Blue Million Tears

Blue Million Tears

by Carl Butler
     
 

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Long before Carl & Pearl Butler made the biggest country hit of 1962 with "Don't Let Me Cross Over," Carl Butler recorded as a solo artist for the Columbia and OKeh labels. Blue Million Tears chronicles these early years with 28 recordings Butler waxed between 1950 and 1953, and traces his evolution from an open-throated hillbilly singer patterned after RoySee more details below

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Long before Carl & Pearl Butler made the biggest country hit of 1962 with "Don't Let Me Cross Over," Carl Butler recorded as a solo artist for the Columbia and OKeh labels. Blue Million Tears chronicles these early years with 28 recordings Butler waxed between 1950 and 1953, and traces his evolution from an open-throated hillbilly singer patterned after Roy Acuff to an electrified honky tonker moving toward the style of his better-known '60s recordings. Bear Family Records is famous for exhuming long-lost hillbilly bop and rockabilly recordings, but there is nothing of that sort here -- only traditional country music with a few train songs and lots of slow weepers. "Plastic Heart," a novelty that Acuff also recorded, stands out among the many ballads because of its humor and dissimilarity to the surrounding material. Butler had no hits during his early years, and even among his fans these '50s recordings are considered inferior to his '60s hits, but nonetheless, Blue Million Tears is a valuable anthology of rare recordings that should interest serious collectors of traditional country music.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2004
Label:
Imports
UPC:
4000127161185
catalogNumber:
16118
Rank:
86307

Tracks

  1. The White Rose
  2. Plastic Heart
  3. The Heartbreak Express
  4. Country Mile
  5. String of Empties
  6. You Plus Me
  7. Shake, Rattle and Roll
  8. No Guarantee on My Heart
  9. Our Last Rendezvous
  10. No Trespassing
  11. I Live My Life Alone
  12. Linda Lou
  13. Vicious Lies
  14. River of Love
  15. A Blue Million Tears
  16. Everything Will Be the Same
  17. Stepping on My Heart
  18. A Penny for Your Thoughts (A Nickel for a Hug)
  19. I Need You So
  20. Alone Without You
  21. You Can't Insure a House of Dreams
  22. For Fooling Around
  23. Crowded Out
  24. My Heart Tells Me (You'll Come Back to Stay)
  25. So Close
  26. It's Wrong to Be Jealous
  27. A Victim of Lies
  28. I Just Said Goodbye to My Dreams

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carl Butler   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Johnnie Whisnant   Banjo
Shot Jackson   Dobro
Clarence "Tater" Tate   Fiddle
Jack Shook   Guitar
Art Wooten   Fiddle
Thomas Lee Jackson   Fiddle
Marvin H. Hughes   Piano
Robert Lee "Bob" Foster   Steel Guitar
George "Speedy" Krise   Dobro
Billy Robinson   Steel Guitar
Smokey White   Guitar

Technical Credits

Leon Payne   Composer
Carl Butler   Composer
Mel Foree   Composer
Don Law   Producer
Ronnie Pugh   Biographical Notes
Helen Carter   Composer
Troy Martin   Producer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer,Tape Research
Jurgen Crasser   Mastering
Jurgen Koop   Illustrations
Loys Southerland   Composer
Wolfgang Taubenauer   Artwork
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
George "Speedy" Krise   Composer

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