Country music has long been associated as a storytelling journey, but the evolution of the country sound has been made most obvious not by the music but by the image. There was a time when arenas would sparkle from all the rhinestones and when stetsons were a must-have. Then Johnny Cash brought his man in black phase into the mix, and with it a rebellion that few had seen before amongst those of that genre. Pretty soon it was all about carving out your own niche, fixing your own trademark look; whether it was Kenny Rogers and his white three-piece suits, or Tanya Tucker with her 'badgirl' catsuits and tight pants. Pictures from the mutation of country music throughout the last eight decades are perhaps some of the most telling because something about the looks of these country stars had as much of an impact as the music itself.
Ronnie Milsap, Mac Wiseman and Hank Cochran will be inducted into the country music Hall of Fame.
The late Hank Cochran will posthumously receive country music's highest honor later this year: induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Other honorees 2014 include Ronnie Milsap and Mac Wiseman.
Ronnie Milsap Will Be Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame
Cochran's induction into the Songwriter Era category is more than five decades in the making. He first rose to fame after penning his 1960 hit 'Make The World Go Away' - which was recorded by Eddy Arnold and Ray Price. He followed it up with Patsy Cline's 'I Fall To Pieces' and 'She's Got You'.
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