Some country classics are entering the Grammy Hall of Fame. Hank Williams’ 1947 hit “Honky Tonkin'” and Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys’ 1939 song “San Antonio Rose” are among the 17 singles earning induction, while Willie Nelson’s 1978 release “Stardust” is one of 12 albums receiving the honor. A total of 27 recordings are being added to the Grammy Hall of Fame. The oldest are two renditions of the spiritual “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” — a 1909 recording by the Fisk Jubilee Singers and a 1926 version by Paul Robeson. Bonnie Raitt’s 1989 album “Nick Of Time” is the most recent release on the list.
The new inductees include a wide range of material, including rock, pop, R&B, jazz, gospel, and country. Eligible recordings must be at least 25 years old and be considered “of lasting qualitative or historical significance.” With the latest additions, the Grammy Hall of Fame has grown to 987 titles.