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The picture, taken in 1948, shows, l-r, Bob Nolan (of the Sons Of The Pioneers), Cindy Walker, Max Terhune (star of many western movies) and William Boyd (Hopalong Cassidy)





At a donation ceremony on August 12th, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville paid tribute to 1997 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, the late songwriter Cindy Walker.
Museum Director, Kyle Young, announced that when Walker died on March 23, 2006, she bequeathed the writer's share of her 500-song catalogue to the museum. The bequest included files and notebooks related to the songs, sheet music, photographs and business documents. In one of her files, Museum curators found Walker's farewell note to her songs - "Goodbye my darlings," she wrote. "You have been so good to me. You have made me rich and famous. I love you, you are the reason I am, and you are in the Hall of Fame. I will miss you. Goodbye, your girl, Cindy Walker."
Accompanied by images of Walker at various stages of her career, Kyle Young recounted her life from her youth in Waco, Texas, to her arrival and early professional career in Hollywood, and from her return to Texas and eventual involvement in the Nashville music scene, to her death in 2003.
The celebration concluded with a musical salute to Cindy Walker presented by Nashville's fine western swing unit, the Time Jumpers.
Among her huge catalogue of songs were “Distant Drums” and “Anna Marie” recorded by Jim Reeves, “Dream Baby” recorded by Roy Orbison, “Cherokee Maiden” and “Bubbles In My Beer” by Bob Wills, “The Gold Rush Is Over” recorded by Hank Snow, “Blue Canadian Rockies”, “I Don’t Care” and so many more.
The Country Music Hall of Fame has already collected more than half a million dollars on two years’ worth of Walker’s share of royalties.