[caption id="attachment_36276" align="aligncenter" width="800"]<img class="size-full wp-image-36276" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2019\/03\/Charlie-McCoy.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="536" \/> Charlie McCoy[\/caption]\r\n<h1>Carnegie Hall and the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame present \u201cA Tribute to Charlie McCoy: A Celebration of the Harmonica\u201d on Friday, Mar. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Carnegie Hall\u2019s Hamilton Auditorium.<\/h1>\r\nSome of West Virginia\u2019s most-notable musicians will be on hand to put a spotlight on the Country Music Hall of Fame member.\r\n\r\nThere are numerous super-session musicians in Nashville, but very few with the longevity of Charlie McCoy. In addition to being a fixture in Nashville studios for 48 years, he also has his own recording career going full tilt. He has recorded 35 solo albums. He served as the music director for eighteen years for the syndicated television series \u201cHee Haw.\u201d\r\n\r\nCharlie McCoy began working sessions in the early \u201860s, one of the first being \u201cCandy Man\u201d by Roy Orbison. \u201cForty-nine dollars,\u201d says Charlie. \u201cThat\u2019s how much I was paid for that session back in 1961. It got Roy another hit and me a career. For a 20-year old to make $49 for three hours work back then, it was a dream.\u201d\r\n\r\nShortly after the release of \u201cCandy Man,\u201d McCoy became one of the in-demand session players in Nashville. His session credits are a who\u2019s who of country music. For a 15-year stretch, he did around 400 sessions a year, totaling more than 12,000. In the last 20 years, he has been touring more with many appearances in Europe and Japan.\r\n\r\nIn addition to country sessions, McCoy was a mainstay on Elvis Presley recordings, both in Nashville and Los Angeles. When Bob Dylan recorded \u201cHighway 61,\u201d \u201cBlonde On Blonde,\u201d \u201cJohn Wesley Harding,\u201d and \u201cNashville Skyline,\u201d McCoy was there, playing on these land-mark recordings. He also played harmonica on Simon and Garfunkel\u2019s \u201cThe Boxer,\u201d in addition to many hits from genres other than country music.\r\n\r\nCharlie McCoy began recording for Monument Records in the late \u201860s and recorded 14 albums for the label, beginning with \u201cThe World Of Charlie McCoy.\u201d He won the Grammy in 1972 for his album, \u201cThe Real McCoy.\u201d He won CMA\u2019s \u201cInstrumentalist Of The Year\u201d two times and the Academy Of Country Music\u2019s \u201cSpecialty Instrument Award\u201d seven times. He is a member of the \u201cInternational Musician\u2019s Hall Of Fame\u201d and the \u201cWest Virginia Music Hall Of Fame.\u201d\r\n\r\nIn addition to making his own recordings, Charlie was a member of a legendary recording band, \u201cArea Code 615.\u201d The band featured many of the top session players in Nashville.\r\n\r\nWhile Charlie is predominately known as a harmonica player, his musical prowess encompasses other instruments including guitar, bass, mallet percussion, (vibes, marimba, bells, etc.), keyboards, and various wind instruments.\r\n\r\nCharlie has toured in Europe and Japan regularly since 1989 and has released albums in France, Denmark, Germany and the Czech Republic.\r\n\r\nIn addition to \u201cHee Haw,\u201d Charlie served a music director for other television shows including \u201cThe Colgate Country Showdown\u201d and \u201cThe Arthritus Telethon.\u201d He was in the house band for the TNN show \u201cMusic City Tonight\u201d with Crook and Chase.\r\n\r\nCharlie was given the \u201cMusician\u201d award from the Reunion Of Professional Entertainers\u201d in 1994. He was elected to the German-American Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1998, The Hall Of Fame of the North American Country Music Association International in 2000, the International Musicians\u2019 Hall Of Fame and the Old Time Country Music Hall Of Fame in 2007, and the West Virginia Music Hall Of Fame in 2008.\r\n\r\nOn Feb. 4, 2009, McCoy was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame, along with Roy Clark and Barbara Mandrell.\r\n\r\nAn impressive cast of West Virginia musicians will be on hand to celebrate McCoy\u2019s musical credits.\u00a0 Performers will include John Chic, Mark Bates, Larry Groce , Randy Gilkey, Bob McGraw with Wine and Roses, Annie Neeley, Susanna Robinson, Ron Sowell, The Carpenter Ants, and many more! Please note that Charlie McCoy will not be present.\r\n\r\nThe West Virginia Music Hall of Fame exhibit is located at Carnegie Hall and will be open before the show. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.\r\n\r\nTickets to the event are $15. For tickets or more information, please visit www.carnegiehallwv.org or call Carnegie Box Office at 304-645-7917, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.\r\n\r\nCarnegie Hall is a nonprofit organization supported by individual contributions, grants, and fundraising efforts such as TOOT and The Carnegie Hall Gala. The Hall is located at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, WV.