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September 30, 2019

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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September 29, 2019

September 29th. Birthday of Gene Autry (September 29, 1907 - October 2, 1998). Autrys career began as a Jimmie Rodgers imitator in the late 1920s 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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September 29, 2019

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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September 29, 2019

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

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September 29, 2019

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 Hobos 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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September 28, 2019

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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September 28, 2019

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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September 27, 2019

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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September 27, 2019

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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September 26, 2019

26th September - 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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September 25, 2019

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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September 25, 2019

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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September 25, 2019

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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September 24, 2019

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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September 23, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/jimmy-wakely-cowboys-heaven/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/the-rough-riders-vol-2/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/jimmy-wakely-vol-4-that-last-long-trail/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/jimmy-wakely-red-river-rose/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/jimmy-wakely-rocky-mountain-lullaby/

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September 23, 2019

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. September 23. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/roy-drusky-swing-wide-your-gate-of-love/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1961-cd-1/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1960-vol-2-cd-042/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1961-part-3-cd-047/

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September 22, 2019

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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September 21, 2019

21 Sept, anniversary of  Charles Parker (21 Sept 1921 - 2 June 1999) country and bluegrass musician, leader, with wife Eleonora and two daughters, of the Parker Family group,  popular performers in West Virginia through the 1940s and 1950s through regular radio spots - at first performing a mix of hillbilly, bluegrass, gospel and comedy  but by the late 1950s doing mainly gospel.

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September 21, 2019

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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September 20, 2019

20th 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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September 20, 2019

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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September 20, 2019

September 20 – 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 Perrymans 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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September 19, 2019

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 BACM compilation. Several of her hits are on our Chart Memories series …

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September 19, 2019

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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September 19, 2019

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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September 19, 2019

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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September 19, 2019

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

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September 18, 2019

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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September 17, 2019

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

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September 17, 2019

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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September 16, 2019

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 wifes cousin was Roger Miller to whom Wooley taught his first guitar chords! BACM have released one CD of his recordings, a nice mix of Country and Comedy numbers …

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September 15, 2019

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, BACM have compiled just one CD, recordings from the 1940s and ‘50s …

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September 14, 2019

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. BACM have released one CD compilation of rare Dalhart country tracks, several of them ‘Story songs’ written about current events …

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September 14, 2019

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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September 13, 2019

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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September 13, 2019

13 September  - 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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September 12, 2019

12 September - remembering  Homer Callahan (27 Mar 1912 -12 Sept 2002), who performed with brother Walter as the Callahan Brothers, a distinctive yodeling old-timey duo.

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September 12, 2019

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

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September 11, 2019

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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September 11, 2019

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 Theyll 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

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September 10, 2019

10 September - remembering  Walter Callahan (27 Jan 1910 - 10 Sept 1971) who performed with brother Homer as old timey duo the Callahan Brothers.

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September 9, 2019

9th 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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September 8, 2019

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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September 7, 2019

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 “Im My Own Grandpa”. Earlier, Rollin had played mandolin with Paul Howard’s Arkansas Cotton Pickers but it was whilst playing in Eddy Arnolds 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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September 6, 2019

6 Sept - anniversary of Autry Inman (Robert Autry Inman, 6 Jan 1929 - 6 Sep 1988). A child guitar prodigy  who formed his first band at age 112; he went to carve out a successful career both as a solo artist and backing top stars including Cowboy Copas and George Morgan. Inman was also a fine songwriter creating hits for the likes of Hank Williams, George Jones and Johnny Cash.

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September 6, 2019

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 Disneys "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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September 6, 2019

September 6th. Remembering Ernest Tubb, (February 9, 1914 – September 6, 1984), legendary honky tonk singer whose performing career began as a Jimmie Rodgers imitator. BACM have so far issued one dedicated CD, rare radio transcriptions from 1944. Also, several of Tubbs hit recordings from the 50s and 60s are featured on our Country Memories series.

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September 5, 2019

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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September 4, 2019

4th Sept - 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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September 3, 2019

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

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September 3, 2019

3 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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September 2, 2019

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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September 1, 2019

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. BACMs 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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August 31, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/sam-nichols-the-old-cowhand-from-the-rio-grande/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/country-music-on-mgm-

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August 30, 2019

30 August - remembering A. L. Phipps (Arthur Leroy Phipps, 12 Aug 1916-30 Aug 1995) leader of celebrated old timey group The Phipps Family. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/phipps-family-sing-the-carter-family-bacm-605/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/bacm-cd-492-custom-gospel-vol-2-

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August 30, 2019

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/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1956-vol-2-cd-026/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1957-vol-3-cd-031/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1958-vol-3-cd-035/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1959-vol-3-cd-039/"

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August 30, 2019

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: http://country-music-archive.com/?s=tex+morton

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August 29, 2019

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 BACM collection from his early period, mainly mainstream country http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/jimmy-c-newman-crazy-old-heart/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1956-vol-3-cd-027/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1957-vol-2-cd-030/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1958-vol-3-cd-035/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1959-vol-4-cd-040/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1960-vol-3-cd-043/

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August 29, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/buell-kazee-legendary-kentucky-ballad-singer/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/buell-kazee-legendary-kentucky-ballad-singer-vol-2/"

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August 28, 2019

August 28th, birthday of Billy Grammar, singer, brilliant guitar player, songwriter, best known for his "Gotta Travel On" hit. The BACM CD includes a superb version of Bonapartes Retreat, another of his hits. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/billy-grammer-a-thousand-miles-ago/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1958-vol-1-cd-033/

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August 28, 2019

Birthday of American country and rockabilly musician Texas Bill Strength (August 28, 1928 -October 1, 1973). http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/texas-bill-strength-when-love-comes-knockin-cd186/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/texas-bill-strength-vol-2-cd-415/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/country-music-on-capitol-

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August 27, 2019

27 August, remembering Joe Wolverton (8 July 1906 – Aug 27, 1994) influential guitarist and multi instrumentalist who was mentor to Les Paul back in the early 30s when they performed on radio shows together. Wolverton was an early pioneer of the electric guitar which he began experimenting with in 1935. BACM’s Hot Guitar’s Vol. 1 includes six of his 1940 transcription recordings. The cover photo is from a radio studio, mid 30s, Joe (left) playing with Les Paul (playing as “Rhubarb Red”!) http://country-music-archive.com/?s=Joe+Wolverton+

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August 26, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/cecil-surratt-smitty-smith-last-mile-of-the-way/

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August 23, 2019

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, BACM (the British Archive of Country Music) have released three CDs from this versatile and prolific recording artist including some rare transcription tracks. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/tex-williams-hey-mr-cotton-picker/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/tex-williams-river-of-no-return/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/tex-williams-vol-3-badmans-country/

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August 23, 2019

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 BACMs 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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/following-in-the-footsteps-of-jimmie-rodgers-

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August 21, 2019

21st August – remembering country musician Zeke Morris (Zeke Morris, May 19, 1916 – August 21, 1999), brilliant mandolinist who first recorded with J. E. Mainers 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 ... http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/morris-brothers-salty-dog-blues/

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August 21, 2019

Aug 21st - remembering Hoyle Nix (Mar 22, 1918- Aug 21, 1985), influential West Texas fiddler and bandleader, and Bob Wills acolyte. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/hoyle-nix-his-west-texas-cowboys-cd-453/

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August 20, 2019

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 Hell 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 five years: 1962, 1961,1960, 1959 and 1958.) http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1956-vol-2-cd-026/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1957-vol-1-cd-029/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1958-vol-2-cd-034/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1959-vol-4-cd-040/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/south-of-the-border-

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August 20, 2019

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”! http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/leon-mcauliffe-his-cimarron-boys-cd-438/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/dot-label-classic-country-music/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1961-part-4-cd-048/

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August 17, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/wayne-raney-featuring-the-delmore-brothers/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/a-taste-of-king-soppin-up-the-gravy/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/delmore-brothers-that-old-train/

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August 16, 2019

August 16th. Remembering great Canadian country yodeller Donn Reynolds (June 26, 1921 - August 16, 1997). http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/donn-reynolds-portrait-of-a-yodeler-cd-422/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/canadian-country/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/canadian-country-vol-2/

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August 15, 2019

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 … http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/rose-maddox-when-the-sun-goes-down/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/maddox-brothers-rose-vol-2-garden-in-the-sky-bacm-cd-614/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1961-part-4-cd-048/

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August 15, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/rita-robbins-dont-take-all-the-love/

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August 15, 2019

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 ... http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/bobby-helms-borrowed-dreams/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1957-vol-1-cd-029/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1958-vol-2-cd-034/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1960-vol-4-cd-044/

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August 13, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/tompall-the-glaser-bros-same-old-memories-bacm-476/

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August 12, 2019

12 August - birthday A. L. Phipps (Arthur Leroy Phipps, 12 Aug 1916-30 Aug 1995) leader of celebrated old timey group The Phipps Family. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/phipps-family-sing-the-carter-family-bacm-605/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/bacm-cd-492-custom-gospel-vol-2-

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August 12, 2019

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 … http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/porter-wagoner-dig-that-crazy-moon/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1956-vol-3-cd-027/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1957-vol-4-cd-032/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1961-part-3-cd-047/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1962-cd-4/

