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Girls-Of-The-Golden-West-458
December 11, 2017  On this day!

11 December – birthday anniversary of Dolly Good (Dec 11, 1915 – Nov 12, 1967) , one half (with sister Mildred) of old timey country music act The Girls of the Golden West. They were popular in the 1930s and ’40s, with their close harmony renditions of sentimental and cowboy songs, accompanying themselves on guitar and featuring their harmony yodeling. Recording on Bluebird and Bluebonnet they left a legacy of fine recordings. They returned to the studios in 1962 and the best of these late recordings can be heard on BACM 458, enjoyable easy-on-the-ear sentimental country!

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Eddie Miller-219
December 10, 2017

10 December - birthday anniversary of Eddie Miller (Edward Monroe Miller (December 10, 1919 – April 11, 1977)), American Western Swing bandleader and songwriter, composer of over 1,000 songs of which the most celebrated, Please Release Me became a country and pop classic. BACM's CD 219 showcases his earlier career as leader of his fine Western Swing band, Eddie Miller & His Oklahomans; 27 tracks from the late 40s to early '50s. Includes his 1949 cut of Please Release Me, nearly half a decade before it became a country hit (at one point in 1953 there were three cover versions in the country Top 10 including Kitty Wells' version) and 16 years before British crooner Engelbert Humperdinck made it a worldwide hit. Most of the tracks feature Eddie on guitar and vocals.

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Johnny Marvin-75
December 10, 2017

10th December - remembering Johnny Marvin (John Senator Marvin, July 11, 1897- Dec 10, 1944) singer/songwriter and ukulele and steel guitar player who recorded (1920s/30s) in a number of styles including vaudeville, hawaiian and hillbilly, Elder brother of Gene Autry sideman Frankie Marvin (see BACM CD 003).

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Tommy Jackson 294
December 9, 2017

December 9th. Remembering Tommy Jackson ( March 31, 1926 – December 9, 1979), virtuoso fiddle player who played and recorded with just about every country star of his era including Hank Williams (eg: on ‘I saw the light’ and ‘Lovesick Blues) and Ray Price - playing on virtually every Price recording from 1956's Crazy Arms onward. Also found time to cut 11 albums himself. He influenced a whole generation of top fiddle players but sadly is today largely forgotten. The Archive have compiled a CD of 26 of Jackson’s great DOT recordings … upbeat, feel good, foot stompin’ – fiddle, guitar, mandolin, all the classic tunes – recommended for hot line-dancing!

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Ozie Waters 320
December 8, 2017

8 December – birthday of  Ozie Waters  (Dec 8, 1903 - Mar 10, 1979) American Western singer/guitarist and “Singing Cowboy” movie star of the 1940s. BACM have compiled two CDs of his recordings, mix of studio recordings and transcriptions for radio.

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Bonnie Lou 130
December 8, 2017

8 December – remembering Country/Rockabilly/Rock & Roll songtress Bonnie Lou (Mary Joan Kath, Oct 27, 1924 - Dec 8, 2015) one of the first country stars to achieve crossover success in Rock & Roll. Her singing/yodelling radio career began in 1941, performing as ‘Sally Carson’, much influenced by Patsy Montana and popular yodeling duo, the Girls of the Golden West. Became ‘Bonnie Lou’ in 1945. Despite the popularity of her radio performances, her recording career didn’t take off till the end of the 1940s. Scored several country top-10 hits in the early ’50s before cutting several in a style which would be later called rockabilly and even full Rock & Roll – yielding several Billboard Top 10 hits. Her long career stretched on into the 1990s as entertainer, TV and radio presenter and DJ.

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Hoyt Slim Bryant-Vol 2-245
December 7, 2017

December 7th. Birthday of "Slim Bryant" (Thomas Hoyt Bryant, December 7, 1908 - May 28, 2010), country music singer-songwriter and guitarist whose place in country history is assured by having played guitar on 10 Jimmie Rodgers' recordings. So far, the Archive have issued three compilations, one of rare radio transcriptions.

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Bob Atcher Vol 2- with BB Eyes and Randy Atcher-365
December 7, 2017

7th December - birthday of  Randall "Randy" Atcher (Dec 7, 1918 - Oct 9, 2002), American country musician. All round entertainer - MGM recording artiste, accomplished guitar and mandolin player, host of several radio and TV shows over the years including the popular WHAS Old Kentucky Barn Dance (radio) show and, beginning in 1950 the children's T-Bar-V Ranch birthday party show on WHAS-TV. We have not (yet!) issued a full CD of his recordings but several are featured on our CD 365 (BOB ATCHER Vol. 2 with Bonnie Blue Eyes & Randy Atcher).

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bill-boyd
December 7, 2017

December 7th.  Remembering influential  American country/ Western Swing singer and guitarist Bill Boyd (William Lemuel Boyd, September 29, 1910 - December 7, 1977). When just 22 he played on several classic Jimmie Rodgers recordings including Hobo's Mediation and Roll Along Kentucky Moon.  From the mid '30s on, Bill and his Cowboy Ramblers were one of the pioneers of the  hot , jazz-tinged country sound, later branded as 'Western Swing'.

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Sons Of The Pioneers Vol 1-78
December 6, 2017

6th December – birth anniversary of  fiddle virtuoso Hugh Farr (6 Dec 1903 - 17 Mar 1980) who contributed jazzy fiddle and bass vocals to the legendary Western harmony group, the Sons Of The Pioneers. Hugh and brother Karl (guitar) joined Bob Nolan, Len Slye  (‘Roy Rogers’) and Tim Spencer in 1934, just before the group became The Sons Of The Pioneers, Hugh remaining with them till the late 50s. The great classical conductor Leopold Stokowski once cited Farr as one of the two greatest natural violinists of the 20th Century (the other, the legendary classical virtuoso Fritz Kreisler).  Some great examples of Hugh's fine and inventive fiddle playing on BACM's two collections of  Sons  Of The Pioneers  transcription recordings cut in the early ‘40s, across a wide range of moods and styles.

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Kenneth Houchins-247
December 5, 2017

5th December - remembering country singer/yodeler Kenneth Houchins (Nov 24, 1912 – Dec 5, 1990), who recorded for the Gennett label in 1933-34; one of a crop of Jimmie Rodgers / Gene Autry stylists featuring yodel and own accompaniment on guitar .

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Wilf carter 316
December 5, 2017

December 5th.  Remembering  Wilf Carter (December 18, 1904 – December 5, 1996), Canadian country music singer/ yodeller, guitarist and songwriter.  Born in Nova Scotia, he left home at 15 and found work as a lumberjack and,  after moving west to Calgary, Alberta, as a cowboy , while making extra money performing, singing solo with guitar and developing his distinctive yodelling style. He recorded hundreds of songs, many of his own compositions, during his 60 year recording career. The Archive have compiled this nice collection, train songs, hobo songs and songs about the prairie …

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Ray whitley
December 5, 2017

5th December – birthday of Ray Whitley (Raymond Otis Whitley, Dec 5, 1901 – Feb 21, 1979), Country and Western singer /songwriter and actor. Began his radio career in the early 1930s, then touring as a cowboy singing and novelty/rodeo act with his band Ray Whitley and The Six Bar Cowboys. Designed, and then performed with, the legendary Gibson SJ-200 (the 'Super Jumbo'). His best known composition, Back In The Saddle Again became Gene Autry's theme song and has become a country standard. It is one of the tracks on BACM's compilation, celebrating the recording career of this talented , but nowadays undeservedly largely forgotten, legend.

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Jesse Rodgers 284
December 4, 2017

4 December- Remembering Jesse Rodgers (15th March 1911-December 4, 1973), singer/ songwriter and cousin of the legendary Jimmie Rodgers.

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Wayne Raney-315
December 4, 2017

4th December – remembering Rabon Delmore (December 3, 1916 – December 4, 1952), who with brother Alton comprised the pioneeering and influential Delmore Brothers. BACM have released two Delmore Brothers CDs for collectors.

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Dick Reinhart-124
December 3, 2017

3 December – remembering distinctive and versatile country singer (and multi instrumentalist and songwriter!) Dick Reinhart whose output before his untimely death in 1948 ranged from early country blues, through Western Swing to cowboy-group harmony, as a member of the Rough Riders (trio with Jimmy Wakely and Johnny Bond  see BACM CDs 102 and 384).  Our CD 124 spans the whole of his career from his first two recordings in 1929 (just self- accompanied on guitar) through a wide variety of line ups through the years including his fine last session, for Columbia in 1947 with Jack Rivers on lead guitar and Tex Atchinson and Jesse Ashlock on fiddle.

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Lew-Childre-510
December 3, 2017

3rd December - anniversary of legendary country entertainer Lew Childre (Lewis Everett Childre, 1 Nov 1901- 3 Dec 1961) whose early career included vaudeville and jazz band before taking up steel guitar and becoming a successful country musician, joining the Opry in 1945.

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Grady Martin-222
December 3, 2017

December 3rd – remembering Grady Martin (Thomas Grady Martin , Jan 17, 1929 – Dec 3, 2001), inventive and prolific guitar picker. Through his 50 year recording career,  his licks appear on some of the great recordings of the era – backing rock legends Elvis Presley,  Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison as well as of countless country stars, including big hits from the likes of Patsy Cline, Marty Robbins, Willie Nelson and Lefty Frizzell. He also played fiddle, including on one of Hank Williams’ last sessions. From the late ‘50s he was a member of the legendary Nashville A-Team of session musicians alongside fellow guitar-maestro Hank Garland, Bob Moore (bass) and Tommy Jackson (fiddle) on countless historic recordings.  His guitar talents are well showcased on BACM’s CD 222, featuring Grady with his own country-jazz band, Grady Martin and the Slew Foot Five, recorded in the early and mid 1950s.

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Ferlin Husky 121
December 3, 2017

December 3rd. Birthday of Ferlin Husky (December 3, 1925 - March 17, 2011), extraordinarily  versatile  country singer who had more than twenty Top 20 hits in the Billboard country charts between 1953 . The Archive have compiled two CDs, this one featuring his Early Capitol recordings:

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Jerry Irby-307
December 2, 2017

2nd December - anniversary of  Western Swing musician Jerry Irby (20 Oct 1917 - Dec 2nd 1983), active from the 1930s to the 1970s. Featured on several BACM collections, reflecting his collaborations over the years including with Tex Daffan and the celebrated Bar X Cowboys as well as solo recordings with his great group The Texas Rangers.

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Les Smithhart-444
December 1, 2017

1st December - remembering Les Smithhart (Leslie Benjamin "Les" Smithhart Jun. 16, 1920 - Dec. 1, 2004), fiddler and leader of the Les Smithhart and the Super-X Cowboys band. Hot Western Swing.

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Slim Willet-317
December 1, 2017

1st December - birthday of Slim Willet (Dec 1, 1919- July 1, 1966), country music DJ, singer and prolific writer of catchy songs, many with quirky titles. Best known for his hit A Cold Can of Beer and for writing the widely covered Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes. Thirty of his best recordings are showcased on BACM's CD 317...

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Wilburn Brothers-254
November 30, 2017

30 November - Birthday of Teddy Wilburn one half, with brother Doyle, of the close harmony brother duet team The Wilburn Brothers. They had a string of hits in the 50s and 60s, several of which are featured in our Archive CD

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Merle Travis-Dapper Dan-253
November 29, 2017

November 29th. Birthday of Merle Travis (November 29, 1917 – October 20, 1983) influential guitar picker and singer/songwriter from the same coal mining area of Kentucky as his friend and fellow ‘3-finger guitar picker’ Ike Everly, father of the Everly Brothers.  Merle left an extensive recording legacy, both as a solo artist and accompanying the likes of Grandpa Jones, Hank Thompson, The Delmore Brothers and Jimmy Wakely.  BACM have issued three CDs of his work, including many rare recordings of interest to collectors.

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Pell Brothers
November 27, 2017

27th November, birthday of Sonny Pell (born Nov 27, 1929)  of The Pell Brothers, talented country/bluegrass close harmony group from New York, popular on the North East country club scene in the late ’50s and early ’60s.

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Ridge Dadio-words only
November 27, 2017

Today - 27 November.  Ridge Country: 1953 Special – the year Hank Williams died. For two hours of authentic country music, tune in every Monday to Ridge Country, Presented by my friend and neighbour – and long time collector of country records and guitars, Michael Van Boolen. It’s on air 3-5pm**, UK time -  that’s 11am-1pm E.S.T. and 8-10am West Coast time.  Tune in online at http://www.ridgeradio.co.uk . The 1950s was a great decade for Country Music and today’s show will have a special section on 1953. The year started on a sad note with Hank Williams’ passing but produced some excellent records. The programme will play some of the best hits of the year including such luminaries as Marty Robbins, Hank Snow and Webb Pierce as well as Hank Williams himself. Michael welcomes requests and feedback – send to studio@ridgeradio.co.uk , but please put ‘Ridge Country’ as the email subject.

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Jimmie Revard-100
November 26, 2017

26 November – birthday of Jimmie Revard (Nov 26, 1909 –  April 12, 1991), Western Swing bandleader, vocalist and musician whose band featured some of the genre’s most legendary performers of the day.

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Mel Price-338
November 26, 2017

26th November -remembering  pleasant voiced country singer Mel Price ( Oct. 13, 1920- 26 Nov 2014)whose performing career stretched across more than 50 years from the mid '30s to the early '90s . BACM's compilation features 28 recordings including his first cuts for the Regal  label in 1949. There's a fascinating interview with Mel on YouTube ("My 93 years in country music ...") - see  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDLG38FGPc0

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Cousin Herb Henson -371
November 26, 2017

26 Nov – remembering “Cousin” Herb Henson (May 17, 1925—Nov 26, 1963),  now best remembered as host of his popular  TV show (the “Cousin Herb Henson Trading Post”)  which featured the likes of Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and Roy Clark, and helped  popularise what became known as the Bakersfield Sound. A talented musician and comedian, BACM have issued one CD  compilation of Henson’s recordings, many of them novelty numbers.

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Milo Twins-272
November 25, 2017

25th November – birthday of country duo The Milo Twins (identical twins Edward & Edwin Miolen, b. 25 Nov 1915) from Copperhill, Tennessee. BACM’s CD 272 has 32 of their fine recordings, some from their first sessions in 1939, the rest from 1947, fine sessions featuring Merle Travis on guitar and Cliffie Stone on bass

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Kenneth Houchins-247
November 24, 2017

24 November – birthday anniversary of lllinois musician Ken Houchins (Nov 24, 1912 - Dec 5, 1990), who recorded for the Gennett label in 1933-34; one of a crop of Jimmie Rodgers / Gene Autry stylists featuring yodel and own accompaniment on guitar.

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Wilburn Brothers-254
November 24, 2017

24 November - Remembering Teddy Wilburn one half, with brother Doyle, of the close harmony brother duet team The Wilburn Brothers. Regulars on the Louisiana Hayride their syndicated TV show The Wilburn Brothers show ran for an amazing 354 episodes from 1963 to 1974 . They helped launch the careers of many country stars including Loretta Lynn, who was featured vocalist of the their touring show throughout the '60s.

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Roy Acuff 89
November 23, 2017

November 23rd. Remembering Roy Acuff (September 15, 1903 - November 23, 1992), American country singer, fiddler and music publisher whose prolific recording career spanned more than half a century from his first recordings in 1936

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Spade Cooley-411-Live Vol 1
November 23, 2017

November 23rd. Remembering  “Spade Cooley” (Donnell Clyde Cooley, December 17, 1910 – November 23, 1969), American Western swing musician, band leader who vied with Bob Wills for the title “King Of Western Swing”..  A part Cherokee Oklahoman whose family fled the Dust Bowl for California, Cooley played fiddle with a Jimmy Wakely band before replacing Wakely as leader. Cooley’s band chalked up several big hits in the mid ‘40s including “Shame on You” and “Detour”, many featuring deep voiced Tex Williams (see the catalogue for Tex Williams CDs). The Archive have issued two collections of rare Cooley live performances, some instrumentals some with Tex Williams and other supporting vocalists – mix of Western Swing and popular numbers, mainly upbeat and foot tapping …

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Dick Thomas-240
November 22, 2017

November 22nd – remembering Dick Thomas (Richard Thomas Goldhahn, Sept 4, 1915 – Nov 22, 2003), American singing cowboy and actor, nowadays best known for his (1945) No. 1 country hit Sioux City Sue which he co-wrote and has become a widely-covered country standard.

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Doye O Dell- 172
November 22, 2017

22 November – birthday anniversary of Doye O'Dell (Nov 22, 1912 –Jan 3, 2001), country music singer, musician (fiddle, guitar), songwriter, actor and radio/TV entertainer, one of those huge talents undeservedly overlooked in the country histories. BACM have so far compiled two CDs, featuring his melodic and appealing voice on a wide range of musical styles (Western ballads and jazz-influenced Western Swing and several comedy/novelty numbers ... plus several fine instrumentals, top session musicians enjoying the jamming.)

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Jean Shepard-170
November 21, 2017

21 November – birthday anniversary of Jean Shepard (Ollie Imogene Shepard, (November 21, 1933 – September 25, 2016), honky tonk singer-songwriter, pioneer for women in country music. Discovered by Hank Thompson, she signed to Capitol in 1952, and the following year her Dear John Letter duet with Ferlin Husky sold more than a million. One of those instantly recognizable distinctive voices, equally at home with upbeat shuffles and plaintive ballads, showcased on BACM’s CD 170 which includes her first single “Crying Steel Guitar Waltz” from 1952.

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Ridge Dadio-words only
November 20, 2017

Presented by my friend and neighbour – and long time country records collector, Michael Van Boolen. It’s on air 3-5pm**, UK time, today and every Monday. Jimmie Rodgers was, and still is, enormously influential on Country Music and some of the biggest Country artists including Lefty Frizzell, Hank Snow, Ernest Tubb and Webb Pierce were big fans and recorded many of his songs. However, this week Michael will be digging deep into his record collection to bring us some of the more unusual and off beat versions of Jimmie’s songs, including rare recordings from Blind Blake and Texas Ruby. Michael welcomes requests and feedback – send to studio@ridgeradio.co.uk , but please put ‘Ridge Country’ as the email subject. **That’s 11am-1pm E.S.T. and 8-10am West Coast time        

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Mel Tillis-379
November 20, 2017

19th November. Remembering prolific singer/songwriter Mel Tillis (Lonnie Melvin Tillis, born August 8, 1932). Several of his compositions were big hits for other top artists – such as Detroit City [hit for Bobby Bare and for Tom Jones], I Ain't Never [Webb Pierce],The Snakes Crawl At Night [Charlie Pride] and Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town [Kenny Rogers].  But he also scored several hits himself including reaching number 1 with his own version of ‘I ain’t never’, featured on BACM’s thirty track compilation CD. Tillis died in Florida of respiratory failure on Sunday 19th November after a long illness and was survived by his six children including singer-songwriter Pam Tillis. Farewell and RIP to another of the great voices from Country Music’s golden era.

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Tex Ann and Merle Travis-286
November 20, 2017

20th November – anniversary of country music singer Tex Ann (April 1, 1922 - Nov 20, 1998) who sang with The Girls of the Golden West, Ray Whitley, Buck Nation and Merle Travis. She had a songwriting credit on Merle Travis' hit Muskrat, later recorded by the likes of Doc Watson and the Everly Brothers. BACM have released a CD of Tex Ann's duets with then husband Merle Travis.

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esco-hankins
November 18, 2017

18th November. Remembering Esco Hankins ( 1 January 1924- 18 November 1990), best known as a Roy Acuff  imitator but an excellent singer and guitarist in his own right. The Archive have compiled a CD showcasing 22 of his King and Mercury recordings cut in the late '40s and early '50s. An enjoyable hour's listening for those who like the authentic "Down home country" sound, guitar, fiddle dobro - and superb vocals.

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Don Gibson 134
November 17, 2017

November 17th. Remembering the great Don Gibson (April 3, 1928 – November 17, 2003), country musician and composer of many  country classics including "I Can't Stop Loving You", “O lonesome me” and "Sweet Dreams".  Collectors may be interested in this CD of his work from the late '40's to early ‘50s before he hit the big-time with  “O lonesome me” in 1957

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Henry Whitter-348-small
November 17, 2017

November 17th – anniversary of influential old timey singer, guitarist, harmonica player Henry Whitter (April 6, 1892 - Nov 17, 1941) whose first Okeh Records recordings were cut in 1923, making him one of the first country artistes to record.  Four years later he recorded for Victor Records at the famous Bristol Sessions. Also in 1927, Whitter began his musical partnership with the blind fiddler G. B. Grayson (1887-1930) who recorded as Grayson & Whitter.

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Judy Martin-96
November 17, 2017

17 November– remembering Judy Martin (Eva Alaine Overstake, July 23, 1917 - Nov 17, 1951), sweet voiced American country music singer, whose broadcasting career began in the early 1930s doing three part harmonies on the WLS National Barn Dance with with sisters Evelyn and Lucille (as The Overstake Sisters) . She married country crooner Red Foley in 1933. BACM have compiled two collections of Overstake Sisters recordings (BACM 98 and 99) and two of Judy Martin's – BACM 96 and BACM 234, the latter, duets with Red Foley.

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Wiley Walker and Gene Sullivan-427
November 17, 2017

17th Nov – birthday of Wiley Walker ( Nov 17, 1911 - May 17, 1966) country singer/ fiddler and songwriter; formed a duo with guitarist Gene Sullivan in 1939, making some great recordings as Wiley and Walker. Nowadays they are best remembered as writers of the classic ‘When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again’ recorded by Elvis Presley, Eddy Arnold, Cindy Walker , Emmylou Harris, Merle Haggard and Hank Snow among others.

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Frank Luther 07 Will the angels
November 16, 2017

November 16th. Remembering Frank Luther (August 4, 1899 - November 16, 1980), American country music singer, dance band vocalist, playwright, songwriter and pianist.  So far the Archive have compiled two CDs, mix of sentimental story songs and comedy/novelty numbers, several with his long time collaborationist Carson Robison.

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rusty-gill-CD 005
November 16, 2017

16th November – anniversary of Rusty Gill (June 10, 1919- Nov 16, 2008), talented cowboy singer and songwriter; smooth baritone voice, not dissimilar to Rex Allen's, often performing self-accompanied on guitar or with the legendary musicians the Prairie Ramblers. Have a listen to our selection on BACM CD 005 (one of our very first, released back in February 20012 but still available) for an enjoyable hour of easy-on-the-ear western music, nice mix of  songs and styles.

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Roy Newman 367
November 12, 2017

12 Nov. Birthday of  Roy Newman, Western Swing bandleader (12 Nov 1899 - 23 Feb 1981), one of the first musicians to blend hillbilly and swinging jazz.

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Jo Stafford-for website-123
November 12, 2017

November 12th. Birthday of versatile singer Jo Stafford (November 12, 1917 – July 16, 2008), best known for her recordings with big bands in jazz/popular style but  who also did comedy and folk/country, reflecting her lifelong love for folk lore and music. The Archive have released an album of her beautiful-voiced country/ country-tinged recordings

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Girls Of The Golden West-BACM 09
November 12, 2017

12 November – remembering Dolly Good (Dec 11, 1915 - Nov 12, 1967) , one half (with sister Mildred) of old timey country music act The Girls of the Golden West. They were popular in the 1930s and '40s, with their close harmony renditions of sentimental and cowboy songs, accompanying themselves on guitar and featuring their harmony yodeling. Recording on Bluebird and Bluebonnet they left a legacy of fine recordings.

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Wade Ray-209
November 11, 2017

11Th November – remembering Country fiddler Wade Ray (Lyman Wade Ray, April 13, 1913 - Nov 11, 1998), who performed and recorded with many great C&W and Western Swing performers across a long career but recorded remarkably few tracks under his own name. A child prodigy and vaudeville performer (as the World's Youngest Violin Player!), by the early 1930s he was playing jazzy fiddle and doing vocals with a Western swing group. Post war he was a mainstay with Patsy Montana's group the Prairie Ramblers, also recording with the Ozark Mountain Boys. In the late '40s he became a regular on The Rex Allen Show and later did regular spots with the Roy Rogers and Ernest Tubb shows. Having signed with RCA in 1951, he released 23 singles and a couple of solo albums, nowadays rare collector items. An exceptional talent, celebrated in BACM's CD 209, featuring Ray's vocals and fine fiddle playing.

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Milo Twins 272
November 11, 2017

11 November, birthday of Tennessee born identical twins, The Milo Twins, (Edwin and Edward, born 11th November 1916, passing away in 1965 and 1978 respectively) who emerged as a country music close harmony duo in the 1930s,  recording for several labels including Decca and Capitol, in a style somewhat similar to The Delmore Bothers.

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Texas Jim Robertson Vol 3-485
November 11, 2017

Remembering Texas Jim Robertson (February 7, 1909- November 11, 1966), deep and mellow-voiced American country singer who enjoyed  a fair measure of success as a recording artist in the 1950s and '60s.

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Panachord Vol1-560-150
November 11, 2017

11 Nov – anniversary of country blues singer, guitarist and songwriter Dwight Butcher (6 Aug 1911 – 11 Nov 1978), whose style was modeled on Jimmie Rodgers with who he toured for a while. Songwriting credits include “Love Letters Bring Memories of You” (recorded by Jimmie Rodgers in his final sessions, May 1933), and “Goodbye to Old Mexico” (recorded by Gene Autry). BACM have not yet issued a dedicated CD but a few tracks appear on some of our compilations including CDs 221, 502 and 560 (http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/south-of-the-border-various-artists/ , http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/harry-mcclintock-vol-2-plus-other-artists-bacm-502/ and http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/the-panachord-label-vol-2-various-artists-cd-560/ respectively

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Curly Fox and Texas Ruby-303
November 9, 2017

9th November – birthday of Curly Fox (Arnim LeRoy Fox, Nov 9, 1910 – Nov 10, 1995), American country fiddler and singer. Played with the Shelton Brothers in the mid 30s as well as making a few solo recordings before partnering with Ruby Agnes Owens, sister of Tex Owens. As Curly Fox and Texas Ruby they became a popular duo, joining the Grand Ole Opry in the late 1930s, cutting some fine duo recordings, usually featuring Curly's brilliant and distinctive fiddle playing.

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Otto Gray-139
November 8, 2017

8th November – anniversary of old timey bandleader Otto Gray (2 Mar 1884-8 Nov 1967) whose band Otto Gray and his Oklahoma Cowboys (earlier known as McGinty's Oklahoma Cowboy Band) were the first fully professional cowboy band and were influential, disseminating western music and western style, spawning dozens of imitators.  BACM’s collection has a selection of their recordings from 1926  through to 1931, nice variety of songs including several comedy and novelty numbers.

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Excellent Vol 2 473
November 8, 2017

8th November  - birthday of  ace mandolinist Ray Lunsford (Nov 8, 1908 - Oct 17, 1981). BACM present several of his recordings on our two Excellent label compilations (Volume 1, CD 465 and Vol. 2, CD 473) and on our Jimmie Skinner collection CD 184, which feature Skinner's distinctive rugged baritone counterpointed with Lunsford's driving electric mandolin.

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Lulu Belle & Scotty-330
November 8, 2017

8th November - birthday of Scotty Wiseman (Scott Greene Wiseman, November 8, 1908–January 31, 1981), who joined the popular radio show National Barn Dance in 1933 , a year before partnering with wife 'Lulu' (Myrtle Eleanor Coopers) as Lulu Belle and Scotty, who became one of the major country music acts of the 1930s and 1940s, dubbed The Sweethearts of Country Music. Two fine compilations from BACM ...

