There are very few performers who can be known simply by their first name alone....Merle, Patsy, Conway, Elvis, Hank and Garth. Garth Brooks was just notified that he will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year in the category of 'Modern Era Artist' and it's about time. Garth's record setting achievements  are well documented and need little to no explanation. More important than his almost 20 number one singles, the fact that he has outsold just about every artist of all time in any music genre is the fact that he has remained grounded, humble and has been one of the great humanitarians in the history of the entertainment business.

Speaking about his induction, Brooks said he is "astounded and honored" to be chosen. He added, "At the same time, I can't help but feel guilty going in when there are so many deserving artists that came before me who are yet to be inducted."

While there is an element truth to Brooks' sentiment, you would probably have to go back to Hank Williams to find another artist that had a greater impact on country music and a lot of the artists between Hank and Garth who made their marks are already in the Hall of Fame. Thank you Garth, for everything and all you have given. Immortality is not a right of fame, it is earned and you have earned it the right way.

Also being inducted later this year are Connie Smith and Hargus "Pig" Robbins who for years was one of the top Nashville session piano players.