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August 11, 2019

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 Hanks recordings, his wailing steel a perfect fit with Hanks 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 Hanks uptemp classics like Jambalaya and Hey, Good Lookin. Helms played on many of Johnny Cashs early Columbia recordings and is heard on many classic country hits including Patsy Clines Walking After Midnight and Lefty Frizzell’s Long Black Veil. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/don-helms-plays-hank-williams-other-favourites-cd-457/

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August 10, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/jimmy-dean-find-em-fool-em-leave-em-alone/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/jimmy-dean-vol-2-stay-a-little-longer-bacm-cd-484/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1961-cd-1/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1962-volumes-1/

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August 10, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/louise-massey-the-westerners-ridin-high-1933-1941/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/pre-war-western-swing-vol-1-1937-1943-bacm-cd-527/

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August 10, 2019

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. BACMs 29-track selection includes a superb version of Bonapartes Retreat, another of his hits. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/billy-grammer-a-thousand-miles-ago/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1958-vol-1-cd-033/

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August 9, 2019

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 Songwriters Foundation and the Nashville Songwriters Association International. An amazing talent showcased on B.A.C.M.s CD490, one of our all time most popular CDs. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/merle-kilgore-johnny-reb-bacm-cd-490/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1960-vol-3-cd-043/

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August 8, 2019

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’ … http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/webb-pierce-tupelo-county-jail/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1956-vol-1-cd-025/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1956-vol-2-cd-026/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1957-vol-2-cd-030/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1958-vol-3-cd-035/

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August 8, 2019

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 Aint Never [Webb Pierce],The Snakes Crawl At Night [Charlie Pride] and Ruby, Dont 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: http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/mel-tillis-honky-tonk-song-bacm/

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August 7, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/homer-jethro-ground-hog/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/homer-jethro-unhappy-day/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/homer-jethro-volume-3/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/homer-jethro-vol-4-bacm-cd-497/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1959-vol-1-cd-037/

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August 6, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/country-music-ladies-of-the-1950s/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/canadian-country-vol-2/

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August 6, 2019

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/harry-mcclintock-vol-2-plus-other-artists-bacm-502/ and See more »



August 5, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/reg-lindsay-when-the-wagon-was-new/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/gday-down-under-country-vol-2-bacm-cd-604/

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August 4, 2019

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 Atchisons superb fiddle passages) but thereafter successful on his own recordings and as a session man, and collaborating with the likes of Gene Autry (its Atchisons fiddle on Autrys "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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/tex-atchison-natural-born-gamblin-man/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/prairie-ramblers-the-oregon-trail/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/prairie-ramblers-back-to-my-mountain-home/

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August 4, 2019

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 childrens 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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/frank-luther-will-the-angels-play-their-harps-for-me/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/frank-luther-an-old-mans-story/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/the-melotone-label-

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August 4, 2019

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 Soldiers 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 ... http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/following-in-the-footsteps-of-jimmie-rodgers-

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August 4, 2019

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 BACMs Asa Martin compilation. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/asa-martin-old-time-picking-singing-bacm-cd-493/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/old-time-tunes-songs-1926-1937/

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August 4, 2019

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 Prisoners 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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/carson-robison-goin-back-to-texas/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/carson-robison-trio-old-kentucky-cabin/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/carson-robison-transatlantic-traveller/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/carson-robison-a-long-long-ways-from-home/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/carson-robison-the-later-years/

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August 2, 2019

2 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 Kings band when Eddie Arnold left in the late 1940s and their song writing partnership included several country Top 10 hits including Tennessee Waltz. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/pee-wee-king-kentucky-waltz/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/pre-war-western-swing-vol-2-rare-radio-broadcasts-bacm-cd-619/

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August 1, 2019

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,

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July 31, 2019

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 Hell 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 seven years: 1956, 1957 ...1960.) http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1956-vol-2-cd-026/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1957-vol-1-cd-029/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1958-vol-2-cd-034/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1959-vol-4-cd-040/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/south-of-the-border-

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July 31, 2019

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 … http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/the-browns-bonnie-jim-ed-maxine/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1956-vol-1-cd-025/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1957-vol-3-cd-031/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1959-vol-1-cd-037/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1960-vol-1-cd-041/

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July 31, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/ramblin-jimmie-dolan-one-true-heart-bacm-cd-491/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/country-music-on-capitol-

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July 29, 2019

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 original Carter Family, the legendary Virginian folk and old timey trio. 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 has the sisters doing superb versions of several Carter Family classics including Wildwood Flower. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/carter-sisters-mother-maybelle-the-complete-original-recordings-1949-1952/
 

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July 27, 2019

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 Burns mandolin. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/homer-jethro-ground-hog/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/homer-jethro-unhappy-day/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/homer-jethro-volume-3/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/homer-jethro-vol-4-bacm-cd-497/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1959-vol-1-cd-037/

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July 24, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/lawton-slim-williams-cd-420/

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July 24, 2019

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 … http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/lester-mcfarland-mac-bob-robert-gardner-songs-for-country-home-folks-vol-1/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/mac-bob-songs-for-country-home-folks-vol-2/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/the-panachord-label-vol-2-

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July 23, 2019

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

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July 23, 2019

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 Martins – BACM 96 and BACM 234, the latter, duets with Red Foley. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/judy-martin-straight-shootin-cowgirl/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/judy-martin-vol-2-with-red-foley/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/down-the-transcription-trail-

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July 23, 2019

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 http://country-music-archive.com/?s=tex+morton

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July 21, 2019

21 July - Birthday of legendary country music DJ and musician Smilin Eddie Hill (21 July 1921 to 18 January 1994).

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July 20, 2019

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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July 20, 2019

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 JEs 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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July 19, 2019

19 July – birth anniversary, American C&W singer/songwriter Fred Kirby (Frederick Austin Kirby (19 July 1910- 22 April 1996). His long and

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July 19, 2019

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 “Im My Own Grandpa”. Earlier, Rollin had played mandolin with Paul Howard’s Arkansas Cotton Pickers but it was whilst playing in Eddy Arnolds 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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July 19, 2019

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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July 17, 2019

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. BACM have put together two fine compilations of Reds country and honky tonk recordings mainly from early in his career.

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July 16, 2019

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 40s and early 50s

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July 16, 2019

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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July 15, 2019

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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July 14, 2019

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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July 13, 2019

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, BACM have released three fine collections …

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July 13, 2019

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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July 12, 2019

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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July 11, 2019

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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July 10, 2019

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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July 9, 2019

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 Eddies recordings. Our CD 69 has 27 rare transcriptions, cowboy songs recorded in the 1940s. More recently, our CD 549 has songs  extracted from Eddies movie soundtracks plus some bonus tracks, Eddie harmonizing with Andy Parkers superb group, The Plainsmen.

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July 8, 2019

8 July, birthday of Joe Wolverton (8 July 1906 – Aug 27, 1994) influential guitarist and multi instrumentalist who was mentor to Les Paul back in the early 30s when they performed on radio shows together. Wolverton was an early pioneer of the electric guitar which he began experimenting with in 1935. BACM’s Hot Guitar’s Vol. 1 includes six of his 1940 transcription recordings. The cover photo is from a radio studio, mid 30s, Joe (left) playing with Les Paul (playing as “Rhubarb Red”!)

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July 7, 2019

15 July - birthday anniversary of country crooner Dolph Hewitt (15 July 1914 - 10 Dec 1996). His radio performing career began in 1930, going on to record for RCA and,  billed as "The boy from the hills of Old Pennsylvania", becoming a mainstay on the National Barn Dance show on WLS.

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July 7, 2019

7 July – birthday of 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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July 7, 2019

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 Morgans in terms of phrasing and intonation.

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July 7, 2019

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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July 6, 2019

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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July 6, 2019

July 6th - 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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July 4, 2019

4th July, by coincidence, the birthday of both of the Shrum brothers, Cal Shrum (July 4, 1910- Mar 12, 1996), and  Walt Shrum (July 4, 1912 to February 6, 1971), talented Missouri born C&W musicians 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. So far BACM have released two collections of Cal’s recordings (CAL SHRUM & His Rhythm Rangers/ Colorado Hillbillies, BACM CD 169 and CAL SHRUM Vol. 2 Rodeo Rhythm. BACM CD 336). Walt is heard on several of the Colorado Hillbillies tracks on BACM 169.

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July 4, 2019

4 July. Birthday anniversary of 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

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July 4, 2019

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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July 2, 2019

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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July 1, 2019

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 Dont Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes. Thirty of his best recordings are showcased on BACMs CD 317...

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July 1, 2019

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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June 30, 2019

30 June – anniversary of Charlie Gore (Oct 4, 1930 – June 30, 1984), country and rockabilly singer, multi instrumentalist (guitar, fiddle, dobro) and songwriter.    

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June 28, 2019

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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June 27, 2019

27th 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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June 27, 2019

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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June 27, 2019

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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June 26, 2019

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 Donns son,  Scott Reynolds.

