Larry Papke, AP
The country icon's self-penned classic, 'On the Road Again,' is one of the 30 hits that will be honored early next year. Other recordings being inducted to the Hall include 'Lovesick Blues' by Hank Williams With His Drifting Cowboys, 'Cats in the Cradle' by Harry Chapin, 'Purple Rain' by Prince, 'Walking to New Orleans' by Fats Domino, 'I'll Be There' by the Jackson 5 and 'Steel Guitar Rag' by Bob Willis & His Texas Playboys.
"These musical treasures have brought us timeless recordings, and each of them deserves to be memorialized," states President/CEO of the Recording Academy, Neil Portnow. "These recordings are living evidence that music remains an indelible part of our culture."
The new inductees join almost 900 recordings that have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame since its inception in 1973. Other recordings previously inducted include offerings by Steely Dan, Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan, George Jones, Billy Joel, Frank Sinatra, Glen Campbell, Jerry Lee Lewis and Janis Joplin.
This is Willie's fourth induction into the Grammy Hall of Fame. His No. 1 hit 'Always On My Mind' and classic 'Red-Headed Stranger' album have both been inducted, as well as 'Wanted! The Outlaw's' that he recorded with Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter and Tompall Glaser.
Perhaps the happy news of his latest Grammy honor is the holiday gift the 77-year old needs. Arrested in November for marijuana possession, the Texas-native was subsequently charged with a misdemeanor, allowing him to stay out of jail. Willie has five more shows planned for the rest of 2010, including stops in Mississippi and Oklahoma this week. He will resume his busy touring schedule in January. See his concert itinerary here.