Honky Tonks Truckers and Tears: 1964-1980

Honky Tonks Truckers and Tears: 1964-1980

by Red Sovine
     
 

Although this has no less than 21 of Red Sovine's chart hits (as well as three tracks that didn't make the Billboard listings), it's not quite a "Best Of," as it doesn't include any of the material he cut in the late 1940s and '50s. However, it does have all of his most popular 1961-'80 recordings for the Starday and Gusto labels, and as such is a definitive…  See more details below

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Although this has no less than 21 of Red Sovine's chart hits (as well as three tracks that didn't make the Billboard listings), it's not quite a "Best Of," as it doesn't include any of the material he cut in the late 1940s and '50s. However, it does have all of his most popular 1961-'80 recordings for the Starday and Gusto labels, and as such is a definitive retrospective of the period during which the honky tonk singer enjoyed his greatest success. Bathetic recitations, sometimes with truck-driving themes, are what Sovine remains most famous for, and you'll find several such performances here, including his 1965 chart-topper "Giddy-Up Go." "Phantom #309" adds a twist to the formula by throwing a ghost in the mix, and late-'70s outings like "Daddy," "Last Goodbye," "Teddy Bear," and particularly "Little Joe" are as shamelessly sentimental as country music ever gets. These cross the line from melodramatic to embarrassingly contrived, sometimes employing ridiculously overblown, exploitative tragic narrative devices. It's not all tearjerkers, however, as Sovine often played it straight and sang relatively conventional honky tonk and country-pop tunes. Without those over-the-top recitations, to be frank, his work from these two decades might be consigned to journeyman status. When he's steering clear of the almost self-parodically maudlin, however, it's acceptable enough, throwing in a big surprise with a straightforward cover of Eric Clapton's "Lay Down Sally." Also on the CD are solo 1960s remakes of two of his 1950s hits as half of a duet with Webb Pierce, "Why Baby Why" and "Little Rosa."

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/12/2005
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667009829
catalogNumber:
1052
Rank:
111900

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Red Sovine   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

George Jones   Composer
Mel Tillis   Composer
Marcy Levy   Composer
Don Reno   Composer
Eric Clapton   Composer
Thomas Hill   Composer
Shirl Milete   Composer
Michael Pierce   Composer
George Terry   Composer
Wayne Walker   Composer
Benny Whitehead   Composer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes
Charlie Craig   Composer
Billy Joe Burnette   Composer
Moe Lytle   Composer
Tommy Faile   Composer
Walt Trott   Liner Notes
Darrell Edwards   Composer
Truman Lankford   Composer
Mack Magaha   Composer
Gene Crysler   Composer
Gene Vowel   Composer
Arthur Leo Owens   Composer
Glenn Martin   Composer

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