First Generation of Country Music Stars: Biographies of 50 Artists Born Before 1940

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This book focuses on 50 of the most important entertainers in the history of country music, from its beginnings in the folk music of early America through the 1970s. Divided into five distinct categories, it discusses the pioneers who brought mountain music to mass audiences; cowboys and radio stars who spread country music countrywide; honky-tonk and bluegrass musicians who differentiated country music during the 1940s; the major contributions that female artists made to the genre; and the modern country sound which dominated the genre from the late 1950s to the mid-1980s. Each entry includes a brief biography of the chosen artist with special emphasis on experiences which influenced their musical careers. Covered musicians include Fiddlin' John Carson, Riley Puckett, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Bob Wills, Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, Sr., Dale Evans, June Carter Cash, Loretta Lynn, Buck Owens, Roy Clark, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786430215
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/23/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 324
  • Sales rank: 987,539
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Dicaire is also the author of Jazz Musicians, 1945 to the Present (2006), Jazz Musicians of the Early Years, to 1945 (2003), More Blues Singers: Biographies of 50 Artists from the Later 20th Century (2002) and Blues Singers: Biographies of 50 Legendary Artists of the Early 20th Century (1999). He lives in Leamington Ontario, Canada.

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Table of Contents

Preface     1
Introduction     3
The Pioneers     9
Fiddlin' John Carson (1868-1949): The Virginia Reeler     11
Uncle Dave Macon (1870-1952): King of the Hillbillies     14
Dr. Humphrey Bate (1875-1936): The Possum Hunter     17
Vernon Dalhart (1883-1948): A Country Star     20
Gid Tanner (1885-1960): The Skillet Licker     23
A.P. Carter (1891-1960): Family Patriarch     28
Charlie Poole (1892-1931): North Carolina Rambler     32
E.V. "Pop" Stoneman (1893-1968): Country Patriarch     35
Riley Puckett (1894-1946): Blind Ambition     39
Jimmie Rodgers (1897-1933): The Singing Brakeman     42
Cowboys and Radio Stars     49
Ken Maynard (1895-1973): Wagon Master     51
Roy Acuff (1903-1992): Wabash Cannonball     54
Wilf Carter (1904-1996): Montana Slim     60
Tex Ritter (1907-1974): Lone Star Cowboy     63
Gene Autry (1907-1998): The Singing Cowboy     67
Red Foley (1910-1968): The Mainstream Voice     72
Roy Rogers (1911-1998): Happy Trails Forever     76
Hank Snow (1914-1999): The Travelin' Canadian     79
Merle Travis (1917-1983): The Individualist     84
Eddy Arnold (1918-): The Tennessee Plowboy     88
Western Swing/Bluegrass/Honky Tonk     95
Bob Wills (1905-1975): The Western Swing King     97
Bill Monroe (1911-1996): The Bluegrass Rambler     104
Ernest Tubb (1914-1984): The Texas Troubadour     112
Lester Flatt (1914-1979): Flat Pickin'     118
Hank Williams, Sr. (1923-1953): Life to Legend     123
Earl Scruggs (1924-): Dueling Banjoist     132
Hank Thompson (1925-): Texas Swing     137
Ray Price (1926-): Cherokee Cowboy     141
George Jones (1931-): Honky Took Texan     146
Women of Country Music     157
Sara Carter (1899-1979): Wildwood Flower     159
Maybelle Carter (1909-1978): Country Matriarch     163
Dale Evans (1912-2001): Queen of the Cowgirls     167
Kitty Wells (1918-): Queen of Country Music     170
Molly O'Day (1923-1987): A Defining Role     174
June Carter Cash (1929-2003): A Song in Her Heart     177
Patsy Cline (1932-1963): A Country Music Treasure     180
Loretta Lynn (1934-): Coal Miner Heartbreak     187
Wanda Jackson (1937-): Country Music Heart     192
Outlaws, Rebels and Superstars     197
Chet Atkins (1924-2001): The Superpicker     199
Marty Robbins (1925-1982): The Country Chameleon     205
Buck Owens (1929-2006): Baron of Bakersfield     212
Johnny Cash (1932-2003): The Man in Black     218
Charlie Rich (1932-1995): The Silver Fox     229
Glen Campbell (1936-): Rhinestone Cowboy     234
Roy Clark (1933-): Lightning Fingers     240
Willie Nelson (1933-): Austin Outlaw     245
Conway Twitty (1933-1993): Uncrowned King     255
Waylon Jennings (1937-2002): Ladies Love Outlaws     262
Merle Haggard (1937-): Lonesome Fugitive     269
Kenny Rogers (1938-): The Gambler     277
Bibliography     285
Index     289
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