Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees

 

1998
Lee Sims

1998
Bert Sims
1998
Ron Cook
1998
Tom Murray
1999
Don Elliot
1999
Leo Everett
1999
Chuck Jeffries

1999
Dewey Knight (d)
1999
Jerry Ladner
1999
Johnny Muson
1999
Ann Rino
2000
Wade Boger (d)
2000
Clip Cookson

2000
Randy King
2000
Jim McGraw (d)
2000
Embert Mishler
2000
Cal Morse (d)
2000
Jim Peters (d)
2000
Roger Skinner (d)
2000
Curtis Willis
2001
Ray Cobb (d)
2001
Larry Ellis
2001
Jerry Osburn (d)
2001
Conley Poole (d)
2001
Ronnie Skinner (d)
2001
Ross Smith
2001
Harold Waits (d)
2001
Snaz Wall
2002
Timothy P. Irvin
2002
Paul Mateki
2002
Vaughn Meyers

2002
Blackie Minor (d)
2002
Red Sands (d)
2002
Bob Perry
2002
Sammy Cee (d)
2003
Gladys Hart
2003
Cindy Jordan (d)

2003
Karen Osburn
2003
Jerry Savor(d)
2003
Rudy Grant
2003
John Macy
2004
Jim Anschutz
2004
Jackie Bain
2004
Bob Deiderichs
2004
Patty Gallagher (d)
2004
Joe Garihan
2004
Ronnie Ray
2004
Mort Kay
2005
Beau David (d)

2005
Steve Lanier
2005
Mike Tracy
2006
Joe Holonbek
2006
Peggy Malone
2006
Crispy Nelson
2006
Ray Sekera

2006
Connie Munson
2007
Charlie Dalbek
2007
Dale Gilley
2007
Gary Street
2007
Skip Wells
2007
Bo Cottrell
2008
Jim Hyatt
2008
Pete Luthman
2008
Gary Ladner
2008
Lynn Phipps
2008
Fred Martin Gonzales
2008
Fuzzy Rice

2008
Ginger Ray
2008
Audy Baldridge
2008
Soggy Brown
2008
Robert E. Lee
2008
Glen Wimbish
2008
Bonnie Rose
2008
Dave Thomason
2008
Pam Osburn
2008
Will Karl
2008
Phil Gonzales (d)
2008
Robert Hoery (d)
2008
Don Franks (d)
2008
Charlotte Letts (d)
2008
Tom T. Hall
2008
Jerry Walker
2008
Linda Way
2008
Fred Holmes
2008
Debbie Belle
2008
Catfish Chambers
2008
Moby
2008
Dick Wood
2008
Al Bear
2010
Randy Kettelsen
2010
Lannie Garrett

2011
Bob Briggs
2013
Susie Lewis
2014
Albert Leon Payne
2014
Ron Kramer
2016
Gary Morris

 

 

Lynn Anderson

Lynn Anderson was born Sept. 26, 1947, in Grand Forks, N.D., but raised in California, the daughter of country songwriters Casey and Liz Anderson, Lynn started performing at the age of 6.

Lynn Anderson was born Sept. 26, 1947, in Grand Forks, N.D., but raised in California.

Lynn has sung for four U.S. Presidents and the Queen of England, most recently for former President Jimmy Carter at his 75th birthday celebration. During the 1970s, when Hollywood needed a country act for variety shows, benefits, national telethons, talk shows and even television dramas, Lynn Anderson was usually the choice. She was the first female country artist to do the Tonight Show circuit, as well as the first to headline and sellout Madison Square Garden in 1974. That same year, she became the first country artist to win the American Music Award for "Favorite Female Vocalist." In addition to several appearances on the Tonight Show, Lynn has been featured on The Ed Sullivan Show, Kraft Music Hall of Fame, The Dean Martin Show, The Tom Jones Show, The Midnight Special, The Johnny Cash Show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, The Carol Burnett Show, The Sonny and Cher Show, Hollywood Squares, The Dinah Shore Show, Solid Gold, Good Morning America, The People's Choice Awards and three Bob Hope Specials, as well as acting on an episode of Starsky and Hutch at the height of its popularity and in "Country Gold," an NBC Movie of the Week. Lynn also starred in her own CBS television special with guest star Tina Turner. Throughout her career she has served as an ambassador for country music, broadening its appeal and taking it to new levels, proving that a country artist could have major success on national television.    She will be inducted into the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009 as an honorary member..

