of all time.

The Outlaws recorded over 13 albums, three (3) going Gold. Hughie Thomasson was a founding member of the southern rock band and was inducted into the Forida Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, as well as, the Fender Hall of Fame. Hughie died on 9 Sept 2007, at the age of fifty five (55). Hughie wrote, performed, and produced music for the last 38 years, as an Outlaw and as a member of Lynyrd Skynyrd (1996 - 2005).

21. Induct Marty Stuart into Country Music Hall Of Fame

Marty Stuart started his musical career by playing mandolin with Lester Flatt in 1972 at the age of 12. After Flatt's death in 1979, Stuart released two albums that were left on Flatt's contract, and has played with such legends as Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, among others.

He has been a constant mainstay in the country music industry, with album releases "This One's Gonna Hurt You", "Country Music", "Busy Bee Cafe", "Hillbilly Rock", "The Pilgrim", and "Tempted". He has written the score to the feature films "Waking Up In Reno", "All The Pretty Horses", and "Daddy and Them".

He recently started an imprint under Universal South Records, called Superlatone Records, and will release three albums, one in which is a gospel album, one is a tribute to the music of the American Indian, and the other will be of his music. He has released a photography book, and has six more on the table.

22. Save Country Music

Well, it all started waaaay back when i was in grade 3. That is when my friends and i really started to get interested in music... but there was one thing wrong. Everybody seemed to be listening to "rap" or "pop" music...when people asked me what i listened to, they laughed at me! What on god's green earth is wrong with country music?! Their burning insults and lame comments did not however discourage me from listening to country music. But ever since then, i have never found another person that listens to it! What ever happened to country music?

23. Reinstate Hank Williams

This petition calls for the reinstatement of Opry legend, and country music star, Hank Williams. Fifty years have passed since the tragic and untimely death of country music's greatest performer, who made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry on June 11th, 1949.

A few years later, in 1952, Hiram Hank Williams was asked to leave the Opry -- with the intention that he would sober up and make a return to the stage that he loved so much. Before he could make that return, he passed on, in the back seat of a car on the way to an Ohio show. Even now, Hank Williams has yet to be reinstated to the Opry.

Hank Williams has been one of the most influential artists to ever record; changing the face of music, and the way that we view country music. Since his passing in 1953, he has posthumously achieved numerous rewards and achievements. In 1961, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and a few years later, he was added to the Country Music Hall of Fame Walkway of Stars.

In 1973, he was the recipient of the Pioneer Award by the Academy of Country Music. He received a Grammy for 'Your Cheatin' Heart' in 1983, and was then inducted into the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. That same year he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Life Magazine even ranked Hank Williams #1 on the 'Most Important People in Country Music' list. Within his short years with us on earth, he had 11 #1 singles, including 'Lovesick Blues,' 'Kaw-Liga,' as well as 25 other Top 10 Singles.

We, the undersigned, feel that it is past due for Hank Williams' reinstatement to the Grand Ole Opry. Hank Williams was one of the most influential people to ever record or write music, and his untimely death made it impossible for his to 'redeem' himself in the Opry's eyes, but after 50 years we feel that his legacy has more than made up for any objections that the Opry may have had about his personal life. His lyrics and music helped create everything traditional country music became.

Sincerely,
The fans of Hank Williams, Sr.

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