Bill Anderson and Keith Urban are the newest inductees into the Music City Walk of Fame, presented by founding sponsor Gibson Guitar. Anderson was presented his plaque and introduced by Senior Senator Lamar Alexander and Urban recieved his induction plaque from legendary Ronnie Milsap.
The honorees were recognized officially with the unveiling of commemorative sidewalk markers on Sunday, May 15, at 2:30 p.m. at Walk of Fame Park in downtown Nashville.
Anderson penned his first hit country song when he was 19, and he has been a force in music for more than a half century. A Grand Ole Opry member, Anderson has written or co-written songs including “Mama Sang A Song,” “The Tips Of My Fingers” and “Give It Away,” and his songs have been recorded by disparate talents including James Brown, Lawrence Walk, Dean Martin, Aretha Franklin and Porter Wagoner.
Urban is one of modern country’s biggest stars, having recorded No. 1 singles including “You’ll Think of Me,” “Days Go By” and “Sweet Thing.” His 2002 hit “Somebody Like You” was named the decade’s top country song by Nielsen BDS.
"The second I got here I loved this town. I grew up with all these records, my dad's record collection and on the back of them they all said recorded in Nashville, Tennessee. So as a seven-year-old boy, I said, ‘Well, that's where I am going to go,'" Urban said during the ceremony.
The induction ceremony is sponsored by Great American Country (GAC). The Music City Walk of Fame was created in 2006 and will now have a total of 50 inductee stars. The plaque medallions for Anderson and Urban were inlaid on Demonbreun, between 4th and 5th Avenues South.
Additional photos of the induction ceremony can be viewed at http://MomentsByMoser.zenfolio.com/walkoffameinductionsmay2011