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File #: RS2022-1761    Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 8/18/2022 In control: Metropolitan Council
On agenda: 9/6/2022 Final action: 9/6/2022
Title: A Resolution recognizing legendary country performing artist and songwriter Jeannie Seely on her fifty-fifth anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Sponsors: Jeff Syracuse, Kevin Rhoten, Russ Bradford, Zach Young, Emily Benedict, Bob Nash, Erin Evans, Thom Druffel, Joy Styles, Ginny Welsch, Nancy VanReece, Sharon Hurt, Robert Swope, Larry Hagar, Freddie OConnell, Brett Withers, Tonya Hancock
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A Resolution recognizing legendary country performing artist and songwriter Jeannie Seely on her fifty-fifth anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

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WHEREAS, growing up on a farm outside of Townville, Pennsylvania, Jeannie Seely was a precocious talent who went from singing with her mother to performing on local radio by age eleven and appearing on local television by age sixteen; and

WHEREAS, after a stint in California, Ms. Seely moved to Nashville with only fifty dollars and a Ford Falcon to her name; however, within a month, Porter Wagoner hired her as the female singer for his road and television series; and

WHEREAS, on September 16, 1967, Ms. Seely saw her childhood dream come true when she became a member of the Grand Ole Opry; the first Pennsylvania native to be invited to become a member, she was also the first female to regularly host Opry segments; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Seely's big break came when a recording contract was offered by Monument Records and she recorded her legendary song "Don't Touch Me" soon after, and it debuted on the country music charts, where it stayed for over five months; and

WHEREAS, it was for "Don't Touch Me" that Ms. Seely was honored with the 1966 Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Female, to become the third female country artist to receive the coveted award; and

WHEREAS, today, "Don't Touch Me" is considered a standard in country music; Ms. Seely's recording of the song is ranked No. 97 in the book Heartaches By the Number: Country Music's 500 Greatest Singles and included in the book The Stories Behind Country Music's All-Time Greatest 100 Songs; several notable artists across genres have gone on to record the song, including Tammy Wynette, George Jones, and Etta James; and

WHEREAS, after the success of her debut single, Ms. Seely began singing and touring with Jack Greene; the two would become one of the most successful duos and road shows in country music history, doing much to prom...

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