Country music fans gathered in Carthage this weekend to celebrate the "Eighth Annual Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Awards" and to hear some of the best country music ever written.
Country music star, Lynn Anderson, kicked off the entertainment at the ceremony, with her hit "Rose Garden". "Rose Garden" was one of a number of top songs produced and/or written by her ex husband, Glenn Sutton, who was one of four 2005 inductees into the hall of fame.
Sutton, who also wrote some of Tammy Wynette's top hits such as "I Don't Wanna Play House" and "Take Me to Your World," says he's proud of the honor, especially when he thinks of the other great country artists who are in the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. "When I look at it and see Bob Wills, you got Gene Autry, Stuart Hamlin, there were all heroes of mine," says Sutton.
The standing-room-only crowd at the ceremony, was treated to other favorite songs by Dean Miller, son of the great Roger Miller, a 2005 hall of fame inductee, who died in 1992. Miller, a performer and song writer like his dad, admits it's tough living in the shadow of a legend. "It's hard to step up behind a legend like my father and say I'm going to do it too. We all just do what we can do, the best we can do it, and that's what I' ve been doing," says Miller.
Tyler native Johnny Gimble, who's been the Academy of Country Music's "Fiddler of the Year" eight times, and was declared a "national treasure" by the National Endowment of the Arts, added still another honor to his list with his induction into the hall of fame. "I told somebody I didn't think they were ever going to get around to me," says Gimble. But Gimble says he's sure glad they did "get around" to him.
Jimmy Dean, who to countless TV and country music fans became the "Dean of country music", wrapped up the evening's entertainment with his top all-time hit, "Big Bad John". "It was the number one record in the world in 1961 and to now and it still sells," says Dean. And the crowd still loves "Big Bad John" and the other great country music at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame celebration..
You can see extensive displays on Texas country music stars at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Museum in Carthage.