The Musicians Hall of Fame would like to congratulate Billy Sherrill on his induction into The Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, May 23, 2010. Billy was honored along with the legendary country music singer Ferlin Husky at the medallion ceremony held at The Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee. Billy’s contributions to the history of country music through his abilities as a musician, songwriter and producer are unparalleled.
Voted BMI’s Songwriter of the Century in 2000, Billy’s musical career started as a piano player at tent revivals working for his Father who was a Baptist minister. He also played saxophone in a Rock & Roll band touring the Southeast named “The Fairlanes”.
Billy moved from Florence, Al to Nashville after receiving his first royalty check as a songwriter. This led to him working for the new Sun Records office located in Nashville. Sun records founder Sam Phillips hired Billy as a engineer and allowed him to utilize the studio after hours to record his own songs. Billy had a regional hit entitled “Tipsy” which he wrote and played every instrument on the recording. After seeing Billy at work in the studio, the Internationally known publisher, Al Gallico, helped land him the job as the top executive at the newly opened Columbia-Epic Records located on Music Row. It was there he became known as the producer with the “Midas Touch “. Billy’s lush productions such as “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” by Charlie Rich to the working man’s anthem “Take This Job and Shove it” by Johnny Paycheck opened doors for country music all over the world.
Billy as a producer is responsible for what were voted the top two country songs of all time “Stand by Your Man” by Tammy Wynette and “He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones.
In 2008, Billy was inducted in the Producer category into The Musicians Hall of Fame.