Audy Baldridge

Audy Baldridge was inducted into the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame in
2008.  He's enjoyed a seventeen year career (so far!) with The Red River Band as a founding member, and has played Country music his whole life.

Born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, Audy entered the United States Navy at the age of twenty, and then went on to graduate from Oklahoma State University of Technical Training in 1960.  A 34-year resident of Colorado, Audy and his wife Joan enjoy a family including four children and many grandchildren.  Audy says his love of Country music is rooted in the broad range of places he has performed and all of the wonderful people he has met.  He continues playing today and making even more friends along the memorable journey of a Colorado Country Hall of Fame life.

Beau David

Born Newrise Battle on August 3, 1937 in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was later to take on the stage name of Beau David. He began singing before he enlisted in the United States Air Forces in 1955. With his rendition of the song “16 Tons” he won the Air Force Tops in Blues Award while stationed in Germany. A natural at music, he then taught himself to play guitar and enjoyed a wide repertoire which included country, folk, blues, and flamenco. His favorite was country music.

While serving in maintenance and scheduling squadrons for the Air Force, Newrise continued his military education by completing the Officer Candidate Course and also began working on his undergraduate degree in the mid 1960's. Ever the musician, he also began performing in the local communities near the bases where he was stationed in HI and WA. He completed his bachelor's degree in Psychology at St. Martin College in Olympia WA.

While assigned to Ellsworth AFB, SD, he performed with “The Intrigues” his first band for 4 years until he retired from the Air Force after 20 years of service in 1975. Moving to Colorado in the same year, Beau performed solo 6 nights a week while attending graduate school at the University of Northern Colorado, where he earned a master's degree in Psychology. His first band in Colorado, “The Day Drinkers”, performed in the Denver area for several years, where he was to become known to many as “Beau David”.

Beau married his second wife, Leora, in June 1975.

Building on his early days in Colorado, he continued his musical career and became a founding member of the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame, an organization that began with 6 members and grew to over 300. He held the posts of first Vice-President for 2 years, and acting President for 1 year. He also organized the first Hall of Fame Festival at that the Arvada Eagles. He was honored to receive the Parmelle Award for Country Music Entertainer of the Year Award from the Country Music Hall of Fame. Acting was also a talent for Beau, including portraying the role of God in Green Pastures among other roles. This great Colorado Country Music legend passed away in 2010.

Beau was inducted into the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

Leo Everett




Originally from Montana, Leo Everett is known as the Montana yodeler.  He came to Denver in 1981, and played Country Land for 10 years.

Inducted into the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.



Lannie Garrett

Ms. Garrett has that rare combination of popular and critical appeal. In addition to being named Favorite Female Vocalist several years in a row by The Denver Post readers, she garnered top spot as favorite singer with the readers of 5280 Magazine and the gay community’s, OutFront. She has been reviewed glowingly in national press from Gentleman’s Quarterly to Genre Magazine.

This redhead changes her feathers easily, from the glamorous, sequined chanteuse fronting her 10 piece big band, “Any Swing Goes,” to her hilarious, country spoof, The Patsy DeCline Show, her stage presence, humor and ability to connect with her audience always shines through.

Lannie has headlined at prestigious Boettcher Concert Hall and Red Rocks Amphitheater with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. She’s worked with a diverse group of national entertainers from Bill Cosby, B.B. King and Jay Leno. Lannie and her swinging big band even earned a standing ovation opening a show for her idol, the legend, Mr. Ray Charles.

Ms. Garrett was inducted into the Colorado Country Hall of Fame in 2010.

MIckey Gilley

Board Of Directors President Rocky Hoery, Shiela Gaccetta and Kay Clark traveled to Branson, Mo. on Monday, October 31, 2011 and stood with Branson's Mayor Raeanne Presley as she officiated the induction. Mayor Presley is a member of the Branson originators and the famous Presley family.

