Singers Tanya Tucker and Patty Loveless and songwriter Bob McDill will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2023.
The three legendary country music icons will be honored at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Medallion Ceremony, to be held in the museum’s CMA Theater this fall.
A Hall of Fame member inducts the member-elect by presenting the inductee with a commemorative medallion to be worn each time the membership gathers.
Election to the Country Music Hall of Fame is country music’s highest honor, and new members are elected annually by an anonymous panel of industry leaders chosen by the Country Music Association (CMA).
Texas-born Tucker landed six No. 1 records before she turned eighteen. She came back to score twenty-four Top Ten country hits from 1986 to 1997. In 2019, she made yet another comeback with the critically claimed, Grammy-winning album While I’m Living, confirming her abiding strength and skill as a singular artist.
From the outset, Loveless’ soaring, tradition-infused voice stood out, as did her astute choices in songs about real life and hardships. Between 1988 and 2003, she scored 31 Top Twenty country hits, including the No. 1s “Timber, I’m Falling in Love,” “Blame It on Your Heart,” and “Lonely Too Long.”
Between 1972 and his retirement in 2002, McDill wrote thirty-one No. 1 country hits, including “Amanda,” “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” “Gone Country,” and “Good Ole Boys Like Me.” Don Williams alone recorded more than thirty McDill songs, fourteen of them hits.
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