Gainesville's country music songwriter John Jarrard has been nominated posthumously to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tenn.
Jarrard, who wrote 11 No. 1 songs for artists such as Don Williams, Alabama and Diamond Rio, lived in Nashville, Tenn., until his death from diabetes in 2001. In total, 10 songwriters have been nominated and two will be elected for induction during the Oct. 26 ceremony at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.
The nominees in the Songwriter category are Matraca Berg ("Strawberry Wine"), Paul Craft ("Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life"), Kye Fleming ("I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool"), Larry Henley ("The Wind Beneath My Wings"), Jarrard ("Blue Clear Sky"), Bob Morrison ("You Decorated My Life"), Mark D. Sanders ("I Hope You Dance"), Tom Shapiro ("Ain't Nothing ‘Bout You"), John Scott Sherrill ("Would You Go With Me") and Sharon Vaughn ("My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys").