Judds join Country Hall one day after Naomi's passing
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Judds join Country Hall one day after Naomi's passing

Monday, May 2, 2022 – One day after the passing of Naomi Judd, The Judds nevertheless entered the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday in an emotional ceremony along with Ray Charles, drummer Eddie Bayers and steel player Pete Drake.

Naomi Judd, 76, died on Saturday. Daughters Wynonna and Ashley Judd decided to go ahead with the ceremony with both on hand. Ricky Skaggs formally inducted Wynonna into the hall.

"I'm sorry that she couldn't hang on until today," Ashley Judd told the audience through tears. "Your esteem for her and your regard for her really penetrated her hart, and it was your affection for her that did keep her going in her last years."

""I didn't prepare anything tonight because I knew that Mom would probably talk the most," Wynonna said to laughter. "I'm going to make this fast because my heart's broken, and I feel so blessed, and it's a very strange dynamic to be this broken and this blessed."

Wynonna talked on being by her mother's said at her death, before reciting the 23rd Psalm.

"Though my heart is broken I will continue to sing," Wynonna Judd said.

Charles became only the third Black member of the Country Hall of Fame after Deford Bailey and Charley Pride

Bayers is a drummer who played on 300 Platinum albums over the decades. He was the first drummer inducted into the hall. Drake, who died in 1988, was a pedal steel guitarist. He played on hits like "Stand By Your Man" by Tammy Wynette and "He Stopped Loving Her Today" by George Jones. He also invented the talking box, which was prominently used by Peter Frampton.

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