REMEMBERING THE WALKWAY OF STARS
Photos: Sandy Campbell

Launched in the 1960s as a fundraising tool, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's Walkway of Stars provided an opportunity for fans, record companies, and families to memorialize a favorite star by making a donation to the building fund for the fledgling, not-for-profit educational organization's original $750,000 building, which was located on Music Row at the corner of Sixteenth Avenue South and Division Street.

WALKWAY OF STARS

When the Walkway was unveiled during the Museum's grand opening gala, April 1, 1967, it included seventy-eight bronze and terrazzo tiles forming an exterior path leading to the Museum's Sixteenth Avenue public entrance. In 1978, following a building expansion and the relocation of the public entrance, the Walkway of Stars was moved to an area inside the building that eventually became known as the Walkway of Stars Lobby. By this time, too, the cash donations were being earmarked for the Museum's Library and Media Center, which had already been established as the foremost archive and research center for country music in the world.

Candidates for the Walkway of Stars had to be performers of national reputation, who had recorded performances available through national distribution, and who had achieved substantial national recognition as country performers. Election required a majority vote of the Museum's Board of Trustees.

For many years, the induction ceremonies were held during Fan Fair, the event now known as the CMA Music Festival. Registrants swarmed the Museum to meet and greet their favorite stars, including the Country Music Hall of Fame members who often showed up. The stars who donated career memorabilia as part of their induction ceremonies helped to build the Museum's unparalleled collection of costumes, instruments, manuscripts, photographs, and other historically important artifacts. By 1997, there were approximately three hundred Walkway of Stars honorees.

In August 2006, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau announced that it would recognize members of the Walkway of Stars with a commemorative marker on the new Music City Walk of Fame.  We're grateful to the NCVB for recognizing our Walkway honorees and their many significant contributions to country music and to Music City. In addition, this Web site has been established to honor the members of the Walkway of Stars and to remember their contributions to the Museum and to country music.

The Museum's past and present Board of Officers and Trustees, Director, and staff are eternally grateful to the Walkway of Stars' donors and honorees that, from 1967 to 1997, helped to fund the bricks and mortar where the present institution was born. Thank you.

Walkway of Stars Inductees

1967

Roy Acuff

Bill Anderson

Eddy Arnold

Chet Atkins

Johnny Bond

Owen Bradley

Rod Brasfield

Boudleaux & Felice Bryant

Carl & Pearl Butler

Johnny Cash

Patsy Cline

Hank Cochran

Cowboy Copas

Floyd Cramer

Jimmie Davis

Skeeter Davis

Jimmy Dickens

Dave Dudley

Flatt & Scruggs

Red Foley

Tennessee Ernie Ford

Howard "Howdy" Forrester

Glaser Brothers

Billy Grammer

Bobby Gregory

Dewey Groom

George Hamilton IV

Freddie Hart

Al Hirt

Jan Howard

Ferlin Husky

Burl Ives

Stonewall Jackson

Wanda Jackson

Sonny James

Grandpa Jones

The Jordanaires

Merle Kilgore

Pee Wee King

Pete "Oswald" Kirby (Bashful Brother Oswald)

Hugh X. Lewis

John D. Loudermilk

Loretta Lynn

Rose Maddox

Joe & Rose Lee Maphis

Jimmy Martin

Leon McAuliffe

Roger Miller

Bill Monroe

Jimmy C. Newman

Buck Owens

Minnie Pearl

Webb Pierce

Elvis Presley

Boots Randolph

Del Reeves

Jim Reeves

Jimmy Riddle

Don Robertson

Tex Ritter

Jimmie Rodgers

Fred Rose

Hank Snow

Hank Thompson

Mel Tillis

Johnny Tillotson

Merle Travis

Ernest Tubb

Justin Tubb

Leroy Van Dyke

Porter Wagoner

Kitty Wells

Dottie West

Wilburn Brothers

Bob Wills

Mac Wiseman

Johnny Wright

Faron Young

 

1968

Lenny Dee

Jack Greene

Tom T. Hall

Homer & Jethro

Jeannie Seely

Slim Whitman

 

1969

June Carter

Maybelle Carter

Roy Drusky

Bobby Goldsboro

Merle Haggard

Skeets McDonald

Roy Orbison

Luther Perkins

Jerry Reed

Jeannie C. Riley

Jimmie Skinner

Conway Twitty

T. Texas Tyler

Hank Williams

Hank Williams Jr.