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June 25, 2019

25 June, birthday of Glenn Tubb (Glenn Douglas Tubb, b. 25th June 1935)  hard-edged country singer-songwriter, nowadays best remembered for his skills as a songwriter having penned hits for the likes of George Jones & Tammy Wynette, Johnny Cash and The Wilburn Brothers. Now in his 80s, he continues to play an important role keeping the Tubb name in front of audiences through his involvement with the Midnight Jamboree, founded by his uncle, Ernest Tubb in 1947

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June 24, 2019

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

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June 24, 2019

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 Halls 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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June 23, 2019

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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June 23, 2019

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 Its A Sin. His distinctive vocals and superb guitar styles, showcased on BACM CD 506

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June 23, 2019

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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June 22, 2019

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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June 22, 2019

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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June 22, 2019

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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June 21, 2019

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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June 21, 2019

June 21st - remembering great Cajun-interpreter Jimmy C. Newman (Aug.29, 1927 -  June 21, 2014) 86. Born near Big Mamou, Louisiana, Newmans recording career began in the late 40s 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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June 21, 2019

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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June 20, 2019

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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June 20, 2019

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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June 19, 2019

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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June 18, 2019

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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June 18, 2019

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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June 17, 2019

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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June 16, 2019

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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June 16, 2019

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, Theres a Roundup in the Sky and One More Ride.

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June 16, 2019

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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June 15, 2019

15th 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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June 15, 2019

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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June 14, 2019

14 June -anniversary of Ernest V. "Pop" Stoneman (25 May 1893 - 14 June 1968), old timey musician (vocalist and multi instrumentalist playing guitar, autoharp and harmonica) whose hit version of The Titanic was recorded in 1924. Continued performing through to the mid 60s leading his extended-family group, the Stoneman Family. Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.

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June 13, 2019

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 Dustys early (1940s/50s) recording output, classic Outback Country ...

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June 13, 2019

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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June 12, 2019

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 JEs 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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June 12, 2019

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 Ill 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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June 11, 2019

11th 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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June 10, 2019

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 Cooleys band, on A TASTE OF KING Vol 1 (BACM 93).

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June 10, 2019

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

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June 9, 2019

9th 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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June 8, 2019

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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June 8, 2019

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

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June 8, 2019

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 theyve influenced every harmony Ive ever tried to sing".  As Dylans 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.  BACM have released two Delmore Brothers CDs for collectors:

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June 5, 2019

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

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June 5, 2019

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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June 5, 2019

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. BACMs 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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June 4, 2019

14 June –anniversary of Ernest V. “Pop” Stoneman (25 May 1893 – 14 June 1968), old timey musician (vocalist and multi instrumentalist playing guitar, autoharp and harmonica) whose hit version of The Titanic was recorded in 1924. Continued performing through to the mid ‘60s leading his extended-family group, the Stoneman Family. Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.

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June 4, 2019

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 Disneys "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", including the memorable yodeling sequence in the "Silly" song.

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June 4, 2019

June 4 – 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 Rubys sassy vocals and some superb fiddle riffs, nice mix of songs ...

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June 3, 2019

3 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 Im Sending You Red Roses (1944 hit for Jimmy Wakely), Thats How Much I Love You (country hit for Eddy Arnold and a 1958 Top 10 pop hit for Pat Boone) and I Couldnt 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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June 2, 2019

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 our BACM 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 . The CD selection has a nice mix of Waltzes and Polkas and Western Swing …

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June 1, 2019

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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June 1, 2019

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 Ill 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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May 31, 2019

31 May – birthday of Mac ODell (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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May 30, 2019

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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May 28, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/hoyt-slim-bryant-his-wildcats/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/hoyt-slim-bryant-his-wildcats-vol-2/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/hoyt-slim-bryant-his-wildcats-vol-3/

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May 28, 2019

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 BACMs Bob Atcher collections, Hunters Of Kentucky (BACM CD 68) and BOB ATCHER Vol. 2 (BACM CD 365). http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/bob-atcher-hunters-of-kentucky/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/bob-atcher-vol-2-with-bonnie-blue-eyes-randy-atcher/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/country-music-on-mgm-

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May 27, 2019

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 Kings band when Eddie Arnold left in the late 1940s and their songwriting partnership included several country Top 10 hits including Tennesse Waltz. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/pee-wee-king-kentucky-waltz/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/pre-war-western-swing-vol-2-rare-radio-broadcasts-bacm-cd-619/

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May 26, 2019

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. BACMs CD "Following In The Footsteps Of Jimmie Rodgers" presents 24 of these lesser known interpretations.

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May 25, 2019

25 May – birthday of Ernest V. “Pop” Stoneman (25 May 1893 – 14 June 1968), old timey musician (vocalist and multi instrumentalist playing guitar, autoharp and harmonica) whose recording career began on the Okeh label in September 1924, the first session yielding his hit recording of The Titanic. Stonemen was one of the artistes recorded by Ralph Peer during the landmark Bristol Tennessee sessions in September 1927 which also included recordings by the Carter Family and  Jimmie Rodgers. The first period of his recording career ended in 1934 when he took a break of several years to raise his family before re-emerging in the ‘50’s and ‘60s as a country music patriarch leading his celebrated Stoneman Family band. BACM’s disc has a selection his early recordings, mainly from the 1920s. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/ernest-v-stoneman-old-time-singing-playing-bacm-cd-584-2/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/the-edison-label-classic-old-time-music/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/mirth-music-moonshine-old-time-comedy/

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May 24, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/red-kirk-the-voice-of-the-country/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/the-mercury-label-

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May 21, 2019

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” http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/billy-walker-thank-you-for-calling/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1962-cd-2/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1962-cd-3/

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May 20, 2019

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

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May 19, 2019

19 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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May 19, 2019

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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May 18, 2019

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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May 17, 2019

17 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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May 17, 2019

17 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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May 17, 2019

17 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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May 15, 2019

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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May 15, 2019

May 15th. Remembering June Carter (Cash) (June 23, 1929 - May 15, 2003), daughter of Carter Family matriarch Maybelle Carter. June enjoyed success

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May 14, 2019

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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May 13, 2019

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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May 13, 2019

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

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May 13, 2019

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 "Dont Fence Me In".

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May 12, 2019

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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May 12, 2019

12th May – anniversary of W. Lee ODaniel (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 ODaniel formed Pappy ODaniel & His Hillbilly Boys.

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May 11, 2019

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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May 10, 2019

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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May 9, 2019

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 BACMs most popular recent issues.

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May 9, 2019

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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May 8, 2019

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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May 8, 2019

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

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May 7, 2019

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 three fine collections …

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May 7, 2019

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 Halls authorship is disputed http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/roy-hall-his-cohutta-mountain-boys-complete-detroit-nashville-recordings-1949-53-cd-442/.

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May 7, 2019

May 7 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). http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/hank-lariviere-hank-rivers-cd-441/

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May 6, 2019

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 ... http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/cliff-carlisle-far-beyond-the-starry-sky/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/carlisle-brothers-the-early-post-war-years-bacm-cd-600/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/the-decca-5000-series-classic-country-music/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/bluebird-label-vol-2-

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May 4, 2019

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 Archives CD compilation has 26 tracks from the 1930s/40s and includes the sequel to his "Pistol Packing Mama" smash http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/al-dexter-high-price-for-love/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/the-nite-owls-featuring-al-dexter-clay-long-bacm-cd-538/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/another-taste-of-king-recorded-1946-1954/

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May 3, 2019

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 Cowboys Sweetheart". Patsy recorded this yodelling classic song many times over the years, including a 1985 duet with Rattlesnake Annie (surprisingly, this was Patsys first time to record in Nashville). That duet appears on Rattlesnakes "Some Stories Never End" CD http://www.rattlesnakeannie.com/catalog.htm

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May 3, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/girls-of-the-golden-west-home-sweet-home-in-texas/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/girls-of-the-golden-west-home-sweet-home-in-texas/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/girls-of-the-golden-west-vol-3-south-of-the-border-cd-458/  

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May 2, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/rusty-draper-ozark-red-lovall-the-early-years/ >// > // ]]

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May 1, 2019

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 two Cal Shrum CDs, BACM 169 and BACM 336 http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/cal-shrum-his-rhythm-rangers-colorado-hillbillies/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/cal-shrum-vol-2-rodeo-rhythm/  

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May 1, 2019

1st May – birthday of Canadian country performer Guido DAmico (‘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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/canadian-country-vol-4-

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April 30, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/dewey-groom-georgia-slim/

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April 30, 2019

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 Its Springtime in Alaska (Its 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: http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/johnny-horton-i-wont-forget/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1959-vol-1-cd-037/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1960-vol-1-cd-041/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1961-cd-1/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1962-cd-3/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1956-vol-3-cd-027/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1957-vol-3-cd-031/

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April 29, 2019

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 (he recorded a superb version of These Hands for his 1970 Self Portrait sessions, guitar accompaniment Bromberg).  Nice selection of 29 of Eddies recordings on BACM CD 277... http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/eddie-noack-have-blues-will-travel/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/gold-star-label-classic-country-music/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1958-vol-4-cd-036/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/tnt-hillbilly-label-vol-1-

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April 28, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/?s=chuck+wagon+gang

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April 28, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/chuck-wagon-gang-secular-and-sacred-songs/

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April 27, 2019

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 Hills “Slowly” composition to No. 1 in 1954). Older Brother of Goldie Hill (see BACM CDs 107 and 301). http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/tommy-hill-the-life-that-im-living/

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April 27, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/denver-darling-silver-dew-on-the-bluegrass-tonight/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/denver-darling-vol-2-singing-on-the-range/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/denver-darling-vol-3-cowboy-jack/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/denver-darling-vol-4-out-in-the-great-alone/

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April 27, 2019

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 Maxines autobiography (try Amazon). For a taster, BACM have compiled this 28 track collection including several of their great hits ...

