Three individuals that have ties to the rock/pop music world are being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.  Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare, and "Cowboy" Jack Clement will take their place in the hallowed hall during a ceremony later this year.

Texas born Kenny Rogers first made his claim in the rock world as a member of the New Christy Minstrels, before leading the group Kenny Rogers & The First Edition in the late 1960's and early 70's.  After that group broke up, Rogers staked uncharted ground when he crossed over to the country music field.  Nashville gave his career a new lease and he quickly established himself as one of it's biggest stars of the 1970's and 1980's.  Along the way, Kenny crossed back over again, plowing a career that often saw him at the top of both the country and the pop charts.

Bobby Bare first saw chart success in the pop world when his song "All American Boy" was erroneously-released under the name Bill Parsons, while Bare was overseas in the army.  After his return stateside, he made a name for himself in the folk and country world;  Interestingly, even though his own music usually gravitated towards the traditional sounds of country music - he was instrumental in encouraging his contemporaries to follow their own progressive music tastes, helping to prod along the famed Outlaw Movement from the sidelines.

"Cowboy" Jack Clement got his start as a producer and engineer at Sun Records in Memphis, working along with Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Charlie Rich, and Johnny Cash.  Once he moved to Nashville in the mid-1960's, Clement turned his sights to country - as a producer, singer, songwriter, talent scout, record company executive, and more.



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