The Grammy Hall of Fame announced its 2010 inductees this week. Three country songs are included in the list of recordings:
"Lovesick Blues" - Hank Williams. Recorded in 1948 at Cincinnati's Herzog Studios, Hank's version of the song is the second version of "Lovesick Blues" inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Emmett Miller & His Orchestra's 1928 version was inducted in 2007. This is the fifth Williams song inducted, following "Hey Good Lookin'," "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Jambalya (On the Bayou)," and "Your Cheatin' Heart."
"On the Road Again" - Willie Nelson. This 1980 song is Nelson's third recording inducted (fourth if you count the collaboration Wanted! The Outlaws with Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, and Tompall Glaser). His other entries are his version of "Always on My Mind" and his album Red Headed Stranger.
"Steel Guitar Rag" - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. Opening with Bob Wills saying, "Take it away, Leon!" this 1936 classic has finally been acknowledged by the Grammy Hall of Fame. It is Wills' second recording in the Hall of Fame, the other being 1940's "New San Antonio Rose."
The Grammy web site states, "The Grammy Hall of Fame Award was established by the Recording Academy's National Trustees in 1973 to honor recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old. Inductees are selected annually by a special member committee of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts." There are a total of 73 country recordings (most of them individual songs, not albums) in the Grammy Hall of Fame out of the 881 total inductees.