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April 27, 2019

April 27th.  Birthday anniversary of Jimmie Skinner (April 27, 1909–October 27, 1979), American country and bluegrass singer and guitarist.  This BACM 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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/jimmie-skinner-too-hot-to-handle/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/country-music-on-capitol-

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April 26, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/sons-of-the-pioneers-western-harmony-and-hot-swing-vol-1/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/sons-of-the-pioneers-western-harmony-and-hot-swing-vol-2/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/the-panachord-label-early-country-music/

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April 25, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/sons-of-the-pioneers-western-harmony-and-hot-swing-vol-1/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/sons-of-the-pioneers-western-harmony-and-hot-swing-vol-2/

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April 24, 2019

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 Im 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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/harry-mcclintock-the-great-american-bum/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/harry-mcclintock-vol-2-plus-other-artists-bacm-502/

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April 24, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/announcement/24th-april-bobby-gregory-birth/

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April 22, 2019

22 April - birthday of Kathleen Phipps (Kathleen Norris Helton, April 22, 1924 – November 4, 1992), who as wife of AL Phipps was a key member of old timey group the  Phipps Family playing autoharp and vocals. http://country-music-archive.com/announcement/22-april-kathleen-phipps-phipps-family-birth/ >

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April 22, 2019

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 http://country-music-archive.com/announcement/april-22nd-fred-kirby-death/ >

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April 21, 2019

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 our BACM compilation, all of recordings made 1959/60, includes his much recorded compositions Lonely Street and Am I That Easy To Forget. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/carl-belew-vol-2-old-number-nine-bacm-cd-595/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/carl-belew-cool-gator-shoes/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1959-vol-3-cd-039/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1962-cd-3/ >

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April 21, 2019

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. Mainers Mountaineers) and later his own band, the Sons Of The Mountaineers which included Clyde Moody on guitar. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/wade-mainer-associates-cd-454/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/bluegrass-special-label-bacm-cd-524/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/old-time-tunes-songs-vol-2-1924-1954/ >

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April 20, 2019

20 April – birthday anniversary of Kentuckian bluegrass singer and guitarist Hylo Brown (Frank Brown Jnr., (20 Apr 1922 – 17 Jan 2003). Cut several superb albums in the 1950s, first with Capitol, later with Starday. With his Timberliners band, Hylo became a regular on the Flatt & Scruggs show in 1957. http://country-music-archive.com/announcement/20-april-hylo-brown-birth/ >

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April 17, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/ambrose-haley-his-ozark-ramblers/

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April 17, 2019

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 http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/hank-penny-a-bad-penny-always-returns-cd-437/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/a-taste-of-king-soppin-up-the-gravy/ >

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April 16, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/tim-mcnamara-mcnamaras-rodeo/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/gday-down-under-country-vol-2-bacm-cd-604/ >

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April 16, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/rusty-draper-ozark-red-lovall-the-early-years/ >

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April 15, 2019

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 http://country-music-archive.com/?s=rose+maddox http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/maddox-brothers-rose-vol-2-garden-in-the-sky-bacm-cd-614/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1961-part-2-cd-046/ >

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April 15, 2019

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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April 14, 2019

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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April 14, 2019

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 http://country-music-archive.com/?s=bonnie+sloan >

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April 13, 2019

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, Theres a Roundup in the Sky and One More Ride. The Archive (BACM) have so far released two CD compilations ... >

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April 13, 2019

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. A few tracks appear on other BACM compilations .. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/wade-ray-things-i-might-have-been/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/dot-label-classic-country-music/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/missouri-roundup-

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April 12, 2019

12th April – anniversary of Jimmie Re

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April 11, 2019

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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April 11, 2019

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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April 10, 2019

10 April - birthday of Canadian country singer/ songwriter Rusty Wellington (10 April 1925-1986). >

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April 10, 2019

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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April 10, 2019

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 wifes cousin was Roger Miller to whom Wooley taught his first guitar chords! BACM have released one CD of his recordings, a nice mix of Country and Comedy numbers … > >

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April 9, 2019

9 April 2006 - anniversary of innovative bluegrass /country  fiddler and guitarist Gordon Terry (7 Oct 1931 - 9 April 2006), who played sessions with the likes of Elvis Presley, Johnny, Merle Haggard and Neil Young as well as with his own group The Bluegrass Boys. > >

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April 9, 2019

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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April 8, 2019

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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April 7, 2019

7 April – birth anniversary of Western Swing pioneer Leon Selph (Leonidas Selph, 7 April 1914 – 1999). An accomplished fiddler and quirky vocalist, his Blue Ridge Playboys band featured several of the finest musicians of the era including Moon Mullican, Floyd Tillman and Ted Daffan. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/leon-selph-his-blue-ridge-playboys-bacm-cd-572/ > >

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April 7, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/clyde-moody-six-white-horses/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/clyde-moody-vol-2-if-you-need-me-ill-be-around/ > >

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April 6, 2019

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. BACM have released one CD compilation of rare Dalhart country tracks, several of them ‘Story songs’ written about current events … http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/vernon-dalhart-lindberg-the-eagle-of-the-usa/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/the-edison-label-classic-old-time-music/

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April 6, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/henry-whitter-early-country-artist/

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April 6, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/denver-darling-silver-dew-on-the-bluegrass-tonight/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/denver-darling-vol-2-singing-on-the-range/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/denver-darling-vol-3-cowboy-jack/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/denver-darling-vol-4-out-in-the-great-alone/

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April 5, 2019

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 BACM’s vaults, we have compiled a 20 track CD from his early 1930s recordings and a collection of his recordings with brother Bill Carlisle, fine country roots music. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/cliff-carlisle-far-beyond-the-starry-sky/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/carlisle-brothers-the-early-post-war-years-bacm-cd-600/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/the-decca-5000-series-classic-country-music/

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April 5, 2019

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 … http://country-music-archive.com/announcement/april-5-bill-clifton/

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April 4, 2019

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 BACM compilation … http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/red-sovine-how-do-you-think-i-feel/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/red-sovine-vol-2-heart-of-a-man-bacm-cd-598/

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April 4, 2019

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. BACM have compiled two CDs of his recordings, one featuring several early (1940s) recordings with Western Swing steeler Leodie Jackson. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/terry-fell-leodie-jackson-ramblin-oakie/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/terry-fell-the-fellers-get-aboard-my-wagon/

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April 3, 2019

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 BACM CD of his work from the late ’40s to early ‘50s before he hit the big-time with “O lonesome me” in 1957 http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/don-gibson-i-love-no-one-but-you/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1958-vol-1-cd-033/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1958-vol-2-cd-034/

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April 3, 2019

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 BACM CD – a mix of instrumentals and vocals. Includes the 1955 cut of his composition “Feudin’ Banjos” (with Don Reno) http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/arthur-guitar-boogie-smith/

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April 1, 2019

1 April – remembering Riley Crabtree (19 Feb 1912 – 1 April 1984), poignant-voiced country music singer/ songwriter, much influenced by Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams. His recordings are showcased both on our CD 567 (RILEY CRABTREE 1955-1963 Recordings) and on our FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JIMMIE RODGERS CD (BACM 387). http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/riley-crabtree-1955-1963-recordings-bacm-cd-567/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/following-in-the-footsteps-of-jimmie-rodgers-

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April 1, 2019

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 BACM CD - a mix of instrumentals and vocals. Includes the 1955 cut of his composition “Feudin’ Banjos” (with Don Reno)

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April 1, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/merle-travis-tex-ann-wild-goose/

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April 1, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/pell-brothers-brooklyn-hillbillies-bacm-cd-435/

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April 1, 2019

1st April – birthday of Jimmie Logsdon (April 1, 1922-Oct 7, 2001), American country and rockabilly musician and songwriter. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/jimmie-logsdon-midnight-blues-cd-416/

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March 31, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/tommy-hill-the-life-that-im-living/

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March 31, 2019

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),

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March 31, 2019

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. BACM 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! http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/tommy-jackson-the-legendary-session-fiddler/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/the-mercury-label-

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March 31, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/carter-sisters-mother-maybelle-the-complete-original-recordings-1949-1952/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1962-cd-4/

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March 31, 2019

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 "Dont 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 BACM 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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March 31, 2019

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. BACMs CD339 includes the 24 tracks they recorded for th Standard label in 1939 plus six recordings they cut in 1947 as the Northwesterners. Several of their recordings with Western star Eddie Dean are on BACM CD69 http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/pals-of-the-golden-west/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/eddie-dean-dusty-old-saddle/

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March 29, 2019

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”. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/texas-ruby-curly-fox-we-may-meet-again-someday/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/down-the-transcription-trail-

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March 29, 2019

March 29th, birthday of the great honky tonk pianist Moon Mullican (March 29, 1909 – January 1, 1967) and big influence on Jerry Lee Lewis. Mullican’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 BACM compilation: http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/moon-mullican-the-end-of-the-rainbow/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/louisiana-stomp-

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March 29, 2019

March 29th- anniversary of Monte Hale (Buren Ely, June 8, 1919 – Mar 29, 2009), American Western film star and country musician. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/monte-hale-the-full-monte/

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March 28, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/rusty-draper-ozark-red-lovall-the-early-years/