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Ridge Dadio-words only
November 6, 2017

Monday 6th November! For two hours of authentic country music, tune in to Ridge Country, http://www.ridgeradio.co.uk . Presented by my friend and neighbour – and long time collector of country records and guitars, Michael Van Boolen. It’s on air 3-5pm UK time**, today and every Monday. Today’s show will include a special section on one of the backbones of Country Music – Trains! It will include train songs all the way from the 1920s – roots recordings by Henry Whitter, Jimmie Rodgers and the Rouse Brothers - through to Elvis, the king of Rock & Roll but always a Country boy at heart. Michael welcomes requests and feedback – send to studio@ridgeradio.co.uk , but please put ‘Ridge Country’ as the email subject. **That’s 11am-1pm E.S.T. and 8-10am West Coast time For an easy shortcut to tune in - just click on the green [Find an Archive CD by this artist] button, below.

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Wiley Walker and Gene Sullivan-427
November 6, 2017

6 November – birthday of Gene Sullivan best known for his partnership with fiddler Wiley Walker as the “Wiley and Walker” duo, Gene (6 Nov 1914 - 24 Oct 1984) contributing guitar and harmony vocals. Nowadays the duo are best remembered as writers of the classic ‘When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again’ recorded by Elvis Presley, Eddy Arnold, Cindy Walker , Emmylou Harris, Merle Haggard and Jim Reeves among others. Gene entered the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971. Some of their fine recordings are showcased on BACM CD 427 which also includes excerpts from two of their popular radio shows.

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Shelton Brothers Vol 2-370
November 6, 2017

6 November. Remembering Bob  Shelton (Robert Attlesey,  4 July 1909 - 6 Nov 1986) of the Shelton Brothers, (Bob, Joe and, joining later, Merle) pioneering country musicians from Texas who recorded prolifically from the mid 1930s through to the early 1960s. Featuring  superb harmonies, and eclectic musicianship, they were among the most popular radio and recording acts of their era, and were hugely influential, playing a variety of styles from traditional country/hillbilly styles to jazz tinged ‘Western Swing’. All three were accomplished guitarists, Joe also playing mandolin and Bob, fiddle. BACM have issued three compilations, celebrating their important legacy.

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Johnny Horton 87
November 5, 2017

November 5th.  Remembering Johnny Horton (April 30, 1925 – November 5, 1960) talented country singer / songwriter who scored several crossover hits in 1959/60 including "When It's Springtime in Alaska (It's Forty Below)", "The Battle of New Orleans" and "North to Alaska".  Collectors may be interested in his earlier work, rare recordings from the early 1950s showcased on this BACM CD

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Roy Rogers-BACM 047-Hazy Mountains
November 5, 2017

November 5. Birthday of "King of the Cowboys" Roy Rogers (born Leonard Slye November 5, 1911 – July 6, 1998), American singer and cowboy actor, one of the most popular Western stars of his era.  BACM have so far released three CDs from this prolific recording artiste

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Jimmie Davis 180
November 5, 2017

November 5th. Remembering "Governor" Jimmie Davis (September 11, 1899 - November 5, 2000), country musician and songwriter who served two non-consecutive terms as Louisiana State governor.  Best known for "You are my sunshine" , "Nobody's Darling But Mine" and There's a New Moon Over My Shoulder". The Archive have so far realised one CD of his work.

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Leon Huff-Vol 2-127
November 3, 2017

November 3rd. Anniversary of Leon Huff (November 3rd 1912 -  May 8th 1952), one of the great country vocalists of his generation who provided guitar accompaniment and superb lead vocals for several top Western Swing groups in the 1930s/early '40s including the Light Crust Doughboys and Bob Will's Texas Playboys. Two BACM collections have been issued, including several rare radio transcriptions

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Buddy Starcher-311
November 2, 2017

2nd November –  remembering Buddy Starcher (Oby Edgar Starcher, 16 Mar 1906 - 2 Nov 2001) American country singer / songwriter and outstanding guitarist.  Bill Clifton's liner notes to our BACM CD of Buddy's recordings included these words "When Buddy Starcher passed away in Harrisburg Virginia ... at age 95, we lost a true gentleman of widely diverse talents - a fine songwriter, musician and singer, a philosopher, a poet, a story teller, a salesman, a manager of radio stations and a man determined to refine and temper the Christian spirit within himself while always encouraging others to appeal to the finest qualities within their own characters".

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Lew-Childre-510
November 1, 2017

1st Nov - birthday anniversary of legendary country entertainer Lew Childre (Lewis Everett Childre, 1 Nov 1901- 3 Dec 1961) whose early career included vaudeville and jazz band before taking up steel guitar and becoming a successful country musician, joining the Opry in 1945.

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Bill Anderson-518
November 1, 2017

1st November – birthday of “Whisperin’” Bill Anderson (born Nov 1, 1937), country music singer (40 studio albums, seven No. 1 hits and one of the most successful songwriters in country music history (City Lights, Once A Day, Saginaw Michigan etc etc). BACM’s CD 518 features 26 of Bill’s early recordings.

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Shorty Long-520
October 31, 2017

31 October – birthday of Shorty Long (Emidio Vagnoni, Oct. 31, 1923 – Oct.  25, 1991), Pennsylvania born musician, best known as fiddle/ accordion-playing band leader with his group the Santa Fe Rangers but whose cv includes being a classical violin child prodigy and playing piano on several of Elvis Presley’s 1956 sessions.  BACM’s CD 520 showcases his Santa Fe Rangers recordings from 1946 to the late 1950s.

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Bob Atcher-68
October 31, 2017

31 October – anniversary of American country musician Bob Atcher (May 11, 1914 – October 31, 1993) one of the most popular country entertainers of the 1940s enjoying national radio stardom and a prolific recording career mainly on Okeh and Columbia. BACM have compiled two CDs of his recordings, mix of traditional country, folk, cowboy and comedy including several duets with partner Bonnie Blue Eyes and brother Randy Atcher.

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Carl Belew 335
October 31, 2017

October 31st. Remembering mellow voiced country singer and songwriter Carl Belew (April 21, 1931– October 31, 1990). His songs provided hits for the likes of Jim Reeves and Skeeter Davies and this Archive compilation, all of recordings made 1959/60, includes his much recorded compositions Lonely Street and Am I That Easy To Forget.

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Dale Evans 153
October 31, 2017

31 October. Birthday of  Dale Evans (31 Oct 1912-7 Feb 2001, born Frances Octavia Smith) whose showbiz career began as a featured vocalist with a pop/jazz orchestra in the late 1930s. She then began writing songs and for a time had her own "That Gal From Texas" radio show before landing a starring part in 1944 in "The Cowboy And The Senorita" when she was teamed with the already popular singing cowboy Roy Rogers.  This began one of the most successful Western husband and wife partnerships - they made 28 movies together and, along with dog Trigger, became something of a national treasure on radio and TV into the '50s.  This compilation showcases some of her solo recordings along with some late '40's radio takes

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Patsy Montana Vol 2 - Radio 386
October 30, 2017

October 30th. Anniversary of Patsy Montana (Ruby Rose Blevins) (October 30, 1908 - May 3, 1996), American country music singer/ songwriter and the first female country singer to chalk up a million sales single with her 1935  "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart".  The Country Music Archive have released two compilations of Patsy's classic recordings.

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Ridge Dadio-words only
October 30, 2017

30th October. For two hours of authentic country music, tune in this afternoon to Ridge Country, http://www.ridgeradio.co.uk . Presented by my friend and neighbour – and long time collector of country records and guitars, Michael Van Boolen. It’s on air 3-5pm**, UK time, today and every Monday. Today’s show will include a special section on the Steel Guitar with music from the mid 20s to the 60s with such luminaries as pioneering Hawaiian steel player Sol Hoopii and legendary ‘Nashville Sound’ steelman  Pete Drake. One of our favourite country instruments – this will be a treat! Michael welcomes requests and feedback – send to studio@ridgeradio.co.uk , but please put ‘Ridge Country’ as the email subject. **That’s 11am-1pm E.S.T. and 8-10am West Coast time

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Uckfield-FM
October 29, 2017

29th October, tune into Paul Hazell's World Of Country for two varied hours of country music spanning the many styles of country music, with classics from the likes of Lefty Frizzell, Slim Dusty and Patsy Montana, a great new single from Rhonda Vincent and bluegrass from Gold Heart. There will also be short set of country songs with a supernatural twist as we are so close to Halloween! On from 9pm-11pm GMT*. Tune in online at www.uckfieldfm.co.uk (For a short cut, just click on the green Find an Archive CD by this artiste button). *Greenwich Mean time (Sunday afternoon in USA and Canada, early Monday morning in Australia and New Zealand)

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Ramblin Jimmie-Dolan-491
October 29, 2017

29 Oct - birthday of Ramblin' Jimmie Dolan (Oct 29, 1916 - July 31, 1994), Californian western swing and country musician (vocals and guitar), a popular radio performer during the 1940s and who made his first recordings in 1949.

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Porter Wagoner 166
October 28, 2017

October 28th. Remembering Porter Wagoner (August 12, 1927 – October 28, 2007) popular country singer from Missouri whose recording career began in 1951 on RCA. He became a featured performer on  the Ozark Jubilee in 1955 before moving to Nashville in 1967 by which time he had already scored several hit singles including his 1955 Number 1, A Satisfied Mind.  So far, BACM have released one CD, of his early (pre 1957) recordings, for fans of early 50’s stripped-down country sound …

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Mitchell Torok 188
October 28, 2017

October 28th,  birthday of Mitchell Torok (born October 28, 1929) American country music singer, songwriter and guitarist best known for his compositions “Mexican Joe” (Jim Reeves’ first big hit) and "Caribbean" – another upbeat happy-go-lucky song which gave Torok his own Number 1 US hit in 1953 and was also recorded by Hank Snow and Jim Reeves.  A talented performer often overlooked in country music histories, his distinctive voice, clever lyrics and memorable tunes are showcased in our 26 track BACM collection …

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Bonnie Lou 130
October 27, 2017

October 27th. Birthday of rock and roll and country singer, Bonnie Lou (Born: October 27, 1924).

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Jimmie skinner 184
October 27, 2017

October 27th.  Remembering Jimmie Skinner (April 27, 1909–October 27, 1979), American country and bluegrass singer and guitarist.  Our BACM CD 184 will be enjoyed by those who enjoy a stripped down country sound, many of the tracks featuring Jimmie’s guitar along with fine electric mandolin player Ray Lunsford.

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Bonnie Lou 130
October 27, 2017

27 October – birthday anniversary of Country/Rockabilly/Rock & Roll songtress Bonnie Lou (Mary Joan Kath, Oct 27, 1924 -  Dec 8, 2015) one of the first country stars to achieve crossover success in Rock & Roll. Her singing/yodelling radio career began in 1941, performing as ‘Sally Carson’, much influenced by Patsy Montana and popular yodeling duo, the Girls of the Golden West. Became ‘Bonnie Lou’ in 1945. Despite the popularity of her radio performances, her recording career didn’t take off till the end of the 1940s. Scored several country top-10 hits in the early ’50s before cutting several in a style which would be later called rockabilly and even full Rock & Roll – yielding several Billboard Top 10 hits. Her long career stretched on into the 1990s as entertainer, TV and radio presenter and DJ.  

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Jeanne Black -354
October 25, 2017

25th October – birthday of Capitol recording artiste Jeanne Black (Oct 25, 1937 - Oct 23, 2014) who scored a million seller hit in 1960 with He'll Have to Stay, an answer record to Jim Reeves' smash, He'll Have to Go. Fans of the Nashville sound will enjoy our CD compilation, JEANNE BLACK He’ll Have To Stay, BACM 354. Black was married to celebrated guitarist, songwriter and producer Billy Strange.

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Wiley Walker and Gene Sullivan-427
October 24, 2017

24 October – remembering Gene Sullivan best known for his partnership with fiddler Wiley Walker as the “Wiley and Walker” duo, Gene (6 Nov 1914 - 24 Oct 1984) contributing guitar and harmony vocals. Nowadays the duo are best remembered as writers of the classic ‘When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again’ recorded by Elvis Presley, Eddy Arnold, Cindy Walker , Emmylou Harris, Merle Haggard and Jim Reeves among others. Gene entered the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971. Some of their fine recordings are showcased on BACM CD 427 which also includes excerpts from two of their popular radio shows.

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Wiley- & Gene
October 24, 2017

24th October – anniversary of Gene Sullivan (16 Nov 1914 - 24 Oct 1984) country music singer/ songwriter and guitarist (and formerly, professional boxer!). Nowadays best remembered for his songwriting partnership with Wiley Walker and their classic When Your Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again which they first recorded in 1941. BACM present 20 of their recordings (and two of their radio shows) on BACM CD 427).

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Danny Dill-488
October 23, 2017

23rd October – anniversary of Danny Dill, legendary Nashville Songwriter Hall of Famer (Sept 19, 1925 - Oct 23, 2008) whose compositions include country classics Detroit City and Long Black Veil. Performed and recorded both solo and with partner Annie Lou (as “Annie Lou and Danny”, regular performers on the Opry in the '50s ). His recordings are showcased on BACM's CD 488, DANNY DILL – LONG BLACK VEIL.  

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Carter Sisters 176
October 23, 2017

Remembering "Mother" Maybelle Carter (May 10, 1909 – October 23, 1978), member of the  original Carter Family act, formed in 1927 and later (1949 to early 1950s) recording with her daughters, June, Anita and Helen as Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters.  These latter recordings are rare and long overlooked, hauntingly beautiful songs and harmonies.

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Jery Irby-307
October 20, 2017

20th October – birthday of Western Swing musician Jerry Irby (20 Oct 1917 - Dec 2nd 1983), active from the 1930s to the 1970s. Featured on several BACM collections, reflecting his collaborations over the years including with Tex Daffan and the celebrated Bar X Cowboys as well as solo recordings with his great group The Texas Rangers.

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440 Grandpa Jones
October 20, 2017

October 20th. Birthday of Louis Marshall Jones known professionally as Grandpa Jones (October 20, 1913 - February 19, 1998), banjoist, guitarist, yodeller, well known for his old timey, gospel and humour performances and recordings, often with fellow Kentuckian, ace guitarist Merle Travis. To date, the Archive have released two Grandpa Jones compilations, including many tracks never previously released on CD.

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Deuce Spriggins-279
October 20, 2017

20 October – birthday anniversary of Carolina Cotton (Helen Hagstrom Oct 20, 1925 - June 10, 1997) American singer and yodeller, sometime known as the "Yodeling Blonde Bombshell".  Associated with several of the great Western Swing Bands of the era including those of Spade Cooley and (her one time husband) Deuce Spriggins. BACM have not so far issued a dedicated CD but her recordings are featured on several including DEUCE SPRIGGINS Down The Trail To San Antone (BACM 279) – and, with Spade Cooley’s band, on A TASTE OF KING Vol 1 (BACM 93).

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buddy-jones
October 20, 2017

Oct 20th. Remembering the great Buddy Jones (December 25, 1902 - October 20, 1956), American country musician who recorded in the 1930s and 1940s, style a mix of early honky tonk, country and country blues. This BACM compilation includes his 1935  Red River Blues duet with Jimmie Davies and recordings from 1937-41 including a great version of Jimmie Rodgers’ Dear Old Sunny South By The Sea demonstrating Jones’ yodelling skills.

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Merle Travis-Dapper Dan-253
October 20, 2017

October 20th. Remembering Merle Travis (November 29, 1917 – October 20, 1983) ace guitar picker and singer/songwriter from Muhlenberg County, Kentucky whose ‘Travis style’ influenced a generation of guitarists including Chet Atkins and Doc Watson. The Archive have so far compiled three CDs of his recordings, including some rare radio transcriptions…

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Stuart Hamblen 163
October 20, 2017

October 20th. Anniversary of country singer/songwriter Stuart Hamblen (October 20, 1908–March 8, 1989). Composer of This Ole House (hit for Rosemary Clooney in '50s and Shakin Stevens, a No. 1 hit in 1981) and "It is no secret (what God can do).  Hamblen's recording career goes back to the early 30's,  as a Jimmie Rodgers' styled singer/yodeler. The Archive have compiled two CDs of his work.

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Hugh Cross-211
October 19, 2017

19 October – birthday anniversary of Hugh Cross (Oct 19, 1904- ? 1970), old timey musician – singer, songwriter, guitarist and banjo picker – associated with many of the top hillbilly and string band acts of the 1920s and early 1930s, including Riley Puckett (with whom Cross recorded the first commercially available cut of Red River Valley) and Gid Tanner & the Skillet Lickers – which had the legendary Clayton McMichen (Cross's brother in law) on fiddle. BACM offer two CDs of his recordings, CD 211, Old Time Music From The Smoky Mountains and CD 304 featuring cuts from his late 1930s radio shows with Shug Fisher as Hugh & Shug's Radio Pals.

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Excellent Label-464
October 17, 2017

17th October – remembering ace electric mandolinist Ray Lunsford (Nov 8, 1908 - Oct 17, 1981). BACM present several of his recordings on our two Excellent label compilations (Volume 1, CD 465 and Vol. 2, CD 473) and on our Jimmie Skinner collection CD 184, which feature Skinner's distinctive baritone counterpointed with Lunsford's driving electric mandolin.

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Wilburn Brothers-254
October 16, 2017

16 October - Remembering Doyle Wilburn one half, with brother Teddy, of the close harmony brother duet team The Wilburn Brothers. They had a string of hits in the 50s and 60s, several of which are featured in BACM's The Knoxville Girl CD ...

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Wilma Lee and Stoney 154
October 16, 2017

16 October– birthday of Stoney Cooper (Dale Troy Cooper, Oct 16, 1918–Mar 22, 1977), American country musician (fiddle and guitar) from West Virginia. In 1939 he married Wilma Lee Leary and they became the old timey/ bluegrass duo Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper, one of the biggest country music acts of the 1940s through the 1960s.

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Don Reno Red Smiley 205
October 16, 2017

October 16th. Remembering superb bluegrass banjo picker Don Reno (February 21, 1927 – October 16, 1984),  former member of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys  but best known for his partnership with Red Smiley which produced some of the best bluegrass sounds of all time.

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Cal Shrum 169
October 16, 2017

16th October – birthday of Walt Schrum ((16 Oct 1898 – 6 Feb 1971)), with brother Cal Shrum one of  the celebrated Shrum Brothers, both associated with many of the finest Western/Western Swing musicians of their era including The Colorado Hillbillies and the Rhythm Rangers (line ups over the years included the likes of Spade Cooley, Cene Haas and Tex Williams).

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texas-jim-Lewis
October 15, 2017

October 15th – birthday of Western Swing pioneer and all round entertainer Texas Jim Lewis whose popular Lone Star Cowboys group was formed in the late 1930s. His work, mainly a mix of western swing and reworkings of popular songs is showcased on Rose Of The Border (BACM 62) and New York & Hollywood 1937–39 (BACM 271).

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Mel Price-338
October 13, 2017

13 October – birthday of pleasant voiced country singer Mel Price ( Oct. 13, 1920- 26 Nov 2014)whose performing career stretched across more than 50 years from the mid ‘30s to the early ‘90s . BACM’s compilation features 28 recordings including his first cuts for the Regal  label in 1949. There's a fascinating interview with Mel on YouTube ("My 93 years in country music ...") - see  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDLG38FGPc0

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Big-Slim-Aliff-515
October 13, 2017

13th October - remembering Big Slim Aliff (9 May, 1899 - 13 Oct 1966), singing cowboy, rodeo performer and popular radio broadcaster in the 1930s, singing with just his guitar. Celebrated with BACM's 23 track compilation, featuring his early recordings, many of the songs becoming country classics.

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Tex Williams-River of no return-BACM 097
October 11, 2017

October 11th. Remembering Tex Williams (August 23, 1917 – October 11, 1985), deep voiced baritone country singer best known for his 1947 hit "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)".  So far, the Archive have released three CDs from this versatile and prolific recording artist including some rare transcription tracks.

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tim mcnamara 278
October 10, 2017

10 October- birthday of the great Australian country balladeer and yodeler Tim McNamara (Oct 10th 1922 – Apr 16th 1983). Performed from the 1930s to the 1980s, cut his first records in 1950 and went on to become a popular and influential country music radio and TV performer and promoter of country music acts. Played the Grand Ole Opry in 1959.

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Randy Atcher-365
October 9, 2017

9th October, anniversary of Randall "Randy" Atcher (Dec 7, 1918 – Oct 9, 2002), American country musician. All round entertainer – MGM recording artiste, accomplished guitar and mandolin player, host of several radio and TV shows over the years including the popular WHAS Old Kentucky Barn Dance (radio) show and, beginning in 1950 the children's T-Bar-V Ranch birthday party show on WHAS-TV. We have not (yet!) issued a full CD of his recordings but several are featured on our CD 365 (BOB ATCHER Vol. 2 with Bonnie Blue Eyes & Randy Atcher).

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Harry McLintock 82
October 8, 2017

October 8th. Birthday of Harry McClintock (October 8, 1882 - April 24, 1957), adventurer, railroader, political activist and country singer, best known for his recordings of  hobo classic songs "Big Rock Candy Mountain" and "Hallelujah I'm A Bum" both of which are featured on our BACM CD 82, HARRY McCLINTOCK The Great American Bum. A more recent Old-timey compilation CD (BACM 502) includes another 12 of McClintock's recordings.

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Jimmie Logsdon CD 416
October 7, 2017

7th October – remembering Jimmie Logsdon (April 1, 1922-Oct 7, 2001), American country and rockabilly musician and songwriter.

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Tex Daffan-208
October 6, 2017

6 October - remembering the great Ted Daffan ( Theron Eugene Daffan, September 21, 1912 – October 6, 1996), American country steel guitarist, band leader and composer, best known for his widely recorded "Born to Lose" and the original truck driver’s anthem "Truck Drivers' Blues”; collectors and “steel” fans will enjoy this collection of unissued Daffan recordings from the early 1940s …

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Margie Singleton-375
October 5, 2017

October 5th – birthday congratulations to country songstress Margie Singleton (b. Oct 5, 1935) who scored several 1960s country hits, including duets with George Jones and Faron Young. She was also an accomplished songwriter, her songs being recorded by the likes of Tammy Wynette and Charley Pride – and she wrote Lie To Me and My True Confession, both of which were big pop hits for Brook Benton.

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IDAHO-CALL-BOOTS-FAYE-462
October 5, 2017

5th October, anniversary of Country music singer and songwriter Idaho Call (Roscoe Krawl, Dec 31, 1916 - Oct 5, 1993) who performed and recorded with Ted Daffan, also with his own band (The Sun Valley Cowboys) and with his wife, Boots Faye.

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Jack-Kingston-296
October 4, 2017

4th October - birthday of  "The Canadian Playboy" Jack Kingston (Oct 4th 1925 -May 18th 1996), talented country singer/guitarist/songwriter and regular on the Main Street Jamboree show (from 1952). He was the first Canadian country artiste signed by Capital (1950) and released around 100 recordings including what became his theme song The Yodeling Cowboy as well as several disaster songs including his composition the the 1958 Springhill Mine Explosion in Nova Scotia.

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Charlie Gore-185
October 4, 2017

4 October - birthday of Charlie Gore (b. Oct 4, 1930 - ?? 1984), talented and innovative musician who achieved regional popularity through his regular slots on various West Virginia radio stations in the late ‘40s and through the 50s. He played fiddle, guitar and dobro and developed a distinctive style, blending traditional hillbilly with modern  rhythms to create his own style of Rockabilly. Our BACM collection features 26 tracks from Gore’s early 50s output, mix of  country and his emerging ‘Rockabilly leaning’ hybrid style. Some tracks feature a  young Jerry Byrd on steel; Gore himself contributes (variously) fiddle, dobro or guitar behind his distinctive vocals. Nowadays remembered only as a rockabilly artiste and forgotten by country fans – a big talent, well worth a listen.

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Les-Carrot-Top-470
October 4, 2017

4th October – anniversary of Western Swing musician (steel guitar and singer) Les "Carrot Top" Anderson (Feb 20, 1921 - 4 Oct 2001). Played steel with Bob Wills' Texas Playboys in the 1940s and later with Spade Cooley's band. Became a leading light on the LA Western Swing scene, clubs, radio and TV but never scored a national hit. Undeservedly, as evidenced in this great selection which includes both studio and live tracks.

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Les Carrot Top-470
October 4, 2017

4th October - Birthday of  Les "Carrot Top" Anderson (Feb 20, 1921- Oct 4 2001), Western-Swing  singer and steel guitar player and one of the regulars on the popular Town Hall Party shows in the 1950s.

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fairley holden-146
October 3, 2017

3rd October – birthday anniversary of bluesy, comic-country singer Fairley Holden (24 Oct 1916 – 3 Oct 1987). He performed and recorded both solo and as a ‘Holden Brothers’ duo with Milt Jackson).  

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Gene Autry BACM 016
October 2, 2017

October 2nd. Remembering influential cowboy movie star and prolific recording artist  Gene Autry (September 29, 1907 - October 2, 1998).  The Archive have so far issued 8 Gene Autry compilations.

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Skeets McDonald Vol 2. CD228
October 1, 2017

October 1st. Birthday of country, honky tonk and rockabilly musician Skeets McDonald (October 1, 1915–March 31, 1968). Best known for his big "Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes", he had several early Billboard country hits in the early ‘50s, easily transitioning to rockabilly. Showcased in two Archive CDs; Vol 2 has two tracks with a young Eddie Cochran on guitar ("You Oughta See Grandma Rock" and "Heart Breaking Mama").

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Texas Bill Strenmgth-186
October 1, 2017

Remembering American country & rockabilly musician Texas Bill Strength (August 28, 1928 -October 1, 1973).

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Mac & Bob 2 - 116
September 30, 2017

30 September - remembering Robert Gardner, (16 Mar 1897 - 30 Sep 1978), 'Bob' of country close harmony, guitar & mandolin, duo Mac & Bob. They made some 200 recordings, from 1926 onwards, selling around 1,000,000 copies in total -  mix of old timey folk, hillbilly, gospel and blues.

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Gene Autry BACM 015
September 29, 2017

September 29th. Birthday of Gene Autry (September 29, 1907 - October 2, 1998). Autry's career began as a Jimmie Rodgers imitator in the late 1920's before scoring his first big hit with "That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine" (duet with Jimmy Long) in 1932.  His extraordinary screen career  as a "Singing Cowboy" kicked off in 1935 and his  93 movies and more than 90 episodes of the Gene Autry Show TV brought him worldwide popularity and brought country music to a national audience and worldwide. The Archive have so far issued 8 Gene Autry compilations from the vaults including rare radio transcriptions never previously available on either CD or vinyl.

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Billy Strange 264
September 29, 2017

Sept 29th, birthday of Billy Strange (September 29, 1930 – February 22, 2012), gifted guitarist, singer, songwriter , arranger– who earned his place in history as co-writer of several Elvis songs (incl. “A little less conversation”) and as session guitarist on countless big hits from the likes of The Beach Boys (eg: Sloop John B.), Nancy Sinatra (eg: “Something Stupid”) and The Everly Brothers.  He was also a talented singer with an easy going crooner style, blending well with his guitar wizardry. This Archive CD showcases his country side …

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Redd Harper 306
September 29, 2017

29 Sept – birthday of country music singer and guitarist Redd Harper (29 Sept. 1903 – 16 February 88).

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bill-boyd
September 29, 2017

September 29th.  Birthday of American country/ Western Swing singer and guitarist Bill Boyd (William Lemuel Boyd, September 29, 1910 - December 7, 1977). When 22 he played on several classic Jimmie Rodgers recordings including Hobo's Mediation and Roll Along Kentucky Moon. Bill and his Cowboy Ramblers developed a style of hot jazz-tinged country, later branded as 'Western Swing'.

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Tommy Collins 165
September 28, 2017

September 28th. Birthday of Tommy Collins (Leonard Raymond Sipes, September 28, 1930 – March 14, 2000), country singer / songwriter and one of the creators of The Bakersfield Sound - California based, stripped down honky-tonk sound, which emerged largely as a reaction to the 'Strings & heavenly  choirs'  coming out of Nashville.  For a good cross section of his work, try this compilation …

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Jim Boyd-369
September 28, 2017

28th September – birthday of Western Swing musician Jim Boyd (Sept 28, 1914 - Mar 11, 1993), talented multi instrumentalist and fine singer who played with many of the top swing groups of the era.

