(Hall of Fame members in bold on birth/death date, followed by hall[s] of fame in which they are enshrined and the year enshrined. CM=Country Music; BG=Bluegrass; NS=Nashville Songwriter; SG=Southern Gospel, StG=Steel Guitar; GLA=Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award; RR=also inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)
Billy Joe Shaver (NS 04) born in Corsica, Texas, 1939 (now 77)
Kathie Lee Gifford born in Paris, France, 1953 (now 63). Gifford began her career as one of the "Hee Haw honeys."
Emory Martin born in Hickman County, Tennessee, 1889 (died 2006). Martin was the one-armed banjo player at the Renfro Valley Barn Dance.
Elvis Presley (CM 98, RR 86, GLA 71) died at Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee (heart failure), 1977 (was 42)
Vassar Clements died in Nashville, Tennessee (lung cancer), 2005 (was 77)
Patsy Montana recorded "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart," 1935. The song would become country music's first million-seller by a female.
E.W. "Bud" Wendell (CM 98) born in Akron, Ohio, 1927 (now 89)
Wayne Raney (DJ 93) born in Wolf Bayou, Arkansas, 1920 (died 1993)
Bob Koefer (StG 04) born in Clay Center, Kansas, 1928 (now 88)
Allen Reynolds (NS 00) born in North Little Rock, Arkansas, 1938 (now 78)
Hank Penny born in Birmingham, Alabama, 1918 (died 1992)
Molly Bee born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1939 (died 2009)
Johnny Preston born in Port Arthur, Texas, 1939 (died 2011). Preston is best known for "Running Bear," the 1959 hit written by J.P. Richardson and featuring guitar work and backing vocals by George Jones.
Charlie Waller (BG 96) died in Gordonsville, Virginia (heart attack), 2004 (was 69)
The Louvin Brothers play their last official show as a duo (opening for Ray Price) in Watseka, Illinois, 1963. According to Charles Wolfe's biography, the duo that once commanded over $1,100 per show as headliners received $250 for the performance.
Roger Cook (NS 97) born in Bristol, England, 1940 (now 76)
Eddy Raven born in Lafayette, Louisiana, 1944 (now 72)
Larry Sasser (StG 11) born in Gainesville, Georgia, 1947 (now 69)
Lee Ann Womack born in Jacksonville, Texas, 1966 (now 50)
Clay Walker born in Beaumont, Texas, 1969 (now 47)
Curly Ray Cline (BG 09) died in Rockhouse, Kentucky (illness), 1997 (was 74)
Rudy Gatlin born in Olney, Texas, 1952 (now 64)
John Hiatt (NS 08) born in Indianapolis, Indiana, 1952 (now 64)
Ralph Stanley II born in Coeburn, Virginia, 1958 (now 57)
Jim Reeves born in Galloway, Texas, 1923 (died 1964)
"Sneaky Pete" Kleinow (StG 07) born in South Bend, Indiana, 1934 (died 2007)
Justin Tubb born in San Antonio, Texas, 1935 (died 1998)
Louis Innis died (heart attack), 1982 (was 63)
Leon McAuliffe (StG 78) died in Tulsa, Oklahoma (illness), 1988 (was 71)
Red Rhodes (StG 05) died in Los Angeles, California (lung disease), 1995 (was 64)
Kenny Rogers (CM 13) born in Houston, Texas, 1938 (now 78)
Harold Reid (CM 08) born in Staunton, Virginia, 1939 (now 77)
Nick Kane of the Mavericks born in Jerusalem, Georgia, 1954 (now 61)
Sam McGee died in Williamson County, Tennessee (tractor accident on his farm), 1975 (was 81)
Murray "Buddy" Harman died in Nashville, Tennessee (congestive heart failure), 2008 (was 79)
Marian Leighton-Levy (BG 16) born in Harrington, Maine, 1948 (now 68). The three co-founders of Rounder Records are part of the Bluegrass Hall of Fame "class of 2016."
Holly Dunn born in San Antonio, Texas, 1957 (now 59)
Collin Raye born in DeQueen, Arkansas, 1959 (now 57)
Rod Brasfield (CM 87) born in Smithville, Arkansas, 1910 (died 1958)
Connie B. Gay (CM 80) born in Lizard Lick, North Carolina, 1914 (died 1989)
Horace "Aytchie" Burns died in Knoxville, Tennessee (heart attack), 1974 (was 56). Aytchie was a bass player at Knoxville's WNOX and on the Renfro Valley Barn Dance. He was also the older brother of Jethro Burns.