Mickey Gilley has sold many millions of records, with gold records to his credit and his long-running show is a must-see in Branson.

For most of his career, pianist/vocalist Mickey Gilley lived in the shadow of his cousin, Jerry Lee Lewis, playing a similar fusion of country, rock, blues, and R&B. In the early '70s, he managed to breakthrough into country stardom, but it wasn't until the late '70s, when he became associated with the urban cowboy movement, that he became a superstar.

Gilley, like Lewis, was raised in Ferriday, LA. It wasn't until Jerry Lee had a hit with his first Sun single, "Crazy Arms," that Mickey decided he wanted to pursue a musical career. Gilley began recording for a number of independent Texas labels without much success in the late '50s. In the early '60s, he became a local favorite by playing a never-ending series of bars and clubs. A few of singles became Texas hits, but he didn't have a national hit until 1968 with minor hit "Now I Can Live Again" on Paula Records.

Gilley signed with Epic Records after Playboy folded in 1978. The following year, the film Urban Cowboy -- which was based on Gilley's Club and featured a cameo by Mickey, as well as several of his songs -- brought him to national attention, which resulted in a string of six straight number one singles. He continued to have Top Ten hits through 1986.  He expanded his career in the early '90s, when he became one of the first country stars to open a permanent theater in Branson, MO.

Mr. Gilley was inducted into the Colorado Country Hall of Fame in 2011.

Jake Jabs

Once upon a time, a young man named Jake Jabs decided to try his hand selling guitars in his hometown of Bozeman, Mont. He was a farm kid with an agriculture degree, just out of the army, and admits he didn't know a thing about business. But he did know something about guitars, having played them since he was a kid. He'd taught the instrument and even played in a country band or two, but had made the firm decision that he didn't want to spend his life as a "bum musician."

So, before taking the plunge into the dog-eat-dog world of business, Jabs tried a homespun form of market research. He took a stroll through the Bozeman business district.

"I saw that there were five music stores in Bozeman, but none of them knew anything about guitars," he remembers. "This was 1955 and if you remember in the '50s everybody wanted to play the guitar. Folk music was huge, Glen Yarborough, rock and roll was coming in, Elvis was starting to cork. But none of these music stores knew anything about guitars, or had decent guitars, or could tune them."

A light bulb went on.

"I said there's a need here. I felt there was a need for somebody who knew guitars, who could play them and tune them. That was my first experience and I was right."

Jabs was already learning one of his fundamental lessons in retail success: Find a need and meet it. Identifying that need, he says, is a combination of hard work, careful research and instinct.

Confident of success, he managed a $3,000 loan -- using family livestock as collateral -- and soon bought his way into a partnership. The store, now specializing in televisions, stereos and guitars, soon began taking off.

There were other lessons to be learned from that first store.

"You have to be willing to buy carloads," Jabs says. "I've always been a carload buyer. That's been in my blood since I had my little music store. The Gibson guitar salesman came in and I ordered $5,000 worth of Gibson guitars. My partner just went ballistic. He said, 'What are you going to do with $5,000 worth of guitars?'"   (Read even more here.)

Jake has been a friend of Country music in Colorado for many decades and continues to support this and many other educational and varied charities around the nation with his generosity.;

Jake Jabs was inducted as an honorary member of the CCMHOF in 2012.

Doug Kershaw

Doug Kershaw is considered by most to be the king of the fiddle players. Since his early days on a Louisiana bayou, he has taken a fiddle beyond what most people think possible. With the energy of a nuclear bomb, he plays so incredibly fast that clouds of rosin soar from his horse hair bow, giving the impression that it is smoking!

Often, he will wear out two or three bows per song – playing, dancing and singing simultaneously. Mastering more than 20 instruments, many of Doug's peers, including the great Jimmy C. Newman, consider him as the best musician, singer, songwriter and performer to ever come out of southwest Louisiana.

