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Complete '60s Duets
     

The Complete '60s Duets

by George Jones
 
In 1965, Musicor Records had the brilliant idea of pairing two of the label's top-selling artists for a duet record. It didn't really matter that the dramatic delivery of pop singer Gene Pitney and the smooth voice of country crooner George Jones weren't the most logical pairing -- the very novelty of the act made it worth doing, since it could sell records. And sell

Overview

In 1965, Musicor Records had the brilliant idea of pairing two of the label's top-selling artists for a duet record. It didn't really matter that the dramatic delivery of pop singer Gene Pitney and the smooth voice of country crooner George Jones weren't the most logical pairing -- the very novelty of the act made it worth doing, since it could sell records. And sell records it did, resulting in a handful of country hits during the course of 1965. The fact that these singles charted on the country side of the fence, not the pop, illustrates that it was Pitney who bent to Jones' way, heading down to Nashville to record with Jones' manager/producer, Pappy Daily. They recorded two sessions in 1965 -- one in January, one in June -- cutting several standards and several new tunes, highlighted by Ted Daffan's "I've Got Five Dollars and It's Saturday Night," which peaked at 16 on the country charts. These sessions, a total of 17 songs, are collected on Varese's 2005 compilation George Jones & Gene Pitney: The Complete '60s Duets. All the passing years haven't made the pairing of Jones and Pitney any less strange: Pitney never sounds like a natural fit with Jones and country music, and his high, keening voice always winds up being the center of attention, even when he tries to just ease into the proceedings. That doesn't mean he's a bad fit, though -- he's a sympathetic duet partner and picks up the nuances of country vocal delivery, and he sounds comfortable here. Of course, Jones also sounds comfortable -- he never sounded awkward in his entire career (unless you count High-Tech Redneck) -- and the music is good, straight-ahead '60s commercial country. Apart from "I've Got Five Dollars," there are no classics and it's hard not to shake the feeling that this is a bit of novelty, but this is still enjoyable music for fans of either George Jones or Gene Pitney. (For those who already own Bear Family's 1994 compilation George Jones & Gene Pitney, this isn't necessary: that set contains all 17 duets, plus 13 country tunes cut by Pitney during 1965, as well as Jones' 1965 hit "Love Bug.")

Product Details

Release Date:
03/29/2005
Label:
Varese Fontana
UPC:
0030206664225
catalogNumber:
066642

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Jones   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Doug Kershaw   Composer
Roy Acuff   Composer
George Jones   Composer
Jim Eanes   Composer
Eddie Dean   Composer
Hal Blair   Composer
Jenny Carson   Composer
Pappy Daily   Audio Production
Lorene Dean   Composer
Dorsey M. Dixon   Composer
Carlos Grier   Composer
Cary E. Mansfield   Producer
Lee Ross   Composer
Ervin T. Rouse   Composer
Wayne Walker   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Ted Daffan   Composer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Arlie Duff   Composer
Vaughn Horton   Composer
Syd Nathan   Composer
Bill Pitzonka   Art Direction
Steve Massie   Producer
Darrell Edwards   Composer
Morry Burns   Composer
Wade Perry   Composer
Hank Mills   Composer
Jimmie Hodges   Composer

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