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Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1964

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Bear Family's ongoing series of country chart hits Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music proves that 1964 was a year when various strains of the tradition were widely active. While countrypolitan was making real inroads into crossing over to a wider audience both in America and abroad, it hadn't completely replaced rootsier, grittier, and farther-reaching aspects of the music, which all made the charts. The proof is in the track selection here, which includes Roger Miller's "Dang Me" and "Chug-A-Lug," Johnny Cash's reading of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe," Bobby Bare's version of "Four Strong Winds," and "The Ballad of Ira Hayes," offered here by both Cash and its ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Bear Family's ongoing series of country chart hits Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music proves that 1964 was a year when various strains of the tradition were widely active. While countrypolitan was making real inroads into crossing over to a wider audience both in America and abroad, it hadn't completely replaced rootsier, grittier, and farther-reaching aspects of the music, which all made the charts. The proof is in the track selection here, which includes Roger Miller's "Dang Me" and "Chug-A-Lug," Johnny Cash's reading of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe," Bobby Bare's version of "Four Strong Winds," and "The Ballad of Ira Hayes," offered here by both Cash and its author, Peter La Farge. The Bakersfield sound also made deep impressions on the country charts with Buck Owens' "My Heart Skips a Beat" and Merle Haggard's "Sing a Sad Song." Speaking of sad, fans of country music mourned the passing of two of its greatest stars in Jim Reeves, whose 1962 smash "Welcome to My World" was re-released to renewed chart success, and Patsy Cline, whose final session produced "He Called Me Baby," which made the Top 40. Other notables for the year included Lefty Frizzell's "Saginaw, Michigan," Ray Price's "Burning Memories," and George Jones' "The Race Is On," though tracks by Connie Smith, Porter Wagoner, Warner Mack, Loretta Lynn, Stonewall Jackson, Dottie West, and Webb Pierce are also included. This set includes BF's typically excellent remastered sound, exhaustive discographical annotation, and fine liner notes, making it a must for fans of historical country music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2011
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127169693
  • Catalog Number: 16969
  • Sales rank: 66,610

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dang Me - Roger Miller (1:50)
  2. 2 Four Strong Winds - Bobby Bare (2:43)
  3. 3 The Race Is On - George Jones (2:07)
  4. 4 Understand Your Man - Johnny Cash (2:44)
  5. 5 Saginaw, Michigan - Lefty Frizzell (3:03)
  6. 6 Sittin' In an All Night Café - Warner Mack (2:15)
  7. 7 Here Comes My Baby - Dottie West (2:32)
  8. 8 My Heart Skips a Beat - Buck Owens (2:26)
  9. 9 Sing a Sad Song - Merle Haggard (2:35)
  10. 10 Ballad of Ira Hayes - Johnny Cash (4:07)
  11. 11 Sorrow On the Rocks - Porter Wagoner (2:01)
  12. 12 He Called Me Baby - Patsy Cline (2:41)
  13. 13 Don't Be Angry - Stonewall Jackson (3:00)
  14. 14 Welcome To My World - Jim Reeves (2:33)
  15. 15 Memory #1 - Webb Pierce (2:34)
  16. 16 Wine, Women and Song - Loretta Lynn (2:03)
  17. 17 Together Again - Buck Owens (2:26)
  18. 18 Widow Maker - Jimmy Martin (2:58)
  19. 19 Close All the Honky Tonks - Charlie Walker (2:11)
  20. 20 Burning Memories - Ray Price (2:30)
  21. 21 Go Cat, Go - Norma Jean (2:12)
  22. 22 Chug-a-Lug - Roger Miller (2:04)
  23. 23 Ode To the Little Brown Shack Out Back - Billy Edd Wheeler (3:02)
  24. 24 It Ain't Me Babe - Johnny Cash (3:03)
  25. 25 Cross the Brazos At Waco - Billy Walker (2:52)
  26. 26 I Guess I'm Crazy - Jim Reeves (2:27)
  27. 27 Long Gone Lonesome Blues - Hank Williams Jr. (2:39)
  28. 28 Once a Day - Connie Smith (2:19)
  29. 29 I Don't Care (Just As Long As You Love Me) - Buck Owens (2:10)
  30. 30 I'll Go Down Swinging - Porter Wagoner (2:24)
  31. 31 The Ballad of Ira Hayes - Peter La Farge (3:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buddy Emmons Steel Guitar
Bobby Bare Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Johnny Cash Guitar, Vocals
