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Country Music Stars Initiate Sidewalk Memorial

August 5, 1987

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn and Ricky Skaggs joined 31 other country music stars along the city’s new StarWalk, where the performers pressed their handprints, footprints and various personal items into wet concrete for posterity’s sake.

StarWalk, the country music equivalent to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, features messages and mementos from 50 Grammy Award winners for country music.

Many of the stars showed up Tuesday night for formal ceremonies inducting the performers into the StarWalk, a co-venture of Fountain Square entertainment district and the Nashville chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.

″I figured I wanted to give some of the real me,″ said female vocalist Lynn Anderson, who decorated her plaque with fake fingernails, makeup mirrors, cosmetic brushes, earrings and other personal items.

Other inductees included Tammy Wynette, Ronnie Milsap, The Judds and Rosanne Cash.

Wynonna Judd brought her dog, Loretta Lynn Judd, and pressed the fox terrier’s paws into the wet concrete alongside her hands. Miss Wynette stepped into the soft mixture wearing hose. Singer Jeannie Seely playfully turned around and sat in the concoction.

Other items added to the slabs were a horn from trumpeter Danny Davis and a belt buckle and guitar pick from Skaggs

The inductees’ plaques join those of The Oak Ridge Boys, Alabama, Dottie West, Crystal Gayle, Jerry Reed and Conway Twitty - all of whom were inducted at the announcement of the StarWalk project in January.

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