kevinpaulk From the early 1960s, the first -- and probably the only -- wife-swapping song in country music.
kevinpaulk From 1957. A defining record of the Nashville Sound, this was the beginning of Jim Reeves' intimate style that propelled him to worldwide stardom.
kevinpaulk Connie Smith is one of the greats, still sounding fantastic almost 40 years after this was recorded. Written by Bill Anderson and Jan Howard.
kevinpaulk Bob Dylan covered it, but here's the original by Skeeter and Betty Jack Davis (no relation) released in '53. Soon thereafter, a car crash killed B.J.
kevinpaulk The 1953 record that introduced the pedal steel guitar (courtesy of Bud Isaacs) to country music. Webb Pierce was the biggest C&W star of the '50s.

Webb PierceSlowly

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kevinpaulk This was a #1 hit in 1954, riding the charts for 41 weeks. It was one of several duets by the first female country superstar and "Mr. Country Music."
kevinpaulk This was #1 for 14 weeks in '47. Writers: Travis and Capitol Records A&R man (and fine bassist) Cliffie Stone. Both are in the Hall of Fame.
kevinpaulk Texas DJ Charlie Walker felt this clever song would boost his singing career; he was right. The first hit for him and for writer Harlan Howard (1958).

Charlie Walker ~ Pick Me Up Oon Your Way Down

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kevinpaulk Hank Thompson's huge hit that cemented his status as a top star. It also spurred an "answer" song from Kitty Wells that made some history of its own.
kevinpaulk The Killer made some great country records in the late 1960s, including this one. The AM radio jocks at the time always talked over his ending lines.
kevinpaulk One of Reba's heart-tugging songs. Her singing is restrained, compared with some of her later vocal calisthenics.
kevinpaulk As WSM's great DJ Eddie Stubbs would say, are there any questions? Great vocal by Buck, playing by the Buckaroos and harmony by Don Rich.

Buck Owens - Close Up The Honky Tonks

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kevinpaulk There's nothing like a heartfelt love song to tug at the heartstrings. :) Listen for Loretta cracking Conway Twitty up at the end.
kevinpaulk One of my faves since I first heard it in mid-'70s. This vers is from "Sun Valley Serenade" movie. That's why fidelity is great for a 1941 recording.
kevinpaulk Think Bill Monroe invented bluegrass as mountain music? Uh-uh. He was from Western Kentucky. But THIS, from Virginia's Stanley Brothers, is mtn honey!
kevinpaulk The Singing Brakeman; what a unique sound he had! It's a shame he didn't live long enough to record in high fidelity.
kevinpaulk Great trio harmony here from A.P., Sara and Maybelle Carter. Sara takes the lead vocal. As usual, nice guitar work by Maybelle, too.
kevinpaulk The Blue Sky Boys, brothers Earl and Bill Bollick from N. Carolina. Two country music traditions on display: the brother duo and the murder ballad.
kevinpaulk Decca Records put two of its artists, hillbilly Ernest Tubb and pop trio The Andrews Sisters, together in the 1940s on a few discs.
DareToEatAPeach Used to couldn't find Dead Kids through Blip. Cool. rb@Mirrorshades (reblip)
kevinpaulk Neat remix of a song from the "King Creole" soundtrack. First release (1958) omitted Kitty White. Full version released in '90s. And now this. Cool.
kevinpaulk I've always liked this Jim Ed Brown song. Came out when I was 5. It's one of the first songs I can remember hearing on my folks' radios.
kevinpaulk In late '60s, Hank Jr. put music to this and several more of his daddy's recently discovered lyrics. Bocephus sounds a LOT like Hank here.
kevinpaulk Marty Robbins could sing any style, and did over his long yet too short career. Great imagery in this, a rare country ecology song.
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