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johnnie & jack 183
September 27, 2017

September 27th. Remembering Johnnie Wright (May 13, 1914 – September 27, 2011), husband of Kitty Wells and one half of country harmony duo "Johnnie & Jack" ; the Archive have compiled a 28 track selection of their work

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Country-Johnny-Mathis-472
September 27, 2017

27th September – anniversary of American country singer/songwriter Johnny "Country" Mathis (Sept 28, 1930 – Sept 27, 2011), nowadays best remembered for the hits he penned for the likes of Ray Price, George Jones and Webb Pierce but a great performer, a regular on the Louisiana Hayride from 1951 to 1960, both solo and as part of the hitmaking duo Jimmy & Johnny. On of those great country voices, showcased in this BACM selection. Includes his hit Please Talk To My Heart which was later recorded by Ray Price and Freddy Fender.

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3Hugh & Shug-04
September 26, 2017

Birthday of Shug Fisher (Sept 26, 1907–March 16, 1984), actor, Western singer/ songwriter/ musician (guitar/ mandolin/ fiddle) and comedian. Over a 50 year show biz career, Fisher appeared in many Western films and TV shows, including Bonanza, Gunsmoke and The Beverly Hillbillies. Featured on several BACM CDs including (with string band pioneer Hugh Cross) on Hugh and Shug’s Radio Pals BACM 304 as well as on some of our Sons Of The Pioneers collections.

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Jean Shepard-170
September 25, 2017

25th September – remembering the great, trailblazing honky tonk singer/songwriter Jean Shepard (Ollie Imogene Shepard, (Nov 21, 1933 – Sept 25, 2016). Scored a No. 1 hit in 1953 with her Dear John Letter duet with Ferlin Husky and went on to score 73 hits on the Hot Country Songs charts.  Celebrated her 60th Grand Ole Opry performing anniversary in 2015, making her the longest running performer. Several of her early records are showcased on BACM’s CD 170, including her very first, Crying Steel Guitar Waltz. One more sad passing of one of those country music legends from country music’s golden era with an instantly recognisable sound and style.

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Chuck Wagon Gang-239
September 25, 2017

25th September - Birthday of David “Dad” Carter (25 Sep 1889 to 28 April 1963), leader of The Carter Quartet, later known as The Chuck Wagon Gang. This  talented family quartet achieved  popularity first as a hillbilly/country group in the late 1930s and later as gospel music performers in the 1950s.

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Jimmy Long-256
September 25, 2017

25th September – anniversary of Jimmy Long (d. 25th Sept 1953), hillbilly singer/guitarist whose first recordings (1929) were duets with his friend and fellow railroad worker, Gene Autry.

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Rosalie Allen-135
September 24, 2017

24th September – anniversary of "Queen of the Yodelers" Rosalie Allen (Julie Marlene Bedra, June 27 – Sept 24, 2003), American singer/yodeler, popular in the 1940s and 50s both as a solo performer and for duets with Elton Britt - and later as a DJ and radio/TV presenter.

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Jimmy Wakely 66
September 23, 2017

September 23rd. Remembering  Jimmy Wakely, one of the last of the "Singing Cowboys". A Western vocalist and actor, he had No. 1 country hits with "Slippin' around" (1949) and One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)". The Country Music Archive has so far compiled four CDs of his recordings, two of them featuring rare radio transcriptions.

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Roy Druskey 332
September 23, 2017

September 23. Remembering Roy Drusky Jr. (June 22, 1930 – September 23, 2004), smooth ‘Nashville Sound” country crooner who scored more than 40 chart hits, many of them of his own compositions.

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Morris Brothers-220
September 22, 2017

22nd September – anniversary of Wiley Morris (Feb 1, 1919 – Sept 22, 1990) of North Carolina close harmony duo The Morris Brothers.

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Ted Daffan 208
September 21, 2017

September 21. Birthday of "Ted Daffan” ( Theron Eugene Daffan, September 21, 1912 – October 6, 1996), American country steel guitarist, band leader and composer, best known for his widely recorded "Born to Lose" and the original truck driver’s anthem "Truck Drivers' Blues”; collectors and “steel” fans will enjoy this collection of unissued Daffan recordings from the early 1940s …

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Arizona Joe-522
September 20, 2017

20 September – anniversary of obscure but talented radio cowboy Arizona Joe (Robert Streepy), (July 19, 1906 - Sept. 20, 1971). Joe performed solo, just voice and guitar and had a popular following in the US North West in the 1940s. Never recorded commercially but he cut some 150 recordings for radio broadcast, a selection of which are featured on BACM CD 522.  

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Sons Of The Pioneers Vol 2-79
September 20, 2017

20 September – anniversary of the great Sons of the Pioneers guitarist, Karl Farr (Apr 25, 1909 - Sep 20, 1961) who began mastered mandolin at age seven, soon followed by banjo and finally the guitar. In 1935, joined brother Hugh Farr (fiddle) on The Sons Of The Pioneers, as lead guitarist. The Farr Brothers created instrumental magic on countless recordings with the Pioneers, with whom they remained for over 20 years. It was during one of their (Sons Of The Pioneers) shows in September 1961, that Karl broke a guitar string during a solo and, whilst changing it, collapsed and died of a heart attack.

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Terry Fell-333
September 20, 2017

September 20th – anniversary of Oklahoma born steel guitarist Leodie Jackson (May 20, 1926 – Sept 20, 1995), who made a name for himself on the L.A. honky tonk/western swing scene in the 1940s; initially as a session man with Happy Perryman's band in 1945 where he first teamed up with Terry Fell (on guitar).  Jackson also recorded under his own name for the Courtney label eg: as "Leodie Jackson and his Western Swingsters", mostly featuring Terry Fell as vocalist. Continued to do session work into the '50s including Capitol sessions with Ramblin' Jimmie Dolan.

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Skeeter Davis 337
September 19, 2017

September 19th. Remembering Skeeter Davis (December 30, 1931 – September 19, 2004). She enjoyed success both as “The Davis Sisters” with Betty Jack Davis and later as a solo artist, chalking up a series of distinctive crossover hits, including No. 1 “The End Of The World” as well as  "Lost to a Geisha Girl", an answer song to Hank Locklin's hit "Geisha Girl", "I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know" and “Homebreaker" – several of which are featured on our first Archive compilation …

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Danny-Dill-488
September 19, 2017

19th September – birthday anniversary of Danny Dill (Sept 19, 1924 – Oct 23, 2008) , American country music singer and songwriter best known for his compositions Long Black Veil and Detroit City both of which became widely recorded country classics. Began his performing career as a duet act “Annie Lou & Danny” with Annie Lou Stockard.

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SlimDusty
September 19, 2017

19th September – anniversary of legendary Australian country music musician Slim Dusty (13 June 1927 – 19 Sept 2003), nowadays best remembered for his 1957 hit recording of Pub With No Beer. Born David Gordon Kirkpatrick he adopted the stage name "Slim Dusty" in 1938 at 11 years of age, kicking off an astonishing 62 year performing career which saw him cutting over 100 albums.

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Clyde Moody Vol 2-346
September 19, 2017

19 September - birth of bluegrass pioneer Clyde Moody (Sep 19, 1915 - Apr 7, 1989), whose 50 year performing  career continued through to 1989 and covered all genres of country music and including the million-seller, Shenandoah Waltz 1947.

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Red Foley- Yodeling Radio Joe-95
September 19, 2017

September 19th.  Remembering Red Foley (June 17, 1910 – September 19, 1968), prolific country music recording artist.

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Hank Penny-437
September 18, 2017

September 18th – birthday anniversary of Hank Penny (Herbert Clayton Penny, Sept 18, 1918 – Apr 17, 1992), Western Swing bandleader, vocalist and banjo player. A lifelong fan of jazz whose bands over the decades (late 30s through to the 70s) featured many of the top musicians of the day. Charted three times ("Steel Guitar Stomp" (1946) which included Merle Travis on guitar, "Get Yourself a Red Head" (1946), and his own composition "Bloodshot Eyes" (1950) – which became a Rock hit for legendary Rock 'n Roller rock and roll singer Wynonie Harris.

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Earl Heywood-212
September 17, 2017

17 Sept - Remembering  Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist and radio/TV broadcaster Earl Heywood (12 Mar 1917- 17 Sep 2006) who was billed as 'Canada's No. 1 Cowboy Singer'.

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Marvin Rainwater 162
September 17, 2017

Sept 17.RememberingMarvin Rainwater (July 2, 1925 – September 17, 2013), part Cherokee, American country and rockabilly singer/ songwriter who scored several crossover hits in the late 50s.  One of a kind individualist song stylist; distinctive strong baritone voice; this CD showcases  30 tracks , mainly country and some rockabilly.

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Sheb Wooley-CD90
September 16, 2017

September 16th. Remembering Sheb Wooley (April 10, 1921 - September 16, 2003) - actor ("High Noon", "Rawhide"), songwriter and singer,  who had a smash pop hit in 1958 with "The Purple People Eater" but who also had a string of hits in Country  (under his own name  Sheb Wooley) and in Comedy  (as "Ben Colder").  As a historical footnote, his wife's cousin was Roger Miller to whom Wooley taught his first guitar chords! The Archive have released one CD of his recordings, a nice mix of Country and Comedy numbers …

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Roy Acuff 89
September 15, 2017

September 15th. Birthday of Roy Acuff (September 15, 1903 – November 23, 1992), American country singer, fiddler and music publisher who helped in the transition of country music from its Old-timey, hillbilly origins into  a mass market popular genre in the 1950s and 60s.  After several years learning his entertaining craft on the vaudeville circuit, Acuff cut his first recordings in 1936 – sessions which included two of his ‘Trademark’ songs, Wabash Cannonball and Great Speckled Bird. A prolific recording artist who stayed ‘Country’ throughout his career, he continued recording till 1989. So far, the Archive have compiled just one CD, recordings from the 1940s and ‘50s …

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Vernon dalhart CD17
September 14, 2017

September 14th. Anniversary of  Vernon Dalhart (April 6, 1883 – September 14, 1948), prolific country music singer and songwriter who in 1924 had the first country music million seller (“The wreck of the Ole ‘97”/”The Prisoner’s Song”). Curiously he had started out as a classical singer, making over 400 operatic recordings between 1916 and 1923. The Archive have released one CD compilation of rare Dalhart country tracks, several of them ‘Story songs’ written about current events …

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Luke Gordon-393
September 14, 2017

14Th September – anniversary of the passing of Luke Gordon (15th April, 1932 – 14 Sep 2010), country music singer/songwriter and Starday recording artiste nowadays best remembered for his 1958 charter Dark Hollow and for his collaborations with friend Jimmy Dean.

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Claude Casey-197
September 13, 2017

September 13th - birthday of Claude Casey,  American country singer, guitarist, songwriter, radio broadcaster and actor (Sept 13, 1912-June 24th, 1999).

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Wilma Lee and Stoney 154
September 13, 2017

Remembering Wilma Lee Leary (February 7, 1921 – September 13, 2011),  of "Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper", husband and wife Old Timey/Bluegrass partnership.

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Wade-Mainer-454
September 12, 2017

12th September – anniversary of legendary country banjoist and singer, Wade Mainer (Wade Echard Mainer, Apr 21, 1907 – Sep 12, 2011) whose career spanned nearly six decades. Our CD 454 features a selection of his early recordings with various line ups (Wade Mainer & Associates – BACM CD 454); CD 122 has him as as a member of brother J.E.'s Mountaineers (J. E. MAINER’S MOUNTAINEERS 1935-1939. BACM 122). A few other tracks appear on various anthologies including CD 364 (OLD TIME TUNES & SONGS Vol. 2 1924-1954) and one of our King Label collections (ANOTHER TASTE OF KING - Recordings 1946-1954). Plenty for fans of old-timey and bluegrass banjo from this versatile  and influential stylist.

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Jimmie Davis 180
September 11, 2017

September 11th. Birthday of  Jimmie Davis (September 11, 1899 – November 5, 2000), popular country and gospel singer who recorded across four decades from the late 1920s to the mid ‘60s and who served two terms as Louisiana State governor.  Best known for the classic “You are my sunshine” (which is usually attributed to Davis although his authorship is disputed) he also had big hits with “Nobody’s Darling But Mine” and There’s a New Moon Over My Shoulder”. Many collectors will already have these standards and may be interested to hear our BACM compilation featuring more of his output

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Leon Payne Vol 3-355
September 11, 2017

11 September – anniversary of Leon Payne (June 15, 1917 – September 11, 1969), blind country music singer and prolific (1,000 + songs) songwriter nowadays best remembered for enduring classics like I Love You Because (big hit for Jim Reeves) and Lost Highway and They'll Never Take Her Love From Me, both recorded by Hank Williams. His radio career began in 1935, sometimes showcasing his multi instrumental skills. From the late 1930s onwards he was playing with various bands (including Bob Wills' Texas Playboys in 1938), and cut his first solo recordings in 1939, featuring his smooth baritone.

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Tex Owens-small-551
September 9, 2017

9 Sept – remembering Tex Owens (June 15, 1892-Sept 9, 1962), cowboy singer and yodeller whose recording career began August 1934 at a session which included his composition Cattle Call which has become a country music classic. Surprisingly, given his talents, Owens recorded very little commercially so BACM’s compilation is especially welcome. It features 40 song excerpts from the radio serial Life On red Horse recorded in 1935. A mix of cowboy songs and popular tunes from the era including numbers popularised by Jimmie Rodgers and Gene Autry. Also four brilliant instrumentals by Owens’   group The Texas Rangers, who went on to become popular in their own right.

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Jimmie Rodgers-remembering 387
September 8, 2017

September 8th. Birthday of the legendary Jimmie Rodgers (September 8, 1897 - May 26, 1933), influential and widely imitated. Fans and collectors will enjoy this compilation of 24 covers of Rodgers' songs

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Lonzo & Oscar-198
September 7, 2017

7 September– remembering Rollin “Oscar” Sullivan (July 19, 1919 - Sept. 7, 2012), singer/mandolinist who starred with brother Johnny Sullivan as hillbilly comedy Lonzo and Oscar for 38 years, scoring a big hit in 1948 with “I'm My Own Grandpa”. Earlier, Rollin had played mandolin with Paul Howard’s Arkansas Cotton Pickers but it was whilst playing in Eddy Arnold's band in the mid '40s that they honed their country comedy act and became 'Lonzo & Oscar'. Both talented musicians, they left a great legacy of music and humor.

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Zeke-Clements-507
September 6, 2017

6 Sept - birthday anniversary of the "Dixie Yodeler" Zeke Clements (6 Sept 1911 - 4 June 1994), singer and guitarist whose performing career stretched from the late 1920s through to the 1980s when he was still making occasional appearances on the Opry. For a while played with Otto Gray and the Oklahoma Cowboys (see BACM CD 139) and in the early 1930s joined Texas Ruby who was already playing the Opry with her own band The Bronco - Busters when Clements came along. The joined forces and Zeke took over the band Owens' Bronco Busters. Some records say that they were the first to introduce and wear Western Apparel on the Opry. They remained a team until she married Curly Fox about 1939. Clements provided the voice of Bashful" in Walt Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", including the memorable yodeling sequence in the "Silly" song! (Thanks to Herb Williams for the additional information.)

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Ernest Tubb BACM 249
September 6, 2017

September 6th. Remembering  Ernest Tubb, ((February 9, 1914 – September 6, 1984), legendary honky tonk singer whose performing career began as a Jimmie Rodgers imitator. The Archive have so far issued one CD, rare radio transcriptions from 1944.

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Buddy Williams-155
September 5, 2017

5 September – Birthday of pioneering Australian country singer/songwriter Buddy Williams (5 Sep 1918 – 12 Dec 1986);  he first sang professionally in 1936 ('The Yodeling Jackaroo”) and made his first recordings in 1938. A selection of his 1940s/50s recordings are showcased in BACM CD 155, mix of American country songs and Williams' trademark Bush Ballads.

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Dick Thomas-240
September 4, 2017

September 4th – birthday anniversary of American cowboy singer/actor/songwriter, Dick Thomas (Richard Thomas Goldhahn, Sep 4, 1915 – Nov 22, 2003), best known for his "Sioux City Sue," a 1945 No. 1 country hit and one of 22 fine tracks on our compilation (BACM CD 240) ...

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Cecil Surrat-389
September 3, 2017

3 September - remembering West Virginian singer/ guitarist Cecil Surratt, (Aug. 26, 1926 – Sep 3, 2006) featured with mandolinist Smitty Smith on BACM's CD 389 compilation, Last Mile Of The Way.

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Tompall-Glaser-Bros-476
September 3, 2017

3rd September – birthday of American “Outlaw” country music artist Tompall Glaser (Thomas Paul Glaser, Sept 3, 1933 – Aug 13, 2013) , best known as member of the Glaser Brothers but also scored several solo hits.

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Hank Harral-302
September 2, 2017

2nd September – birthday anniversary of Hank Harral, (Sept 2, 1913 - Dec 28, 1985), Texan singer/ songwriter/ record label owner who recorded in the 1940s and '50s, mainly a mix of country and small-combo western swing – one of those fine Texan voices!

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Conway Twitty-514
September 1, 2017

1 September – birthday anniversary of Conway Twitty (Harold Jenkins, Sep 1, 1933 – June 5, 1993), best known for his 1950s/early '60s string of rock and roll hits but always a country boy who returned to his country roots in the mid '60s. BACM's compilation features his early recordings on MGM, 1958-61, backed with top Nashville session musicians including Grady Martin on lead guitar and Floyd Cramer on piano. Mix of upbeat reinterpretations of country/pop standards and Twitty originals including his 1958 worldwide hit It’s Only Make believe.

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Buell kazee-green cover
August 31, 2017

31 August - anniversary of legendary old timey banjo maestro Buell Kazee (August 29, 1900 - August 31, 1976).

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Cowboy Sam Nichols-328
August 31, 2017

31 August – remembering Cowboy Sam Nichols (b. 31 August 1918), Texas born C&W singer/ songwriter and MGM recording artiste, whose best recordings feature top Western Swing session men including the legendary Porky Freeman on guitar (as 'The Melody Rangers'). BACM have released a CD compilation of these recordings including his composition “That Wild And Wicked Look In Your Eye" , a minor hit for Ernest Tubb in 1948.

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Kitty Wells-181
August 30, 2017

August 30th. Birthday of Kitty Wells (Ellen Muriel Deason, August 30, 1919 – July 16, 2012), the first female to top the US country charts (with her 1952 hit recording, “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels”) who had a string of hits from the ’50s to the early ’70s, earning her the title Queen of Country Music. BACM have compiled a CD selection, cuts from early in her recording career including Don’t Wait The Last Minute To Pray from her first session in 1949. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/kitty-wells-ill-be-all-smiles-tonight/

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Tex Morton 101
August 30, 2017

30th August. Birthday of Tex Morton, New Zealand  country singer (30 August 1916 - 23 July 1983) who pioneered “Down Under Country” and who was a big . influence on Buddy Williams and Slim Dusty. Fans of stripped-down country (singer/yodeller accompanied by acoustic guitar) will enjoy this BACM compilation:

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jimmy c newman
August 29, 2017

August 29th. Birthday of veteran Cajun singer Jimmy Newman (Jimmy Yves Newman, Aug 29, 1927 – June 21, 2014) who in 2006 celebrated 50 years of Opry membership. Although from Louisiana his earliest influences were country music from the likes of Gene Autry. Fans familiar with Newman’s  Cajun recordings may be interested in this Archive collection from his early period, mainly mainstream country http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/jimmy-c-newman-crazy-old-heart/

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Buell Kazee 214
August 29, 2017

August 29th. Birthday of Buell Kazee (August 29, 1900 - August 31, 1976) influential  Kentuckian country and folk banjoist and singer - one of the most successful and influential folk singers of the 1920s and who enjoyed a late comeback with the folk revival in the 1960s with appearances at the Newport Folk Festival.

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Billy Grammer 325
August 28, 2017

August 28th, birthday of Billy Grammar, singer, brilliant guitar player, songwriter, best known for his "Gotta Travel On" hit.  The Archive CD includes a superb version of  Bonaparte's Retreat, another of his hits.

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Texas Bill Strenmgth-186
August 28, 2017

Birthday of American country & rockabilly musician Texas Bill Strength (August 28, 1928 -October 1, 1973).

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Cecil Surrat-389
August 26, 2017

26 August – birthday of West Virginian singer and guitarist Cecil Surratt, (Aug. 26, 1926 – Sep 3, 2006) great song stylist equally at home with old-time, bluegrass, and country music. BACM have released a selection of his King recordings with mandolinist Smitty Smith

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Tex Williams 334
August 23, 2017

August 23rd. Birthday of “Tex Williams” (Sollie Paul Williams, August 23, 1917 – October 11, 1985), deep-voiced baritone Western Swing singer best known for his 1947 hit "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)", jointly composed with Merle Travis. So far, the Archive have released three CDs from this versatile and prolific recording artist including some rare transcription tracks.

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Hillbilly On A Budget 2-511
August 23, 2017

23rd August – birthday of Al Runyon (Aug 23, 1918 - Dec 24, 1998) country singer who enjoyed a long career as a radio broadcaster from the late 1930s to early 1960s. Talents included an ability to mimic country, rockabilly and pop artistes, and doing comedic routines (as country bumpkin 'Uncle Elmer'). Two of BACM's compilations feature several of his recordings: BACM 387 (Following In The Footsteps Of Jimmie Rodgers) and BACM 511 (Hillbilly On A Budget ) which has several superb covers of Hank Snow hits.

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Morris Brothers-220
August 21, 2017

21st August – remembering country musician Zeke Morris (Zeke Morris, May 19, 1916 – August 21, 1999), brilliant mandolinist who first recorded with J. E. Mainer's Crazy Mountaineers in 1935. The Morris brothers (Zeke and brother Wiley on guitar) made their first recordings in 1938, one of the all time great brother harmony duo acts, their Let Me Be Your Salty dog becoming a classic of the genre. Over the years Zeke teamed with many of the finest musicians of the era including Charlie Monroe, Red Rector, Red Smiley, Don Reno and Earl Scruggs. Zeke appears on many CDs in the BACM catalogue including this great collection of Morris Brothers recordings ...

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Hoyle Nix 451 (3)
August 21, 2017

Aug 21st - remembering Hoyle Nix (Mar 22, 1918- Aug 21, 1985), influential West Texas fiddler and bandleader,  and Bob Wills acolyte.

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Chart Memories 1961 Vol2
August 20, 2017

20 August– birthday of Jim Reeves (20 Aug 1923 – 31 July 1964), one of the greatest voices in country music who achieved widespread fame not only in the US but worldwide, especially following his 1960 hit He'll Have To Go. He scored big hits in the early 50s with his up-tempo recordings of Mexican Joe and Bimbo,  but by the mid to late 60s his voice had deepened and matured, producing a string of beautiful ballads, his deep baritone much emulated but never equalled. BACM have not yet issued a dedicated Reeves CD but several of his hits pop up on our Country Music Chart Hits series (the series features the Top 100 Country Hits each year; we have so far completed three years: 1962, 1961 and 1960.)

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Leon McAuliffe-438
August 20, 2017

20 August – remembering influential western swing slide steel maestro Leon McAuliffe (Jan 3, 1917 - Aug 20, 1988), revered by Western Swing fans and best remembered for his steel guitar solos with Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys and for song writing credits for classics  Steel Guitar Rag and San Antonio Rose etc.  One of the pioneers of steel guitar in Western Swing, he took up the instrument in 1931 playing in a Hawaiian style group. Joined Milton Brown’s Light Crust Doughboys a couple of years later before joining the trend-setting Texas Playboys in 1935. In countless Playboys  recordings his solos are intro’d by Bob Will’s “Take it away Leon”!

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Wayne Raney 315
August 17, 2017

17 August – birthday anniversary of Wayne Raney (Aug 17, 1921 – Jan 23, 1993), American country singer and influential harmonica player. Enjoyed a long recording career, both solo and with the legendary Delmore Brothers.

 

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Donn Reynolds-422-Donn Reynolds
August 16, 2017

August 16th. Remembering great Canadian country yodeller Donn Reynolds (June 26, 1921 - August 16, 1997).

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Rose Maddox 189
August 15, 2017

August 15th. Birthday of Rose Maddox, influential country singer and fiddle player and lead singer with “The Maddox Brothers and Rose”, credited by Dolly Parton as a major early influence. This Archive compilation includes a mix of solo and group tracks; superb distinctive interpretations of classic country songs …

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Rita Robbins-399
August 15, 2017

15 August – birthday of sweet-voiced country songtress Rita Robbins (Rita Marie Winters b. August 15, 1932), who was rated one of the top female singers in the mid '50s and enjoyed a successful although short-lived performing and recording career. Briefly in a trio with Anita Carter and Ruby Wright as Nita, Rita & Ruby. Sister of Don Winters (guitar/vocals) who accompanied Marty Robbins for many years.

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Bobby Helms-291
August 15, 2017

15th August – birth anniversary of Bobby Helms ( Aug 15, 1933 - June 20, 1997)  American country  and rockabilly singer  who scored crossover hits with Fraulein and My Special Angel (both released 1957) and the Christmas classic Jingle Bell Rock which ranks second to Bing Crosby’s White Christmas  as the second biggest selling Christmas disc of all time. BACM have issued one compilation of Helms' recordings ...

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Tompall-Glaser-Bros-476
August 13, 2017

13 August – anniversary of Tompall Glaser (Thomas Paul "Tompall" Glaser , Sep 3, 1933 – Aug 13, 2013), American 'Outlaw Country' singer who scored hits both solo and , with brothers Jim and Chuck, as Tompall & the Glaser Brothers. The Glasers also contributed their very distinctive harmonies to recordings by the likes of Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash and Hank Snow.

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Porter Wagoner 166
August 12, 2017

August 12th. Birthday of Porter Wagoner (August 12, 1927 – October 28, 2007) popular country singer who charted more than 80 singles between 1954 and 1983 and who was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002. Collectors will value this compilation of  his early recordings, several of them rare …

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Don-Helms-457
August 11, 2017

11 August – remembering legendary steel guitarist Don Helms (Feb 28, 1927 – Aug 11, 2008) best known for his association with Hank Williams but later a prolific session man and producer. Played on around 100 of Hank's recordings, his wailing steel a perfect fit with Hank's mournful tones on the likes of I Can’t Help It and I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry as well as the driving twang on Hank's uptemp classics like Jambalaya and Hey, Good Lookin. Helms played on many of Johnny Cash's early Columbia recordings and is heard on many classic country hits including Patsy Cline's Walking After Midnight and Lefty Frizzell’s Long Black Veil.

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Jimmy Dean 252
August 10, 2017

August 10th. Birthday of Jimmy Dean  (August 10, 1928 – June 13, 2010), American country music singer and actor, best known for his recitation hits  Big Bad John and PT 109 and his popular Jimmy Dean Show, which had guest appearances of many of the top country acts of the day including George Jones, Buck Owens, Roger Miller, and Charlie Rich.

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Louise Massey-173
August 10, 2017

10th August. Birthday of Louise Massey (10 August 10th 1902 - June 22nd 1983),  front lady for the popular vocal and instrumental family band “Louise Massey and The Westerners”, from 1931 onwards.

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Billy Grammer 325
August 10, 2017

August 10th. Remembering Billy Grammer (August 28, 1925 – August 10, 2011), singer, ace guitar player, songwriter, best known for his "Gotta Travel On" hit which was used by Buddy Holly as his show opener on his final (1959) tour.  BACM's 29-track selection includes a superb version of  Bonaparte's Retreat, another of his hits.

