Country Hits of the Forties

Country Hits of the Forties

     
 

Beginning in 1944, the hillbilly charts were the preserve of many artists tied to the country tradition (Eddy Arnold, Merle Travis, Hank Williams) as well as a few who seemed to have little in common with it -- not just that urbane cowpoke Bing CrosbySee more details below

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Beginning in 1944, the hillbilly charts were the preserve of many artists tied to the country tradition (Eddy Arnold, Merle Travis, Hank Williams) as well as a few who seemed to have little in common with it -- not just that urbane cowpoke Bing Crosby, but the King Cole Trio and Louis Jordan plus Margaret Whiting. ASV/Living Era's Country Hits of the Forties is an excellent look at the charts during a postwar era when rural and obscure was fast becoming urban and populist. The compilers undoubtedly checked the charts before they started gathering tracks for this volume, since nearly every one of the decade's biggest is present. Eddy Arnold was the king of country during the '40s, and he's represented by the two biggest hillbilly hits of the period: "I'll Hold You in My Heart ('Till I Can Hold You in My Arms)" and "Bouquet of Roses." Most of the rest are here too, and they represent some of the best country as well as the most popular -- "New Spanish Two-Step" by Bob Wills, "Lovesick Blues" by Hank Williams, "Divorce Me C.O.D." and "So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed" by Merle Travis, "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette!" by Tex Williams & His Western Caravan, and "Pistol Packin' Mama" and "Guitar Polka" by Al Dexter. The biggest non-Eddy Arnold hit of the '40s was, surprisingly, a pop crossover -- "Slipping Around" by Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely with Paul Weston & His Orchestra. Nat King Cole and Jordan appear courtesy of boogie tracks ("Straighten up and Fly Right" and "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby," respectively), which sound fine in this context.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/26/2002
Label:
Asv Living Era
UPC:
0743625541823
catalogNumber:
5418

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Tracks

  1. Pistol Packin' Mama  - Vic Schoen
  2. So Long, Pal  -  Dexter
  3. Straighten Up and Fly Right
  4. Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?  - Louis Jordan
  5. Smoke on the Water  - Red Foley
  6. I'm Wastin' My Tears on You  -  Tex Ritter & His Texans
  7. I'm Losin' My Mind Over You  -  Dexter
  8. Shame on You
  9. At Mail Call Today
  10. Oklahoma Hills  - Jack Guthrie
  11. You Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often
  12. Guitar Polka  -  Dexter
  13. Divorce Me C.O.D.
  14. New Spanish Two-Step
  15. Wine, Women and Song  -  Dexter
  16. It's a Sin
  17. So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed
  18. I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms)
  19. Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)  - Tex Williams
  20. Anytime
  21. One Has My Name
  22. Bouquet of Roses
  23. Just a Little Lovin' (Will Go a Long Way)
  24. I Love You So Much It Hurts
  25. Lovesick Blues  - Hank Williams
  26. Don't Rob Another Man's Castle
  27. Slipping Around

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eddy Arnold   Track Performer
Gene Autry   Track Performer
Red Foley   Track Performer
Merle Travis   Track Performer
Andrews Sisters   Track Performer
Bing Crosby   Track Performer
Margaret Whiting   Track Performer
Jimmy Wakely   Track Performer
Nat King Cole   Track Performer
Tommy Duncan   Vocals
Vic Schoen   Track Performer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Track Performer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Spade Cooley & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Tex Ritter & His Texans   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Eddy Arnold   Composer
Gene Autry   Composer
Tex Ritter   Composer
Floyd Tillman   Composer
Merle Travis   Composer
Louis Jordan   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Zeb Turner   Composer
Cliffie Stone   Composer
Tex Williams   Composer
David Barnes   Contributor
Jenny Carson   Composer
Tommy Duncan   Composer
Brian Golbey   Liner Notes
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Zack Turner   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Zeke Clements   Composer
Vaughn Horton   Composer
Martin Haskell   Remastering
Mark Ranshaw   Cover Illustration
Herbert "Happy" Lawson   Composer
Bill Austin   Composer
Dearest Dean   Composer
Thomas Dilbeck   Composer
Frank Harford   Composer
Steve Nelson   Composer
Earl Nunn   Composer
F. Harford   Composer
E. Kirk   Composer

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