A legendary figure in the rock and roll world through his talents as a guitarist with The Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive, Randy is equally known for being a songwriter, session musician and producer. He has earned over 110 gold and platinum awards around the world for performing and producing. His songs have been recorded by numerous other artists and placed in dozens of television, movie and commercial soundtracks. His melodic guitar riffs have provided a veritable soundtrack of the last forty plus years of popular music
As one of country music’s finest guitar players, Jimmy Capps is a ‘master of smoothness’. He is known in the studio for his ability to move flawlessly from ‘electric to acoustic’ with a polished and refined touch that he brings to every recording or performance he is part of. Some of the classics that Jimmy has played on a re “Stand By Your Man,” “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” and “The Gambler/” Jimmy can also be seen performing on the Opry stage as a staff musician, which he has done since the 1960’s.
Grammy award winner Peter Frampton remains one of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history. At 16, he was lead singer and guitarist for British band The Herd. At 18, he co-founded one of the first super groups, seminal rock act Humble Pie. His fifth solo album, the electrifying Frampton Comes Alive ! remains one of the top-selling live records of all time.
Guy is a pioneer of the Chicago blues sound and has served as an influence to some of the most notable musicians of his generation including Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Rolling stone magazine ranked Guy 30th on their list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
Known for his showmanship on stage, he would play his guitar with drumsticks or stroll into the audience while playing solos. His song “Stone Crazy” was ranked 78th in Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.
Ben Keith (Posthumously)
Known primarily for his work as a pedal steel guitarist with Neil Young, Keith was a fixture of the Nashville country music community in the 1950’s and 1960’s. He later worked with numerous successful rock, country and pop artists as both a producer and a multi-instrumentalist sideman for over four decades.
The very first song Ben Recorded as a Nashville sessions player was Patsy Clines’s timeless standard “I Fall to Pieces.”
Will is best known for his work as the bass guitarist on the CBS television program Late Show with David Letterman as part of the CBS Orchestra. As a studio musician, Lee has played on more that 1,700 albums working with artists as diverse as Carly Simon, Barry Manilow, Mariah Carey, and Dave Matthews.
Will is also a founding member of the world famous Beatles tribute band, The Fab Faux.
First female inductee into the MHOF and first artists to win the CMA Entertainer Of The Year for two consecutive years. She has won multiple awards from the CMA, ACM, American Music Awards, Grammy’s, People’s Choice Awards and a Dove Award.
Her variety show, “Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters,” on NBC drew millions of viewers weekly. Along with being a member of the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame, her repertoire of instruments include: saxophone, banjo, guitar, Dobro, mandolin, and bass, in addition to the according and the pedal steel guitar.
Corki Casey O’Dell
In Phoenix, Arizona, in the mid-Fifties, a small group of musicians were making groundbreaking recordings that would help to define the sound of rock and roll. Corki Casey O’Dell was the lone woman musician in the group. In 1956, she played rhythm guitar on Sanfod Clark’s “The Fool,” a Top Ten hit record. In 1957 and ’58, she played rhythm guitar on Duane Eddy’s “Moovin’ ‘n Groovin’” and “Ramrod.” She played on most of Eddy’s Recording in Phoenix, including “Peter Gunn,” “Forty Miles of Bad Road,” and his signature tune, “Rebel Rouser,” which would be featured years later in the film Forrest Gump. Corki’s rythm guitar playing on so many pioneering hit records earned her the title of The First Rock ad Roll Sidechick.
A self-taught musician, Smith learned to sing and play guitar at an early age. Velma was the first female to perform a solo on the NBC Network portion of Grand Ole Opry. Velma was also the first female rhythm guitar player to play on records recorded in Nashville. Some of the artists Velma recorded with during her musical career were Eddy Arnold, Hank Locklin, Jim Reeves, Skeeter Davis, Roy Orbison, Waylon Jennings, Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Willie Nelson, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Charlie Rich, and Don Gibson.
Stevie Ray Vaughan (Posthumously) & Double Trouble
With Stevie on guitar, Chris Layton on drums, Tommy Shannon on bass guitar and Reese Wynans on keyboards, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble are credited with igniting the Blues Revival in the ’80’s with sold out concerts and gold records.
They played together from 1978 until Stevie’s death in a helicopter crash after a concert August 27, 1990. Since then, Chris, Tommy, and Reese have continued playing in other bands as well as session musicians for other artists.
Mike Curb is the first Musicians Hall of Fame Industry Icon Award Inductee. He started out writing music for TV and film before creating his first record label in 1963. Later, he merged his company with MGM and became president of MGM Records and Verve Records.
In the 70’s, Curb wrote for and produced Roy Orbison, the Osmond Family, Lou Rawls, and Sammy Davis, Jr. In 1994, the former Lieutenant Governor of California moved t Nashville and formed Curb Records with country recodring artists including Wyonna Judd, LeAnn Rimes, Hank Williams, Jr., Rodney Atkins, and Tim McGraw. Along with running Curb Records, Mike is also a civic leader and benefactor for many organizations including higher learning institutions that have helped ensure the entertainment industry will survive in perpetuity.
Roy Orbison (Posthumously)
“Oh, Pretty Woman” – Grammy winner Roy Orbison’s induction as a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are well documented, but not as well known, is that as a guitarist, Roy created on the most covered and iconic guitar riffs of all time, “Oh, Pretty Woman”. Roy is the first recipient of this award.