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Golden Age of American Popular Music: The Country Hits
     

The Golden Age of American Popular Music: The Country Hits

 
This interesting compilation assembles 28 country hits that also crossed over to the pop charts between 1953 and 1963 -- albeit usually charting far lower on the pop side and stopping well short of the Top 40. It should be clarified at the outset that despite the somewhat similar titles and concept, this is an entirely different CD than another anthology on the Ace

Overview

This interesting compilation assembles 28 country hits that also crossed over to the pop charts between 1953 and 1963 -- albeit usually charting far lower on the pop side and stopping well short of the Top 40. It should be clarified at the outset that despite the somewhat similar titles and concept, this is an entirely different CD than another anthology on the Ace label, The Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll: Special Country Edition. That disc had plenty of country hits that were really big pop hits (à la Marty Robbins' "El Paso"), some of which are still played on oldies radio. The Golden Age of American Popular Music: The Country Hits, in contrast, has very few such items, with exceptions here and there like Patsy Cline's "She's Got You" and Johnny Cash's "Don't Take Your Guns to Town." What this collection does do is give you a pretty good cross section of country music as it moved away from hillbilly roots to more commercial, poppier, and more slickly produced sounds, though these particular cuts hardly sound slick per se. Many of country's greatest, and certainly most popular, singers of the era are represented, including Cline, Cash, Robbins, Jim Reeves, Ray Price, Bobby Bare, Lefty Frizzell, Roy Clark, Hank Snow, Eddy Arnold, Floyd Cramer, and Faron Young. To the pop and rock fan, however, there aren't as many songs that will stand out as there are on The Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll: Special Country Edition; even the quite thorough liner notes admit that "most of the inclusions here are of a gentler nature than those on its sister CD." But there are some actual classics on the track list, including Johnny Horton's "Honky Tonk Man"; Don Gibson's "I Can't Stop Loving You," later covered for a huge pop hit by Ray Charles; and Ferlin Husky's "Wings of a Dove." There are also some items worth hearing for their sheer offbeatness, such as Skeeter Davis' "My Last Date (With You)," a sort of vocal version/answer song to Floyd Cramer's huge hit "Last Date," and Cramer's own Top Ten pop instrumental cover of Bob Wills' "San Antonio Rose."

Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/2008
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667031820
catalogNumber:
1185
Rank:
76987

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Technical Credits

Floyd Cramer   Composer
Lefty Frizzell   Composer
Don Gibson   Composer
Johnny Horton   Composer
Stonewall Jackson   Composer
George Jones   Composer
Ray Pennington   Composer
Faron Young   Composer
Roger Miller   Composer
Roy Drusky   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Jimmie Driftwood   Composer
Melvin Endsley   Composer
Billie Brock   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Hank Cochran   Composer
Skeeter Davis   Composer
Bob Ferguson   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Lawton Williams   Composer
Tillman Franks   Composer
Mitchell Torok   Composer
Darrell Edwards   Composer
Lester Vanadore   Composer
Don Wayne   Composer
Geoffrey Mack   Composer
Howard Hausey   Composer
James Joiner   Composer

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