Music Executive Jerry Bradley, CMHOF member Ronnie Milsap, Music Producer Tom Collins and BMI Executive Bradley Collins attend the 2014 Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductees Announcement at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on April 22, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. Rick Diamond/Getty Images/AFP
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Ronnie Milsap, Mac Wiseman and the late Hank Cochran are the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.Milsap, inducted in the modern era category, was an established talent by the time he arrived in Nashville in the 1970s. He'd played in J.J. Cale's band in the early 1960s and moved to Memphis to work with Chips Moman at the hit-making American Studios, where he worked with Elvis Presley, among others, before accepting an invitation to go to Nashville to record for RCA Records.It was something of an experiment for Milsap, known as an R&B and rock singer, but he made sure he had a regular gig before he hit town, playing nightly at Roger Miller's King of the Road Hotel.Cochran, who is being inducted posthumously in the songwriter category, probably secured his place in country music history when he got Willie Nelson a songwriting job at Pamper Music by forgoing his own raise.
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