Floyd Cramer Piano
Lefty Frizzell Vocals
Merle Haggard Guitar, Vocals
Stonewall Jackson Vocals
George Jones Vocals
Loretta Lynn Vocals
Benny Martin Fiddle
Buck Owens Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Ray Price Vocals
Jim Reeves Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Dottie West Vocals
Connie Smith Vocals
The Jordanaires Choir, Chorus
Roger Miller Guitar, Vocals
Thumbs Carllile Guitar
Pete Drake Steel Guitar
Peter La Farge Guitar, Vocals
Warner Mack Vocals
Billy Walker Vocals
Buck Trent Banjo
Anita Kerr Choir, Chorus
Billy Edd Wheeler Guitar, Vocals
Billy Grammer Guitar
Norma Jean Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Martin Katahn Violin
Will Ackerman Drums
The Anita Kerr Singers Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Byron Bach Violin, Cello
George Binkley III Violin
Patsy Cline Vocals
J.D. Crowe Banjo, Tenor (Vocal)
Ray Edenton Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Dolores Edgin Choir, Chorus
Marshall Grant Bass
Bruce Langhorne Guitar
Rufus Long Flute
Jimmy Martin Guitar, Vocals
Ralph Mooney Steel Guitar
Wayne Moss Guitar, 6-string Electric Bass
Weldon Myrick Steel Guitar, Leader
Roy Nichols Guitar
Louis Dean Nunley Choir, Chorus
Webb Pierce Vocals
Luther Perkins Guitar, Leader
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
Velma Smith Guitar
Wynn Stewart Guitar
Henry Strzelecki Bass
Clarence "Tater" Tate Fiddle, Bass (Vocal)
Mel Taylor Drums
Porter Wagoner Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Don Warden Guitar
Hank Williams Jr. Vocals
Cecil Brower Violin
Dorothy Ann Dillard Choir, Chorus
W.S. Holland Drums
Roy Huskey Jr. Bass
Farris Coursey Drums
William Whitney Pursell Vibes
Winifred S. Breast Choir, Chorus
Willie Cantu Drums
Solie Isaac Fott Violin
Karl Garvin Trumpet
Jerry Reed Hubbard Dobro, Guitar
Robert L. Johnson Guitar
Helen Morgan Baritone (Vocal)
Randy Hughes Acoustic Guitar
Thomas Lee Jackson Jr. Fiddle
Jerry Glenn Kennedy Guitar, Leader
William Guilford Wright Jr. Choir, Chorus
William K. McElhiney Trumpet
Velma E. Williams Smith Guitar
William Paul Ackerman Drums
George W. McCormick Guitar
Vernal E. Richardson Violin
Gary Williams Violin
Roby Ann Story Violin
J.R. Jelly Sanders Guitar
Howard Ralph Carpenter Violin, Viola
Leonard B Miller Drums
Doyle Floyd Hendricks Bass, Guitar
Thomas Grady Martin Guitar, Electric Guitar, Leader
Brenton Bolden Banks Violin, Viola
William G. Wright Jr. Choir, Chorus
Joseph S. Zinkan Bass, Acoustic Bass
Norman L. Blake Guitar
Floyd T. Lightnin' Chance Bass
Bob L. Moore Bass, Acoustic Bass
Lillian Vann Hunt Violin
Harald Rugg Steel Guitar
Donald H. "Don" Helms Steel Guitar
Charles R. "Charlie" McCoy Harmonica
Kelton D. "Kelso" Herston Guitar, Leader, 6-string Electric Bass
Harold Ray Bradley Guitar, 6-string Electric Bass
Douglas G. Kirkham Drums
Murrey M. "Buddy" Harman Jr. Drums
Donald "Don Rich" Eugen Ulrich Electric Guitar
June Carter Vocal Harmony
Charles L. Walker Vocals
Byron Theodore Bach Violin
Harold B. "Shot" Jackson Dobro
Thomas Rexton Brumley Steel Guitar
William Warner "Bill" Torbert Jr. Mandolin
William M. West Jr. Steel Guitar
Robert D. "Bob" Morris Bass
Mildred Ink Violin
Jimmy Lance Guitar
Gene "Denver" Moles Guitar
Technical Credits
John Hammond Jr. Producer
Bill Anderson Composer
Chet Atkins Producer
Johnny Cash Composer, Liner Notes
Buck Owens Composer
Mel Tillis Composer
Ian Tyson Composer
Dottie West Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Roger Miller Composer
Peter La Farge Composer
Billy Edd Wheeler Composer
Chester B. Atkins Producer
Owen Bradley Producer
Pappy Daily Producer
Colin Escott Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Illustrations
Bob Ferguson Producer
Ernie Freeman String Arrangements
Harlan Howard Composer
Frank Jones Producer
Don Law Producer
Bill McElhiney Orchestral Arrangements
Ken Nelson Producer
Don Rollins Composer
Billy Sherrill Producer
Wynn Stewart Composer
Jim Vienneau Producer
Wayne Walker Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Tony Moon Composer
Jerry Glenn Kennedy Producer
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
Don Wayne Composer
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Betty Sue Perry Composer
Penny Jay Composer
Bill West Composer
Buddy Wilson Composer
Ray Winkler Composer
Glaser Composer
Charles "Fuzzy" Owen Producer
John Hathcock Composer
Werly Fairbum Composer
Kay Arnold Composer
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