Lulu Belle & Scotty Wiseman

 

1970

Original Carter Family

Roy Clark

Pete Drake

George Jones

Lonzo & Oscar

Red Sovine

Billy Edd Wheeler

Tammy Wynette

 

1971

Lynn Anderson

Gene Autry

Barbara Mandrell

Bonnie Owens

Dolly Parton

Ray Price

Charley Pride

Statler Brothers

Glenn Sutton

 

1972

Glen Campbell

Tommy Cash

Jerry Clower

Don Gibson

Mayf Nutter

Tommy Overstreet

Susan Raye

Ray Stevens

 

1973

Dick Curless

Waylon Jennings

Clayton McMichen

Stanley Brothers

Ernest V. "Pop" Stoneman

 

1974

Penny DeHaven

Johnny Dollar

Barbara Fairchild

Ray Griff

Melba Montgomery

Anne Murray

Charlie Rich

Johnny Rodriguez

 

1975

Billy "Crash" Craddock

Jess Easterday

Donna Fargo

Jim & Jon Hager (Hager Twins)

Shot Jackson

Brenda Lee

Robert Lunn

Don Rich

 

1976

Bob Atcher

Hoyt Axton

Jim Ed Brown

Vernon Dalhart

Mac Davis

Mickey Gilley

Joe E. Lewis

C. W. McCall

Red River Dave McEnery

Ronnie Milsap

Ramblin' Tommy Scott

Ray Whitley

 

1978

Narvel Felts

Jimmy Heap

Paul Howard

Jerry Lee Lewis

Willie Nelson

Ronnie Prophet

Ramblin' Lou & Joannie

Kenny Roberts

Joe Stampley

Red Steagall

Gene Watson

 

1979

Roy Acuff Jr.

Elton Britt

Charlie Collins

Lefty Frizzell

Jim & Jesse

Bob Luman

Gene Martin

Jody McCauley

Mary K. Miller

Moon Mullican

Johnny Paycheck

Curly Rhodes

T. G. Sheppard

Margo Smith

Rachel V. Watson

Onie Wheeler

Joe Zinkan

 

1980

Randy Bethune

Sonny Day

Doyle Holly

Tommy Magness

Ronnie McDowell

 

1981

Armstrong Twins

Moe Bandy

Boxcar Willie

Louise Mandrell

Stoneman Family

 

1983

Bailes Brothers

R. C. Bannon

Alcyone Bate Beasley

Reba McEntire

Riders in the Sky

Carson J. Robison

Billie Jo Spears

B. J. Thomas

 

1984

Larry Butler

Ralph Emery

Felton Jarvis

Oak Ridge Boys

Al Rogers

Leona Williams

 

1985

David Allan Coe

The Kendalls

Shorty Lavender

Mel McDaniel

Gary Morris

Ricky Skaggs

 

1986

Alabama

John Anderson

Crystal Gayle

Sam & Kirk McGee

 

1987

Earl Thomas Conley

Jeanne Pruett

Randy Travis

 

1988

Rosanne Cash

Highway 101

O. B. McClinton

George Morgan

Eddy Raven

Dwight Yoakam

 

1989

Lacy J. Dalton

Desert Rose

Vern Gosdin

Patty Loveless

Irlene Mandrell

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Billy Joe Royal

Ralph Sloan

Texas Ruby & Curly Fox

Keith Whitley

 

1990

Fruit Jar Drinkers

Johnny Horton

Tommy Hunter

Lorrie Morgan

Southern Pacific

 

1991

Emmylou Harris

Shenandoah

Travis Tritt

Lawton Williams

 

1992

Billy Ray Cyrus

The Four Guys

Janie Fricke

Patti Page

Gram Parsons

Marty Stuart

Tanya Tucker

Steve Wariner

Trisha Yearwood

 

1993

Connie Smith

Doc & Merle Watson

 

1994

Mark Collie

Holly Dunn

Sammy Kershaw

Ronna Reeves

Wynonna

 

1995

Joe Diffie

Tracy Lawrence

Kathy Mattea

Martina McBride

John Michael Montgomery

Ricky Van Shelton

 

1996

Suzy Bogguss

Lane Brody

James Burton

Tracy Byrd

Yodeling Slim Clark

Marcel Dadi

Sawyer Brown

Toby Keith

Lucille Starr

Bryan White

 

1997

Billy Byrd

Lee Roy Parnell

Gordon Terry

 

 

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