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Jerry Lee Lewis, Keith Whitley to join Country Hall of Fame

by The Associated Press | May 19, 2022 at 10:00 p.m. | Updated May 23, 2022 at 2:40 p.m.
Jerry Lee Lewis speaks at the Country Music Hall of Fame after it was announced he will be inducted as a member Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Jerry Lee Lewis, the late country singer Keith Whitley and music executive Joe Galante will join the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Lewis, 86, nicknamed "The Killer," wore a red sequined jacket and white shoes at Tuesday's announcement, where he was introduced by duo Brooks & Dunn.

"I was wondering if they were ever going to induct me," Lewis said at the press conference. "But they've come around and I was really glad and grateful for it."

Whitley had a short career, spanning just four years and seven months on the Billboard charts before his death at the age of 34 in 1989. But the singer from Sandy Hook, Kentucky, found commercial breakthrough with hits like "When You Say Nothing at All" and "I'm No Stranger to the Rain."

The three will have a formal induction ceremony in October.

  photo  FILE - Music executive Joe Galante accepts the Cliffie Stone Icon Award at the 14th Annual ACM Honors in Nashville, Tenn., on Aug. 25, 2021. Galante was announced as a non-performer inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)
 
 
  photo  Jerry Lee Lewis speaks at the Country Music Hall of Fame after it was announced he will be inducted as a member Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
 
 
  photo  Jerry Lee Lewis is helped to a chair at the Country Music Hall of Fame after it was announced he will be inducted as a member Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
 
 
  photo  Music executive Joe Galante, left; singer Jerry Lee Lewis, center; and Lorrie Morgan, right, widow of country singer Keith Whitley; pose in the Country Music Hall of Fame Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. Galante, Lewis, and Whitley were announced Tuesday as the newest inductees. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
 
 
  photo  Lorrie Morgan, widow of country singer Keith Whitley, speaks at the Country Music Hall of Fame after it was announced Whitley will be inducted as a member Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
 
 
  photo  Music executive Joe Galante speaks the Country Music Hall of Fame after it was announced he will be inducted as a member Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
 
 

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