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March 27, 2019

27 March – birthday of Homer Callahan (27 Mar 1912 -12 Sept 2002), vocalist and multi instrumentalist (guitar, 5-string banjo, Mandolin and fiddle) with old timey duo The Callahan Brothers.Much influenced by Jimmie Rodgers and Emmet Miller they developed their own style as a yodeling duo performing a mix of country blues, novelties, ballads and sentimental songs. BACM’s CD features mainly their mid 1930s recordings plus one track from 1951 when the brothers were part of Lefty Frizzel’s roadshow. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/callahan-brothers-take-the-news-to-mother-bacm-cd-578/

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March 27, 2019

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

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March 26, 2019

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). http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/hal-lone-pine-winter-time-in-maine-bacm-477/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/canadian-country-vol-3/

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March 25, 2019

25 March – remembering Canadian “Cowboy Troubador” Stu Davis (July 1, 1921- March 25, 2007), member of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/stu-davis-canadas-cowboy-troubadour/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/canadian-country-vol-2/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/canadian-country-vol-4-

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March 25, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/the-jones-boys-neal-jones-oakie-jones/

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March 24, 2019

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 six CDs of his work, from early recordings in the mid 1920’s through to the early 1950s. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/carson-robison-trio-old-kentucky-cabin/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/carson-robison-his-pioneers-radio-shows-bacm-cd-d-481/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/carson-robison-a-long-long-ways-from-home/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/carson-robison-transatlantic-traveller/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/carson-robison-goin-back-to-texas/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/carson-robison-the-later-years/

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March 23, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/cindy-walker-till-the-end-of-time/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/cindy-walker-vol-2-trail-drivin-bacm-cd-496/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/cowgirl-shuffle-

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March 23, 2019

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). http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/bob-atcher-vol-2-with-bonnie-blue-eyes-randy-atcher/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/bob-atcher-hunters-of-kentucky/

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March 22, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/wilma-lee-stoney-cooper-on-the-banks-of-the-river/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1959-vol-2-cd-038/

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March 22, 2019

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 http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/cecil-campbell-the-tennessee-ramblers-cd-467/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/country-music-on-mgm-

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March 22, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/?s=hoyle+nix

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March 21, 2019

21 March – birthday of Art Gibson (Mar 21, 1912 – Jun 5, 1971), fine honky-tonk singer/ songwriter. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/art-gibson-featuring-the-mountain-melody-boys/

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March 21, 2019

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”. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/eddie-kirk-blue-bonnet-blues/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/eddie-kirk-vol-2-away-out-on-the-mountain-bacm-602/

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March 19, 2019

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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March 19, 2019

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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March 18, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/country-music-ladies-of-the-1950s/

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March 18, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/smiley-burnette-country-songs-comic-cuts/

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March 17, 2019

17 March – anniversary of Canadian singer songwriter/guitarist and fine yodeler, Evan Kemp (22 Jan 1928-17 Mar 2007). http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/evan-kemp-beautiful-nicola-valley/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/canadian-country-vol-4-

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March 17, 2019

7 March. Birthday of Andy Parker (17 March 1913-1977), songwriter and leader of the  Andy Parker & The Plainmen Western harmony group
http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/andy-parker-the-plainsmen-texas-belle/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/andy-parker-the-plainsmen-vol-2-coast-records/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/andy-parker-the-plainsmen-vol-3-down-the-trail-cd-469/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/andy-parker-the-plainsmen-vol-4-bacm-cd-495/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/eddie-dean-andy-parker-and-the-plainsmen-bacm-cd-547/

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March 17, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/sons-of-the-pioneers-western-harmony-and-hot-swing-vol-1/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/sons-of-the-pioneers-western-harmony-and-hot-swing-vol-2/

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March 17, 2019

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 . BACM have compiled two CDs, this one featuring his Early Capitol recordings: http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/ferlin-husky-early-capitol-recordings-1953-1955/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/ferlin-husky-as-terry-preston-tennessee-hillbilly-ghost/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1957-vol-1-cd-029/

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March 17, 2019

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). BACM have rleased a compilation of his 1930s (mainly) solo recordings (BACM CD 034) another of recordings with brother Cliff, recorded in the 1946/47 period as the Carlisle Brothers (BACM CD 600). http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/bill-carlisle-duvall-county-blues-early-recordings-1933/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/carlisle-brothers-the-early-post-war-years-bacm-cd-600/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/the-carlisles-tennessee-memories/

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March 16, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/shug-fisher-his-ranchmen-cowboy-jubilee/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/hugh-shugs-radio-pals/

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March 16, 2019

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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March 15, 2019

15th March – birthday of Tom and Ted LeGarde, The LeGarde Twins, celebrated Australian country music duo also known as Australia’s Yodeling Stockmen. After early 1950s success in Australia where they were accomplished cowboys and rodeo riders they moved to North America in 1957, first in Canada then in the US, remaining active into the first decade of the 21st century. Ted sadly passed away in 2018. BACM have so far issued one collection of their early recordings – 29 tracks showcasing their talents, authentic country interpretations of mainly US classic songs. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/legarde-twins-one-little-letter/

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March 15, 2019

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, BACM CD 55 - several of Carls 1950s hits also feature on our Country Chart Memories discs ... http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/carl-smith-satisfaction-guaranteed/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1959-vol-1-cd-037/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1958-vol-3-cd-035/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1957-vol-2-cd-030/

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March 15, 2019

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. BACM 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). country-music-archive.com/country-cds/hardrock-gunter-that-bouncin-man-from-alabam/

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March 14, 2019

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

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March 14, 2019

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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March 14, 2019

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

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March 13, 2019

Anniversary (13th March) of the birthday of fine country singer and songwriter Jan Howard (Lula Grace Johnson (born March 13, 1929). 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’. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/jan-howard-belle-of-the-ball-cd-409/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1960-vol-4-cd-044/

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March 13, 2019

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

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March 12, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/earl-heywood-canadas-no-1-singing-cowboy/

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March 12, 2019

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

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March 11, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/jim-boyd-texas-moon-waltz/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/bill-boyd-vol-2-when-the-sun-goes-down/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/bill-boyd-vol-3-when-they-play-rural-rhythm-bacm-cd-512/

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March 11, 2019

11th March – anniversary of fine country singer/songwriter/guitarist Pete Pyle (April 1920-11 Mar 1995) whose performing career included session work with Bill Monroe, replacing Eddy Arnold as lead singer with Pee Wee King’s band as well as his solo work, some fine examples on our BACM CD – long overdue. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/pete-pyle-chuck-harding-bacm-cd-592/

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March 11, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/w-lee-odaniel-the-hillbilly-boys-1935-1938-cd-463/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/the-panachord-label-early-country-music/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/the-panachord-label-vol-2-

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March 11, 2019

11th March – birthday of Western Swing guitarist /bandleader Dude Martin (John McSwain, 11th March 1915 – 11 Feb 1991) who was king of the western music scene in the San Francisco Bay area for two decades from the mid 1930s. BACM’s CD194 features a selection of transcriptions cut by Dude and his Night Riders band in the 1935/36, a mix of western songs, country novelties and old fiddle tunes plus some originals. More of the band’s recordings are included on the BACM CD544 compilation of early California “Cowboys and Hillbillies” recordings. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/dude-martins-nevada-night-herders-cowboys-nightmare/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/early-california-cowboys-hillbillies-vol-2-bacm-cd-544/

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March 11, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/?s=neal+burris

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March 10, 2019

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 BACM: http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/homer-jethro-ground-hog/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/homer-jethro-unhappy-day/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/homer-jethro-volume-3/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/homer-jethro-vol-4-bacm-cd-497/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1959-vol-1-cd-037/

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March 10, 2019

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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March 8, 2019

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, one (Vol 2) focused on his early recordings … http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/stuart-hamblen-vol-2-prettiest-girl-in-town/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/stuart-hamblen-old-glory/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/early-california-cowboys-hillbillies-vol-2-bacm-cd-544/

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March 8, 2019

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 http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/johnnie-jack-the-tennessee-mountain-boys/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1958-vol-3-cd-035/

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March 7, 2019

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’: http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/pee-wee-king-kentucky-waltz/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/pre-war-western-swing-vol-2-rare-radio-broadcasts-bacm-cd-619/

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March 6, 2019

6 March. Birthday of King of Western Swing, Bob Wills, (March 6, 1905-13 May 1975). For collectors, BACM have released a CD of Wills Tiffany transcriptions which includes great takes of "Silver Dew On The Bluegrass Tonight" and "Dont Fence Me In". http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/bob-wills-his-texas-playboys-ole-buttermilk-sky-tiffany-transcriptions-1945/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/bob-wills-the-texas-playboys-live-1948-51-cd-550/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/south-of-the-border-

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March 5, 2019

5th March, exactly half a century since one of the saddest events in Country Music history, the plane crash that took Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins and Cowboy Copas. BACM have issued several discs of Hawkshaw Hawkins and Cowboy Copas recordings; Patsys big hits are included on

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March 5, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/cowboy-copas-any-old-time/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/cowboy-copas-vol-2-an-old-farm-for-sale/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/cowboy-copas-vol-3-blues-in-the-moonlight/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1960-vol-1-cd-041/

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March 5, 2019

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 Jimmies but through the 40s and 50s he reinvented himself as a ‘Western’ entertainer, becoming a popular cowboy radio singer and children’s television host.