Doug Kershaw, a key player in the promotion and revival of the formerly disappearing Cajun Culture, was born in Tiel Ridge, Cameron Parish, Louisiana, an island just off the Gulf of Mexico on January 24, 1936 to Rita and Jack Kershaw, Doug is the second of four sons, Ed, Doug, Nelson (Pee Wee) and Russell (Rusty).

In the 1960's, Doug made his first network television appearance on the premier, "Johnny Cash Show." This performance turned millions of people on to his talents, among them, Warner Brothers Records, with whom he signed a long-term recording contract. Kershaw's many recordings have been steady sellers, not only with country audiences, but spanning all categories.

Songs such as "Diggy Diggy Lo," "Cajun Joe" and "Rita Put Your Black Shoes On," are familiar tunes to Doug Kershaw fans, but none of his works reached the fame of his 1961 autobiographical recording of one of the many songs he wrote, "Louisiana Man," which immortalized his family and sold millions of copies over the years. In 1969, "Louisiana Man" was the first song broadcast back to earth from the moon by the Apollo 12 Mission.

Doug Kershaw was inducted as an honorary member of the CCMHOF in 2007.

Loretta Lynn

Born April 14 , 1935 in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, Loretta Lynn has, for over four decades, fashioned a body of work as artistically and commercially successful—and as culturally significant—as any female performer you’d care to name. Her music has confronted many of the major social issues of her time, and her life story is a rags-to-riches tale familiar to pop, rock and country fans alike. The Coal Miner’s Daughter—the tag refers to a hit single, an album, a best-selling autobiography, an Oscar-winning film, and to Lynn herself—has journeyed from the poverty of the Kentucky hills to Nashville superstardom to her current status as an honest-to-goodness American icon who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988.

It didn’t hurt that sprinkled among her many solo hits was a series of amazing collaborations between Loretta and her dear friend, singer Conway Twitty. Indeed, Loretta also won her first Vocal Duo of the Year award in 1972, with Conway, a title the team held onto through 1976. (And this in the years when the duet competition annually included Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton and George Jones & Tammy Wynette!) The pair’s close harmony style and dramatic song selections—especially, “After the Fire Is Gone,” “Lead Me On,” “As Soon As I Hang up the Phone,” and “Feelin’s”—explored adult romantic relationships as wrenchingly as any records ever made.

Loretta Lynn was inducted as an honorary member in the CCMHOF by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter during her June 10, 2009 Denver show.

Ronnie Miller

Ronnie Miller was born in San Diego, California. His mother loved the sound of the steel guitar, so she enrolled Ronnie in lessons from age five to fourteen. When Ronnie would complain about having to practice while his friends were outside playing, she would say, “Someday you will thank me for making you practice”. Boy was she ever right. He has continued to master this fascinating instrument.

Circa 1967, Ronnie met two brothers with a country band, and he started playing around town with them. At this point he met Dick and Lois Meis. Dick taught pedal steel at Don Edwards Guitar City on West Colfax. Dick had pedals on his steel, which Ronnie had seen but not tried. Mesmerized by the sound, Ronnie was officially bitten by the pedal steel guitar bug. He traded his Fender double neck String master for a Fender 1000 Pedal Steel, and started taking weekly lessons from Dick Meis at Guitar City.

In January of 1993, Ronnie moved to Dallas and became the steel player for Charley Pride. Six months later Ronnie’s wife Ginger and son Nick joined him in Dallas. He has since toured many parts of the world as a Pridesmen.

Working with Charley Pride has been an amazing career for Ronnie. With Charley, he has performed at least 150 Grand Ole Opry shows, various Country Music Association (CMA) shows, and Academy of Country Music (ACM) shows. Ronnie has appeared on major country music US television shows including Nashville Now, as well as Crook and Chase. He has also appeared on television shows on the BBC, as well as networks in Ireland, Canada, and Australia.

Read more at Ronnie Miller's Web site....


