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10 Country Artists You Won’t Believe Aren’t in the Hall of Fame

From Randy Travis to Crystal Gayle

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Randy Travis and Crystal Gayle are two veteran country music artists who have yet to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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Election into the Country Music Hall of Fame is the peak of the country music mountain. Since 1961, when Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers and songwriter Fred Rose were the inaugural Hall inductees (even before a permanent home for their bronze plaques had been built), more than 125 members have been enshrined, with artists, songwriters, studio musicians and other key industry figures now represented in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's spectacular rotunda. As the next inductees are set to be revealed tomorrow, Tuesday, March 29th, we look at 10 of the most likely — and worthy — candidates for Hall of Fame membership.

Tony Brown

NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 22: Reba McEntire and Tony Brown attends the 2011 Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony induction at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on May 22, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Ed Rode/Getty Images)

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Tony Brown

A seasoned pianist who toured with J.D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet and the Oak Ridge Boys, among others, Brown went on to play with Elvis Presley's TCB Band before joining Emmylou Harris's Hot Band. His knack for spotting talent and finding and recording hits made him one of Music Row's most respected producers and label chiefs. An architect of what Steve Earle would dub country's "Great Credibility Scare" of the mid-Eighties, he signed and produced such left-of-center artists as Earle, Lyle Lovett and Nanci Griffith while at MCA Records. He's also been responsible for most of the hits cut by Hall of Famers Reba McEntire and George Strait.

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