NASHVILLE -- Two Thayer sisters attended the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Medallion Ceremony in Nashville, Tenn., May 2.
Bonnie Cohn and Gale Foster, both members of the local George D. Hay Music Hall of Fame and Foundation, represented the local hall of fame at the ceremony.
This is an annual get-together where the Country Music Hall of Fame celebrates inductees into the Hall of Fame. This year's honorees were Floyd Cramer and Carl Smith. Singer Smith and the widow of Cramer were both presented membership medallions. Both men were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame last year.
The sisters said many of country music's most revered performers turned out for the event, as well as some rising younger talent.
They said Country Music Fall of Famers Eddy Arnold, Little Jimmy Dickens, Charlie Louvin, Brenda Lee, Kitty Wells, Ray Walker and Gorden Stoker of the Jordanaires; Grand Ole Opry stars Connie Smith, Hank Locklin and Jan Howard; and singers Kix Brooks, Melba Montgomery, Joe Nichols and Carlene Carter attended. Many famous songwriters and disc jockey Ralph Emery filled the theater as Cramer's first chart record, "Flip, Flop and Bop," a minor pop hit from 1958, boomed from the speakers. Much of both Smith's and Cramer's music was presented during the celebration with stars like Kix Brooks and Joe Nichols performing the 1950s hits.
The sisters said the ceremonies ended with performers joining Smith on stage to sing "Will the Circle Be Unbroken." Nashville radio station WSM-AM carried the event live and on the Internet with Eddie Stubbs hosting.