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Kenny Rogers Among 2013 Hall Of Fame Inductees

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare and Jack Clement are the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The trio of new inductees attended a news conference Wednesday at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

Each has had a significant impact on music.

Rogers was both a pop crossover and a pop culture sensation in the 1970s and '80s with songs like "The Gambler" and the Lionel Richie-produced "Lady."

"Cowboy" Jack Clement, a colorful artist and producer, played a crucial role in the history of music, working as a producer and engineer at Sun Records before moving to Nashville.

And Bare charted his own path, emulating the free-thinking outlaw movement and veering from country to pop and rock.

Rogers will be inducted in the "Modern Era Artist" category, while Bare will be inducted in the "Veterans Era Artist" category. Clement will be inducted in the "Non-Performer" category, which is awarded every third year in a rotation with the "Recording and/or Touring Musician Active Prior to 1980," and "Songwriter" categories. Bare, Clement, and Rogers will increase membership in the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame from 118 to 121 members.

"When I was young, my dad said, ‘Son, you have to think big to accomplish small' and the Country Music Hall of Fame was as big as it gets," said Rogers. "He wanted that for me. So every record I've ever made, every concert I've performed, and every song I've written was done for the single purpose of achieving that goal."

Induction ceremonies for Bare, Clement, and Rogers will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the new CMA Theater later this year.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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