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Merle KIlgore-490-Johnny Reb (1)
August 9, 2017

9 August – birthday anniversary of Louisiana-raised American singer/songwriter Merle Kilgore (Wyatt Merle Kilgore, Aug 9, 1934 – Feb 6, 2005) best known for penning classics Wolverton Mountain, Ring Of Fire and Johnny Reb but also a fine singer. A larger than life character, prominent in the country music community , becoming Vice President of the C.M.A. (Country Music Association) and President of both the Nashville Songwriter's Foundation and the Nashville Songwriter's Association International. An amazing talent showcased on B.A.C.M.'s CD490, one of our all time most popular CDs.

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webb pierce 267
August 8, 2017

August 8th. Birthday of Webb Pierce (August 8, 1921 – February 24, 1991) popular honky tonk vocalist who had 39 top 10 hits in the 1950s, a time when leading stars like Pierce were instantly recognizable from the first moments of each record, thanks to their distinctive voice and sound. His big hits are widely available and collectors will enjoy B.A.C.M.'S collection (CD267) of 26 lesser known, fine songs given the distinctive ‘Webb Pierce treatment’ …

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Mel Tillis-379
August 8, 2017

August 8th. Birthday of prolific singer/songwriter Mel Tillis (Lonnie Melvin Tillis, born August 8, 1932). Several of his compositions were big hits for other top artists – such as Detroit City [hit for Bobby Bare and for Tom Jones], I Ain't Never [Webb Pierce],The Snakes Crawl At Night [Charlie Pride] and Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town [Kenny Rogers].  But he also scored several hits himself including reaching number 1 with his own version of ‘I ain’t never’, featured on B.A.C.M.'S 30 track compilation CD:

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Homer-Jethro-Vol-4-BACM-497
August 7, 2017

7th August. Remembering the passing of Henry D. "Homer" Haynes (d. Aug 7, 1971); best known as  'Homer' of comedy duo 'Homer and Jethro' . Superb country and jazz guitarist. The Archive have issued four compilation CDs from the duo.

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Uckfield FM
August 6, 2017

Tonight - for three hours of good country, join Uckfield FM (105 FM locally or on the internet at www.uckfieldfm.co.uk) for “Paul Hazell’s World Of Country” – always a good listen. Paul tells us a half of tonight’s will be dedicated to  Bluegrass – a full 90 minutes, showcasing the best of this versatile and diverse genre within country music. The rest of the show will feature a wide range of music including a tribute to legendary steel guitarist Kayton Roberts, who passed away recently. Kayton was for many years Hank Snow’s steel player and there will be another Snow connection – a tribute to Australian songwriter Geoff Mack, who wrote "I've Been Everywhere". So that is 9pm-midnight UK time (GMT) – Sunday afternoon in USA and Canada and early Monday morning in Australia and New Zealand. Get it online by typing www.uckfieldfm.co.uk in your browser or for an easy shortcut: just click on the green [Find an Archive CD by this artist] button to tune into the station.

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Country Ladies Vol 1-366
August 6, 2017

6 August - birthday greetings to “First Lady of Canadian Country Music” Myrna Lorrie (b. 6 Aug 1940), country singer, songwriter and musician. At 12 she had her own radio show and by the mid 1950s was appearing on top shows headlined by the likes of Hank Snow , Carl Smith and Marty Robbins. Voted Top Female Country Artiste in Canada in 1971. Superb vocalist and an accomplished songwriter. BACM have not yet issued a dedicated CD of Myrna’s recordings but she appears on several of our compilations including CD366, COUNTRY MUSIC LADIES OF THE 1950’s – Vol. 1.

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The Panachord Lable Vol 2-CD560-small
August 6, 2017

6th August – birthday of country blues singer, guitarist and songwriter Dwight Butcher (6 Aug 1911 – 11 Nov 1978), whose style was modeled on Jimmie Rodgers with who he toured for a while. Songwriting credits include “Love Letters Bring Memories of You” (recorded by Jimmie Rodgers in his final sessions, May 1933), and “Goodbye to Old Mexico” (recorded by Gene Autry). BACM have not yet issued a dedicated CD but a few tracks appear on some of our compilations including CDs 221, 502 and 560 (http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/south-of-the-border-various-artists/ , http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/harry-mcclintock-vol-2-plus-other-artists-bacm-502/ and http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/the-panachord-label-vol-2-various-artists-cd-560/ respectively.

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Reg Lindsay-258
August 5, 2017

5 August – remembering Reg Lindsay (7 July 1929 - 5 Aug 2008), Australian country music singer,/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who wrote more than 500 hundred songs in his fifty year music career.

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Tex Atchison-327
August 4, 2017

4 August – remembering the great Kentucky born and bred songwriter and vocalist Tex Atchison (5 Feb 1912 - 4. Aug 1982). Member of the popular traditional country band The Prairie Ramblers in the 30s (many of their recordings feature Atchison's superb fiddle passages) but thereafter successful on his own recordings and as a session man, and collaborating with the likes of Gene Autry (it's Atchison's fiddle on Autry's "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" and "Old Faithful), Merle Travis, Johnny Bond and Johnny Horton. The Prairie Ramblers were early exponents of the evolving Western Swing style, giving Tex the opportunity to develop a jazzy touch to his fiddle playing.  Rated "arguably the best left-handed fiddler in the history of country music" by Country music historian Charles K. Wolfe.  

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Frank Luther 07 Will the angels
August 4, 2017

August 4th. Birthday of Frank Luther (August 4, 1899 - November 16, 1980), American country music singer, dance band vocalist, playwright, songwriter and pianist. Classically trained, he moved into hillbilly music through his collaboration (beginning 1928) with Carson Robison. Through a long and prolific recording career he crossed many genres including dance band, jazz and children's favourites.  So far the Archive have compiled two CDs of his hillbilly recordings of interest to country collectors and historians. Mix of sentimental story songs and comedy/novelty numbers.

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Jimmie Rodgers small
August 4, 2017

August 4th. Anniversary of the first recordings by "Father Of Country Music" Jimmie Rodgers, influential Mississippi Blue Yodeler. At a temporary recording studio in the Taylor-Christian building in Bristol Tennessee on 4th August 1927,  he recorded two songs, the hauntingly sombre The Soldier's Sweetheart - curiously one of the only yodel-free songs Rodgers ever recorded - and Sleep Baby Sleep, one of my own personal all time favourites. (Jimmie Rodgers recordings have not been issued by the Archive as they are widely available on other labels including the superb and exhaustive Bear Family set http://www.bear-family.com/en/country/new-country/rodgers-jimmie-the-singing-brakeman-6-cd-box-60-page-book.html (Recommended!). Sleep Baby Sleep can be heard here on YouTube. Click the [Find an Archive CD by this artist] button...

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Asa Martin-493-try2
August 4, 2017

4 August – anniversary of the passing of Fiddlin' Doc Roberts (Dock Philipine Roberts, Apr 26, 1897 - Aug 4, 1978) American Kentucky-style old-time fiddler. First recorded in early 1927 with string band The Booker Family before hooking up with guitarist Asa Martin with whom he cut some 200 sides as duo Martin & Roberts . Quit recording in the mid 1930s but continued radio and live performances for the next four decades. Featured on most of the tracks on BACM's Asa Martin compilation.

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Carson Robison 104
August 4, 2017

August 4. Birthday of the influential country music singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, Carson Robison (August 4, 1890 - March 24, 1957). Backed Vernon Dalhart on the first country music million seller, "Wreck of the Old '97" b/w "The Prisoner's Song" in 1924. Prolific recording artist who played a major role popularising country music to new audiences not only in the US but elsewhere including Australia and the UK, where in the early 1930s his group performed for the Royal Family including the future Queen Elizabeth. The Archive have so far compiled five CDs of his work, from early recordings in the mid 1920’s through to the early 1950s.

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pee wee king BACM 143
August 2, 2017

2nd August – remembering Redd Stewart (May 27, 1923 – August 2, 2003), mellow-voiced country music musician / songwriter and long term collaborator with bandleader Pee Wee King. He took over as lead singer with King's band when Eddie Arnold left in the late 1940s and their songwriting partnership included several country Top 10 hits including Tennesse Waltz.

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Dewey Groom 314
August 1, 2017

1st August – remembering Howdy Forrester (Mar 31, 1922 – Aug  1, 1987), American bluegrass/Texas-style fiddler who played with many great acts including Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys, Herald Goodman’s Tennessee Valley Boys, various Dewey Groom  groups, Flatt & Scruggs  and Roy Acuff and His Smoky Mountain Boys (from 1951). The Archive’s CD 314 (Dewey  Groom 1947-1953 featuring Dewy with Georgia Slim & Howdy Forrester) has Howdy on several tracks.

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Chart Memories 1960 Vol 1-CM041
July 31, 2017

31 July – remembering Jim Reeves (20 Aug 1923 – 31 July 1964),one of the greatest voices in country music who achieved widespread fame not only in the US but worldwide, especially following his 1960 hit He'll Have To Go. He scored big hits in the early 50s with his up-tempo recordings of Mexican Joe and Bimbo,  but by the mid to late 60s his voice had deepened and matured, producing a string of beautiful ballads, his deep baritone much emulated since but never equalled. BACM have not yet issued a dedicated Reeves CD but several of his hits pop up on our Country Music Chart Hits series (the series features the Top 100 Country Hits each year; we have so far completed three years: 1962, 1961 and 1960.)  

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Browns, The BACM 275
July 31, 2017

July 31. Birthday anniversary of the late Bonnie Brown (July 31, 1938 – July 16, 2016), of the legendary brother and two sisters trio, The Browns. A day on which we remember and send condolences to surviving sister Maxine. The Browns left us some of the most beautiful country recordings of all time; no other harmony group has ever come close. They were deservedly inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 2015, belated recognition of their influence and legacy. Worth looking up their 8 CD Bear Family collection. For a taster, BACM have compiled this 28 track collection including several of their great hits …

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Jimmie Dolan-491
July 31, 2017

31 July - anniversary of Ramblin' Jimmie Dolan (Oct 29, 1916 - July 31, 1994), Californian western swing and country musician (vocals and guitar), a popular radio performer during the 1940s and who made his first recordings in 1949.

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Carter Sisters 176
July 29, 2017

29 July – remembering Anita Carter (31 Mar 1933-29 July 1999), youngest of The Carter Sisters (Helen, June and Anita), daughters of Maybelle Carter of the legendary Virginian folk and old timey trio, The Carter Family. Anita joined the Grand Old Opry with sisters Helen and June in 1950 as The Carter Sisters, and over the years recorded prolifically, both as a solo artist and with her sisters, sometimes accompanied by Mother Maybelle. Anita was a talented distinctive vocalist and multi instrumentalist, mainly playing bass. BACM have issued a CD, CARTER SISTERS & MOTHER MAYBELLE The Complete Original Recordings 1949-1952, which includes superb versions of several Carter Family classics including Wildwood Flower.

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Homer & Jethro-Ground Hog-043
July 27, 2017

27 July. Birthday of  Henry D. "Homer" Haynes, versatile guitar player and one half of celebrated comedy duo '"Homer & Jethro" . BACM have compiled four CDs of their work; corny humor but brilliant instrumental breaks, featuring Haynes' guitar and Kenneth Burn's mandolin.

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Lawton Slim Williams-CD 420
July 24, 2017

24 July – remembering American country music performer and songwriter Lawton Williams (July 24, 1922 - July 27, 2007). He is best remembered as a songwriter, scoring big hits with the likes of Fraulein (Bobby Helms), Geisha Girl (Hank Locklin), Paper Face (also Hank Locklin)  and Farewell Party (Little Jimmie Dickens, Gene Watson and others). His own recordings, usually in the crossover area between western swing and honkytonk, have been undeservedly neglected, but his sessions often featured fine musicians, for example members of the Light Crust Doughboys. Well worth a listen.

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Mac & Bob 2 - 116
July 24, 2017

24 July. Remembering  Lester Mac McFarland (Kentucky Feb 2 1902-July 24 1984) of  early country music duet act Mac & Bob. One of the earliest ‘Close harmony, guitar & mandolin duos’, they began their long and prolific recording career in 1926 on Brunswick/Vocalion and left an important legacy of old timey folk, hillbilly, gospel and blues recordings, a nice selection of which we have showcased on two Archive CDs …

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Eddie Shuler-521
July 23, 2017

23 July – remembering country and cajun musician, bandleader and record label owner Eddie Shuler (27 Mar 1913 – 23 July 2005); best known as founder of the influential Goldband label but his long career including early stints in various cajun bands through to being a successful country, pop and crossover producer in the 1950s and 1960s. BACM’s CD 521 showcases 24 fine recordings from Eddie and his All Star Revellers band, mainly in the cajun style. http://country-music-archive.com/?s=eddie+shuler

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Judy Martin-234
July 23, 2017

23 July – birth anniversary of Judy Martin (Eva Alaine Overstake, July 23, 1917 - Nov 17, 1951), sweet voiced American country music singer, whose broadcasting career began in the early 1930s doing three part harmonies on the WLS National Barn Dance with with sisters Evelyn and Lucille (as The Overstake Sisters) . She married country crooner Red Foley in 1933. BACM have compiled two collections of Overstake Sisters recordings (BACM 98 and 99) and two of Judy Martin's – BACM 96 and BACM 234, the latter, duets with Red Foley.

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Tex Morton 101
July 23, 2017

23 July. Anniversary of  Tex Morton, influential yodeller/ guitarist (born Robert William Lane in New Zealand;  30 August 1916 - 23 July 1983). After emigrating to Australia in 1936 he began his long and prolific recording career by recording around 100 tracks for Regal Zonophone (1936-43), mainly just Tex accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. Big influence on Buddy Williams and Slim Dusty, he pioneered ‘Down Under Country’. The Archive have so far released one collection, mainly from his early recordings

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Cindy Walker 159
July 20, 2017

July 20th. Birthday of the  great Cindy Walker (July 20, 1918 – March 23, 2006), prolific  country songwriter, as well as an accomplished singer with a smokey laid back crooner style.

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JE Mainer-122
July 20, 2017

20 July – birthday anniversary of old time fiddler J. E. Mainer (Joseph Emmett Mainer, July 20, 1898 – June 12, 1971). His band "J.E.Mainer and his Crazy Mountaineers” began radio performing in 1933, with JE's brother Wade Mainer on banjo and Zeke Morris on guitar leading to their first recording contract in 1935. One of the great mountain fiddlers, J.E. also played old-timey banjo and was a fine singer.

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Fred Kirby-179
July 19, 2017

19 July – birth anniversary, American C&W singer/songwriter Fred Kirby (Frederick Austin Kirby (19 July 1910- 22 April 1996). His long and varied performing career began in the 1930s as a cowboy singer and string band player (including with his famed Briarhoppers, which featured many of the great old timey musicians); during WW II raised money for the war effort with a string of morale boosting songs earning him the moniker “The Victory Cowboy” . Post war became a popular radio and later TV presenter and performer including regular slots on the WLS Barn Dance.

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Lonzo & Oscar-198
July 19, 2017

19 July– birthday of Rollin “Oscar” Sullivan (July 19, 1919 - Sept. 7, 2012), singer/mandolinist who starred with brother Johnny Sullivan as hillbilly comedy Lonzo and Oscar for 38 years, scoring a big hit in 1948 with “I'm My Own Grandpa”. Earlier, Rollin had played mandolin with Paul Howard’s Arkansas Cotton Pickers but it was whilst playing in Eddy Arnold's band in the mid '40s that they honed their country comedy act and became 'Lonzo & Oscar'. Both talented musicians, they left a great legacy of music and humor.

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Sue Thompson-238
July 19, 2017

19 July, birthday of Sue Thompson (Eva Sue McKee, b. July 19, 1925) American pop and country singer, who recorded on Mercury, Decca Columbia and Hickory and scored a couple of million selling pop hits in the 1960s.

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Red Sovine 207
July 17, 2017

July 17th. Birthday of Red Sovine (July 17, 1918 – April 4, 1980), country singer most famous for his truck driving songs and narrations including his 1976 “Teddy Bear” hit. He was also a first rate honky tonk performer, as evidenced in this BACM compilation …

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Kitty Wells-181
July 16, 2017

July 16th. Remembering Kitty Wells (Ellen Muriel Deason, August 30, 1919 - July 16, 2012). BACM have so far issued one compilation, tracks from the later 40's and early '50s

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Jo Stafford-123
July 16, 2017

July 16th. Remembering Jo Stafford (November 12, 1917 - July 16, 2008), best known for her recordings with big bands in jazz/popular style but  who also did comedy and folk/country, reflecting her lifelong love for folk lore and music. The Archive have released an album of her beautiful folk and country-tinged recordings

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Cowboy Copas 137
July 15, 2017

July 15. Birthday of "Cowboy Copas" (Lloyd Estel Copas) (July 15, 1913-March 5, 1963). Had his big break in 1943, replacing Eddie Arnold as lead vocalist in the Pee Wee King band, and became a regular on the Grand Ole Opry. BACM have so far issued three CDs with a total of around 80 songs, pure country/ honky tonk featuring this fine singer, guitarist and  songwriter.

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Foy willing
July 14, 2017

14 July- remembering Cowboy & Western singer, songwriter, musician, bandleader and Western movie actor Foy Willing (May 14, 1914 – July 14, 1978). Led an excellent western band, The Riders Of The Purple Sage, featuring as the backing group for Roy Rogers and Monte Hall in several of their movies.

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Riely Puckett 115
July 13, 2017

July 13th. Remembering pioneering, blind musician singer/guitarist Riley Puckett (May 7, 1894 – July 13, 1946), well known for his founder membership of Gid Tanner’s Skillet Lickers but who also laid down some great tracks as a solo artist. He had a distinctive, sweet baritone voice well fitted for poignant songs; his distinctive guitar style has been widely imitated, influencing  modern bluegrass and flat picking.. So far, the Archive have released two fine collections …

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Sons Of The Pioneers Vol 1-78
July 13, 2017

13 July - birthday of Tim Spencer, American singer/ songwriter (July 13, 1908 - April 26, 1974) best known as co-founder (with Bob Nolan and Roy Rogers ) of the Sons of the Pioneers in 1933. His best known composition was Room Full Of Roses, recorded by the likes of Eddy Arnold, Jim Reeves and George Morgan.

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Pell Brothers-435
July 12, 2017

12 July, anniversary of Sonny Pell (Michael Pellegrino., Nov 27, 1929-July 12, 1994 ) of The Pell Brothers, talented country/bluegrass close harmony duo from New York, popular on the North East country club scene in the late ’50s and early ’60s.

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Johnny Marvin-75
July 11, 2017

11th July, birthday anniversary of Johnny Marvin (John Senator Marvin, July 11, 1897- Dec 10, 1944) singer/songwriter and ukulele and steel guitar player who recorded (1920s/30s) in a number of styles including vaudeville, hawaiian and hillbilly, Elder brother of Gene Autry sideman Frankie Marvin (see BACM CDs 003 and 509).

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Paul Howard-436
July 10, 2017

10th July – birthday of of Paul Howard (July 10, 1908- June 18, 1984), influential country and Western Swing  musician, songwriter  and bandleader – and popular Opry performer from the 1940s onwards.  His shift away from old timey style to Western Swing began in the early ‘40s  when he formed his Arkansas Cotton Pickers combo playing hot  jazzy western swing. Line ups including future A-Lister guitarists Hank Garland and Grady Martin (both still teenagers when they joined) and Roy Wiggins as well as some of the hottest  steel and fiddle maestros of the era. Nowadays sadly and undeservedly overlooked in all the country music histories.

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Eddie Dean BACM 69
July 9, 2017

July 9th. Birthday of Eddie Dean (July 9, 1907 – March 4, 1999, aged 91) cowboy singer and actor some have rated the best Western actor of all time. B.A.C.M. have produced two CDs of Eddie's recordings. Our CD 69 has 27 rare transcriptions, cowboy songs recorded in the 1940s. More recently, our CD 549 has songs  extracted from Eddie's movie soundtracks plus some bonus tracks, Eddie harmonizing with Andy Parker's superb Plainmen.

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Reg Lindsay-258
July 7, 2017

5 August – remembering Reg Lindsay (7 July 1929 - 5 Aug 2008), Australian country music singer,/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who wrote more than 500 hundred songs in his fifty year music career.

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George Morgan-313
July 7, 2017

July 7th. Remembering smooth country crooner George Morgan (June 28, 1924 - July 7, 1975), best known for his No. 1 hit Candy Kisses.  He influenced Jim Reeves, another baritone whose style of ballad delivery was very close to Morgan's in terms of phrasing and intonation.

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Wilburn Brothers-254
July 7, 2017

7th July – Birthday of Doyle Wilburn (July 7, 1930 – October 16, 1982) one half, with brother Teddy, of the close harmony brother duet team The Wilburn Brothers. Regulars on the Louisiana Hayride their syndicated TV show The Wilburn Brothers show ran for an amazing 354 episodes from 1963 to 1974 . They helped launch the careers of many country stars including Loretta Lynn, who was featured vocalist of the their touring show throughout the ’60s.

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Shelley Lee Alley-small-401
July 6, 2017

6 July –birthday of Shelly Lee Alley (6 July 1894- 1 June 1964), bandleader, songwriter, fiddle player and one of the early pioneers (c. 1922) of radio entertainment.  Made some fine Western Swing style recordings from 1937 onwards, several of which have become collector’s items.   A prolific songwriter, his credits include two Jimmie Rodgers hits, Travelin’ Blues and Gambling Barroom Blues as well as Little Home Of Long Ago first recorded by hillbilly duo Mac and Bob in 1932. Our BACM CD showcases 22 of Alley’s recordings with his Alley Cats between 1937-1941 plus five from later in his career.

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Roy rogers- a man and his song
July 6, 2017

July 6.  Remembering "King of the Cowboys" Roy Rogers (born Leonard Slye November 5, 1911 – July 6, 1998), American singer and cowboy actor, one of the most popular Western stars of his era.  A founder member of the popular Sons Of The Pioneers (c. 1934) whose hits include evergreens “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” and “Cool Water” he made his first Western in 1935, still styled as “Leonard Sly”, adopting the name “Roy Rogers” in 1938. The Archive have so far released three Roy Rogers CDs (also two CDs of Sons Of The Pioneers tracks).

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Cal Shrum 169
July 4, 2017

4th July – birthday of Western swing musician, vocalist and bandleader Walt Shrum (4th July, 1912 - 1st May 1, 1991), brother of Cal Shrum, both from Missouri and both associated with many of the top musicians of the developing Western Swing scene in the 30’s, including Deuce Spriggins and Spade Cooley. Walt is heard on several of the Colorado Hillbillies tracks on our first Cal Shrum CD, BACM 169

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Cal Shrum-169
July 4, 2017

Birthday of Cal Shrum (July 4, 1910- Mar 12, 1996), Missouri born C&W musician and bandleader whose groups (Colorado Hillbillies, Republic Rhythm Riders) played their cowboy songs in some 50 B-movie Westerns, the first being Gene Autry's 1938 The Old Barn Dance. Line ups over the years included such Western Swing and Country legends as Spade Cooley and Tex Williams. So far, BACM have issued two collections …

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Marion Worth 474
July 4, 2017

4th July – birthday of Marion Worth ( Jul 4, 1930 - Dec 19, 1999) - American Country and pop singer, regular performer on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee who scored several pop hits in the early 1960s.

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Marvin Rainwater 162
July 2, 2017

July 2nd. Birthday of Marvin Rainwater (July 2, 1925 – September 17, 2013), part Cherokee, American country and rockabilly singer/ songwriter who scored several crossover hits in the late 50s.  Distinctive strong baritone voice; this CD showcases  30 tracks , mainly country and some rockabilly. Includes his composition "I Gotta Go Get My Baby"  which became a big hit for Teresa Brewer.

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Slim Willet-317
July 1, 2017

1st July - anniversary of Slim Willet (Dec 1, 1919- July 1, 1966), country music DJ, singer and prolific writer of catchy songs, many with quirky titles. Best known for his hit A Cold Can of Beer and for writing the widely covered Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes. Thirty of his best recordings are showcased on BACM's CD 317...

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Stu Davis 237
July 1, 2017

1 July– birthday of Canadian “Cowboy Troubador” Stu Davis (July 1, 1921- March 25, 2007), member of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.

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George Morgan-313
June 28, 2017

June 28th. Birthday of smooth voiced country crooner George Morgan (June 28, 1924 - July 7, 1975).  A regular performer on the Grand Ole Opry , he was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998. The Archive have compiled a nice selection of his 1940s/50s recordings, good easy listening Country.

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Rosalie Allen-135
June 27, 2017

27 June - birthday of "Queen of the Yodelers" Rosalie Allen (Julie Marlene Bedra, June 27 – Sept 24, 2003), American singer/yodeler, popular in the 1940s and 50s both as a solo performer and for duets with Elton Britt - and later as a DJ and radio/TV presenter.

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eddie-kirk
June 27, 2017

27 June – remembering Eddie Kirk (Mar 21, 1919- June 27, 1997) country music singer/songwriter and one time National Yodelling Champion (1936-37) who had  Top 10 hits in the 1940s with Candy Kisses and The Gods Were Angry With Me, both of which are included in BACM’s CD 029, a tribute to this undeservedly forgotten artiste.

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Elton Britt-early-109
June 27, 2017

June 27th. Birthday of influential country music yodeller/ singer-songwriter/ guitarist Elton Britt (June 27, 1913–June 22, 1972).  B.A.C.M. have so far issued three compilations of his recordings including rare tracks from his early career.

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Donn Reynolds-422-Donn Reynolds
June 26, 2017

June 26th. Birthday of  celebrated Canadian country yodeler Donn Reynolds (June 26, 1921 - August 16, 1997) whose performing career spanned more than 40 years. B.A.C.M. are especially delighted with this tribute collection put together with the assistance of Donn's son,  Scott Reynolds.

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Claude Casey-197
June 24, 2017

June 24th - remembering Claude Casey,  American country singer, guitarist, songwriter, radio broadcaster and actor (Sept 13, 1912-June 24th, 1999).

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Connie Hall
June 24, 2017

24 June. Birthday of  poignant-voiced country music songstress Connie Hall (born Inez Kerr, June 24, 1929 ), who scored several hits in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s. BACM have compiled a collection of 28 of Hall's 1958-62 recordings; also, two of her early cuts (as Inez Hellman appear on our CD 480, Country Music Ladies Of The 1950s Vol. 2).

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Arkansas Arkie Woodchopper
June 23, 2017

June 23rd- Remembering  Arkansas “Arkie” Woodchopper, musician extraordinaire (singer, yodeller, guitarist, fiddler and square dance band leader), born  Luther Ossenbrink (March 2, 1906 - June 23, 1981).

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Zeb-Turner-506
June 23, 2017

23 June – birthday of Zeb Turner (23 June 1915 – 10 Jan1978) country and 'Country Boogie' singer, songwriter and guitarist. As one of the top session men of his era he backed the likes of Hank Williams and Red Foley; his most popular composition was the classic It's A Sin. His distinctive vocals and superb guitar styles, showcased on BACM CD 506

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June Carter-262
June 23, 2017

June 23rd. Birthday of June Carter (Cash) (June 23, 1929 - May 15, 2003), daughter of  Maybelle Carter. One Archive CD compilation, recordings from early in her recording career ...

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Roy Druskey 332
June 22, 2017

June 22nd. Birthday of Roy Drusky Jr. (June 22, 1930 – September 23, 2004), smooth ‘Nashville Sound” country crooner who scored more than 40 chart hits, many of them of his own compositions.

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Elton Britt -Jackass-86
June 22, 2017

June 22nd. Remembering country music yodeller/ singer-songwriter/ guitarist Elton Britt (June 27, 1913-June 22, 1972). The Archive have so far issued three compilations of his recordings including rare tracks from his early career.

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Louise Massey-173
June 22, 2017

June 22nd. Remembering Louise Massey (10 August 10th 1902 - June 22nd 1983),  front lady for the popular vocal and instrumental family band “Louise Massey and The Westerners”, from 1931 onwards. This first Archive collection of their work features recordings from 1933-41:

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James Roberts & Martha Carson-161
June 21, 2017

21 June – anniversary of American gospel musician James Roberts (Feb 10, 1918- Jun 21, 2007) son of legendary fiddle player Fiddlin' Doc Roberts. James Roberts is nowadays best known for his duet recordings with then wife Martha, mostly just with their own guitar and mandolin accompanimen. Our CD compilation includes their highly rated The Sweetest Gift and Man Of Galilee.    

