Billboard #1s: Classic Country

Billboard #1s: Classic Country


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Billboard #1s: Classic Country

Rhino's 2006 double-disc set Billboard #1s: Classic Country serves up 30 big hits that have topped the Billboard Country charts, stretching back as far as Hank Snow's 1950 standard "I'm Moving On" and running all the way to Randy Travis' 1987 classic "Forever and Ever, Amen." Not that the songs on Billboard #1s: Classic Country are presented in chronological order. It skips around liberally, starting with Willie Nelson's 1980 hit "On the Road Again," then going back to the '60s for Buck Owens ("Act Naturally"), Patsy Cline ("I Fall to Pieces"), and Tammy Wynette ("Stand by Your Man") before reaching back to 1956 for Johnny Cash's "I Walk the Line" and then going ahead to 1975 for Glen Campbell's "Rhinestone Cowboy" -- and that's just the first six songs. Some collections would suffer from such a haphazard sequencing, but since this compilation is just meant to be a handy roundup of some of the best-known country crossover hits of the '50s, '60s, '70s, and '80s, it doesn't matter here. And this is a good collection of very well-known songs, the kind of set that will appeal to casual country fans who want good-quality versions of a bunch of standards like "Hello Walls," "El Paso," "King of the Road," "Mama Tried," "For the Good Times," "Behind Closed Doors," and "The Gambler." There are a couple of odd choices, like Highway 101's "Somewhere Tonight," but there are no bad choices, making this a good sampler of some of the biggest country hits of the second half of the 20th century.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/18/2006
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227788322
catalogNumber: 77883

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Technical Credits

John Anderson   Composer
Eddy Arnold   Composer
Rodney Crowell   Composer
Merle Haggard   Composer
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Loretta Lynn   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Paul Overstreet   Composer
Eddie Rabbitt   Composer
Charlie Rich   Composer
Marty Robbins   Composer
Conway Twitty   Composer
Tammy Wynette   Composer
Joe South   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Larry Weiss   Composer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Rick Cartey   Composer
Hank Cochran   Composer
Lionel Delmore   Composer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes
Harlan Howard   Composer
Homer Joy   Composer
Carol Joyner   Composer
Richard Leigh   Composer
David Malloy   Composer
Marvin Moore   Composer
Even Stevens   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Clarence E. Snow   Composer
Steve Woolard   Discographical Annotation
Don Schlitz   Composer
Jean Villard   Composer
George Campbell   Composer
Voni Morrison   Composer
Vivian Keith   Composer
Kendall Hayes   Composer

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