Marty Stuart Aids Halls Of Fame

This appeared on - September 23, 2008

Marty Stuart is a huge collector of music memorabilia, and he’ll soon have valuable pieces on display at both the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

Sparkle & Twang: Marty Stuart’s American Musical Odyssey opens in Ohio on October 31, with displays that pay tribute to country, bluegrass, rockabilly and Southern gospel. Among the artifacts in the collection are the last pair of boots that Patsy Cline wore, a sweater Elvis Presley owned in the 1950s, Hank Williams’ hand-written lyrics for "Cold, Cold Heart" and "Your Cheatin’ Heart" and Johnny Cash’s hand-written lyrics to "Folsom Prison Blues" and "Man In Black."

Before that exhibit’s kickoff, a leather briefcase with the initials "JRC" from Marty’s warehouse of historic pieces will be included at the Country Hall of Fame exhibit Johnny Cash: Man In Black. Johnny traded the bag to Marty in the 1980s, and it will be part of a display that also features at least two of Cash’s trademark black outfits, including one he wore in his 1977 Christmas special.

A week after Johnny’s exhibit is unveiled, the Country Hall will introduce Gene Watson: Fourteen Carat Voice, honoring one of the most under-rated singers in the business. The showcase will highlight several items Gene wore on stage, including a green Nudie suit studded with rhinestones and music notes.

Marty’s Rock & Roll Hall exhibit closes March 1, just a month before the induction of the next class of members. Wanda Jackson, whose rockabilly straddled the pop and country formats, is one of this year’s nominees, along with such artists as Chic, Metallica, War and Bobby Womack.

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