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jimmy c newman
June 21, 2017

June 21st - remembering great Cajun-interpreter Jimmy C. Newman (Aug.29, 1927 -  June 21, 2014) 86. Born near Big Mamou, Louisiana, Newman's recording career began in the late '40's before joining Dot in the early '50s and scoring several country/honky-tonk hits before his main focus shifted to Cajun music in the mid/late '50s. Newman and his great Cajun Country band helped popularize the genre to new audiences worldwide. He was a member of the Grand Ole Opry for 57 years, and was one of the last surviving greats from what many regard as "The Golden Age Of Country" from the mid '50s to early '60s.

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eddie-kirk
June 21, 2017

21 June – remembering American country singer and movie actor (and one time boxer!), Eddie Kirk (Edward Merle Kirk,  21 Mar 1919-21 June 1997). Made his recording debut in 1947 and scored country Top 10 hits with “The Gods Were Angry With Me” and “Candy Kisses”.

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Bobby Helms-291
June 20, 2017

20 June – remembering Bobby Helms ( Aug 15, 1933 - June 20, 1997)  American country  and rockabilly singer  who scored crossover hits with Fraulein and My Special Angel (both released 1957) and the Christmas classic Jingle Bell Rock which ranks second to Bing Crosby’s White Christmas  as the second biggest selling Christmas disc of all time. BACM have issued one compilation of Helms' recordings ...

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T Texas Tyler-Country Boy-182
June 20, 2017

June 20. Anniversary of T. Texas Tyler (June 20, 1916 - January 28, 1972), regular performer on the Grand Ole Opry and Louisiana Hayride, composer of Deck Of Cards which gave him a big hit in 1948.

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Rudy Sooter-290
June 19, 2017

19 June – birthday of Rudy Sooter (June 19, 1904 – June 9, 1991) country music singer, songwriter and band leader.  Our first BACM collection, mainly recordings from the mid 30s to mid 40s, showcase his superb early bands. Songs mainly upbeat foot-tappers with brilliant guitar/fiddle interplaying, reflecting the developing Western Swing styles of the time.

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Paul Howard-436
June 18, 2017

18th June – anniversary of Paul Howard (July 10, 1908- June 18, 1984), influential country and Western Swing  musician, songwriter  and bandleader – and popular Opry performer from the 1940s onwards.  His shift away from old timey style to Western Swing began in the early ‘40s  when he formed his Arkansas Cotton Pickers combo playing hot  jazzy western swing. Line ups including future A-Lister guitarists Hank Garland and Grady Martin (both still teenagers when they joined) and Roy Wiggins as well as some of the hottest  steel and fiddle maestros of the era. Nowadays sadly and undeservedly overlooked in all the country music histories.      

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Cecil Campbell-467
June 18, 2017

June 18th. Remembering Cecil Campbell (March 22nd 1911-June 18th, 1989) pioneer flat top steel guitarist , best known as a player with the Tennessee Ramblers. Played an important role in fusing "Hillbilly" and "Hawaaian" into the  new  'Hawaiian Country' genre.

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Red Foley- Yodeling Radio Joe-95
June 17, 2017

June 17th.  Birthday of Red Foley (June 17, 1910 – September 19, 1968), American country singer, musician, and TV personality.  A smooth vocalist, perhaps best known for his recordings of "Old Shep" (1941) which he co-wrote,  his 1951 hit, "Peace in the Valley" (one of the first million-sales gospel records) and his duets with Kitty Wells.  The Archive have compiled three CDs of his recordings (plus a fourth with then wife Judy Martin).

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Skeets Yaney-small-396
June 16, 2017

16 June – birthday anniversary of  Skeets Yaney ( Clyde A. Yaney, 16 June 1912-  20 Jan 1978), country singer, guitarist, harmonica player and DJ.

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Sons Of The Pioneers Vol 2-79
June 16, 2017

16th June- remembering Sons Of The Pioneers founder/ vocalist and songwriter Bob Nolan (Apr 13, 1908-Jun 16, 1980) whose songwriter credits include Western classics Cool Water, Tumbling Tumbleweeds, Way Out There, There's a Roundup in the Sky and One More Ride.

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Les Smithhart-444
June 16, 2017

16 June - birthday of Les Smithhart (Leslie Benjamin "Les" Smithhart Jun. 16, 1920 - Dec. 1, 2004), fiddler (and fiddle maker!) and leader of the Les Smithhart and the Super-X Cowboys band.

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Tex Owens-small-551
June 15, 2017

15 June - birth anniversary of Tex Owens (June 15, 1892-Sept 9, 1962), cowboy singer and yodeller whose recording career began August 1934 at a session which included his composition Cattle Call which has become a country music classic. Surprisingly, given his talents, Owens recorded very little commercially so BACM's compilation is especially welcome. It features 40 song excerpts from the radio serial Life On red Horse recorded in 1935. A mix of cowboy songs and popular tunes from the era including numbers popularised by Jimmie Rodgers and Gene Autry. Also four brilliant instrumentals by Owens'   group The Texas Rangers, who went on to become popular in their own right.

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Tex Owens-small-551
June 15, 2017

15 June – birth anniversary of Tex Owens (June 15, 1892-Sept 9, 1962), cowboy singer and yodeller whose recording career began August 1934 at a session which included his composition Cattle Call which has become a country music classic. Surprisingly, given his talents, Owens recorded very little commercially so BACM’s compilation is especially welcome. It features 40 song excerpts from the radio serial Life On Red Horse recorded in 1935. A mix of cowboy songs and popular tunes from the era including numbers popularised by Jimmie Rodgers and Gene Autry. Also four brilliant instrumentals by Owens’   group The Texas Rangers, who went on to become popular in their own right.

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Leon Payne - Lost Highway 225
June 15, 2017

June 15th, birthday of prolific songwriter and country singer Leon Payne (June 15, 1917 - September 11, 1969), a.k.a. "the Blind Balladeer".  His place in music history is assured by his compositions having been recorded by the likes of Hank Williams, Elvis Presley and Jim Reeves. His own recordings appeal to those who like stripped down country, mainly just the artist accompanying himself on guitar or with unfussy steel  backing. The Archive have so far released three CDs,  including some rare radio transcripts.

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SlimDusty
June 13, 2017

June 13th. Birthday of Slim Dusty M.B.E. (13 June 1927 - 19 September 2003), prolific  Australian country music singer-songwriter best known for his 1957 worldwide hit "Pub With No Beer" . His recording career  spanned more than 50 years from his first single, cut in 1948, to the tracks for his final album (his 106th!) recorded in 2003 and by 2007 had chalked up 7 million sales on Australia alone. From the Archive, a selection of Dusty's early (1940s/'50s) recording output, classic Outback Country ...

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Jimmy Dean 252
June 13, 2017

June 13th. Remembering Jimmy Dean  (August 10, 1928 - June 13, 2010), American country music singer and actor, best known for his recitation hits  Big Bad John and PT 109. He was also a fine country vocalist as evidenced on our compilation of early '50s recordings including fine interpretations of classics Here Stands The Glass, Release Me and Freight Train Blues.

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JE Mainer 122
June 12, 2017

12 June – remembering old time fiddler J. E. Mainer (Joseph Emmett Mainer, July 20, 1898 – June 12, 1971). His band "J.E.Mainer and his Crazy Mountaineers” began radio performing in 1933, with JE's brother Wade Mainer on banjo and Zeke Morris on guitar leading to their first recording contract in 1935. One of the great mountain fiddlers, J.E. also played old-timey banjo and was a fine singer.

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Johnny Bond-248
June 12, 2017

12th June – anniversary of country music singer, musician and songwriter Johnny Bond (Cyrus Whitfield Bond, June 1, 1915 – June 12, 1978). His distinctive baritone was ideally suited both to the Western and drinking/honky tonk styles featured on many of his recordings, scoring several Billboard country  top 10 hits between 1947 ("Divorce Me C.O.D.") and 1965 when he scored his biggest hit, "Ten Little Bottles". His song writing credits include several which have gone on to become country classics including  Cimarron, I Wonder Where You Are Tonight and I'll Step Aside. BACM have released two compilations of  his  harmony trio recordings Jimmy Wakely and Dick Reinhart (BACM CDs 102 and 384) as well as this 26 track mix of commercial and rare transcriptions and demos

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The Browns-275
June 11, 2017

11 June – remembering Jim Ed Brown (James Edward Brown, April 1, 1934 – June 11, 2015), American smooth-baritone-voiced country singer-songwriter who with sisters Maxine and Bonnie scored several worldwide hits in the 1950s as The Browns. Biggest, The Three Bells, reached No. 1 on the Billboard pop charts. After The Browns split in 1967, Jim Ed continued to hit the charts, both with solo recordings and, from 1976, duetting with Helen Cornelius.

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A Taste Of King-93
June 10, 2017

10th June - remembering  Carolina Cotton (Helen Hagstrom Oct 20, 1925 - June 10, 1997) American singer and yodeller, sometime known as the "Yodeling Blonde Bombshell".  Associated with several of the great Western Swing Bands of the era including those of Spade Cooley and (her one time husband) Deuce Spriggins. BACM have not so far issued a dedicated CD but her recordings are featured on several including DEUCE SPRIGGINS Down The Trail To San Antone (BACM 279) - and, with Spade Cooley's band, on A TASTE OF KING Vol 1 (BACM 93).

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rusty-gill
June 10, 2017

10th June – birthday of Rusty Gill (June 10, 1919- Nov 16, 2008), talented cowboy singer and songwriter.

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Rudy Sooter-290
June 9, 2017

9 June – anniversary of Rudy Sooter (June 17, 1904 - June 9, 1991) country music singer, songwriter and band leader - and 'grizzled baddie' in countless B-movie Westerns. Had a talent for attracting top musicians to his band – both Bob Nolan and Roy Rogers were early members. Our first BACM collection, mainly recordings from the mid 30s to mid 40s, showcase his superb early bands. Songs mainly upbeat foot-tappers with brilliant guitar/fiddle interplaying, reflecting the developing Western Swing styles of the time.

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Monte Hale 70
June 8, 2017

June 8th - birthday of Monte Hale ( June 8, 1919 - Mar 29, 2009), American Western film star and country singer and guitarist. This BACM release gathers together all his studio recordings.

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Adolph Hofner-297
June 8, 2017

June 8th. Birthday of Adolph Hofner (8 June 1916- 2 June 2000), great Western Swing bandleader and vocalist.

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Delmores-BACM
June 8, 2017

June 8th, remembering Alton Delmore (December 25, 1908 – June 8, 1964) who with brother Rabon comprised the pioneeering and influential Delmore Brothers. Bob Dylan was quoted in the (Chicago Tribune. November 10, 1985): "The Delmore Brothers, God, I really loved them! I think they've influenced every harmony I've ever tried to sing".  As Dylan's not known for his tuneful harmonising, this is a somewhat dubious endorsement – but they did have a massive  influence on generations of ‘Harmony brother' acts including the Louvin and Everly Brothers.  The Archive have released two Delmore Brothers CDs for collectors:

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Art Gibson-289-small
June 5, 2017

5th June – remembering Art Gibson (Mar 21, 1912 - Jun 5, 1971), fine honky-tonk singer/ songwriter

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Hal-Lone-Pine-477
June 5, 2017

5 June – birthday of Hal Lone Pine (Harold John Breau, 5 June 1916 - 26 March 1977), singer/guitarist, popular in New England and Canada in the 1950s

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Conway Twitty-514
June 5, 2017

5 June – remembering Conway Twitty (Harold Jenkins, Sep 1, 1933 – June 5, 1993), best known for his 1950s/early '60s string of rock and roll hits but always a country boy who returned to his country roots in the mid '60s. BACM's compilation features his early recordings on MGM, 1958-61, backed with top Nashville session musicians including Grady Martin on lead guitar and Floyd Cramer on piano. Mix of upbeat reinterpretations of country/pop standards and Twitty originals including his 1958 worldwide hit It’s Only Make believe.

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Zeke-Clements-507
June 4, 2017

4 June – anniversary of the "Dixie Yodeler" Zeke Clements (6 Sept 1911 – 4 June 1994), singer and guitarist whose performing career stretched from the late 1920s through to the 1980s when he was still making occasional appearances on the Opry. For a while played with Otto Gray and the Oklahoma Cowboys (see BACM CD 139) and in the early 1930s had his own band the Bronco Busters featuring Texas Ruby Owens as female vocalist . Clements provided the voice of Bashful" in Walt Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", including the memorable yodeling sequence in the "Silly" song.

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Texas Ruby & Curly Fox-303
June 4, 2017

June 4th – birth anniversary of Texas Ruby (Ruby Agnes Owens , June 4, 1908 – Mar 29, 1963), pioneering female country music singer, singing partner with husband the ace fiddler Curly Fox from the late 1930s to early 1960s. Sister of legendary Tex “Cattle Call” Owens. This BACM collection showcases Ruby's sassy vocals and some superb fiddle riffs, nice mix of songs ...

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WallyFowler2-431
June 3, 2017

3rd June – anniversary of Wally Fowler (John Wallace Fowler, Feb 15, 1917 – June 3, 1994), successful singer/songwriter in both the country and gospel fields. Songwriting credits include I'm Sending You Red Roses (1944 hit for Jimmy Wakely), That's How Much I Love You (country hit for Eddy Arnold and a 1958 Top 10 pop hit for Pat Boone) and I Couldn't Believe It Was True", recorded by Willie Nelson in 1974. First appeared on the Grand Ole Opry in the early '40s with the John Daniel Quartet before founding his own group Wally Fowler and the Georgia Clodhoppers with Chet Atkins on lead guitar. Later focused on gospel music. BACM have released two compilations of his recordings.

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Adolph Hofner-297
June 2, 2017

2 June. Remembering Adolph Hofner (8 June 1916- 2 June 2000) Texas born American western swing bandleader, of Czech-German origin.  Grew up listening to Czech and Hawaiian music he began performing locally in a  ‘Hawaiian’ group with younger brother Emile before becoming a vocalist in a Western Swing band; made his first solo recordings in 1938. Some of these early recordings are on the Archive CD , along with later tracks spanning the years from 1947 to 1955 by which time Hofner and band had become of the most polished and popular Western Swing bands . CD selection has a nice mix of Waltzes and Polkas and Western Swing …

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Shelley Lee Alley-small-401
June 1, 2017

1st June – remembering Shelly Lee Alley (6 July 1894- 1 June 1964), bandleader, songwriter, fiddle player and one of the early pioneers (c. 1922) of radio entertainment.  Made some fine Western Swing style recordings from 1937 onwards, several of which have become collector’s items.   A prolific songwriter, his credits include two Jimmie Rodgers hits, Travelin’ Blues and Gambling Barroom Blues as well as Little Home Of Long Ago first recorded by hillbilly duo Mac and Bob in 1932. Our BACM CD showcases 22 of Alley’s recordings with his Alley Cats between 1937-1941 plus five from later in his career.

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Johnny Bond-248
June 1, 2017

1st June – birthday of  country music singer, musician and songwriter Johnny Bond (Cyrus Whitfield Bond, June 1, 1915 – June 12, 1978). His distinctive baritone was ideally suited both to the Western and drinking/honky tonk styles featured on many of his recordings, scoring several Billboard country  top 10 hits between 1947 ("Divorce Me C.O.D.") and 1965 when he scored his biggest hit, "Ten Little Bottles". His song writing credits include several which have gone on to become country classics including  Cimarron, I Wonder Where You Are Tonight and I'll Step Aside. BACM have released two compilations of  his  harmony trio recordings with Jimmy Wakely and Dick Reinhart (BACM CDs 102 and 384) as well as this 26 track mix of commercial and rare transcriptions and demos

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mac o'dell 09
May 31, 2017

31 May – birthday of Mac O'Dell (Odell McLeod May 31, 1916- Jan 11, 2003) American country and gospel singer , songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, accomplished on harmonica, guitar and mandolin. Several of his compositions have become gospel standards including ‘Thirty Pieces Of Silver’ (popularized by Wilma Lee Cooper) and two songs associated with Roy Acuff. BACM have compiled a CD of his fine gospel recording ...

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Karl-Harty2-430
May 30, 2017

30 May-remembering Karl Davis, country singer/songwriter/ mandolinist, best known for his compositions (including “I’m Here To Get My Baby Out of Jail.” and “Kentucky” ) and harmony vocalist as member of influential old time-style duo, Karl & Harty (with Harty Taylor, lead and guitar), popular on Chicago radio stations during the 1930s-40s. BACM have released two compilations of their recordings, nice mix of old timey, hillbilly and popular tunes of the era, which will be enjoyed by fans of country harmony duos.  

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Hoyt Slim Bryant 178
May 28, 2017

May 28th. Remembering ace guitarist and country singer "Slim" Bryant (Thomas Hoyt Bryant, December 7, 1908 - May 28, 2010), whose place in country history is assured by having accompanied the legendary Jimmie Rodgers, having played guitar on 10  of his recordings. So far, the Archive have issued three compilations, one of rare radio transcriptions.

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Bob Atcher Vol 2- with BB Eyes and Randy Atcher-365
May 28, 2017

28 May – birthday of “Bonnie Blue Eyes” (Loeta Applegate Piergue, 28 May 1915 - 23 Mar 1995), who performed /recorded many duets with Bob Atcher between 1939 and 1942 including the first No. 1 of Jimmie Davis' "You Are My Sunshine". She was briefly married to Atcher. Several of these duets appear on both of BACM's Bob Atcher collections, Hunters Of Kentucky (BACM CD 68) and BOB ATCHER Vol. 2 (BACM CD 365).

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pee wee king BACM 143
May 27, 2017

27 May –birthday of Redd Stewart (May 27, 1923 – August 2, 2003), mellow-voiced country music musician / songwriter and long term collaborator with bandleader Pee Wee King. He took over as lead singer with King's band when Eddie Arnold left in the late 1940s and their songwriting partnership included several country Top 10 hits including Tennesse Waltz.

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Jimmie Rodgers-remembering 387
May 26, 2017

May 26th. Remembering Jimmie Rodgers (September 8, 1897 - May 26, 1933), first country music superstar, famed for his "Blue Yodels" and a big influence on generations of country, blues and pop artists.  His recordings are  widely available, notably on the great Bear Family "The Singing Brakeman" 6-CD set (recommended). He spawned many imitators and his songs have been widely recorded. The Archive's CD "Following In The Footsteps Of Jimmie Rodgers" presents 24 of these lesser known interpretations.

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Red Kirk-233
May 24, 2017

24 May – birthday of smooth crooner Red Kirk (4 May 1925 - May 13, 1999); fine singer with a voice somewhat similar to Eddy Arnold who recorded for Mercury, ABC-Paramount and Starday.

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Billy Walker 158
May 21, 2017

May 21, remembering Billy Walker (January 14, 1929 - May 21, 2006), American country music singer and guitarist nicknamed “The Tall Texan”, long time member of the Opry and who scored .  more than 30 charted records. Of interest to collectors, this CD of Walker’s early recordings including a super version of Jack Toomb’s “You’re the only good thing”

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Terry Feller & leodie Jackson 333
May 20, 2017

20 May – birth anniversary of Oklahoma born steel guitarist Leodie Jackson (May 20, 1926 -  Sept  20, 1995) who made his name on the LA western swing scene in the mid 40’s  in various bands. BACM have released several of Leodie’s sessions on our Terry Fell-Leodie “Ramblin’ Oakie” collection.

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Martha Carson-204
May 19, 2017

19th May – birthday anniversary of Martha Carson (19 May 1921-16 Dec 2004) gospel singer and prolific songwriter who became known as First Lady Of Country Gospel. The BACM have released two CDs of her recordings, some duets with then husband, singer-mandolinist James Roberts (these mainly with Roberts on lead vocals and driving mandolin). In 1952 she became the first solo female singing star to join the Grand Ole Opry – several months ahead of Kitty Wells.

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Johnny hicks
May 19, 2017

19 May – birthday of Johnny Hicks (19 May 1918 to 9 April 1997), U.S. country singer/songwriter and DJ, Columbia recording artiste .

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Jack-Kingston-296
May 18, 2017

18th May - remembering  "The Canadian Playboy" Jack Kingston (Oct 4th 1925 -May 18th 1996), talented country singer/guitarist/songwriter and regular on the Main Street Jamboree show (from 1952). He was the first Canadian country artiste signed by Capital (1950) and released around 100 recordings including what became his theme song The Yodeling Cowboy as well as several disaster songs including his composition the the 1958 Springhill Mine Explosion in Nova Scotia.

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Reno & Smiley-205
May 17, 2017

17th May – birthday anniversary of  bluegrass musician Red Smiley (Arthur Lee "Red" Smiley, (May 17, 1925–Jan 2, 1972)  best known for his partnership with Don Reno as “Reno and Smiley”.

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Wiley Walker and Gene Sullivan-427
May 17, 2017

17th May – remembering Wiley Walker ( Nov 17, 1911 - May 17, 1966) country singer/ fiddler and songwriter; formed a duo with guitarist Gene Sullivan in 1939, making some great recordings as Wiley and Walker. Nowadays they are best remembered as writers of the classic ‘When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again’ recorded by Elvis Presley, Eddy Arnold, Cindy Walker , Emmylou Harris, Merle Haggard and Jim Reeves among others.

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Cousin Herb Henson -371
May 17, 2017

17th May – birthday anniversary of “Cousin” Herb Henson (May 17, 1925—Nov 26, 1963),  now best remembered as host of his popular  TV show (the “Cousin Herb Henson Trading Post”)  which featured the likes of Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and Roy Clark, and helped  popularise what became known as the Bakersfield Sound. A talented musician and comedian, BACM have issued one CD  compilation of Henson’s recordings, many of them novelty numbers.

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Dave Stogner-356
May 15, 2017

15 May – birthday anniversary of the West Coast King Of Western Swing, the great Dave Stogner (15 May, 1920 -17 May 1989), musician (singer, guitar, mandolin, fiddle), songwriter (eg: Black Cat Stomp and Hard Top Race) and bandleader (especially The Western Rhythmaires). His hard driving Western Swing is well showcased in this BACM compilation ...

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June Carter 262
May 15, 2017

May 15th. Remembering June Carter (Cash) (June 23, 1929 - May 15, 2003), daughter of Carter Family matriarch Maybelle Carter. June enjoyed success variously as a solo singer and with (late incarnations of) The Carter Family - and finally with her duets with husband Johnny Cash. The Archive have released a CD of recordings from early in her solo career, early '50s ……

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foy willing
May 14, 2017

14 May - birthday of Foy Willing - Cowboy & Western singer, songwriter, musician, bandleader and Western movie actor (May 14, 1914 – July 14, 1978). Led an excellent western band, The Riders Of The Purple Sage, seen as the backing group for Roy Rogers and Monte Hall in several of their movies.

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johnnie & jack 183
May 13, 2017

May 13. Both halves of high-octane country harmony duo "Johnnie & Jack" had their birthdays on May 13th . That’s Johnnie Wright (May 13, 1914 - September 27, 2011) and Jack Anglin (May 13, 1916 – March 8, 1963). The Archive have compiled a 28 track selection of their distinctive bluegrassy recordings, including a superb When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again ...

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terry fell 191
May 13, 2017

13 May – birthday anniversary of American country musician and songwriter Terry Fell (May 13, 1921 April 4, 2007 ) , a.k.a. as the “Forgotten Father of Trucker Music” thanks to his authorship of the genre-spawning Truck Driving Man which he recorded in 1954. Played in various western swing and honky tonk bands in the early '40s before forming his own group Terry Fell and the Fellers. His recordings deserve to be better known and BACM have compiled two CDs …

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Bob wills
May 13, 2017

13 May. Remembering the King of Western Swing, Bob Wills, (March 6, 1905-13 May 1975).  For collectors, the Archive have released this compilation. a selection from the celebrated Tiffany radio transcriptions , including great takes of "Silver Dew On The Bluegrass Tonight" and "Don't Fence Me In".

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bobby gregory 351
May 12, 2017

12 May- remembering Bobby Gregory (April 24, 1900 - May 12, 1971) singer, bandleader and prolific songwriter whose career from the 20s through to the 40s spanned hillbilly/cowboy and sentimental pop.

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W-Lee-ODaniel-463
May 12, 2017

12th May – anniversary of W. Lee O'Daniel (March 11, 1890 – May 12, 1969) who was instrumental in the creation of several great and influential Western Swing bands; the first, the Light Crust Doughboys was led by Milton Brown and featured the great Bob Wills. In the late '30s the band split and and O'Daniel formed Pappy O'Daniel & His Hillbilly Boys.

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Bob Atcher-68
May 11, 2017

11th May – birthday of American country musician Bob Atcher (May 11, 1914 – October 31, 1993) one of the most popular country entertainers of the 1940s enjoying national radio stardom and a prolific recording career mainly on Okeh and Columbia. BACM have compiled two CDs of his recordings, mix of traditional country, folk, cowboy and comedy including several duets with partner Bonnie Blue Eyes and brother Randy Atcher.

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Carter Sisters 176
May 10, 2017

Birthday of "Mother" Maybelle Carter (May 10, 1909 – October 23, 1978), member of the  original Carter Family act, formed in 1927 and later (1949 to earl 1950s) recording with her daughters, June, Anita and Helen as Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters.

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Big-Slim-Aliff-515
May 9, 2017

9th May – birthday of Big Slim Aliff (9 May, 1899 – 13 Oct 1966), singing cowboy, rodeo performer and popular radio broadcaster in the 1930s, singing with just his guitar. Celebrated with BACM’s 23 track compilation, featuring his early recordings. A fascinating collection; it includes some early recordings of songs which went on to become country classics and has become one of BACM's most popular recent issues.

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Morris Brothers-220
May 9, 2017

9th May, birthday of Zeke Morris , country musician (mandolin and harmony vocals) of North Carolina close harmony duo The Morris Brothers. b. May 9, 1916 d. Aug 21, 1999. Superb 24 track compilation on BACM 220.

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Leon Huff 126
May 8, 2017

May 8th.  Remembering Leon Huff (November 3rd 1912 -  May 8th 1952), one of the great country vocalists of his generation who provided guitar accompaniment and superb lead vocals for several top Western Swing groups in the 1930s/early ‘40s including the Light Crust Doughboys and Bob Wills' Texas Playboys. Two Archive collections have been issued on CD, including several rare radio transcriptions ...

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Benny Martin 298
May 8, 2017

May 8th. Birthday of Benny Martin (May 8, 1928 - March 13, 2001), an American bluegrass fiddler, multi-instrumentalist and singer/ songwriter who invented the 8-string fiddle and who had a distinctive, (& quite revolutionary!)  style of playing.  He played with all the greats, Roy Acuff, Bill Monroe, Don Reno, Johnnie and Jack, The Stanley Brothers and Flatt & Scruggs. This compilation  from the Archive  gives a nice mix of vocals and instrumentals, featuring his fine fiddling across a variety of styles.

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Riely Puckett 115
May 7, 2017

May 7th. Birthday of pioneering, old timey, blind musician Riley Puckett (May 7, 1894 – July 13, 1946), well known for his founder membership of Gid Tanner’s Skillet Lickers but who also laid down some great tracks as a solo artist. He had a distinctive, sweet baritone voice well fitted for poignant songs; his distinctive guitar style has been widely imitated, influencing  modern bluegrass and flat picking. His 1924 recordings of Sleep Baby Sleep and Rock All Our Babies To Sleep were arguably the first ‘Yodeling Country’ recordings, predating Jimmie Rodgers' historic Bristol sessions by three years. So far, the Archive have released two fine collections …

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Roy Hall-442 -Try 2
May 7, 2017

7 May - birthday anniversary of Roy Hall (7 May 1922-2 March 1984), American singer, pianist, accordionist and bandleader who gets mentioned in some histories of Rock as a co-writer of Whole Lot Of Shakin' Going On which launched Jerry Lee Lewis into stardom - although Hall's authorship is disputed.