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March 5, 2019

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": http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/hawkshaw-hawkins-heavenly-road/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/hawkshaw-hawkins-vol-2-more-country-classics/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1959-vol-2-cd-038/

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March 4, 2019

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. Our BACM CD 69 makes available 27 of his transcription tracks recorded in the 1940s and more recently we issued a compilation of Eddies movie cuts backed by Andy Parker & The Plainsmen. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/eddie-dean-dusty-old-saddle/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/eddie-dean-andy-parker-and-the-plainsmen-bacm-cd-547/

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March 2, 2019

2nd March – remembering legendary harmonica player Lonnie Glosson (Lonnie Marvin Glosson 14 Feb 1908 – 2 Mar 2001) whose performing career spanned seven decades from radio appearances on KMOX St. Louis in 1926 through to the 1980s bluegrass festival shows with long time fellow harmonica-duet partner Wayne Raney. The Glosson-Raney partnership began in 1936 and they did much to popularize the harmonica (reportedly they shifted more than 5 million harmonicas through their radio shows which were sponsored by a harmonica brand). In 1949 they began their association with the Delmore Brothers with whom they cut some superb recordings on the King label. BACM have not yet issued a dedicated CD but Glosson can be heard on several of our CDs including CD 315 (Wayne Raney Featuring The Delmore Brothers) and A Taste Of King (CD093). http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/wayne-raney-featuring-the-delmore-brothers/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/a-taste-of-king-soppin-up-the-gravy/

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March 2, 2019

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 Halls authorship is disputed. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/roy-hall-his-cohutta-mountain-boys-complete-detroit-nashville-recordings-1949-53-cd-442/

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March 2, 2019

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). http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/arkansas-arkie-woodchopper-old-time-songs-square-dances/

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March 1, 2019

1 March – birthday of influential western swing slide steel maestro Leon McAuliffe (Mar 1 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”! http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/leon-mcauliffe-his-cimarron-boys-cd-438/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/dot-label-classic-country-music/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1961-part-4-cd-048/

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February 28, 2019

28 February – birthday of Eleonora Parker , (b. 28 Feb 1922) of hillbilly and bluegrass group The Parker Family, popular in West Virginia and region during the 1940s and through to the 1970s. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/parker-family-country-bluegrass-gospel-bacm-cd-569/

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February 28, 2019

Feb 28 – 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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/fiddlin-arthur-smith-give-me-old-time-music/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/bluebird-label-vol-2-

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February 28, 2019

Feb 28 – 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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/don-helms-plays-hank-williams-other-favourites-cd-457/

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February 27, 2019

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 worlds 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 Turners bands "Rocket 88" later popularized by Bill Haley.  However despite his forays into early Rockabilly/Rock, Gunters 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 Gunters work, across  mix of styles.

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February 27, 2019

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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February 26, 2019

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 Ill go down in history as the greatest fiddler (by the help of God) in my profession, and Ill have the joy of knowing that I have, at least, made people happy along the way, and Ill 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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February 24, 2019

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. BACM have compiled three CDs of her recordings. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/goldie-hill-i-let-the-stars-get-in-my-eyes/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/goldie-hill-vol-2-its-only-a-matter-of-time/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/goldie-hill-vol-3-baby-blue-bacm-cd-611/

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February 24, 2019

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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February 23, 2019

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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February 23, 2019

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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February 22, 2019

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 BACM CD showcases his country side …

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February 21, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/don-reno-red-smiley-tree-of-life/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/dot-label-classic-country-music/

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February 21, 2019

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). http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/york-brothers-going-back-to-the-sunny-south/

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February 21, 2019

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! http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/ray-whitley-with-the-six-bar-cowboys-back-in-the-saddle-again/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/apollo-label-classic-country-music/

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February 20, 2019

20th Feb – Birthday of country crooner Mervin J. Shiner (born Feb 20th 1921), now forgotten but a superb talent. BACM’s CD 125 showcases the best of his recordings cut between 1949 and 1952; the earlier sessions have refreshingly different takes on a brace of current Hank Williams hits; other standouts are seven tracks from 1952 backed with Grady Martin and the Slew Foot Five (some nice signature guitar riffs from a young Grady) and some superb country ballads. Fine tenor voice who could slide into tto (Sweet Mama Blues, Slippin Around With Jolie Blon). An hour of enjoyable music, every track, for fans of early 50s, authentic stripped-down country. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/mervin-shiner-steppin-out/

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February 20, 2019

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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February 19, 2019

Feb 19th - 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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/grandpa-jones-youre-never-too-old-for-love/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/grandpa-jones-vol-2-going-down-the-country-cd-440/

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February 19, 2019

19 Feb - birthday of Riley Crabtree (19 Feb 1912 - 1 April 1984), poignant-voiced country music singer/ songwriter, much influenced by Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/riley-crabtree-1955-1963-recordings-bacm-cd-567/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/following-in-the-footsteps-of-jimmie-rodgers-

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February 18, 2019

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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February 17, 2019

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

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February 17, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/york-brothers-going-back-to-the-sunny-south/

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February 16, 2019

16th February - anniversary of old timey country singer Frank Welling (Feb 16 1898 - 23 Jan 1957) who teamed up with John McGhee in the late 1920s, with Welling on lead vocals, steel and guitar and McGhee on harmonica and guitar and bass harmony vocals. BACMs CD focuses on their 1930-31 recordings, their sweet harmony vocals serving up sentimental songs, some with echoes of Irish/Scottish folk melodies. Their sound somewhat similar to, but less bluesey than, their contemporaries Darby & Tarlton (Tom Darby and Jimmie Tarlton). http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/frank-welling-john-mcghee-i-wants-my-lulu/

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February 16, 2019

16th February – remembering country music musician and evangelist Redd Harper (29 Sept. 1903 – 16 February 88). http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/redd-harper-remember-the-alimony/

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February 16, 2019

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 (BACM) has so far compiled four CDs of his recordings, two of them featuring rare radio transcriptions. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/jimmy-wakely-cowboys-heaven/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/rough-riders-moon-over-the-trail/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/the-rough-riders-vol-2/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/jimmy-wakely-vol-4-that-last-long-trail/

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February 16, 2019

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 BACM release, mostly good fun and humour. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/smiley-burnette-country-songs-comic-cuts/

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February 15, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/wally-fowler-thats-the-last-straw/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/wally-fowler-the-georgia-clodhoppers-vol-2-cd-431/

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February 14, 2019

14th February – birthday anniversary of legendary harmonica player Lonnie Glosson (Lonnie Marvin Glosson 14 Feb 1908 – 2 Mar 2001) whose performing career spanned seven decades from radio appearances on KMOX St. Louis in 1926 through to the 1980s bluegrass festival shows with long time fellow harmonica-duet partner Wayne Raney. The Glosson-Raney partnership began in 1936 and they did much to popularize the harmonica (reportedly they shifted more than 5 million harmonicas through their radio shows which were sponsored by a harmonica brand). In 1949 they began their association with the Delmore Brothers with whom they cut some superb recordings on the King label. BACM have not yet issued a dedicated CD but Glosson can be heard on several of our CDs including CD 315 (Wayne Raney Featuring The Delmore Brothers) and A Taste Of King (CD093). http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/wayne-raney-featuring-the-delmore-brothers/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/a-taste-of-king-soppin-up-the-gravy/

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February 13, 2019

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!”-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!”- http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/smoky-dawson-great-australian-singersongwriter/

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February 12, 2019

12 February - birthday of "The Italian Cowboy", Guido DAmico (12 Feb 1918-1 May 2008), Canadian country singer who achieved some popularity in the western provinces in Canada from the early 1940s. One of a raft of Canadian country talents featured on BACMs Canadian Country compilations. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/canadian-country/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/canadian-country-vol-4-

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February 11, 2019

11th February - remembering Western Swing guitarist /bandleader Dude Martin (John McSwain, 11th March 1915 - 11 Feb 1991) who was king of the western music scener in the San Francisco Bay area for two decades from the mid 1930s. BACMs CD194 features a selection of transcriptions cut by Dude and his Night Riders band in the 1935/36, a mix of western songs, country novelties and old fiddle tunes plus some originals. More of the bands recordings are included on the BACM CD544 compilation of early California "Cowboys and Hillbillies" recordings. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/dude-martins-nevada-night-herders-cowboys-nightmare/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/early-california-cowboys-hillbillies-vol-2-bacm-cd-544/

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February 10, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/james-roberts-martha-carson-im-gonna-let-it-shine/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/martha-carson-ill-shout-and-shine/

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February 10, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/york-brothers-going-back-to-the-sunny-south/

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February 9, 2019

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 BACM’s compilation of rare radio transcriptions from 1944. Also, for fans of 1950s country, several of Tubb’s hits are featured on our Country Memories series … http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/ernest-tubb-just-rollin-on/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1959-vol-3-cd-039/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1959-vol-4-cd-040/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1958-vol-4-cd-036/

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February 8, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/lulu-belle-scotty-the-sweethearts-of-country-music/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/lulu-belle-scotty-vol-2-bacm-cd-535/

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February 7, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/dock-boggs-emry-arthur/

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February 7, 2019

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 style, from 1947 into the 1960s http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/wilma-lee-stoney-cooper-on-the-banks-of-the-river/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1959-vol-2-cd-038/

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February 7, 2019

7th Feb. Birthday of Texas Jim Robertson (February 7, 1909- November 11, 1966), deep-voiced American country singer who enjoyed  a fair measure of success as a recording artist in the 1950s and ’60s. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/texas-jim-robertson-purple-night-on-the-prairie/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/texas-jim-robertson-vol-2-put-your-arms-around-me/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/texas-jim-robertson-vol-3-down-on-the-texas-range-bacm-cd-485/

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February 7, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/dale-evans-the-rage-of-the-sage/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/cowgirl-shuffle-

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February 6, 2019

6th February – remembering Walt Schrum (July 4, 1912 to February 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). http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/cal-shrum-vol-2-rodeo-rhythm/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/cal-shrum-his-rhythm-rangers-colorado-hillbillies/

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February 6, 2019

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). http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/merle-kilgore-johnny-reb-bacm-cd-490/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1960-vol-3-cd-043/

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February 5, 2019

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 (

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February 5, 2019

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 BACM compilation …

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February 4, 2019

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. BACM have issued four compilation CDs from the duo:..

