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Country Music Hall of Fame announces 2014 Inductee Class

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Today in Nashville, the Country Music Hall of Fame announced its 2014 inductee class. The class was chosen by the Country Music Association Panel of Electors, appointed by the CMA Board of Directors. This year's class consisted of three gentlemen who have made their mark in the country music industry.

Bobby Bare announced that Hank Cochran will be inducted into the Songwriter category. Hank Cochran was known for his songwriting talents for hit songs such as, "I Fall to Pieces," "Make the World Go Away," "I Don't Do Windows," Would These Arms Be In Your Way," "This Ain't My First Rodeo," and "The Eagle." Most recently, Jamey Johnson collaborated with fellow appreciators of Cochran's hit songs for a tribute album, "Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran."

Jo Walker Meador announced that Mac Wiseman would be inducted into the Veteran Era category. That category is for national prominence more than 45 years ago. Mac Wiseman was born in Virginia and worked with legendary performers Molly O'Day, Bill Monroe, Foggy Mountain Boys, and more.

Finally, Hunter Hayes announced that his role model, Ronnie Milsap, would be inducted into the Moderan Area category. To be eligible for the Modern Era Category, the inductee must have received national prominence more than 20 years ago. Ronnie Milsap has been a successful cross over singer with country, pop, r&b, and rock and roll. He didn't let his blindness be an obstacle in his performances. He is best known for his hit songs, "Smoky Mountain Rain," "Any Day Now," and "Stranger in My House." Only Conway Twitty and George Strait have more number one hits than Ronnie Milsap.

The Country Music Hall of Fame will host the 2014 induction ceremonies this fall at the Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. For more information, be sure to go to www.countrymusichalloffame.org.

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