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441 Hank Rivers
May 7, 2017

May 7th. Remembering  legendary Canadian “Singing Soldier”  Hank LaRiviere (a.k.a. Hank Rivers) , January 23, 1917-May 7, 1996. Outstanding singer/yodeller and composer and radio/TV performer, with a distinctive voice and always clear diction. Check out the www.hankrivers.com website.  The Country Music Archive have compiled a 28 track album featuring several of his hits and own compositions as well as some familiar songs made popular by the likes of Jimmie Rodgers (Desert Blues & Everybody Does It In Hawaii), Wilf Carter (How My Yodeling Days began) and Gene Autry (Goodbye Mary Dear).

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Cliff Carlisle
May 6, 2017

May 6th. Birthday of Cliff Carlisle (May 6, 1903 – April 5, 1983), American country and blues singer/ yodeler and pioneer of the use of the Hawaiian steel guitar in country music. We have compiled this 20 track CD, a selection of his early 1930s recordings ...

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Al dexter 322
May 4, 2017

May 4th.  Birthday of Al Dexter (May 4, 1905 – January 28, 1984), country singer and songwriter, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame nominee. The first artist to use the term 'Honky Tonk' in a song (Honky Tonk Blues, 1936), but best known for his song "Pistol Packing Mama", a massive hit for Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters.  The Archive's CD compilation has 26 tracks from the 1930s/40s and includes the sequel to his "Pistol Packing Mama" smash.

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Patsy Montana Vol 2 - Radio 386
May 3, 2017

May 3rd. Anniversary of Patsy Montana (Ruby Rose Blevins) (October 30, 1908 - May 3, 1996), American country music singer/ songwriter and the first female country singer to chalk up a million sales single with her 1935  "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart". Patsy recorded this yodelling classic song many times over the years, including a 1985 duet with Rattlesnake Annie (surprisingly, this was Patsy's first time to record in Nashville). That duet appears on Rattlesnake's "Some Stories Never End" CD http://www.rattlesnakeannie.com/catalog.htm

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Girls Of The Golden West -458
May 3, 2017

3rd May - remembering Millie Good (April 11, 1913 – May 3, 1993) of country duo The Girls Of The Golden West, popular during the 1930s and 1940s singing old timey, cowboy and sentimental songs, accompanying themselves on guitar. As one of the few female country acts of their era they helped inspire the likes of Kitty Wells, Jean Shepard and Patsy Cline. BACM have compiled three CDs of their recordings.

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rusty draper-344
May 2, 2017

2nd May – birthday anniversary of Ozark Red (Ishmael Loveall, May 2, 1910 - April 16, 1983), outstanding old-timey and swing fiddler of the 1930s and 1940s, nowadays best remembered for his country recordings with fellow Missourian (vocalist and guitarist) Rusty Draper.

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Cal Shrum 169
May 1, 2017

1st May – anniversary of Western swing musician, vocalist and bandleader Walt Shrum (4th July, 1912 - 1st May 1, 1991), brother of Cal Shrum, both from Missouri and both associated with many of the top musicians of the developing Western Swing scene in the 30’s, including Deuce Spriggins and Spade Cooley. Walt is heard on several of the Colorado Hillbillies tracks on our first Cal Shrum CD, BACM 169

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Canadian Country Vol 4-504
May 1, 2017

1 May – birthday of Canadian country performer Guido D'Amico (‘The Italian Cowboy’ ), Feb 12, 1918 - May 1, 2008, who achieved some popularity through his daily radio broadcasts on CKRD, Alberta leading to becoming one of the first signings on Al Reusch’s Aragon Records label. Two of Guido’s early 1950s recordings are on our Canadian Country Vol 4 compilation disc.

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Dewey Groom 314
April 30, 2017

30 April– birthday of Dewey Groom ( Apr 30, 1918- Mar 31, 1997), country singer, band leader (including of Dewey Groom and his Texans) - as well as club owner (the famed Longhorn Ballroom) and record label owner. His early influences were Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Wills.

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Johnny Horton 87
April 30, 2017

April 30. Birthday of Johnny Horton (April 30, 1925 – November 5, 1960) talented country singer / songwriter who scored several “saga” crossover hits in 1959/60 including "When It's Springtime in Alaska (It's Forty Below)", "The Battle of New Orleans" and "North to Alaska".  Collectors may be interested in his earlier work, rare recordings from the early 1950s showcased on this Archive CD:

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Eddie Noack BACM 277
April 29, 2017

April 29th. Anniversary of Eddie Noack (April 29, 1930 - February 5, 1978),  American country singer and songwriter.  Trained as a journalist, his eye for detail and insights into human behaviour doubtless explain  some of his clever song lyrics. Bob Dylan a big fan.  Check out this compilation

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Chuck Wagon Gang-239
April 28, 2017

Remembering David “Dad” Carter (25 Sep 1889 to 28 April 1963), leader of The Carter Quartet, later known as The Chuck Wagon Gang. This  talented family quartet achieved  popularity first as a hillbilly/country group in the late 1930s and later as gospel music performers in the 1950s.

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Tommy Hill-293
April 27, 2017

27 April – birthday of the great Tommy Hill (April 27, 1929-March 31, 2002) brilliant fiddle player, guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and producer. Played fiddle or guitar on literally hundred of recordings including Jim Reeves, Ray Price and Webb Pierce (who took Hill's “Slowly” composition to No. 1 in 1954). Older Brother of Goldie Hill (see BACM CDs 107 and 301).

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Denver Darling Vol 3-246
April 27, 2017

27 April. Anniversary of the passing of Denver Darling (6 April, 1909 - 27 April 27, 1981) American country singer/songwriter who recorded prolifically between 1941 and 1947 - mainly Western, often straying towards a Western Swing sound, and his recordings often featuring top session musicians of the day. One of those talents of his era but nowadays largely forgotten, BACM have compiled four CDs of his recordings.

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Browns, The BACM 275
April 27, 2017

April 27th.  Birthday of Maxine Brown, of the  legendary  brother and two sisters trio, The Browns, recently inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame.  No other harmony group has ever come close. Worth looking up their 8 CD Bear Family collection "The Three Bells" as well as Maxine's autobiography (try Amazon). For a taster, BACM have compiled this 28 track collection including several of their great hits ...

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Jimmie skinner 184
April 27, 2017

April 27th.  Birthday anniversary of Jimmie Skinner (April 27, 1909–October 27, 1979), American country and bluegrass singer and guitarist.  This Archive CD will be enjoyed by those who enjoy a stripped down country sound, many of the tracks featuring Jimmie’s guitar along with fine electric mandolin player Ray Lunsford.

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Sons Of The Pioneers Vol 2-79
April 26, 2017

26 April - remembering Tim Spencer, American singer/ songwriter (July 13, 1908 - April 26, 1974) best known as co-founder (with Bob Nolan and Roy Rogers ) of the Sons of the Pioneers in 1933. His best known composition was Room Full Of Roses, recorded by the likes of Eddy Arnold, Jim Reeves and George Morgan.

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Chuck Wagon Gang-239
April 25, 2017

28th April -Remembering David “Dad” Carter (25 Sep 1889 to 28 April 1963), leader of The Carter Quartet, later known as The Chuck Wagon Gang. This  talented family quartet achieved  popularity first as a hillbilly/country group, somewhat similar to (but musically more polished than) the 'other' Carter Family, in the late 1930s; and later as gospel music performers in the 1950s.

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Sons Of The Pioneers Vol 1-78
April 25, 2017

25th April – birthday of Sons of the Pioneers guitarist, Karl Farr (Apr 25, 1909 - Sep 20, 1961) who began mastered mandolin at age seven, soon followed by banjo and finally the guitar. In 1935, joined brother Hugh Farr (fiddle) on The Sons Of The Pioneers, as lead guitarist. The Farr Brothers created instrumental magic on countless recordings with the Pioneers, with whom they remained for over 20 years. It was during one of their (Sons Of The Pioneers) shows in September 1961, that Karl broke a guitar string during a solo and, whilst changing it, collapsed and died of a heart attack.

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Harry McLintock 82
April 24, 2017

April 24th. Remembering Harry McClintock (October 8, 1882 - April 24, 1957), adventurer, railroader, political activist and country singer, best known for his recordings of  hobo classic songs "Big Rock Candy Mountain" and "Hallelujah I'm A Bum" both of which are featured on our BACM CD 82, HARRY McCLINTOCK The Great American Bum. Others of his classic recordings, on CD502.

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Bobby Gregory-351
April 24, 2017

24th April - birthday anniversary of Bobby Gregory (April 24, 1900 - May 12, 1971) singer, bandleader and prolific songwriter whose career from the 20s through to the 40s spanned hillbilly/cowboy and sentimental pop.

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Fred Kirby-179
April 22, 2017

April 22nd. Remembering Fred Kirby (Frederick Austin Kirby,  July 19, 1910 - April 22, 1996) powerful voiced North Carolinan country music singer/ song writer. His best known compositions were his two 'Anti Atom'  songs, Atomic Power" (1946) and "When That Hell Bomb Falls" (1950). The B.A.C.M. archive  have released a selection of his cowboy and western recordings from the 1930s

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carl Belew 335
April 21, 2017

April 21st, birthday of mellow voiced country singer and songwriter Carl Belew (April 21, 1931– October 31, 1990). His songs provided hits for the likes of Jim Reeves and Skeeter Davies and this Archive compilation, all of recordings made 1959/60, includes his much recorded compositions Lonely Street and Am I That Easy To Forget.

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Wade Mainer 454
April 21, 2017

21 April - birthday of legendary country singer and banjoist Wade Mainer (Wade Echard Mainer (April 21, 1907 - Sept 12, 2011). Grew up in a log cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains where he absorbed the traditional mountain music of the area and his two-finger banjo fingerpicking style, was a precursor to modern three-finger bluegrass styles. He is sometimes called The Grandfather Of Bluegrass and was an influence on the likes of Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers and Doc Watson. Member of his brother J.E.'s legendary band (J. E. Mainer's Mountaineers) and later his own band, the Sons Of The Mountaineers which included Clyde Moody on guitar.

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Ambrose Haley-292
April 17, 2017

17 April – birthday of Ambrose Haley (17 April 1898-1977), versatile and hard to categorise American musician/ song stylist who was as much at home with Western Swing, country and jazz tinged vaudeville pop … one of a kind.

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Hank Penny-437
April 17, 2017

April 17 – remembering Hank Penny (Sep 18, 1918 – Apr 17, 1992), Western Swing bandleader, vocalist and banjo player. A lifelong fan of jazz whose bands over the decades (late 30s through to the 70s) featured many of the top musicians of the day

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Tim McNamara -278
April 16, 2017

16 April- remembering the great Australian country balladeer and yodeler Tim McNamara (Oct 10th 1922 - Apr 16th 1983). Performed from the 1930s to the 1980s, cut his first records in 1950 and went on to become a popular and influential country music radio presenter, helping boost the early careers of the likes of Slim Dusty and Reg Lindsay. Appeared on the WSM Grand Ole Opry in 1959 during a US tour.

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Rusty and Red-344
April 16, 2017

16 April – remembering Ozark Red (Ishmael Loveall, May 2, 1910 - April 16, 1983), outstanding old-timey and swing fiddler of the 1930s and 1940s, nowadays best remembered for his country recordings with fellow Missourian (vocalist and guitarist) Rusty Draper.

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Rose Maddox 189
April 15, 2017

April 15th, anniversary of the passing of Rose Maddox (Roselea Arbana "Rose" Maddox, Aug 15 1925 – Apr 15, 1998), influential country singer and fiddle player and lead singer with “The Maddox Brothers and Rose”, credited by Dolly Parton as a major early influence. Our BACM compilation includes a mix of solo and group tracks; superb distinctive interpretations of classic country songs

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Luke Gordon-393-revised
April 15, 2017

15th April – birthday of  talented country singer/ songwriter Luke Gordon (Ruffice Gordon Brown , Apr 15, 1932 -Sep 14, 2010), nowadays undeservedly overlooked in country histories  ;  his best known song “Dark Hollow” made the charts and became his signature tune.

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Loretta Lynn-513
April 14, 2017

14 April – birthday of “America’s Sweetheart” Loretta Lynn (b.  April 14, 1932) whose performing career stretched across six decades. Her first recordings (1960) were with the Canadian Zero label before signing with Decca label two years, beginning a long association with the Wilburn Brothers. A gifted songwriter, many of her compositions controversial for her era, she chalked up over 70 hits including classic duets with Conway Twitty and Ernest Tubb. A one off talent, they don’t make stars like Loretta Lynn any more!

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Bonnie Sloan-321
April 14, 2017

14th April – birthday of American C&W songstress Bonnie Sloan, whose 50s/early 60s recordings are deservedly given another exposure thanks to this BACM CD

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Sons Of The Pioneeers -78
April 13, 2017

13th April- birthday of the legendary Bob Nolan (Apr 13, 1908-Jun 16, 1980), Canadian-born American songwriter, singer, actor. And (1934, with Roy Rogers and Tim Spence), founding member of the Sons of the Pioneers. Many of his songs have become classics of the Western genre including Cool Water, Tumbling Tumbleweeds, Way Out There, There's a Roundup in the Sky and One More Ride. The Archive (BACM) have so far released two CD compilations ...

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Wade Ray-209
April 13, 2017

13 April – birthday of Country fiddler Wade Ray (Lyman Wade Ray, April 13, 1913 - Nov 11, 1998), who performed and recorded with many great C&W and Western Swing performers across a long career but recorded remarkably few tracks under his own name. A child prodigy and vaudeville performer (as the World's Youngest Violin Player!), by the early 1930s he was playing jazzy fiddle and doing vocals with a Western swing group. Post war he was a mainstay with Patsy Montana's group the Prairie Ramblers, also recording with the Ozark Mountain Boys. In the late '40s he became a regular on The Rex Allen Show and later did regular spots with the Roy Rogers and Ernest Tubb shows. Having signed with RCA in 1951, he released 23 singles and a couple of solo albums, nowadays rare collector items. An exceptional talent, celebrated in BACM's CD 209, featuring Ray's vocals and fine fiddle playing.

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Jimmie Revard-100
April 12, 2017

12th April – anniversary of Jimmie Revard (Nov 26, 1909 -  April 12, 1991), Western Swing bandleader, vocalist and musician whose band featured some of the genre’s most legendary performers of the day.

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Eddie Miller-219
April 11, 2017

11th April - anniversary of American country bandleader, singer and songwriter Eddie Miller (Edward Monroe Miller, Dec 10, 1919 - Apr 11, 1977), best known as writer of  Release Me. His  group EDDIE MILLER & HIS OKLAHOMANS featured many top musicians performing  Western Swing, honky tonk and risqué material.

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Girls of the golden west-74
April 11, 2017

11th April - remembering Millie Good (April 11, 1913 - May 3, 1993) of country duo The Girls Of The Golden West, popular during the 1930s and 1940s singing old timey, cowboy and sentimental songs, accompanying themselves on guitar. As one of the few female country acts of their era they helped inspire the likes of Kitty Wells, Jean Shepard and Patsy Cline.

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Fiddlin Arthur Smith 215
April 10, 2017

10 April - anniversary of legendary fiddle player Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith (April 10, 1898 – February 28, 1971).  First appeared on the Opry in the 1920s and over the next decades performed or recorded with a wide range of top artistes.

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Sheb Wooley-CD90
April 10, 2017

April 10th, birthday of Sheb Wooley (April 10, 1921 - September 16, 2003) - actor ("High Noon", "Rawhide"), songwriter and singer,  who had a smash pop hit in 1958 with "The Purple People Eater" but who also had a string of hits in Country  (under his own name  Sheb Wooley) and in Comedy  (as "Ben Colder").  As a historical footnote, his wife's cousin was Roger Miller to whom Wooley taught his first guitar chords! The Archive have released one CD of his recordings, a nice mix of Country and Comedy numbers …

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Johnny hicks
April 9, 2017

9 April – anniversary of Johnny Hicks (19 May 1918 to 9 April 1997), U.S. country singer and DJ, Columbia recording artiste . After WWII army service Hicks became a popular and influential DJ/compere with the Lone Star Jamboree in Dallas – later christened the Big D Jamboree which played an important role in the popularity of Texas Rockabilly in the mid '50s. His compositions included Nuevo Laredo,which was recorded by Hank Snow.

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Jimmie osborne Vol 1
April 8, 2017

8 April – Birthday of Jimmie Osborne (8 April 8, 1923-Dec 26, 1957), American Country singer/ songwriter who liked to brand himself as The Kentucky Folk Singer. Many of his compositions were about topical events or story songs, some of a patriotic nature but he could also do fine sombre and sentimental country-weeper ballads.

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Clyde moody-Vol 1 Six White Horses
April 7, 2017

7th April - remembering singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Clyde Moody (Sep 19, 1915 - Apr 7, 1989), one of the founders of Bluegrass music. He contributed vocals and mandolin on the first recordings of Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys in October 1940 a session which included the classic Six White Horses featuring Moody's bluegrassy mandolin playing. His 50 year performing  career continued through to 1989 and covered all genres of country music and included one million-seller, Shenandoah Waltz, in 1947.

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Vernon dalhart-BACM
April 6, 2017

April 6th, birthday of Vernon Dalhart (April 6, 1883 – September 14, 1948), prolific country music singer and songwriter who in 1924 had the first country music million seller (“The wreck of the Ole ‘97”/”The Prisoner’s Song”). Curiously he had started out as a classical singer, making over 400 operatic recordings between 1916 and 1923. The Archive have released one CD compilation of rare Dalhart country tracks, several of them ‘Story songs’ written about current events …

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Henry Whitter-348-small
April 6, 2017

6th April – birthday of influential old timey singer, guitarist, harmonica player Henry Whitter (April 6, 1892 - Nov 17, 1941) whose first Okeh Records recordings were cut in 1923, making him one of the first country artistes to record.  Four years later he recorded for Victor Records at the famous Bristol Sessions. Also in 1927, Whitter began his musical partnership with the blind fiddler G. B. Grayson (1887-1930) recording as Grayson & Whitter.

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denver darling-026
April 6, 2017

6 April. Birthday of Denver Darling (6 April, 1909 - 27 April 27, 1981) American country singer/songwriter who recorded prolifically between 1941 and 1947 - mainly Western, often straying towards a Western Swing sound, and his recordings often featured top session musicians of the day. Composition-wise, his most famous was the widely recorded Address Unknown, a co-write with Vaughn Horton and Gene Autry.

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Cliff Carlisle
April 5, 2017

Remembering Cliff Carlisle (May 6, 1903 – April 5, 1983), American country and blues singer/ yodeler and pioneer of the use of the Hawaiian steel guitar in country music.  From the Archive vaults,  we have compiled this 20 track CD from his early 1930s recordings …

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Bill Clifton - CD 418
April 5, 2017

April 5th, birthday congratulations to bluegrass legend Bill Clifton (born William Marburg on April 5, 1931). His long recording career is superbly showcased in the Bear Family 8 CD collection “BILL CLIFTON - Around The World To Poor Valley” (available on Amazon or direct from Bear Family) – which features just about every bluegrass and old timey song worth hearing, 358 tracks, with Clifton’s tuneful and relaxed singing style and superb musicianship. Recommended. Collectors may also be interested in or BACM CD 418, a live album recorded in New Zealand in 1970, with Clifton enjoying himself and at his best, with mainly familiar songs from the likes of the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Ernest Tubb and Carson Robison. Superb “feel good” entertainment …

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Red Sovine 207
April 4, 2017

April 4th, anniversary of passing of Red Sovine (July 17, 1918 – April 4, 1980), country singer most famous for his truck driving songs and narrations including his 1976 “Teddy Bear” hit. He was also a first rate honky tonk performer, as evidenced in this Archive compilation …

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Terry Feller & leodie Jackson 333
April 4, 2017

4 April- anniversary of Terry Fell (13 May 1921- 4 April, 2007), American country singer/songwriter, best known for his 1955 country hit Truck Driving Man which spawned a new subgenre of country music. Some of his early recordings feature a young guitar player Buck Owens whom Fell briefly managed. The Archive have compiled two CDs of his recordings, one featuring several early (1940s) recordings with Western Swing steeler Leodie Jackson.

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Don Gibson 134
April 3, 2017

April 3rd –  birthday of Don Gibson (April 3, 1928 – November 17, 2003), country musician and composer of many  country classics including "I Can't Stop Loving You", “O lonesome me” and "Sweet Dreams".  Collectors may be interested in this CD of his work from the late '40s to early ‘50s before he hit the big-time with  “O lonesome me” in 1957

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Arthur Guitar Boogie Smith-341
April 3, 2017

April 3rd. Anniversary of the passing of ace guitarist Arthur Smith (April 1, 1921 – April 3, 2014), composer of ‘Guitar Boogie’ and ‘Duelin’ Banjos’. Try this CD from the Archive - a mix of instrumentals and vocals. Includes the historic 1955 cut of Duelin Banjos (as “Feudin’ Banjos”) - Smith on four-string plectrum banjo, Don Reno on five-string bluegrass banjo.

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Arthur Guitar Boogie Smith 341
April 1, 2017

April 1st.  Birthday of Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith, (April 1, 1921 – April 3, 2014), trail-blazing guitarist and banjoist who wrote and recorded 'Guitar Boogie' and 'Duelin’ Banjos', the latter heard in the acclaimed movie 'Deliverance. For an excellent sampling of his music, try this CD from the Archive - a mix of instrumentals and vocals. Includes the 1955 cut of his composition “Feudin’ Banjos” (with Don Reno)

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Merle Travis & Tex Ann - 286
April 1, 2017

1st April – birthday of country music singer Tex Ann (April 1, 1922 - Nov 20, 1998) who sang with The Girls of the Golden West, Ray Whitley, Buck Nation and Merle Travis. She had a songwriting credit on Merle Travis' hit Muskrat, later recorded by the likes of Doc Watson and the Everly Brothers. BACM have released a CD of Tex Ann's duets with then husband Merle Travis.

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Pell-Brothers-435
April 1, 2017

1 April – birthday of Hank Pell (April 1, 1936) of The Pell Brothers, talented country/bluegrass close harmony group from New York, popular on the North East country club scene in the late '50s and early '60s.

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Jimmie-Logsdon-CD-416
April 1, 2017

1st April – birthday of Jimmie Logsdon (April 1, 1922-Oct 7, 2001), American country and rockabilly musician and songwriter.

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Tommy Hill-293
March 31, 2017

March 31 –anniversary of Tommy Hill (Apr 27, 1929- Mar 31, 2002) – who achieved great success as a producer (acts like Red Sovine and Cowboy Copas) and songwriter (hits included I Let The Stars Get In My Eyes which was a hit for his sister Goldie Hill, Teddy Bear by Red Sovine and Alabam by Cowboy Copas) – but who was also a fine musician, a brilliant fiddler who early in his career played with the likes of Red River Dave and Big Bill Lister.

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Dewey Groom 314
March 31, 2017

31 March – Remembering both Dewey Groom and Howdy Forrester.   DEWEY GROOM ( Apr 30, 1918- Mar 31, 1997), country singer, band leader (including of Dewey Groom and his Texans) - as well as club owner (the famed Longhorn Ballroom) and record label owner. His early influences were Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Wills.   HOWDY FORRESTER (Mar 31, 1922 – Aug  1, 1987), American bluegrass/Texas-style fiddler who played with many great acts including Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys, Herald Goodman’s Tennessee Valley Boys (see B.A.C.M. 261, SOUTHEASTERN SWING BANDS),  various Dewey Groom  groups and Flatt & Scruggs (1950) and Roy Acuff and His Smoky Mountain Boys (from 1951).

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Tommy Jackson 294
March 31, 2017

March 31st. Birthday of Tommy Jackson ( March 31, 1926 - December 9, 1979), virtuoso fiddle player who played and recorded with just about every country star of his era including Hank Williams (eg: on ‘I saw the light’ and ‘Lovesick Blues), Ray Price, Grandpa Jones, Cowboy Copas, and Hawkshaw Hawkins as well as finding time to cut 11 albums himself. He influenced a whole generation of top fiddle players but sadly is today largely forgotten. The Archive have compiled a CD of 26 of Jackson’s great DOT recordings … upbeat, feel good, foot stompin’ – fiddle, guitar, mandolin, all the classic tunes – recommended for hot line-dancing!

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Carter Sisters 176
March 31, 2017

31 March – birthday anniversary of sweet-voiced songstress Anita Carter (31 Mar 1933-29 July 1999), youngest of The Carter Sisters (Helen, June and Anita), daughters of Maybelle Carter of the legendary Virginian folk and old timey trio, The Carter Family. Anita joined the Grand Old Opry with sisters Helen and June in 1950 as The Carter Sisters, and over the years recorded prolifically, both as a solo artist and with her sisters, sometimes accompanied by Mother Maybelle. Anita was a talented distinctive vocalist and multi instrumentalist, mainly playing bass. BACM have issued a CD, CARTER SISTERS & MOTHER MAYBELLE The Complete Original Recordings 1949-1952, which includes superb versions of several Carter Family classics including Wildwood Flower.

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Skeets McDonald Vol 2. CD228
March 31, 2017

31 March, anniversary of the passing of country, honky tonk and rockabilly musician Skeets McDonald (October 1, 1915–March 31, 1968). Best known for his big "Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes", he had several early Billboard country hits in the early ‘50s, easily transitioning to rockabilly. Showcased in two Archive CDs; Vol 2 has two tracks with a young Eddie Cochran on guitar ("You Oughta See Grandma Rock" and "Heart Breaking Mama").

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Pals Of The Golden West-339
March 31, 2017

31 March – birthday of actress and country singer/yodeller Nora Lou Martin (31 Mar 1921- 30 Jan 2014) whose singing career began with the superb Pacific Northwest Western harmony group The Pals Of The Golden West.

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Texas Ruby and Curly Fox-303
March 29, 2017

March 29th – remembering Texas Ruby (Ruby Agnes Owens,  June 4, 1908-March 29, 1963), husky, sultry voiced country music singer. From a musical family (Tex Owens of Cattle Call fame was one of her brothers) she is nowadays best known as part of the Texas Ruby & Curly Fox duo with husband, fiddler Curly Fox but had earlier achieved some solo success as "radio's original cowgirl".

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Moon Mullican
March 29, 2017

March 29th, birthday of the great honky tonk pianist Moon Mulligan (March 29, 1909 – January 1, 1967) and big influence on Jerry Lee Lewis. Mulligan's early influences were 1930s blues and country/blues artists such as Blind Lemon Jefferson, Bessie Smith and  Jimmie Rodgers. For a nice cross section of his work, mix of country ballads, upbeat boogies and classic songs, try this compilation from the Archive:

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Monte Hale 70
March 29, 2017

March 29th- anniversary of Monte Hale (Buren Ely, June 8, 1919 - Mar 29, 2009), American Western film star and country musician.

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rusty draper-344
March 28, 2017

Mar 28th- anniversary of Rusty Draper (Farrell H. Draper, Jan 25, 1923 - March 28, 2003) American country singer and guitarist and Mercury and Monument recording artist who scored several country and pop hits in the 1950s. Inducted into  the Western Swing Society Hall of Fame in 2002.

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Eddie Shuler-521
March 27, 2017

27 March – birth anniversary of country and cajun musician, bandleader and record label owner Eddie Shuler (27 Mar 1913 – 23 July 2005); best known as founder of the influential Goldband label but his long career including early stints in various cajun bands through to being a successful country, pop and crossover producer in the 1950s and 1960s. BACM’s CD 521 showcases 24 fine recordings from Eddie and his All Star Revellers band, mainly in the cajun style.