Elizabeth Haynes born in Greenville, Kentucky, 1920 (died 1976)
Elizabeth Haynes died in Hammond, Indiana (kidney disease), 1976 (56th birthday). The one-time bass player and "red-headed yodeling gal" on the Renfro Valley Barn Dance was the wife of Homer Haynes.
Leon Chappelear died in Gladewater, Texas (suicide [gunshot]), 1962 (was 53)
Mooney Lynn, the husband of Loretta Lynn, died in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee (heart failure/diabetes), 1996 (was 69)
Floyd Tillman (CM 83, NS 70) died in Houston, Texas (leukemia), 2003 (was 88)
Rex Allen, Jr. born in Chicago, Illinois, 1947 (now 69)
Woody Paul of Riders in the Sky born in Nashville, Tennessee, 1949 (now 67)
Tex Williams born in Anvil, Illinois, 1917 (died 1985)
Leslie York of the York Brothers born in Louisa, Kentucky, 1917 (died 1984)
"It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" hit #1 on the Billboard charts, 1952. The song, the first #1 hit for a female singer, was very controversial in its day, with many country stations refusing to play the song and the Grand Ole Opry management prohibiting Kitty Wells from performing the tune on the Opry.
Teea Goans born in Lowry City, Missouri, 1980 (now 36)
Fred Rose (CM 61, NS 70) born in Evansville, Indiana, 1897 (died 1954)
Jerry Clower died in Jackson, Mississippi (complications from heart surgery), 1998 (was 71)
Nat Stuckey died in Nashville, Tennessee (lung cancer), 1988 (was 54)
Elvis Costello born in London, England, 1954 (now 62). The punk pioneer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member has performed with numerous country legends including George Jones, Ricky Skaggs, Emmylou Harris, and Charlie Louvin. Johnny Cash recorded Costello's song "The Big Light" on Johnny Cash is Coming to Town.
Jo Dee Messina born in Holliston, Massachusetts, 1970 (now 46)
Jerry Rivers born in Miami, Florida, 1928 (died 1996)
Cliff Bruner died in Texas City, Texas (cancer), 2000 (was 85)
Jimmy Olander of Diamond Rio born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1961 (now 55)
Don Bowman born in Lubbock, Texas, 1937 (died 2013)
Bob Miller (NS 70) died in Nyack, New York (unknown cause), 1955 (was 59)
Wilma Burgess died in Nashville, Tennessee (heart attack), 2003 (was 64)
Harlow Wilcox died in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (heart attack), 2003 (was 59)
J.D. Crowe (BG 03) born in Lexington, Kentucky, 1937 (now 79)
Jeff Cook of Alabama (CM 05) born in Fort Payne, Alabama, 1949 (now 66)
Carter Stanley (BG 92) born in Dickenson County, Virginia, 1925 (died 1966)
Oliver "Mooney" Lynn, husband of Loretta Lynn, born in Butcher Holler, Kentucky, 1926 (died 1996)
Jimmy C. Newman born in Big Mamou, Louisiana, 1927 (died 2014)
Frances Preston (CM 92) born in Nashville, Tennessee, 1928 (died 2012)
'David "Bunny" Biggs of Jamup & Honey died in Nashville, Tennessee (unknown causes), 1948 (was 52)
Jim Denny (CM 66) died in Nashville, Tennessee (cancer), 1963 (was 52). For his Hall of Fame career, Denny may be most infamous for telling a guest artist after an appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, "You ain't goin' nowhere, son. You ought to go back to driving a truck." The person on the receiving end of Denny's criticism was Elvis Presley.
LeAnn Rimes born in Jackson, Mississippi, 1982 (now 34)
Billy Grammer born in Benton, Illinois, 1925 (died 2011)
Archie Campbell died in Knoxville, Tennessee (post-operative complications following June heart attack), 1987 (was 67)
Don Schlitz (NS 93) born in Durham, North Carolina, 1952 (now 64)
Dan Truman of Diamond Rio born in St. George, Utah, 1956 (now 60)
Grady Cole born in Lafayette, Georgia, 1909 (died 1981)
Kitty Wells (CM 76, GLA 91) born in Nashville, Tennessee, 1919 (died 2012)
Jon Hagar born in Chicago, Illinois, 1946 (died 2009)
Jim Hagar born in Chicago, Illinois, 1946 (died 2008)
Noel Boggs (StG 81) died in Los Angeles, California (heart attack), 1974 (was 56)