Michael Martin Murphey

Born in Oak Cliff, Texas, on March 14, 1945, and grew up in Dallas. His special love for cowboy stories and songs lead him to become a student of the arts. Mark Twain and William Faulkner were a couple of his early mentors.-- and was writing poetry before he was in his teens.His first album, Geronimo's Cadillac (1972), yielded a modest hit in the title song, which was later covered by Hoyt Axton and taken up as an anthem by Native American civil rights activists. A second album, Cosmic Cowboy Souvenir, was well received critically and also a modest hit in the Austin area.

"Wildfire," got to No. 3 on the pop charts in 1975 and became his first gold record. "Carolina in the Pines," another song from the same album, also made the Top 30. In 1982, Murphey signed a recording contract with Liberty Records, which yielded two original albums, Michael Martin Murphey and The Heart Never Lies, as well as a best-of collection with superb re-recordings of his A&M and Epic hits as well as his original Liberty hits "Still Taking Chances," "Love Affairs," "Don't Count the Rainy Days," "Will It Be Love," and "Radio Land," the latter a sort of country-flavored equivalent to "American Pie." The American Country Music Association named him 1983's best new male vocalist of the year. His rerecording of "Carolina in the Pines" rose to the country Top 10 in 1985, outperforming the original Epic version.

Though he now focuses on cowboy music, he also organizes a series of annual celebrations of the American West called West Fest. He issued Storm Over the Rangelands, a collection of songs about contemporary ranching life, in 2005. ~ Bruce Eder, All Music Guide. He was inducted into the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002.

Charley Pride

Born on March 18, 1938, in Sledge, Miss. He grew up as one of 11 children to poor sharecroppers. He unofficially started his music career as a baseball player in the Negro American League with the Memphis Red Sox, singing and playing guitar on the team bus between ballparks. Self-taught on a guitar bought at age 14 from Sears Roebuck, Pride would also join various bands on stage as the team crossed the country.

Released his 1st single in 1966, Pride's first single, "The Snakes Crawl at Night," One of his first big public appearances was at a show in Detroit which Charley won the audience over by being the 1st major black recording star in country music.

Pride has topped the Billboard country singles chart 29 times, with hits like "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'" and "Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone." He was named the CMA's entertainer of the year and male vocalist in 1971, and in 1972, he became the first artist to win back-to-back male vocalist trophies. His RCA singles routinely reached the Top 10 through 1984.

In 1993, Pride was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, 26 years after he first played as a guest. He was awarded the prestigious Academy of Country Music's Pioneer Award in 1994 and elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000.  Inducted in the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000.

Lee Sims



Colorado Entertainer of the Year 2001, 2003
Inducted into the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame, 1998
3 Time Golden Music Award Winner 2001 Nashville
Male Vocalist of the Year
Group of the Year
Album of the Year




Red Steagel


Red Steagall is the past Poet Laureate of Texas, the first "cowboy" poet to hold that honor in decades. In 1991, he was named the Official Cowboy Poet of Texas by the Texas state legislature.
He has had over 200 of his songs recorded, recorded 26 consecutive records on the national charts and released over 20 albums.

He hosts the annual Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering in the Stockyards National Historic District of Fort Worth, Texas each fall. His one-hour syndicated radio show, Cowboy Corner, is heard on 170 stations in 43 states and Red Steagall has been inducted into the Texas Trail of Fame, the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame in 2003.

Kenny Vaughan

Kenny Vaughn's biography is being updated now.  He was inducted into the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002.








Susie Lewis

Susie Lewis was inducted into the CCMHOF in 2013. Susie started playing violin , fiddle at the age of 13 & has ( over the years) become one of the very best & most respected violin player, song writer & entertainer in all kinds of music. Her first love is country.

Albert Leon Payne

Albert Leon Payne comes from a long line of country musintertainers in Colorado & has played with many of the top bands in Denver. He now lives in Texas

Ron Kramer

At 76 years old, he has been in country music since 1952 or '54. Making his first stage appearance as a singer with Bob Diederichs and The Cherry Creek Ramblers at the age of 14 or 15, he was "bitten" by country music from then on.

He has had the honor and pleasure of playing with some of the icons of country music in Denver and has been the leader of 4 of his own bands.

"I am honored to be inducted into the CCMHOF & elected president in 2014, and re-elected in 2015.

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