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February 2, 2019

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. BACM have produced two CD compilations … http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/lester-mcfarland-mac-bob-robert-gardner-songs-for-country-home-folks-vol-1/http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/mac-bob-songs-for-country-home-folks-vol-2/

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February 1, 2019

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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January 31, 2019

31stJan - 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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January 30, 2019

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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January 30, 2019

30 January – 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. BACMs CD339 includes the 24 tracks they recorded for the Standard label in 1939 plus six recordings they cut in 1947 as the Northwesterners. Several of their recordings with Western star Eddie Dean are on BACM CD69 http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/pals-of-the-golden-west/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/eddie-dean-dusty-old-saddle/

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January 30, 2019

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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January 28, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/al-dexter-high-price-for-love/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/the-melotone-label-

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January 28, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/t-texas-tyler-country-boy/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/t-texas-tyler-vol-2-live-1948-1950-cd-419/

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January 27, 2019

27 January -   birthday of Walter Callahan  (27 Jan 1910 – 10 Sept 1971), of old timey duo The Callahan Brothers.  BACM’s CD features mainly their mid 1930s recordings plus one track from 1951 when the brothers were part of Lefty Frizzel’s roadshow. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/callahan-brothers-take-the-news-to-mother-bacm-cd-578/

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January 27, 2019

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 … http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/frankie-marvin-early-recordings-by-gene-autrys-no-1-sideman/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/frankie-marvin-vol-2-bacm-cd-509/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/the-edison-label-classic-old-time-music/

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January 27, 2019

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, and 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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/shelton-brothers-vol-2-beautiful-louisiana/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/shelton-brothers-rompin-and-stompin-around/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/shelton-brothers-vol-3-cd-562/

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January 26, 2019

26 January – birthday congratulations to the legendary 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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/claude-gray-the-tall-texan/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1960-vol-3-cd-043/

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January 26, 2019

January 26.  Birthday of James OGwynn (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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January 26, 2019

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”. BACM have so far compiled three CDs of his historic recordings under his own name and McMichens playing is also heard on our Riley Puckett collections and the CDs dedicated to early Columbia and Decca recordings, among others. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/clayton-mcmichen-the-legendary-fiddler/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/clayton-mcmichen-the-legendary-fiddler-vol-2/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/clayton-mcmichen-the-legendary-fiddler-vol-3-bacm-cd-599/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/the-decca-5000-series-classic-country-music/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/riley-puckett-theres-a-hard-time-coming/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/riley-puckett-gonna-raise-a-ruckus-tonight/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/riley-puckett-vol-3-the-cat-came-back-bacm-cd-590/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/the-columbia-label-classic-old-time-music/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/hugh-cross-old-time-music-from-the-smoky-mountains/

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January 26, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/doc-hopkins-his-country-boys-vol-1/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/doc-hopkins-his-country-boys-vol-2/

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January 25, 2019

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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January 23, 2019

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 Canadas provinces.

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January 23, 2019

23 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. BACM have so far released three compilations.

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January 23, 2019

January 23, 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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January 22, 2019

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

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January 22, 2019

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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January 19, 2019

January 19.  Remembering  James OGwynn (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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January 19, 2019

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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January 18, 2019

18 January - remembering legendary country music DJ and musician Smilin Eddie Hill (21 July 1921 to 18 January 1994).

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January 18, 2019

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

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January 17, 2019

17 January – remembering anniversary of Kentuckian bluegrass singer, guitarist and songwriter Hylo Brown (Frank Brown Jnr., (20 Apr 1922 – 17 Jan 2003). His performing career stretched from the late 1930s through to 1980s, hi-lights including his association with the legendary Bradley Kincaid (he played rhythm guitar on Kincaid’s final Capitol sessions in 1950) and with Bill Monroe as one of the Blue Grass Boys, his membership appearances on the popular Flatt & Scruggs shows from 1957 and his bringing bluegrass to new audiences at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival. Although much influenced by Monroe’s ‘Classic bluegrass’ style, Brown was an innovator, creating his unique style on both bluegrass and country.

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January 17, 2019

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

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January 17, 2019

17th 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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January 17, 2019

17 January - 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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January 16, 2019

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. A fascinating life - from Scottish bank clerk to penniless hobo (in Canada) and then becoming the worlds first millionaire poet. In his 70s, he played 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 Snows 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 ; 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; the album is also on the great Bear Family box set, The Singing Ranger Vol.3)

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January 16, 2019

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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January 14, 2019

14th Jan – birthday of Louisiana born country and rockabilly singer, guitarist and songwriter Al Terry (Allison Theriot, 14 Jan 1922 - 23 Nov 1985), whose early guitar style was influenced by Django Reinhart. Nowadays best remembered for his mid ‘50s rockabilly  recordings he was also an accomplished ballad singer with a distinctive voice. His best known composition, Good Deal, Lucille, gave him a hit in 1954 and was later recorded by the legendary Jack Scott. BACM’s CD focuses on mainly on his country ballads, recordings from the early 1950s.

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January 14, 2019

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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January 13, 2019

13 January - birthday of 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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January 12, 2019

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. BACM hold a horde of Ritter recordings, many of them rare 78 rpms and have so far compiled three CDs …

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January 11, 2019

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/mac-odell-the-old-country-boy/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/the-mercury-label-

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January 11, 2019

January 11 – 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 BACM CD 107 which also includes several of her duets with Justin Tubb recorded in 1954. So far BACM have compiled three CDs of Goldies recordings. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/goldie-hill-i-let-the-stars-get-in-my-eyes/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/goldie-hill-vol-2-its-only-a-matter-of-time/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/goldie-hill-vol-3-baby-blue-bacm-cd-611/

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January 10, 2019

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 Its A Sin. His distinctive vocals and superb guitar styles, showcased on BACM CD 506

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January 9, 2019

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 2002. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/eddie-zack-his-dude-ranchers/

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January 6, 2019

6 Jan - birthday anniversary of Autry Inman (Robert Autry Inman, 6 Jan 1929 - 6 Sep 1988). A child guitar prodigy  who formed his first band at age 112; he went to carve out a successful career both as a solo artist and backing top stars including Cowboy Copas and George Morgan. Inman was also a fine songwriter creating hits for the likes of Hank Williams, George Jones and Johnny Cash.

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January 3, 2019

January 3 – 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”!
http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/leon-mcauliffe-his-cimarron-boys-cd-438/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/dot-label-classic-country-music/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1961-part-4-cd-048/

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January 3, 2019

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).
http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/doye-odell-if-tears-were-gold/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/doye-odell-vol-2-shut-up-and-drink-your-beer-cd-445/

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January 3, 2019

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 … http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/rome-johnson-my-dream-boat-is-drifting-cd-413/

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January 3, 2019

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 & 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.
http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/doc-hopkins-his-country-boys-vol-1/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/doc-hopkins-his-country-boys-vol-2/

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January 3, 2019

January 3 – 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”!
http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/leon-mcauliffe-his-cimarron-boys-cd-438/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/dot-label-classic-country-music/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1961-part-4-cd-048/

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January 2, 2019

January 2nd – 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.  BACM have so far compiled three Ritter CDs …
http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/tex-ritter-americas-most-beloved-cowboy/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/tex-ritter-froggy-went-a-courtin/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/tex-ritter-pledge-of-allegiance/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/the-melotone-label-

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January 2, 2019

2nd 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”. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/don-reno-red-smiley-tree-of-life/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/dot-label-classic-country-music/

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January 2, 2019

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!
http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/little-jimmy-dickens-hot-diggity-dog/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1962-cd-4/

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January 2, 2019

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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January 1, 2019

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.
http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/esco-hankins-rising-sun/
http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/country-gospel-vol-4-

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January 1, 2019

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. BACM’s 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: http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/moon-mullican-the-end-of-the-rainbow/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/louisiana-stomp-

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December 31, 2018

31 December – birthday 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.
http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/idaho-call-boots-faye-heartaches-cd-462/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/country-music-on-capitol-

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December 31, 2018

December 31. Birthday of  “Arizona Cowboy” Rex Allen (December 31, 1920 – December 17, 1999). BACM have so far issued four CD collections  … http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/rex-allen-the-voice-of-the-west/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/rex-allen-sky-boss/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/rex-allen-song-of-the-hills/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/rex-allen-the-arizona-cowboy/

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December 30, 2018

December 30th. Birthday of popular country/crossover songstress “Skeeter Davis” (Mary Frances Penick, December 30, 1931 – September 19, 2004). She had a distinctive plaintive voice, often recorded harmonising with herself in multi-track, mimicking the sound of her early ‘50’s duets with Betty Jack Davis as ‘The Davis Sisters’.  As the leading female on RCA’s roster, most of her recordings were produced by Chet Atkins and many feature his  guitar accompaniment – classic “Nashville Country Sound – before the time when lush strings came in and smothered out ‘The Country’”.  BACM have released this CD, which features her “Lost To A Geisha Girl” hit along with the haunting “Wishful Thinking” and her superb version of Carl Belew’s “Am I That Easy To Forget”.
http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/skeeter-davis-lost-to-a-geisha-girl/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1960-vol-1-cd-041/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1959-vol-3-cd-039/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1958-vol-1-cd-033/

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December 28, 2018

28th December – remembering Hank Harral (Sep 2, 1913 - Dec 28, 1985) Texas country singer, guitarist, band leader and, later, DJ and record label owner / promoter (Caprock Records, whose artistes included Western Swing legend Hoyle Nix). Harral began his performing career in the early 30s as The Happy Yodeler; by the late 40s was leading his own Western Swing band, the superb Palomino Cowhands, featured on our BACM 302 compilation.

