NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The inductees for this year’s prestigious Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame were announced Wednesday morning.
Vern Gosdin, Jim McBride, Walt Aldridge and Tim Nichols are the latest inductees.
While the honor into the Hall of Fame is the pinnacle of any songwriters career, the loss of Glen Campbell weighed heavy on all of their minds.
“Glen Campbell was just the perfect vehicle for so many songs and that’s what a songwriter dreams. When you write that song like Jimmy Webber did with ‘Wichita Lineman’ and then you have the perfect messenger for the song. I don’t think that record, without the song or without Glenn, would have been have the success that it was. They were just the perfect pairing and he was that for so many songs,” said Aldridge.
McBride, who is the writer behind Alan Jackson’s “Chasing that Neon Rainbow,” and the ever so popular, “Chattahoochee” told News 2 some of his songs were published by Campbell.
“Glen was Alan Jackson’s first publisher, his first publishing company, so mine and some of Alan’s songs were published by Glen Campbell,” he said.
Nichols, who is most recently known for his monster hit with Tim McGraw, “Live Like You Were Dying” expressed what a loss Campbell’s death is to the music world.
“Like everyone, I was just a huge fan, and those songs, just his ability to interpret a song, and then his guitar playing. It’s just a wonderful thing to have for us to be able to have his music and it’s just a sad day for music now that he’s gone,” said Nichols.
Gosdin, McBride, Aldridge and Nichols will be inducted during the 47th anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame gala October 23 at the Music City Center.