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Induct Gram Parsons Into the Country Music Hall of Fame
It's about time.
It is absolutely amazing and dismaying that the late, great Gram Parsons has not been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. As much as Hank himself, he influenced the form of music he loved most. He hated, with good reason, the term "country rock." It's either country or it's not. GP was pure country, and influenced everyone in the field after his tragic death. It's unimaginable that he not be inducted into the Hall.
From "Gram Parsons" by Jason Gross (July 2001): In 1981 "Sin City," as recorded by the Burritos, was included in the Smithsonian Collection of Classic Country Music. In 1983, "Love Hurts," from a live album of the Fallen Angels' Long Island radio concert, was nominated for a Grammy. In 1984 the Franklin Mint Society included the Submarine Bands performance of "I Still Miss Someone" in a compilation album, and in 1986 the Country Music Foundation in Nashville selected two Submarine Band tracks, "Luxury Liner" and "Blue Eyes," for inclusion in The Greatest Country Music Recordings of All Time, part of its official archive collection. The foundations Country Music Hall of Fame, on which Emmylou Harris served as president of the board, accepted from her a Martin guitar that Gram had used on tour, and it is on display.
So why isn't the man himself being recognized for his immense and preeminent contribution to country music?
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