Dolly, Conway Make the Grade

02/17/1999 AT 12:00 AM EST

Dolly Parton and the late Conway Twitty will be the newest members of Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame. They will be inducted Sept. 22. "What a great honor. I really am surprised," Dolly responded to yesterday's announcement. "I thought I'd have to be as old as Roy Acuff or as ugly as Willie Nelson to get in the Hall of Fame. Just kidding, Willie! It truly is a great honor."

  • Twitty, who had a string of hits beginning in the late 1950s, died in 1993. Johnny Bond, a singing cowboy who appeared in films with Roy Rogers and Gene Autry, was also elected. He died in 1978.

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