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Feb. 25: This classic from the pen of Bob McDill has to be the only country song to namecheck American literary giant Tennessee Williams. On this, the 27th anniversary of the playwright’s death, let’s hear it again, using the occasion also to praise Don Williams and his fellow members of the newly minted 2010 class of the Country Music Hall of Fame: Ferlin Husky, Jimmy Dean and – it’s about dang time — Billy Sherrill.

The Country Music Association announced the quartet’s selection this week. Read Peter Cooper’s Tennessean story to learn more about Don Williams, “the gentle giant”; Husky, Nashville Sound pioneer and primo entertainer; Dean, TV impresario whose fame transcended music to also include the breakfast meat case at the supermarket; and Sherrill, who wrote and/or produced some of country music’s most memorable songs.

Today marks Williams’ 3 Chords a Day debut. But we’ve heard from his fellow inductees before; in Sherrill’s case, several times. Here are links to previous posts on Husky, Dean and Sherrill. Congratulations, gentlemen.