Whenever contemporary country singers are asked about their musical idols, chances are they will name someone included in this gallery. In order to pay tribute to the some of country's most inspirational figures, Taste of Country has compiled these black and white photos of country music veterans.

All of the photos in our gallery are of country greats during their prime, from Johnny Cash's ground-breaking performance at Folsom Prison, to Elvis Presley's days of acting in flicks like 'Jailhouse Rock' and 'Flaming Star.' Many other artists appear in our gallery as well, including Merle Haggard, Barbara Mandrell, Emmylou Harris, Conway Twitty, George Jones and many more. Flip through this gallery of country music veterans and take a pictorial journey down country music's memory lane.