Entries in Grand Ole Opry (2)


Mel McDaniel, Grand Ole Opry Star, Dead at 68

Redferns/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Grand Ole Opry star Mel McDaniel has died after a long battle with lung cancer, according to  He was 68.

His biggest hits included the 1984 smash "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On," "Louisiana Saturday Night," "Stand Up," "Big Ole Brew" and "Real Good Feel Good Song."

Born in Checotah, Oklahoma, McDaniel got his start in country music by singing on demo recordings and writing songs for other artists, including Kenny Rogers and Conway Twitty.  He landed his record deal in 1976, but didn't score his first big hit until 1981's "Louisiana Saturday Night."  He was inducted into the Opry in 1986.

In 1996, an onstage fall forced him off the road, but he continued to record. In 2009, he suffered a heart attack and was put into a medically-induced coma.  On February 9 of this year, he was hospitalized with terminal lung cancer, shortly after completing what will now be his final album, The Last Ride.

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Blake Shelton Officially Inducted into Grand Ole Opry  

Photo Courtesy - Warner Bros. Records (NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Blake Shelton was officially inducted into the Grand Ole Opry Saturday night by his good pal and fellow Opry member, Trace Adkins.  Calling the evening the pinnacle of his career, Shelton even said this honor trumped his nods for next month's CMA Awards.

"It would be cool to win something like that, but it is so small compared to this night to me," Shelton confessed.

Shelton began the show Saturday with his latest number-one hit, "All About Tonight" and returned later to sing "She Wouldn't Be Gone" and "Hillbilly Bone" with Adkins.

Adkins then handed Shelton his Opry Member Award, saying, "With great reverence and respect, it means the world to me to be the one to hand this to you and say, 'Blake Shelton, you're the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry!'"

Shelton shared a few words with the audience after his official induction, saying, "I get the same feeling when I come to the Opry as when I see one of my heroes.  I am in awe.  To me, the Grand Ole Opry is an artist, and I'm really proud to be one of its songs."

Shelton finished off the show with a performance of "Home."´╗┐

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