Since 1937, McDonald’s has been making a steady contribution to the American diet. But what started as a US-based burger joint has expanded across the globe, and its varied menu now includes everything from salads to shakes to breakfast sandwiches. But the Big Mac is one beloved meal staple that has a long standing on the McDonald’s menu, no matter what country you’re dining in. If you’ve eaten a Big Mac, however, you might not be aware of everything that made that burger happen.
Country star Ronnie Milsap, bluegrass legend Mac Wiseman and the late songwriter Hank Cochran were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame at a private ceremony Sunday night (Oct. 26).
Milsap, 71, and Wiseman, 89, were both on hand to receive their bronze medallions. Cochran, who passed away in 2010, was inducted posthumously for his contributions to country songwriting, which included ‘She’s Got You,’ ‘I Fall to Pieces,’ ‘It’s Not Love (But It’s Not Bad),’ ‘Ocean Front Property’ and many, many more.
Jim Lauderdale, Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Gene Watson, Sam Moore of Sam & Dave, Hunter Hayes and Martina McBride performed musical tributes to all three artists, with highlights including Gill and Moore performing Milsap’s ‘Lost in the Fifties Tonight,’ McBride singing ‘(I’d Be) A Legend in My Time’ and Krauss’ renditions of Cochran’s ‘Make the World Go Away’ and ‘Don’t Touch Me.’
Former CMA Executive Director Jo Walker-Meador presented Wiseman with his medallion, and she praised his contributions in helping to form the CMA. “He gave not only ideas, but he did the work, as well,” she told the crowd (quote via CMT). “He was invaluable to me [because] I knew nothing about country music then.”
Bobby Bare presented Cochran’s widow, Suzi, with his medallion, while Brenda Lee gave Milsap his award, standing in for Reba McEntire, who was forced to bow out of the ceremony at the last minute after the death of her father.
“To be inducted by the great Brenda Lee is the best it’ll ever get,” Milsap said, then went on to thank his producer Tom Collins, manager Burt Stein and Jerry Bradley, who signed him to RCA Records.
In keeping with tradition, the invitation-only medallion ceremony concluded with the assembled performers and audience joining together to sing ‘Will the Circle Be Unbroken.’
According to its website, the Country Music Hall of Fame inducts three new members each year “to recognize significant contributions to the advancement of country music by individuals in both the creative and business communities
– By Sterling Whitaker TasteOfCountry
Larry M. Clark a retired US Navy Chief Petty Officer, affectionately referred to as “The Old Chief” is
a Successful Nashville Recording Artist, a disabled Vietnam Vet and a BMI songwriter.
Larry has been entertaining for over thirty years, but is sadly not performing anymore. Songwriting has been a lifelong passion for Larry and he is now taking it very serious by concentrating only on writing songs, and hopes like most songwriters to have some of his songs recorded by a major band or artist. Larry’s songs are all published by Ellemsee Music BMI.
Larry’s album “The Old Chief Writes And Sings” is his first album in over 20 years and by some coincidence it also contained 20 songs. Larry jokes around saying he wrote one song a year, which also serves to confirm that they are all original compositions, performed in his smooth baritone style. Larry has recorded the entire album at “Java Jive Studio” and then had them all mixed and mastered by Mark Mosley at “Sound Control” both in Nashville Tennessee.
On this album Larry is backed by some of the best Nashville musicians and vocalists, the album is pure traditional Country and Western with a little Western Swing, Cowboy Honky Tonk, and just for fun a Two Step or two. The album lineup is mixed with happy and sad songs, love and hate songs, upbeat and downbeat songs, lost love and found love songs, good and bad memories songs, and a trucking song. Much to the delight of all Larry’s fans he confirms that the album is now available for purchase.
“I am a BMI Songwriter wanting to push my original songs. I’m a retired US Navy Chief Petty Officer and a disabled VietNam vet” – Larry M. Clark
Larry’s album “The Old Chief Writes And Sings” is available to buy at Amazon.com and for those who love Apple will not be disappointed as it’s also on iTunes. As a bonus to his fans Larry has made his hit song, “Twenty One Wheeler” available on Wildhorse Entertainment for free download worldwide. From early reports on the amount of downloads ‘Twenty One Wheeler” has received it looks like it is going to feature pretty high on the Wildhorse Independent Superstars International Download Top 30 Chart in November.
The Independent Superstars Songwriters Hall Of Fame out of South Africa, has indicted that Larry will be inducted into their Songwriters Hall of Fame before the end of the year. Larry was recommended by two of the IDSS Hall Of Fame members, Keith Bradford of “The Nashville Broadcasting Network” and Charlie Ray Powell of “Charlie Ray Powell Music” Nashville Tennessee.
Larry may be wanting to think of starting up his live performances soon as things are looking up for him in the music business, with a great new album release, a place in the IDSS Songwriters Hall Of Fame and the possibility of a Top 30 charted song, and who knows depending on the support of his Family Friends and Fans he may even be looking forward to a #1 with his country download release of ‘Twenty One Wheeler” on Wildhorse Entertainment.
To visit Larry’s Independent Superstars Web Page where you will find a free download of “Twenty One Wheeler” compliments of Larry please click on this link http://countrymale.wordpress.com/category/larry-m-clark/ once there you will also find links to more of Larry’s hits songs available on iTunes, ReverbNation and AirplayDirect.
We at WHISNews21 and Wildhorse Entertainment wish Larry M. Clark only the very best for his continued success in the business we all love to call “The Music Business”
– Frans Maritz WHISNews21 
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The world’s definition of success differs greatly from God’s. Take the role of a pastor, for example–it would be easy to accept accolades for church growth, as many people equate high attendance numbers with a minister’s effectiveness. But the Lord desires that we obey Him with humility. Whether we draw a crowd or not, success is measured by obedience.
This looks different for each believer. Some Christians have very visible jobs, so their efforts are public and obvious. Others serve Christ in quiet, less noticeable ways.
God bestows upon His followers gifts tailored to each one’s ordained assignments. The Holy Spirit reveals our calling, and we’re to give our best effort. Of course, no matter what the task may be, the result will be worthless unless the Father breathes life into it. In other words, we are entrusted with God-appointed work. He assigns the duty, provides the skills, and causes growth. The Lord deserves all of the glory. We are blessed simply to be a part of His plan.
As mere vessels that God uses, we should be thankful for anything He accomplishes through us. And by giving Him all the credit, we need never feel defeated with disappointment. Rather, in spite of how things may appear, we trust Him to achieve His good purpose.
Honor is misplaced unless it goes directly to the One who creates, sanctifies, and sustains. God created you for specific tasks to further His kingdom. He wants to use your life–and will allow you to watch His powerful hand at work. Listen for His leading, and praise Him for all He accomplishes.
Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc. © 2009 All Rights Reserved.