ELVIS PRESLEY, seven others to join Gospel Music Hall of Fame

Tuesday, September 4th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Nashville-AP) -- Elvis Presley is one of this year's Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductees.

The others are Doris Akers, Wendy Bagwell & The Sunliters, Keith Green, Kurt Kaiser, Larry Norman, The Rambos and Albertina Walker.

The nominees were announced this afternoon in Nashville.

Presley will be the first hall of famer in the three music types -- rock n' roll, country and gospel.

Mahalia (mah-HAYL'-yuh) Jackson is a member of the rock 'n' roll and gospel halls, and Jimmie Davis and Tennessee Ernie Ford are members of the country and gospel halls.

Gospel was the music intimates say Presley loved first and best. Starting with The Jordanaires, Presley usually recorded and toured with gospel quartets, and incorporated gospel music into his shows.

The gospel awards ceremony will be November 27th at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

The hall was originally the Union Gospel Tabernacle, then became the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 until 1974.