Music legends FERLIN HUSKY, Jimmy Dean, DON WILLIAMS and producer BILLY SHERRILL are among the Country Music Hall of Fame's 2010 inductees.
On Tuesday (23Feb10), bosses at The Country Music Association announced they will bestow the genre's highest honour upon the four stars at a Nashville, Tennessee ceremony later this year (10).
Husky, 84, and Dean, 81, both top-selling artists in the 1950s and '60s, were both selected as Veterans Era Artists. The musicians are both credited with expanding the influence of country music due to their regular appearances on television, and Dean's numerous film roles, including a supporting part in James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever.
Seventy-year-old Williams, who recorded 17 number one hits in the U.S., also enjoyed cross-over success, with film credits including Smokey and the Bandit II, while Sherrill, 73, shaped the careers of country music artists including Tammy Wynette and George Jones.
Their induction will boost the Country Music Hall of Fame's number of entrants from 108 to 112.