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Hal-Lone-Pine-477
March 26, 2017

26 March. Anniversary of country artist Hal Lone Pine (Harold John Breau,  5 June 1916-26 March 1977) who recorded both solo and with sometime  wife Betty Cody. Sometimes cited as 'Canadian Country' although born in Maine, USA, much of his performing career was spent in Canada and the North East US. His prolific recording career included some hits (eg: 'Tom Tom Yodel' was a Canadian hit and 'I Found Out More Than You Ever Knew' reached number 10 in the US country chart) and he is also remembered for composing two popular and widely recorded Canadian country songs 'When It's Apple Blossom Time In Annapolis Valley' and 'Prince Edward Island Is Heaven To Me'. (ps: And for being the father of guitar maestro Lenny Breau who developed a unique style, blending jazz, flamenco and classical and also left his imprint on many country recordings as a session musician).

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Stu Davis 237
March 25, 2017

25 March – remembering Canadian “Cowboy Troubador” Stu Davis (July 1, 1921- March 25, 2007), member of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.

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The Jones Boys
March 25, 2017

March 25th – birthday of Neal Jones (b. 25 March 1922), excellent guitarist and singer and , later, DJ and TV show host. Signed to Columbia in 1954 where he recorded several light hearted songs and heartfelt ballads. (We showcase 14 of his recordings on our Jones Boys CD along with 12 tracks by (unrelated) fellow Columbia artiste Oakie Jones).

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Carson robison2
March 24, 2017

March 24, anniversary of the passing of influential country music singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, Carson Robison (August 4, 1890 - March 24, 1957) . Backed Vernon Dalhart on the first country music million seller, "Wreck of the Old '97" b/w "The Prisoner's Song" in 1924. Prolific recording artist who played a major role popularising country music to new audiences not only in the US but elsewhere including Australia and the UK, where in the early 1930s his group performed for the Royal Family including the future Queen Elizabeth. The Archive have so far compiled five CDs of his work, from early recordings in the mid 1920’s through to the early 1950s.

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Cindy Walker 159
March 23, 2017

March 23rd - anniversary of the passing of the great Cindy Walker (July 20, 1918 – March 23, 2006), prolific  country songwriter, as well as an accomplished singer with a smokey laid back crooner style.

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Bob Atcher - Hunters of K-68
March 23, 2017

23 March – anniversary of “Bonnie Blue Eyes”, who performed /recorded many duets with Bob Atcher between 1939 and 1942 including the first No. 1 of Jimmie Davis' "You Are My Sunshine". She was briefly married to Atcher. Bonnie Blue Eyes (Loeta Applegate Piergue, 28 May 1915 - 23 Mar 1995). Several of these duets appear on both of BACM's Bob Atcher collections, Hunters Of Kentucky (BACM CD 68) and BOB ATCHER Vol. 2 (BACM CD 365).

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Wilma Lee and Stoney 154
March 22, 2017

22 March – remembering Stoney Cooper (Dale Troy Cooper, Oct 16, 1918–Mar 22, 1977), American country musician (fiddle and guitar) from West Virginia. In 1939 he married Wilma Lee Leary and they became the old timey/ bluegrass duo Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper, one of the biggest country music acts of the 1940s through the 1960s.

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Cecil Campbell-467
March 22, 2017

March 22nd. Birthday of pioneering flat top steel guitarist Cecil Campbell (March 22nd 1911-June 18th, 1989) who played an important role in establishing steel guitar as a key element of country music; also a pioneer of fusing "Hillbilly" and "Hawaaian" into a new  'Hawaiian Country' genre

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Hoyle Nix 451 (3)
March 22, 2017

March 22nd- birthday of Hoyle Nix (Mar 22, 1918- Aug 21, 1985), West Texas fiddler and bandleader,  whose West Texas Cowboys (formed 1946) were modelled on Bob Will’s Texas Playboys, several of whose musicians later joined Nix’s group.

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eddie-kirk
March 21, 2017

21 March – birthday of American country singer/yodeller Eddie Kirk (Edward Merle Kirk, b, 21 March 1919). Crowned National Yodelling Champion in the 1930s he made his recording debut in 1947 and scored country Top 10 hits with “The Gods Were Angry With Me” and “Candy Kisses”.

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Smoky Dawson-229
March 19, 2017

19 March - birthday of  celebrated Aussie country singer, yodeller, guitarist and all round entertainer, showman  Smoky Dawson MBE (19 March 1913 - 13 February 2008).  The Archive have compiled a CD of his  recordings between 1941 and 1953, most featuring his excellent and distinctive yodelling skills.

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Uckfield FM
March 19, 2017

Tonight - for three hours of good country, join Uckfield FM (105 FM locally or on the internet at www.uckfieldfm.co.uk) for “Paul Hazell’s World Of Country” – always a good listen. Paul tells us tonight’s will be “3 hour of varied and unpredictable country music showcasing the wide variety of styles of country performed by artistes around the world from down through the decades. The show tonight will include lots of great music – old and new – including bluegrass from The Roys, a modern day western song with a western swing feel by western singer songwriter Dennis Jay, an early track by country elder statesman Bill Anderson, a track from the new Rex Allen Jnr album, plus tracks from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe. There’s trucking songs, love songs, gospel songs and a yodel or two!!” So that is 9pm-midnight UK time (GMT) – Sunday afternoon in USA and Canada and early Monday morning in Australia and New Zealand. Easy shortcut:  just click on the green [Find an Archive CD by this artist] button to tune into the station. http://www.uckfieldfm.co.uk/radioplayer/console/

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Fiddlin-Sid-Revised
March 19, 2017

19 March - remembering  Fiddlin’ Sid Harkreader (Sidney Harkreader, Feb 26, 1898- Mar 19, 1988) , American Old-time fiddle player , vocalist and string band leader. Born in Tennessee, he was an early member of the Grand Ole Opry, both accompanying legendary banjoist Uncle Dave Macon and performing with his own band. Recorded for Vocalion and Paramount and continued to guest on the Opry through the ’50s and ’60s.

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Country Ladies Vol 1-366
March 18, 2017

18th March – birthday greetings to Margie Bowes (born March 18, 1941),  distinctive voiced American country singer popular in the late 1950s who had a top 10 country hit "Poor Old Heartsick Me" which became her signature tune. Made her Grand Ole Opry debut in 1958  and was briefly married to Doyle Wilburn of the Wilburn Brothers.

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Smiley Burnette 80
March 18, 2017

March 18th. Birthday of Smiley Burnette, (March 18, 1911 – February 16, 1967). Movie sidekick to Gene Autry and other B-movie cowboys but also prolific singer-songwriter -instrumentalist proficient on dozens of instruments (several of them simultaneously). His talents showcased on this BACM release, mostly good fun and humour.

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Evan Kemp 347
March 17, 2017

17 March – anniversary of Canadian singer songwriter/guitarist and fine yodeler, Evan Kemp (22 Jan 1928-17 Mar 2007).

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Andy parker-CD 036
March 17, 2017

17 March. Birthday of Andy Parker (17 March 1913-1977), songwriter and leader of the  Andy Parker & The Plainmen Western harmony group

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Sons Of The Pioneers Vol 1-78
March 17, 2017

17th March – anniversary of  fiddle virtuoso Hugh Farr (6 Dec 1903 - 17 Mar 1980) who contributed jazzy fiddle and bass vocals to the legendary Western harmony group, the Sons Of The Pioneers. Hugh and brother Karl (guitar) joined Bob Nolan, Len Slye  (‘Roy Rogers’) and Tim Spencer in 1934, just before the group became The Sons Of The Pioneers, Hugh remaining with them till the late 50s. The great classical conductor Leopold Stokowski once cited Farr as one of the two greatest natural violinists of the 20th Century (the other, the legendary classical virtuoso Fritz Kreisler).  Some great examples of Hugh's fine and inventive fiddle playing on BACM's two collections of  Sons  Of The Pioneers  transcription recordings cut in the early ‘40s, across a wide range of moods and styles.

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Ferlin Husky 121
March 17, 2017

March 17th. Remembering Ferlin Husky (December 3, 1925 - March 17, 2011), versatile  country singer who had more than twenty Top 20 hits in the Billboard country charts between 1953 . The Archive have compiled two CDs, this one featuring his Early Capitol recordings:

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bill-carlisle-Correct
March 17, 2017

March 17th -  anniversary of the passing of Bill Carlisle (December 19, 1908–March 17, 2003), influential American country singer/songwriter and guitarist popular in the late 1940s and 1950s. Left an extensive legacy of recordings some by himself and some as a duo with brother Cliff (the steel guitar ace who recorded with Jimmie Rodgers in 1931). One Archive compilation of early Bill Carlisle tracks …

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shug fisher
March 16, 2017

16 March - remembering Shug Fisher (Sept 26, 1907–March 16, 1984), actor, Western singer/ songwriter/ musician (guitar/ mandolin/ fiddle) and comedian. Over a 50 year show biz career, Fisher appeared in many Western films and TV shows, including Bonanza, Gunsmoke and The Beverly Hillbillies. Featured on several BACM CDs including (with string band pioneer Hugh Cross) on Hugh and Shug’s Radio Pals BACM 304 as well as on some of our Sons Of The Pioneers collections.

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Mac & Bob 2 - 116
March 16, 2017

16 March - birthday of Robert Gardner, (16 Mar 1897 - 30 Sep 1978), 'Bob' of superb country close harmony, guitar & mandolin, duo Mac & Bob. They made some 200 recordings, from 1926 onwards, selling around 1,000,000 copies in total -  mix of old timey folk, hillbilly, gospel and blues. Both musicians were blind.

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Buddy Starcher 311
March 16, 2017

16 March. Birthday of Buddy Starcher (16 Mar 1906-5 Nov 2001), talented country singer/  songwriter  whose writing credits included the SlimWhitman hit Song Of The Waterwheel.

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CarlSmith
March 15, 2017

March 15th, birthday of Carl Smith,  (March 15, 1927 – January 16, 2010) one time husband of June Carter and Carlene Carter's father. Prolific ‘50s country hitmaker with 30 Top Ten Billboard hits. For a good cross section, which includes his very first single (Guilty Conscience/Washing My Dreams In Tears) and several of the hits including his best known "If Teardrops Were Pennies", check out  our BACM collection:

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Hardrock 305
March 15, 2017

15 March. Remembering "Hardrock" Gunter, (27 February 1925 – 15 March 2013). He is nowadays largely unremembered but one of his tracks has a good claim to being the world's first Rock 'n Roll record! A talented singer, guitarist and songwriter, in 1950 he issued the  high energy boogie song 'Birmingham Bounce' whose lyrics include 'everybody starts rockin and shufflin' their feet/ when the drums start a layin' that solid beat'.  Shortly after , Gunter issued "Gonna dance all night" which includes the lines "Gonna Rock & Roll, Gonna Dance All Night". Both songs predated by a year, Ike Turner's band's "Rocket 88" later popularized by Bill Haley.  However despite his forays into early Rockabilly/Rock, Gunter's musical roots were in country music having been especially influenced in the 30s and '40s by "Texas Drifter" Goebel Reeves and pioneering "Western Swing" musician  Hank Penny. The Archive have released a CD of Gunter's work, across  mix of styles. (ps: on many of Gunter's recordings, fiddle was by Buddy Durham, whose anniversary was cited here yesterday (March 14th)).

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buddy durham-383
March 14, 2017

March 14th- remembering American ace fiddler,Buddy Durham, died March 14th 2005.

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Tommy Collins 165
March 14, 2017

March 14th. Anniversary of the passing of  Tommy Collins (Leonard Raymond Sipes, Sep 28, 1930 – Mar 14, 2000) country singer / songwriter and one of the creators of The Bakersfield Sound (California based, stripped down honky-tonk sound, which emerged largely as a reaction to the 'Strings & heavenly  choirs'  coming out of Nashville).  For a good cross section of his work, try this compilation …

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Tex Fletcher -241
March 14, 2017

March 14th- anniversary of American singing cowboy yodeler, Tex Fletcher (Geremino Bisceglia, Jan 17, 1910 - Mar14, 1987).

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Jan Howard -revised small-409
March 13, 2017

Anniversary (13th March) of the birthday of fine country singer and songwriter Jan Howard.  Twice nominated for a  Grammy, she had several country hits in the '60s and 70s, many written by then husband Harlan Howard; also recorded several duets with Bill Andersen. She is still performing today and in fine voice. This compilation features 26 songs recorded in her early career (1959-62),including the classic  'Pick me up on your way down'.

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Benny Martin 298
March 13, 2017

March 13th. Remembering Benny Martin (May 8, 1928 - March 13, 2001), an American bluegrass fiddler, multi-instrumentalist and singer/ songwriter who invented the 8-string fiddle and who had a distinctive, quite revolutionary  style of playing.  He played with all the greats, Roy Acuff, Bill Monroe, Don Reno, Johnnie and Jack, The Stanley Brothers and Flatt & Scruggs. This compilation  from the Archive  gives a nice mix of vocals and instrumentals, featuring his fine fiddling across a variety of styles.

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Earl Heywood 212
March 12, 2017

12 March - birthday of Earl Heywood (12 Mar 1917- 17 Sep 2006), Canadian Country singer-songwriter, guitarist and radio/TV broadcaster known as 'Canada's No. 1 Cowboy Singer'. His recording career began in 1949 (RCA) and with his Serenade Ranch Gang scored hits with hits 'Alberta Waltz' and 'Tears of St Anne, just two over 300 songs he composed. His recordings achieved popularity in Australia as well as Canada.

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Cal Shrum 169
March 12, 2017

March 12th – Remembering Cal Schrum ( 1910 - March 12, 1996), singer and band leader who,with brother Walt Shrum (vocalist/guitarist) was one of  the celebrated Shrum Brothers. Both were associated with many of the finest Western/Western Swing musicians of their era through their various group line ups .

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Jim Boyd 369
March 11, 2017

March 11th. Remembering Jim Boyd, (Sept 28, 1914-Mar 11, 1993), versatile singer and multi instrumentalist (guitarist/bass/ mandolin/banjo) who played an important role in the early development of Western Swing in the early ‘40s.   He went on to enjoy a long career, featuring in several  ace bands over the years including (brother) Bill Boyd’s the Cowboy Ramblers. W. Lee O’Daniel’s Hillbilly Boys  and the legendary Light Crust Doughboys.  

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W Lee O'Daniel-463
March 11, 2017

March 11th. Birthday of  W. Lee "Pappy" O'Daniel (Mar 11, 1890 - May 11, 1969), founder (c. 1931) of one of the Light Crust Doughboys, one of  the earliest and best Western Swing bands, which over the years featured such luminaries as Milton Brown, Bob Wills, Leon McAuliffe and, later, Smokey Montgomery.  Later founded other excellent Western Swing groups, notably  Pappy O'Daniel & His Hillbilly Boys. The Archive have compiled two compilations of Light Crust Doughboys recordings as well as a collection of the Hillbilly Boys recordings.

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Neil Burris 471
March 11, 2017

11th March – birthday of country singer/songwriter and guitarist Neal Burris (11th March 1929-17 Jan 1994).  A talented musician with a pleasant country tenor, he became known as “The Shuffling Cowboy” from the way he shuffled his feet whilst performing (this was way before Chuck Berry!). He recorded for several labels including King, Columbia and Red Barn.  Had a second career as a respected jazz musician mainly playing upright bass.

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Homer & Jethro 3 227
March 10, 2017

10th March. Birthday of  Kenneth C. Burns, ace mandolin player and (as "Jethro"), one half of celebrated comedy duo '"Homer & Jethro" . Four compilations of their work are available from the Archive:

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Ozie Waters 210
March 10, 2017

10th March - remembering Ozie Waters  (Dec 8, 1903 - Mar 10, 1979) one of the popular “Singing Cowboy” movie stars of the 1940s  and a fine singer/guitarist who recorded  accompanied by some of the top Western groups of the era including  (Walt Shrum’s) Colorado Hillbillies and (Andy Parker’s) The Plainsmen.   The Archive have compiled two CDs of his recordings, mix of studio recordings and transcriptions for radio. The latter include some tracks of Ozie singing solo with just his guitar.

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Stuart Hamblen - early songs 226
March 8, 2017

March 8th. Remembering country singer/songwriter Stuart Hamblen (October 20, 1908–March 8, 1989). Composer of This Ole House (hit for Rosemary Clooney in '50s and Shakin Stevens, a No. 1 hit in 1981) and "It is no secret (what God can do).  Hamblen's recording career goes back to the early 30's,  as a Jimmie Rodgers' styled singer/yodeler. The Archive have compiled two CDs of his work, this one focused on his early recordings ...

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johnnie & jack 183
March 8, 2017

March 8th. Remembering Jack Anglin (May 13, 1916 – March 8, 1963), one half of high-octane country harmony duo "Johnnie & Jack" ; the Archive have compiled a 28 track selection of their work

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pee wee king BACM 143
March 7, 2017

March 7th, remembering Pee Wee King (February 18, 1914 – March 7, 2000), influential bandleader, famed for his waltzes and polkas and as co writer of country classics Tennessee Waltz, Slow Poke and You Belong To Me. The Archive have compiled a 24 track CD, nice mix of well known (“Kentucky Waltz”, “Bimbo”) and less well known songs, most of them up-beat, great for line dance steppin’:

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Bob wills
March 6, 2017

6 March. Birthday of King of Western Swing, Bob Wills, (March 6, 1905-13 May 1975).  For collectors, the Archive have released a CD of rare radio transcriptions which includes great takes of "Silver Dew On The Bluegrass Tonight" and "Don't Fence Me In".

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Cowboy Copas 137
March 5, 2017

March 5th 1963. Remembering "Cowboy Copas" (Lloyd Estel Copas)  (July 15, 1913-March 5, 1963). Had his big break in 1943, replacing Eddie Arnold as lead vocalist in the Pee Wee King band, and became a regular on the Grand Ole Opry. The Archive have so far issued three CDs with a total of around 80 songs, pure country/ honky tonk featuring this fine singer, guitarist and  songwriter.

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Jesse Rodgers-284
March 5, 2017

5th March- birthday of Jesse Rodgers (5th March 1911-December 4, 1973), country singer and cousin of the legendary Jimmie Rodgers. His early recordings (mid '30s) were were stylistically close to Jimmie's but through the '40's and '50s he reinvented himself as a ‘Western’ entertainer, becoming a popular cowboy radio singer and children’s television host.

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Hawkshaw Hawkins -Heavenly Rd 118
March 5, 2017

March 5th. Anniversary of Hawkshaw Hawkins (December 22, 1921 - March 5, 1963); rich, smooth vocalist, best known for hits "Lonesome 7-7203" (1963) and "Slow Poke" (1951). The Archive have issued two CD compilations showcasing his work, "Heavenly Road" (songs from his early years, 1949/53) and "More Country Classics":

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Eddie Dean BACM 69
March 4, 2017

March 4th. Remembering Eddie Dean (July 9, 1907 – March 4, 1999, aged 91) cowboy singer and actor some have rated the best Western actor of all time. This CD makes available 27 of his transcription tracks recorded in the 1940s.

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Roy Hall-442 -Try 2
March 2, 2017

2nd March - remembering Roy Hall (7 May 1922-2 March 1984), American singer, pianist, accordionist and bandleader who gets mentioned in some histories of Rock as a co-writer of Whole Lot Of Shakin' Going On which launched Jerry Lee Lewis into stardom - although Hall's authorship is disputed.

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Arkansas Arkie Woodchopper
March 2, 2017

March 2nd- Birthday of Arkansas “Arkie” Woodchopper, musician extraordinaire (singer, yodeller, guitarist, fiddler and square dance band leader), born  Luther Ossenbrink (March 2, 1906 - June 23, 1981).

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Fiddlin Arthur Smith 215
February 28, 2017

Feb 28th- anniversary of legendary fiddle player Fiddlin' Arthur Smith (April 10, 1898 - February 28, 1971).  First appeared on the Opry in the 1920s and over the next decades performed or recorded with a wide range of artistes including the Delmore brothers, Howdy Forrester's Tennessee Valley Boys, Rex Griffin and Jimmy Wakely and, into the 50s, with Merle Travis.

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Don-Helms-457
February 28, 2017

Feb 28th – birthday of Don Helms (February 28, 1927 – August 11, 2008), steel guitarist best known as the steel guitar player of Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys group but who went on to play on many country hits for the likes of Patsy Cline, Stonewall Jackson, the Louvin Brothers and Loretta Lynn.

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Hardrock Gunter 305
February 27, 2017

27 Feb. Anniversary of "Hardrock" Gunter, (27 February 1925 – 15 March 2013). He is nowadays largely unremembered but one of his tracks has a good claim to being the world's first Rock 'n Roll record! A talented singer, guitarist and songwriter, in 1950 he issued the  high energy boogie song 'Birmingham Bounce' whose lyrics include 'everybody starts rockin and shufflin' their feet/ when the drums start a layin' that solid beat'.  Shortly after , Gunter issued "Gonna dance all night" which includes the lines "Gonna Rock & Roll, Gonna Dance All Night". Both songs predated by a year, Ike Turner's band's "Rocket 88" later popularized by Bill Haley.  However despite his forays into early Rockabilly/Rock, Gunter's musical roots were in country music having been especially influenced in the 30s and '40s by "Texas Drifter" Goebel Reeves and pioneering "Western Swing" musician  Hank Penny. The Archive have released a CD of Gunter's work, across  mix of styles.

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Tompall & Glaser Bros 476
February 27, 2017

Feb 27th. Birthday of Chuck Glaser (Charles Vernon Glaser, b. Feb 27, 1936) of the renowned country music group, Tompall & The Glaser Brothers.

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Fiddlin-Sid-Revised
February 26, 2017

26 Feb, Birthday of Fiddlin' Sid Harkreader (Sidney Harkreader, Feb 26, 1898- Mar 19, 1988) , American Old-time fiddle player , vocalist and string band leader. Born in Tennessee, he was an early member of the Grand Ole Opry, where he regularly accompanied legendary banjoist Uncle Dave Macon as well as performing with his own band. Later performed with his own groups, always top musicians. Recorded for Vocalion and Paramount and continued to guest on the Opry through the '50s and '60s. Here are his words introducing his autobiography: "My mission, my desired goal, and joy in life is to give to the people my talent which I believe is the gift of God which he gave to me. It makes me feel so good inside knowing that God is with me wherever I play my fiddle before an audience. It seems that God is releasing all I have to give each time I play for people. I am thinking and praying that someday before I die, my hopes and prayers will be answered and that I'll go down in history as the greatest fiddler (by the help of God) in my profession, and I'll have the joy of knowing that I have, at least, made people happy along the way, and I'll never be forgotten. I love people, I love music, and God made me that way. How can I lose? I hope someday I can be crowned the greatest fiddler, if not in this world, then in the world to come." (Nice words. Our thanks to Mark Brine and Hillbilly-music.com for bringing the quotation to our attention).

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Goldie Hill-stars in eyes-107
February 24, 2017

24th Feb. Remembering Goldie Hill (11th Jan 1933-24 Feb 2005), glamorous country singer with a strong and distinctive voice who had a number one hit I the early '50s with "I Let The Stars Get In My Eyes".  Her performing and recording career was brief, having  quit at the peak of her popularity to raise her family. The Archive have compiled two CDs of her recordings.

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webb pierce 267
February 24, 2017

February 24th. Remembering Webb Pierce (August 8, 1921 – February 24, 1991) popular honky tonk vocalist who had 39 top 10 hits in the 1950s, a time when leading stars like Pierce were instantly recognizable from the first moments of each record, thanks to their distinctive voice and sound. His big hits are widely available and collectors will enjoy this compilation of 26 lesser known, fine songs given the distinctive ‘Web Pierce treatment’ …

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Roy Newman 367
February 23, 2017

23 Feb. Remembering Roy Newman, pioneering Western Swing bandleader (12 Nov 1899 - 23 Feb 1981), one of the first musicians to blend hillbilly and swinging jazz.

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Leroy Happy Fats-265
February 23, 2017

23 Feb. Anniversary of Leroy "Happy Fats" Leblanc (30 Jan 1915- 23 Feb 1988), Cajun swing musician whose Rayne-Bo Ramblers was one of the most popular and innovative of the Cajun string bands.

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Billy Strange 264
February 22, 2017

Feb 22nd, remembering Billy Strange (September 29, 1930 – February 22, 2012), gifted guitarist, singer, songwriter , arranger– who earned his place in history as co-writer of several Elvis songs (incl. “A little less conversation”) and as session guitarist on countless big hits from the likes of The Beach Boys (eg: Sloop John B.), Nancy Sinatra (eg: “Something Stupid”) and The Everly Brothers.  He was also a talented singer with an easy going crooner style, blending well with his guitar wizardry. This Archive CD showcases his country side …

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Don Reno Red Smiley 205
February 21, 2017

February 21st. Birthday of Don Reno (February 21, 1927 – October 16, 1984),  American bluegrass and country musician, ace banjo picker with distinctive  three finger "single-string" and best known for his partnership with Red Smiley.

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York Brothers 160
February 21, 2017

21 February – remembering Leslie York  (August 23, 1917 - February 21 1984) one half of the York Brothers, US country music close-harmony duo, popular from the late 1930s through to the 1950s and who influenced the Everly Brothers. The BACM Archive have so far issued one CD, featuring their early recordings (1939-42).

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ray whitley
February 21, 2017

Feb 21st - remembering Ray Whitley (Dec 5, 1901 - Feb 21, 1979), Country & Western singer/songwriter and  radio and Hollywood movie star. He appeared in around 60 Hollywood movies, recorded for several labels including Apollo, Decca and Okeh and wrote or co-wrote many country songs which went on to become classics. And he helped design the legendary SJ-200 Gibson guitar!

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Les Carrot Top-470
February 20, 2017

20th Feb - Birthday of  Les "Carrot Top" Anderson (Feb 20, 1921- Oct 21 2001), Western-Swing  singer and steel guitar player and one of the regulars on the popular Town Hall Party shows in the 1950s.

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Mervin Shiner 125
February 20, 2017

20th Feb - Birthday of  country singer Mervin J. Shiner (born Feb 20th 1921)

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440 Grandpa Jones
February 19, 2017

Feb 19th anniversary.  Remembering Louis Marshall Jones known professionally as Grandpa Jones (October 20, 1913 - February 19, 1998), banjoist, guitarist, yodeller, well known for his old timey, gospel and humour performances and recordings, often with fellow Kentuckian, ace guitarist Merle Travis. To date, BACM have released two Grandpa Jones compilations, including tracks never previously released on CD.

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pee wee king BACM 143
February 18, 2017

February 18th. Birthday of Pee Wee King (February 18, 1914 – March 7, 2000), influential bandleader, famed for his waltzes and polkas and as co writer of country classics Tennessee Waltz, Slow Poke and You Belong To Me. BACM have compiled a 24 track CD, nice mix of well known (“Kentucky Waltz”, “Bimbo”) and less well known songs, most of them up-beat, great for line dance steppin’:

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Dick Reinhart-124
February 17, 2017

17 February – birthday of country singer, multi instrumentalist and songwriter, Dick Reinhart (Feb 17, 1907 - 3 Dec 1948) whose output before his untimely death in 1948 ranged from early country blues, through Western Swing to cowboy-group harmony, as a member of the Rough Riders (trio with Jimmy Wakely and Johnny Bond  see BACM CDs 102 and 384).  Our CD 124 spans the whole of his career from his first two recordings in 1929 (just self- accompanied on guitar) through a wide variety of line ups through the years including his fine last session, for Columbia in 1947 with Jack Rivers on lead guitar and Tex Atchinson and Jesse Ashlock on fiddle.

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York Brothers 160
February 17, 2017

17 February – birthday of George York (February 17, 1910 - July 1974) one half of the York Brothers, US country music close-harmony duo, popular from the late 1930s through to the 1950s and who influenced the Everly Brothers.

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Redd Harper 306
February 16, 2017

16th February – remembering country music musician and evangelist Redd Harper (29 Sept. 1903 – 16 February 88).

