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Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1964

Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1964

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


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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Bear Family


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
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
Anita Kerr Singers   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Byron Bach   Violin,Cello
George Binkley   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   Vocals
Joe Zinkan   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Cecil Brower   Violin
Dorothy Ann Dillard   Choir, Chorus
W.S. Holland   Drums
Roy Huskey   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   Fiddle
Jerry Glenn Kennedy   Guitar,Leader
William Guilford Wright   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   Choir, Chorus
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   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   Mandolin
William M. West   Steel Guitar
Robert D. "Bob" Morris   Bass
Mildred Ink   Violin
Jimmy Lance   Guitar
Gene "Denver" Moles   Guitar

Technical Credits

John Hammond   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
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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