The first CMA honors are known as the CMA Awards Banquet and Show and are not televised. Hit maker Sonny James co-host the
event with multiple nominee Bobbie Gentry. While country crooner Eddy Arnold wins the night's big award (entertainer of the
year), Jack Greene's "There Goes My Everything" wins single and song of the year honors for writer Dallas Frazier. The song
was such a success that it dominated the Billboard chart for seven weeks. The album of the same name gives Greene his
second CMA award. Loretta Lynn takes home the first female vocalist CMA, thanks to a string of successful hits like "Don't
Come Home a Drinkin'" and "You Ain't Woman Enough." Texas comedian Don Bowman is named comedian of the year. The Stoneman
Family, known for their showmanship and bluegrass infused sound are named vocal group of the year, while Buck Owens' band,
the Buckaroos, take the instrumental group of the year. Iconic musician Chet Atkins is named instrumentalist of the year.
Singers Red Foley and Jim Reeves join manager J. L. (Joe) Frank and record executive Stephen H. Sholes as this year's inductees
into the Country Music Hall of Fame.