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Jimmy Wakely 66
February 16, 2017

February 16th, birthday of Jimmy Wakely, one of the last of the "Singing Cowboys". A Western vocalist and actor, he had No. 1 country hits with "Slippin' around" (1949) and One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)". The Country Music Archive has so far compiled four CDs of his recordings, two of them featuring rare radio transcriptions.

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Smiley Burnette 80
February 16, 2017

February 16th. Remembering Smiley Burnette, (March 18, 1911 – February 16, 1967).  Movie sidekick to Gene Autry and other B-movie cowboys but also prolific singer-songwriter and an instrumentalist proficient on literally dozens of instruments (several of them simultaneously).  His talents showcased on this Archive release, mostly good fun and humour.

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Wally Fowler-Vol 1-133
February 15, 2017

15th February – birthday of Wally Fowler (John Wallace Fowler, Feb 15, 1917 – June 3, 1994), successful singer/songwriter in both the country and gospel fields. Songwriting credits include I'm Sending You Red Roses (1944 hit for Jimmy Wakely), That's How Much I Love You (country hit for Eddy Arnold and a 1958 Top 10 pop hit for Pat Boone) and I Couldn't Believe It Was True", recorded by Willie Nelson in 1974. First appeared on the Grand Ole Opry in the early '40s with the John Daniel Quartet before founding his own group Wally Fowler and the Georgia Clodhoppers with Chet Atkins on lead guitar. Later focused on gospel music. BACM have released two compilations of his recordings.

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Smoky Dawson-229
February 13, 2017

13th February - remembering  celebrated Aussie country singer, yodeller, guitarist, showman  Smoky Dawson MBE (19 March 1913 - 13 February 2008) sometimes cited as 'Australia's Gene Autry'. His recording career spanned an amazing 54 years, from 1941 to 1995. The Archive have compiled a CD of his  1941 to 1953, most featuring his excellent and distinctive yodelling skills. Nice mix of cowboy and "Happy go lucky"  humour songs  - and some "Didgeridoo country!"-

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James Roberts & Martha Carson-161
February 10, 2017

10th February – birth anniversary of James Roberts (10 Feb 1918 – June 21, 2007), mandolin-playing son of legendary fiddle player Fiddlin' Doc Roberts. Nowadays best known for his old timey gospel recordings with Martha Carson (as James And Martha Carson, the Barn Dance Sweethearts). After their split in 1951, Roberts worked (harmony vocals and mandolin) with several other groups, notably with Wilma Lee And Stoney Cooper, the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers and the Masters Family.

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York Brothers-160
February 10, 2017

10th February – birth anniversary of singer and guitarist George York (February 10, 1910 - July 1974) of Detroit-based country harmony duo The York Brothers, who were popular from the late 1930s to early 1950s. The best of their early recordings are showcased on BACM CD 160, Going Back To The Sunny South.

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Ernest Tubb BACM 249
February 9, 2017

February 9th. Birthday of  "Texas Troubadour" Ernest Tubb, born 9th February 2014 pioneering country music artiste whose recording career spanned nearly half a century. Collectors may be interested in these rare radio transcriptions from 1944.

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Lulu Belle & Scotty 330
February 8, 2017

8th Feb. Remembering Lulu Belle (Myrtle Eleanor Cooper, December 24, 1913–February 8, 1999), country singer / guitarist, one half of the popular Lulu Belle and Scotty team, one of the major country music acts of the 1930s and 1940s. BACM have issued two fine collections of their recordings.

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Doc Boggs-274
February 7, 2017

7th February – two anniversaries of influential old time country music musician Doc Boggs (Feb 7, 1898 – Feb 7, 1971), singer and distinctive  banjo player. Made his first recordings in 1927 and was ‘rediscovered’ in the ‘Folk revival’ of the early 1960s.

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Wilma Lee and Stoney 154
February 7, 2017

7th Feb. Birthday of Wilma Lee Leary (February 7, 1921 – September 13, 2011), one half, as Wilma Lee, of the Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper partnership. They left a superb legacy of recordings mainly in  Old Timey or Bluegrass styles, from 1947 into the 1960s.

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Texas Jim Robertson 213
February 7, 2017

7th Feb. Birthday of Texas Jim Robertson (February 7, 1909- November 11, 1966), American country singer with a voice somewhat similar to Tex Ritter and Ernest Tubb and who enjoyed  a fair measure of success as a recording artist in the 1950s and '60s.

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Dale Evans 153
February 7, 2017

7th Feb. Remembering Dale Evans (31 Oct 1912-7 Feb 2001, born Frances Octavia Smith) whose showbiz career began as a featured vocalist with a pop/jazz orchestra in the late 1930s. She then began writing songs and for a time had her own "That Gal From Texas" radio show before landing a starring part in 1944 in "The Cowboy And The Senorita" when she was teamed with the already popular singing cowboy Roy Rogers.  This began one of the most successful Western husband and wife partnerships - they made 28 movies together and, along with dog Trigger, became something of a national treasure on radio and TV into the '50s.  This compilation showcases some of her solo recordings along with some late '40's radio takes.

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Cal Shrum Vol 2-336
February 6, 2017

6th February – remembering Walt Schrum ( 16 Oct 1898 and 6th Feb 6, 1971), with brother Cal Shrum one of  the celebrated Shrum Brothers, both associated with many of the finest Western/Western Swing musicians of their era including The Colorado Hillbillies and the Rhythm Rangers (musicians such as Spade Cooley, Cene Haas and Tex Williams).

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Merle KIlgore-490-Johnny Reb (1)
February 6, 2017

February 6th – anniversary of Merle Kilgore (Aug 9, 1934 - Feb 6, 2005), the multi-talented country music musician (singer, guitarist and songwriter), film actor, manager, and record company executive. Scored several top 10 hits as a performer, but nowadays best remembered for his songwriting credits on the likes of Wolverton Mountain, Ring Of Fire and More And More – and for his association with Hank Williams (as manager and overseeing Williams' songwriting and business enterprises).

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Tex Atchison 327
February 5, 2017

5th Feb. Birthday of Tex Atchison ( 5th Feb 1912 - 4 Aug 1982), Kentuckian left handed fiddler and singer-songwriter who achieved fame with the celebrated Prairie Ramblers in the 1930s, later recording prolifically both on his own recordings (variously fiddle, vocals, bandleader) and as a session man. A versatile fiddle stylist as home with jazzy swing as with more country styles.  He is heard on many of our Archive recordings (Prairie Ramblers, Deuce Spriggins etc) and on our Natural Born Gamblin' Man collection ...

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Eddie Noack BACM 277
February 5, 2017

February 5th. Remembering the great Eddie Noack (April 29, 1930 - February 5, 1978),  American country and western singer, and songwriter.  Trained as a journalist, his eye for detail and insights into human behaviour doubtless explain some of his clever (occasionally whacky!) song lyrics. Bob Dylan a big fan.  Check out this compilation …

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Homer & Jethro 3 227
February 4, 2017

Feb 4th. Remembering the passing of Kenneth C. Burns (d. Feb 4, 1989); best known as the 'Jethro' of comedy duo 'Homer and Jethro', he was a virtuoso mandolin player recording in jazz and others styles as well as country. The Archive have issued four compilation CDs from the duo:..

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Mac & Bob -67
February 2, 2017

2nd Feb. Birthday of Lester Mac McFarland (Kentucky Feb 2 1902-July 24 1984) of  early country music duet act Mac & Bob. Both were blind musicians from Kentucky who met at the Kentucky Institute For The Blind, and by the mid ‘20s had developed their distinctive style, relaxed close harmony, playing guitar and mandolin on traditional folk, country, gospel and blues numbers. One of the first ‘Close harmony, guitar & mandolin duos’, they were regular radio performers in 1925 (WNOX Knoxville)  and began recording in 1926 (Brunswick/Vocalion) ; influenced the likes of the Blue Sky Boys , the Bailes Brothers and the Monroes. The Archive have produced two CD compilations …

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Morris Brothers-220
February 1, 2017

1st February – birthday of Wiley Morris (Feb 1, 1919 – Sept 22, 1990) of North Carolina close harmony duo The Morris Brothers.

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330
January 31, 2017

31st Jan - Remembering Scotty Wiseman (Scott Greene Wiseman,  Nov 8, 1908–Jan 31, 1981) who with wife Lulu Belle became one of the most popular and successful  country music acts of the 1930s and 1940s, as “Lulu Belle & Scotty, The Sweethearts of Country Music. Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971 their most famous composition was the much recorded "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?" They left a legacy of great recordings, mixture of country ballads and comedy.

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Rome-Johnson-413
January 30, 2017

30 January – birthday of Kentuckian country singer Rome Johnson (Jan 30, 1916 – Jan 3, 1993), who has been described as “One of the finest solo voices in country and western music”. He cut some fine sides for the MGM label and was a member of the legendary Sons Of The Pioneers in the early 1950s. Nowadays undeservedly unforgotten, BACM have released a selection of his best …

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Pals Of The Golden West-339
January 30, 2017

30 Jan - remembering actress and country singer/yodeller Nora Lou Martin (31 Mar 1921- 30 Jan 2014) whose singing career began with the superb Pacific Northwest Western harmony group The Pals Of The Golden West.

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Leroy Happy Fats-265
January 30, 2017

30 Jan. Birthday  of Leroy "Happy Fats" Leblanc (30 Jan 1915- 23 Feb 1988), Cajun bandleader and guitarist,  whose Rayne-Bo Ramblers featured the legendary Harry Choates and Oran "Doc" Guidry.

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Al dexter 322
January 28, 2017

Jan 28th.  Remembering Al Dexter (May 4, 1905 – January 28, 1984), country singer and songwriter, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame nominee. The first artist to use the term 'Honky Tonk' in a song (Honky Tonk Blues, 1936), but best known for his song "Pistol Packing Mama" , massive hit for Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters.  The Archive's CD compilation has 26 tracks from the 1930s/40s. Includes the sequel to his "Pistol Packing Mama" smash.

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T Texas Tyler-Country Boy-182
January 28, 2017

January 28th. Remembering T. Texas Tyler (June 20, 1916 - January 28, 1972), regular performer on the Grand Ole Opry and Louisiana Hayride, composer of Deck Of Cards which gave him a big hit in 1948.

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Frankie Marvin-509
January 27, 2017

27th January – birthday of Frankie Marvin (Jan 27, 1904 – 18 Jan 1985), hillbilly singer/songwriter and early recording artist; became Gene Autry’s sidekick, providing harmony vocals on many of Autry’s early recordings and playing steel guitar. BACM have so far compiled two CDs ...

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Shelton Brothers Vol 2-370
January 27, 2017

27 January – birthday of Joe Shelton (27 Jan 1911- 26 Jan 1980) of the Shelton Brothers, (Bob, Joe and, joining later, Merle) pioneering country musicians from Texas who recorded prolifically from the mid 1930s through to the early 1960s. Featuring superb harmonies, and eclectic musicianship, they were among the most popular radio and recording acts of their era, iand were hugely influential, including on the developing bluegrass, honky tonk and Western Swing genres. All three were accomplished guitarists, Joe also playing mandolin and Bob, fiddle. BACM have so far issued two compilations, celebrating their important legacy.

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Claude-Gray
January 26, 2017

26 January – birthday of Claude Gray (born January 26, 1932), Texan country music singer-songwriter and guitarist. One of the great “Nashville Sound” balladeers from the '50s and '60s who continues to perform and tour today.

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January 26, 2017

January 26.  Birthday of James O'Gwynn (January 26, 1928 -January 19, 2011), Mississippi born singer/ songwriter known as ‘The Smiling Irishman of Country Music’ and whose support of the Archive over the years was much appreciated, a superb country voice, well worth a listen.

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Clayton M - Vol 2
January 26, 2017

January 26th. Birthday of Influential fiddler Clayton McMichen, (January 26 1900-January 4th 1970), recognised as one of the greatest country fiddlers of all time.  Composer of Jimmie Rodgers classic  "Peach Pickin' Time in Georgia". The Archive have so far compiled two CDs of his historic recordings:

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Doc Hopkins Vol 1-88
January 26, 2017

Jan 26th – Birthday of Doc Hopkins (Jan 26, 1900- Jan 3, 1988),  fine Kentuckian folk balladeer who had a wide repertoire of traditional folk and hillbilly ballads. He became popular on many of the era’s country music radio shows, telling the stories as well as singing the songs.  An accomplished musician - three-finger-and-thumb guitar picker as well as on banjo and mandolin  he re-emerged from obscurity during the folk revival of the mid 1960s and continued, playing at his last folk festival in 1982. One of those ‘Lost & forgotten’ great talents well deserving of another listen.

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Rusty and Red-344
January 25, 2017

25th January – birth anniversary of the extraordinarily talented Rusty Draper (Jan 25, 1923 - Mar 28, 2003). Made his first Victor recordings at age 16, as Sons Of The Ozarks, Draper providing vocals and guitar accompanied by lifelong sidekick, Missouri fiddler Ozark Red and bassist Howard “Froggie” Mattson. This kicked off a long and successful multi-faceted career; not just a superb guitarist and vocalist he also contributed rube comedy and impersonations of other singers, crooner-pop as well as country. Our BACM set includes all 12 of the 1939 Sons Of The Ozarks recordings as well as a nice cross section of his other ‘early’ recordings (up to the early 1950s).

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441 Hank Rivers
January 23, 2017

January 23. Birthday of legendary Canadian “Singing Soldier”  Hank LaRiviere (a.k.a. Hank Rivers) , January 23, 1917-May 7, 1996. Outstanding singer/yodeller and composer and radio/TV performer, he first recorded in 1933 before signing to RCA Victor in Montreal  in 1939 - joining the label’s other two legends of Canadian Country, Wilf Carter and Hank Snow. LaRiviere enjoyed a long and productive recording and performing career through to the 1970s.  Check out the www.hankrivers.com website for more bio and discography info. The Country Music Archive have compiled a 28 track album featuring several of his hits and own compositions including the widely recorded Maple Sugar Sweetheart. Also features some familiar Jimmie Rodgers and Wilf Carter numbers. Of special interest is “Longing for Old Alberta” which name-checks his friend Gene Autry as well as messrs Rodgers and Carter. This is from his 1967 “Hank’s Centennial Travels” album which has songs about each of Canada's provinces.

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January 23, 2017

23rd Jan – Remembering Texas Jim Lewis (Oct 15, 1909 - Jan 23, 1990) American cowboy star, singer, guitarist and Western Swing pioneer  whose performing career ran for half a century from live radio spots in the 1920s, through forming his first Western Swing stringband in the 1930s, scoring several hits with his Lone Star Cowboys in the 1940s (including the smash Too Late To Worry, Too Blue To Cry," which sold 1,250,000) , appeared in 42 movies and who achieved a new lease of popularity as a children’s entertainer (as “Sheriff Tex”) in the early ‘50s. Talented all round entertainer and musician who played a major role bringing Western Swing music to mass audiences. The Country Music Archive have so far released two compilations.

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January 23, 2017

January 23rd, Remembering Wayne Raney American country singer and harmonica player (August 17, 1921- January 23, 1993) a key member of the Delmore Brothers in the years after WWII and whose solo career was launched in 1948.

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Evan Kemp 347
January 22, 2017

22 Jan – birthday of Canadian singer songwriter/guitarist and yodeler, Evan Kemp (22 Jan 1928-17 Mar 2007).

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Skeets Yaney-small-396
January 22, 2017

20 January – anniversary of  Skeets Yaney ( Clyde A. Yaney, 16 June 1912-  20 Jan 1978), country singer, guitarist, yodeler, harmonica player - and influential DJ (twice voted most popular DJ in the US, by WSM radio in Nashville).

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James O'Gwynn 318
January 19, 2017

January 19.  Remembering  James O'Gwynn (January 26, 1928 -January 19, 2011), Mississippi born singer/ songwriter known as ‘The Smiling Irishman of Country Music’ and  voted by Cashbox and Billboard as “The most promising country artist” in 1957; a huge talent but never got the breaks to hit the big time.

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The Milo Twins-272
January 19, 2017

19th January – remembering Edward Miolen of The Milo Twins, which emerged as a country music close harmony duo in the 1930s, recording for several labels including Decca and Capitol, in a style somewhat similar to The Delmore Bothers. (Edward Miolen, 11th Nov 1916 - Jan 19, 1978).

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Frankie marvin- CD1
January 18, 2017

18th January – anniversary of the passing of Frankie Marvin (Jan 27, 1904 – 18 Jan 1985), hillbilly singer/songwriter and early recording artist; became Gene Autry's sidekick, providing harmony vocals on many of Autry's early recordings and playing steel guitar. BACM have compiled two CDs, featuring some of his finest recordings

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Neil Burris 471
January 17, 2017

17th Jan, Remembering Neal Burris (March 11, 1929 - January 17, 1994), talented American country singer/ guitarist.

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Grady Martin-222
January 17, 2017

17 January - birthday of Grady Martin (Thomas Grady Martin , Jan 17, 1929 – Dec 3, 2001), inventive and prolific guitar picker. Through his 50 year recording career,  his licks appear on some of the great recordings of the era – backing rock legends Elvis Presley,  Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison as well as of countless country stars, including big hits from the likes of Patsy Cline, Marty Robbins, Willie Nelson and Lefty Frizzell. He also played fiddle, including on one of Hank Williams’ last sessions. From the late ‘50s he was a member of the legendary Nashville A-Team of session musicians alongside fellow guitar-maestro Hank Garland, Bob Moore (bass) and Tommy Jackson (fiddle) on countless historic recordings.  His guitar talents are well showcased on BACM’s CD 222, featuring Grady with his own country-jazz band, Grady Martin and the Slew Foot Five, recorded in the early and mid 1950s.

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Tex Fletcher 211
January 17, 2017

March 14th- birthday anniversary of *The Lonely Cowboy", Tex Fletcher (Geremino Bisceglia, Jan 17, 1910 - Mar14, 1987), American singing cowboy yodeler. Brought up in South Dakota , he grew up listening to cowboy songs around the campfire and learned early to work with horse and cattle, Moved to New York in the early 30s and soon hit the big time on radio as a singing cowboy. This led to movie roles and a Decca record contract (he eventually recorded with numerous labels including his own Dakota label). An all round talent, he was also a prolific songwriter and reputedly had a repertoire of over 4,000 songs all of which he could recall from memory.  

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Hank Snow Tales Of The Yukon
January 16, 2017

16th January – birthday of ‘Bard Of The Yukon’ Robert W. Service (Jan 16, 1874 – Sep  11, 1958) Surely the most recorded poet in the history of country music! And a fascinating life - from Scottish bank clerk to penniless hobo (in Canada) and then becoming the world's first millionaire poet (best of several biographies: Vagabond Of Verse, James Mackay). When in his 70s, he appeared (playing himself as a young man in his 30s!) in a Marlene Dietrich/Randolph Scott Hollywood western (The Spoilers 1942). Country artistes who have recorded Service recitations or songs include Johnny Cash, Jim Reeves, Stuart Hamblen, Wilf Carter , Johnny Horton and Country Joe McDonald. But for me the best is Hank Snow's 1968 Tales Of The Yukon, one of my favorite albums of all time, which has Hank in fine recitation-voice on a clutch of Service poems ; with superb  arrangements, the sessions featuring Chet Atkins and Lenny Breau on guitars and Chubby Wise on fiddle. Service himself played the ukelele and published one book of songs, Twenty Bath Tub Ballads, one of which - When The Ice Worms Nest Again, was recorded by Wilf Carter. (Tales Of The Yukon is NOT a BACM release; but is available from Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tales-The-Yukon-Hank-Snow/dp/B000WTYWQM ; the album is also on the great Bear Family box set, The Singing Ranger Vol. 3 )

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CarlSmith
January 16, 2017

January 16th. Remembering Carl Smith, (March 15, 1927 – January 16, 2010), one time husband of June Carter and father of Carlene Carter. One of the most prolific ‘50s country hitmakers with 30 Top Ten Billboard hits, including 21 Number Ones. For a good cross section, which includes his very first single (Guilty Conscience/Washing My Dreams In Tears) and several of the hits including his best known "If Teardrops Were Pennies", check out :

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Billy Walker 158
January 14, 2017

January 14th, birthday of Billy Walker (January 14, 1929 - May 21, 2006), American country music singer and guitarist nicknamed “The Tall Texan”, long time member of the Opry and who scored .  more than 30 charted records. Of interest to collectors, this CD of Walker’s early recordings including a super version of Jack Toomb’s “You’re the only good thing”

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Jenny Lou Carson 200
January 13, 2017

Jenny Lou Carson, (January 13, 1915–December 16, 1978), born Virginia Lucille Overstake, was a feisty country music singer-songwriter and the first woman to write a No. 1 country music hit (Jealous Heart). She was one of the most prolific songwriters in country music, writing classics such as Let Me Go Lover, A Penny For Your Thoughts and I’d Trade All My tomorrows.  Also had a good country voice, achieving wide popularity popular in the war years with songs aimed at servicemen (hence the “Radio Chin Up Girl” sobriquet) and later as featured vocalist with several top groups. The Country Music Archive have compiled this selection, nice selection reflecting her great voice and versatility.

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Tex Ritter - pledge of
January 12, 2017

12 January. Birthday of the great Tex Ritter, (January 12, 1905 – January 2, 1974). Popular cowboy singer and film actor, one of the all time great 'Singing Cowboys. The Archive hold a horde of Ritter recordings and have so far compiled three CDs …

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mac o'dell 09
January 11, 2017

11th Jan – anniversary of celebrated gospel/bluegrass singer/songwriter Mac O'Dell (May 31, 1916 - Jan. 11, 2003) who, with wife Adie composed and recorded several fine songs which have become widely recorded classics including Thirty Pieces Of Silver, Sign On The Highway and From the Manger to the Cross, all of which are included on BACM's The Old Country Boy, CD.

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January 11, 2017

January 11th – birthday of Goldie Hill (January 11, 1933 – February 24, 2005, born Argolda Hill), twangy voiced country singer who topped the American country music charts in 1953 with her "I Let the Stars Get In My Eyes", one of the songs on this Archive compilation which also includes several of her duets with Justin Tubb recorded in 1954.

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Zeb-Turner-506
January 10, 2017

10 January - anniversary of Zeb Turner (23 June 1915 – 10 Jan1978) country and 'Country Boogie' singer, songwriter and guitarist. As one of the top session men of his era he backed the likes of Hank Williams and Red Foley; his most popular composition was the classic It's A Sin. His distinctive vocals and superb guitar styles, showcased on BACM CD 506

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Eddie Zack-400
January 9, 2017

9th January – anniversary of Rhodes Island country music singer Eddie Zack (Jan 2, 1922 to Jan 9, 2002), popular Decca and Columbia recording artist, who cut his first records in 1948. His career ran across seven decades; from the late 1930s (hillbilly duo with brother Ritchie) through to compering popular radio and TV shows up to his death in 2000.

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Clayton McMichen Vol 1 81
January 4, 2017

January 4th. Remembering Influential fiddler Clayton McMichen, born January 1900. His first recordings were with the legendary Skillet Lickers before enjoying a solo career and later partnering Merle Travis and Slim Bryant as the "Georgia Wildcats", playing country, jazz and pop. His composition Peach Pickin' Time in Georgia" was written for Jimmie Rodgers and has become a country classic. The Archive have so far compiled two CDs of his historic recordings:

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Leon McAuliffe-438
January 3, 2017

January 3rd – birthday of the great steel guitarist and songwriter  Leon McAuliffe (William Leon McAuliffe , January 3, 1917 – August 20, 1988), revered by Western Swing fans and best remembered for his steel guitar solos with Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys and for song writing credits for classics  Steel Guitar Rag and San Antonio Rose etc.  One of the pioneers of steel guitar in Western Swing, he took up the instrument in 1931 playing in a Hawaiian style group, joined Milton Brown's Light Crust Doughboys a couple of years later before joining the trend-setting Texas Playboys in 1935. In countless Playboys  recordings his solos are intro'd by Bob Will's "Take it away Leon"!

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Doye O Dell-172
January 3, 2017

3rd January – remembering Doye O'Dell (Nov 22, 1912 – 3 Jan 2001), prolific country music recording artiste and film actor; an accomplished fiddler and fine vocalist his professional career began in the 1930s and continued though the 1990s. His acting career included 20 movies (he was for a while a member of the Sons Of The Pioneers and appears on screen in several of their 1940s films).

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Rome-Johnson-413
January 3, 2017

3 January – anniversary of Kentuckian country singer Rome Johnson (Jan 30, 1916 – Jan 3, 1993), who has been described as “One of the finest solo voices in country and western music”. He cut some fine sides for the MGM label and was a member of the legendary Sons Of The Pioneers in the early 1950s. Nowadays undeservedly unforgotten, BACM have released a selection of his best ...

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Doc Hopkins Vol 1-88
January 3, 2017

Jan 3rd – Remembering Doc Hopkins (Jan 26, 1900- Jan 3, 1988),  fine Kentuckian folk balladeer who had a wide repertoire of traditional folk and hillbilly ballads. He became popular on many of the era’s country music radio shows, telling the stories as well as singing the songs.  An accomplished musician - three-finger-and-thumb guitar picker as well as on banjo and mandolin  he re-emerged from obscurity during the folk revival of the mid 1960s and continued, playing at his last folk festival in 1982. One of those ‘Lost & forgotten’ great talents well deserving of another listen.

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Leon McAuliffe-438
January 3, 2017

1 March  – birthday of influential western swing slide steel maestro Leon McAuliffe (January 3, 1917 – August 20, 1988), revered by Western Swing fans and best remembered for his steel guitar solos with Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys and for song writing credits for classics  Steel Guitar Rag and San Antonio Rose etc.  One of the pioneers of steel guitar in Western Swing, he took up the instrument in 1931 playing in a Hawaiian style group. Joined Milton Brown’s Light Crust Doughboys a couple of years later before joining the trend-setting Texas Playboys in 1935. In countless Playboys  recordings his solos are intro’d by Bob Will’s “Take it away Leon”!

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Tex Ritter-americas most
January 2, 2017

January 2. Remembering Tex Ritter,(January 12, 1905 – January 2, 1974). Popular  Western film actor and prolific country recording artiste with deep baritone voice, perhaps best known for  his "High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darlin')", from the movie sound track.    The Archive have so far compiled three CDs …

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January 2, 2017

2 Jan –  anniversary of  the passing of bluegrass musician Red Smiley (Arthur Lee "Red" Smiley, (May 17, 1925–Jan 2, 1972)  best known for his partnership with Don Reno as “Reno and Smiley”.

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January 2, 2017

2nd January – remembering Little Jimmy Dickens (James Cecil Dickens, December 19, 1920-2nd January 2015), diminutive country music singer who at 94 was the oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry - which he joined in 1948. Best known for his humorous novelty songs Dickens could also serve up a great country ballad and recorded with the top session men of the day. Our CD features a selection from his Columbia recordings, 1949-52 , mostly featuring ace musicians Bob Moore (bass) and Grady Martin, Jabbo Arrington and Floyd Robinson on guitars (Moore, Martin and Arrington were founder members with Dickens of the popular The Country Boys act). His music was and is Feelgood Country - you can't help but smile along!

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Eddie Zack-400
January 2, 2017

2nd January – birthday of American country music singer Eddie Zack (Jan 2, 1922 to Jan 9, 2002), popular Decca and Columbia recording artist, whose career ran across seven decades; from the late 1930s (hillbilly duo with brother Ritchie) through to compering popular radio and TV shows through to his death in 2000.

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esco-hankins
January 1, 2017

1st January - birthday of Esco Hankins ( 1 January 1924- 18 November 1990), best known as a Roy Acuff  imitator but an excellent singer and guitarist in his own right.

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Moon Mullican
January 1, 2017

January 1st. Anniversary of the passing of Moon Mullican (March 29, 1909 – January 1, 1967), honky tonk pianist/country crooner and a big influence on Jerry Lee Lewis. The compilation gives a good cross section of his recorded work ... country ballads, upbeat boogies and some classic songs like Sweet Georgia Brown and Corrine Corrina, nice mix:

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