Charlie Daniels, Randy Travis and Fred Foster were inducted in The Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016. Daniels was inducted in the Veteran’s Era category, with Randy Travis being placed in the Modern Era category. Foster was the 2016 inductee in the Non-Performer category.
Charles Daniels started as a songwriter and first found success co-writing an Elvis Presley hit, “It Hurts Me,” in 1964.
Based out of Nashville, he was a session musician for such artists as Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Marty Robbins, Claude King, Pete Seeger, Flatt & Scruggs and others. His biggest hit was “The Devil Went Down To Georgia,” which went #1 country and #3 pop in 1979.
“According to the RIAA, Daniels’s lifetime record sales have exceeded 13.5 million units,” the CMA reports. “This puts him on a par with Paul Simon, John Lennon, Natalie Cole, Yes, the Temptations, and Jefferson Airplane/Starship.
When Daniels was signed for $3 million by Epic Records in New York in 1976, the contract set a record for a Nashville act. Daniels has nine Gold, Platinum, or Multi-Platinum albums.”
He passed away July 6, 2020 at 83.
Randy Travis “was the first country artist to go platinum with his disc debut and the first debut country artist to go multi-platinum. Travis was also a forerunner of country’s ‘hot hunk’ era of the 1990s, in which dozens of handsome young male stars came to the fore. He paved the way for Alan Jackson, Clint Black, Garth Brooks, and Tim McGraw, among others.”
He won the CMA Horizon Award in 1986, followed by Male Vocalist in 1987 and 1988. “Forever And Ever, Amen” won Single of the Year and Always And Forever was named Album of the Year, both in 1987. Three of his performances have resulted in Song of the Year honors: “On The Other Hand” (1986), “Forever And Ever, Amen” (1987), and “Three Wooden Crosses” (2003).
Fred Foster was the founder of Monument Records which helped Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, and Kris Kristofferson with their early careers.
As publisher of Combine Music, he co-wrote “Me and Bobby McGee” with Kristofferson.
Other hits he produced include Orbison’s “Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream”); “Dueling Banjos,” popularized in the film Deliverance (1972); “Polk Salad Annie,” a Top Ten 1968 pop hit written and recorded by Tony Joe White; and “Rainy Night In Georgia,” a #4 pop hit for soul singer Brook Benton in 1970.
Foster died on February 20, 2019 at 87.
Raised in San Antonio, Jack Dennis’ early experiences were as a newspaper reporter and private investigator. With a Texas State University bachelor’s degree, Jack studied journalism, education and psychology. He was the founding vice-president of Sigma Delta Chi, the Association of Professional Journalists at the University. Jack has received numerous awards, including Investigative Reporter of the Year from Rocky Mountain Press Association, David Ashworth Community Award, and Leadership in Management.
Some of the people and groups Jack has interviewed include:
Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, George Strait, Roy Orbison, Justin Timberlake, Steven Tyler, Freddie Mercury, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Loggins, Jackson Browne, Steve Wariner, Tanya Tucker, Scotty Moore, Fats Domino, Patty Page, Tommy Roe, Emmy Lou Harris, Johnny Rivers, Charly McClain, Kinky Friedman, John McFee, Guy Allison & Patrick Simmons (Doobie Brothers) , Randy Bachman (BTO), Jim Messina, Todd Rundgren, Alvin Lee, Gary Puckett, The Ventures, Freddy Cannon, Augie Meyer, Christopher Cross, Whiskey Myers, Sha Na Na (John “Bowzer” Baumann), Flash Cadillac, Jerry Scheff, John Wilkinson, Darrell McCall, and more.
Politicians & News
George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Lady Bird Johnson, Greg Abbott, Rudolph Giuliani, Larry King, Jack Anderson, Tom Bradley, Connie Mack, and more.
Clint Eastwood, Mike Myers, Taylor Lautner, Cameron Diaz, Jerry Lewis, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, Selena Gomez, Tippi Hedren, James Earl Jones, James Woods, Jim Nabors, Martha Raye, Rosalind Russell, June Lockhart, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Howie Mandel, Meg Ryan, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, James Drury, Melanie Griffith, Nathan Lane, Alan Thicke, Lou Diamond Phillips, Clint Howard, Tony Sirico, Cesar Romero, Michael Berryman, Tracy Scoggins, William Windom, Warren Stevens and more.
Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Wally Schirra, Dave Scott, Gene Cernan, Walt Cunningham, Scott Carpenter, Gene Kranz (NASA Flight Director), Ed Mitchell, Richard Gordon, Bruce McCandless, Vanentina Treshkova (first woman in space, Russia), Alex Leonov (first man to walk in space, Russian), Al Worden, Dee O’Hara (nurse to astronauts) and more.
Sports: Joe Torre, Roger Staubach, Bob Hayes, Billie Jean King, Manuela Maleeva, Drew Pearson, Bob Lilly, Tim Duncan, David Robinson, George Gervin, Tony Parker, Shannon Miller, Cathy Rigby, Bruce Bowen, Wade Boggs, Fernando Valenzuela, Bernie Kosar, Dale Murphy, Jim Abbott, Dick Bartell, Mike Schmidt, Dan Pastorini and more.
May Pang, Bob Eubanks, Vernon Presley, Vester Presley, Charlie Hodge, Joe Esposito, Rick Stanley (Elvis’ step-brother, Harold Lloyd (Elvis’ first cousin), Doyle Brunson, Kara Peller, Hank Meijer, Norman Brinkler, Stanley Marcus, Jerry King, Mac King, Nathan Burton, Zach Anner, Louie Anderson, Owen Benjamin, Steve Byrne and more.
As head of Facilities for a major retailer (H-E-B Food/Drugs) for 20 years, Jack co-founded Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) and was elected President to establish PRSM magazine. Jack is a writer, speaker, golf-concierge and happiness coach. He has researched and studied happiness for over 40 years.
Jack was a prolific writer for Examiner.com, with over 1,900 articles written in six years. His articles and stories have appeared in AXS Entertainment, The ROWDY Country Music, Memphis Flash, and numerous magazines.
He is author of “Miracles of Justice,” a true courtroom drama novel about social injustice and miracles.