Roy Clark and harmonica player Charlie McCoy also join Mandrell in being honored

By Eileen Finan
Updated February 04, 2009 04:20 PM
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Barbara Mandrell, Roy Clark and Nashville studio musician Charlie McCoy will become the Country Music Hall of Fame’s newest members, the Country Music Association announced Wednesday.

Grammy winner Mandrell had a string of No. 1 hits in the ’70s and ’80s, including “Sleeping Single in a Double Bed” and “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool.” She also starred in Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters, a variety show on NBC that aired from 1980 to 1982. She’s the only woman to receive two CMA Entertainer of the Year Awards.

Clark, who had hits with “I Never Picked Cotton” and “Tips of My Fingers,” is best known as co-host of television’s Hee Haw and for his frequent appearances on The Tonight Show.

McCoy’s harmonica skills can be heard on Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Boxer” and George Jones’s “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” and he’s also played guitar on Bob Dylan’s recordings.

The trio will be inducted at a Nashville ceremony this spring. Last year’s inductee class included Emmylou Harris, Tom T. Hall, The Statler Brothers and Earnest V. “Pop” Stoneman.