Ray Charles, The Judds And Musicians Eddie Bayers And Pete Drake To Join Country Music Hall Of Fame

by Phyllis Stark

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August 16, 2021

Ray Charles

The COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION revealed at a livestreamed press conference this morning (8/16) that RAY CHARLES, THE JUDDS, and musicians EDDIE BAYERS and the late PETE DRAKE will be this year’s inductees into the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME.

THE JUDDS will be inducted in the Modern Era category, CHARLES will be posthumously inducted in the Veterans Era category, and drummer BAYERS and pedal steel player DRAKE both earned a spot in the category of Recording and/or Touring Musician, which has two inductees this year as a result of a tie. BAYERS called the honor “everlasting.”

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