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December 27, 2018

December 27th, Birthday greetings from all at BACM to steel guitar ace LT Zinn (born Dec 27th, 1924 in Hanover, PA). Hooked on the sound of Hawaiian guitar as a youngster, LT was one of the pioneers of country-steel who spent several years with the famed 101 Ranch Boys and went on to tour/ record with the likes of Tex Ritter, Ernest Tubb, Roy Rogers, Faron Young, Patsy Cline and Randy Travis. A legendary musician and true gentleman who at 93 still enjoys jamming with friends and still has a twinkle in his eye!  Visit LT’s website at http://ltzinn.com/ for his interesting life story and check out his CDs for sale, Hawaiian, “101 Ranch” and sacred.  BACM have compiled one CD of 101 Ranch Boys music which includes several LT tracks … http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/101-ranch-boys/

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December 26, 2018

December 26th, remembering Jimmie Osborne ( 8 April 1923- 26 Dec. 1958), DJ, guitarist and country singer / songwriter who styled himself “The Kentucky Folk Singer” as he wrote many sombre and sentimental story songs based on topical events. His biggest hit was one such, ‘The Death Of Little Kathy Fiscus’, the story of the tragic death of a young girl in California. So far the Archive have released two selections of his recordings, Jimmie Osborne – Hills of Roan County and Jimmie Osborne – Vol. 2, each with about 25 tracks: http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/jimmie-osborne-hills-of-roan-county/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/jimmie-osborne-vol-2-bacm-128/

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December 26, 2018

26 December – remembering Joe Shelton (27 Jan 1911- 26 Dec 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, and 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 three compilations, celebrating their important legacy.
http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/shelton-brothers-rompin-and-stompin-around/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/shelton-brothers-vol-2-beautiful-louisiana/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/shelton-brothers-vol-3-cd-562/

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December 25, 2018

Dec 25th, anniversary of 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 theyve influenced every harmony Ive ever tried to sing".  As Dylans 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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December 25, 2018

Dec 25th. Birthday of 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. Our first 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. Our second, more fine honky tonk style recordings from 1935 to 1940. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/buddy-jones-police-officer-honky-tonk-singer/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/buddy-jones-policeman-honky-tonk-singer-vol-2-bacm-cd-587/

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December 24, 2018

24th December, birthday of  Lulu Belle (Dec 24, 1913–Feb 8, 1999),  of country music duo Lulu Belle and Scotty one of the major country music acts of the 1930s and 1940s and  dubbed The Sweethearts of Country Music.

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December 24, 2018

24th December – anniversary 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’). His recording legacy includes a celebrated album of Jimmie Rodgers covers – several tracks are included on BACM’s CD 387. Our CD511 (Hillbilly On A Budget Vol 2) includes Al’s renditions of some Hank Snow hits. Superb! http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/following-in-the-footsteps-of-jimmie-rodgers-

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December 22, 2018

22nd December. Birthday of Hawkshaw Hawkins (December 22, 1921 - March 5, 1963); country crooner, with smooth baritone voice, 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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December 21, 2018

21 Dec – birthday of Alabama born country musician and songwriter Freddie Hart (Frederick Segrest, 21 Dec 1926 - 27 Oct 2018). A distinctive vocalist, his major influences were Hank Williams whom Hart worked for briefly as a roadie and Lefty Frizzell with whom Hart worked until 1953 when Hart got his record deal with Capitol. He scored a chart-topping pop hit in 1971 with Easy Lovin’. He was also an accomplished songwriter with his songs being recorded by the likes of Patsy Cline, George Jones, Porter Wagoner and Lefty Frizzell. Freddie continued to perform at festivals and other venues into his 90s, mainly gospel material. BACM have at last got around to issuing a CD compilation showcasing some of his country recordings, mainly from the early 1950s before he achieved wide fame. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/freddie-hart-the-whole-world-holding-hands-bacm-cd-601/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/country-music-on-capitol-

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December 20, 2018

20th December – anniversary of Johnny Marvin, (John Senator Marvin,  July 11, 1887 -  Dec 20, 1945) early hillbilly singer and ukulele player,  brother of Frankie Marvin (BACM CD 003). The two brothers befriended a young Gene Autry and helped him get his first recording contract in 1929. Wrote or co-wrote many of Autry’s most popular songs including the much recorded Dust.  Despite his musical talents and influence in the burgeoning hillbilly recording industry he is nowadays largely forgotten.   BACM have released two CDs of Johnnys recordings, covering both his early (1920s/early 30s) recordings, and his later and final recordings (1939 and 1940).

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December 19, 2018

19 Dec – birth anniversary of Little Jimmy Dickens (James Cecil Dickens, born Dec 19, 1920-Jan 3, 2015), diminutive country music singer, best known for his humorous novelty songs he could also serve up a great country ballad and recorded with the top session men of the day. The Archive have released one CD, all of Dickens’ Columbia recordings, 1949-52 , most of them featuring ace musicians Bob Moore (bass) and  Grady Martin and Floyd Robinson on guitars (Moore and Martin were founder members with Dickens of the popular The Country Boys act). Country music with a smile!
http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/little-jimmy-dickens-hot-diggity-dog/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1962-cd-4/

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December 19, 2018

December 19th – remembering Marion Worth ( Jul 4, 1930 – Dec 19, 1999) was an American Country and pop singer, regular performer on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee who scored several pop hits in the early 1960s.
http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/marion-worth-tennessee-teardrops-cd-474/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1960-vol-2-cd-042/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1962-cd-2/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1960-vol-3-cd-043/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1959-vol-3-cd-039/

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December 19, 2018

19th December – Birthday 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 BACM compilation of early Bill Carlisle tracks … plus late 40s Carlisle Brothers recordings with steel-guitarist brother Cliff and a collection of The Carlisles 1950s recordings, with a new line up following Cliffs retirement.
http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/bill-carlisle-duvall-county-blues-early-recordings-1933/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/carlisle-brothers-the-early-post-war-years-bacm-cd-600/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/the-carlisles-tennessee-memories/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/the-decca-5000-series-classic-country-music/

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December 19, 2018

19th December – remembering Edwin Miolen (Nov 11, 1916 – Dec 19, 1965) one half (with brother Edward) of country music close-harmony duo The Milo Twins, popular in the 1940s and 1950s. Nice mix of songs and styles on BACMs CD 272 including their 1948 hit Truck Drivers Blues.

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December 18, 2018

December 18th.  Anniversary of the birth of  Wilf Carter (December 18, 1904 – December 5, 1996), Canadian country music singer/ yodeller, guitarist and songwriter.  BACM have released one CD with a selection of  his early (1930s/40s) recordings … http://country-music-archive.com/announcement/december-18th-wilf-carter-death/

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December 17, 2018

17th December. Remembering Rex Allen (December 31, 1920 – December 17, 1999), American singer/guitarist,  songwriter and actor, known as the Arizona Cowboy. He began his recording career (with Mercury) in 1948,and appeared in 19 Western movies between 1952 and 1954,  many featuring songs which he wrote and performed. He had a rich baritone voice with extraordinary range, easily sliding between deep bass and tto or full yodel as well as being well suited for narration.  Respected musicologist Bill Malone rated Allen as having arguably the “Best voice in the annals of country music”. BACM have so far issued four CD collections, reflecting his extraordinary talents and versatility … http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/rex-allen-sky-boss/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/rex-allen-the-voice-of-the-west/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/rex-allen-song-of-the-hills/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/rex-allen-the-arizona-cowboy/

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December 17, 2018

December 17th. Birthday of “Spade Cooley” (Donnell Clyde Cooley, December 17, 1910 – November 23, 1969), American Western swing musician and band leader. BACM have issued two collections of live performances of Cooley and his band, supported by his regular top notch vocalists, including Tex Williams, Smokey Rogers and Jimmie Widener.

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December 17, 2018

Birthday of Karl Davis, Country musician, songwriter, and radio performer (Dec 17, 1905. - May 30, 1979), best known as member of old timey close harmony duo Karl & Harty andas writer of several country classics including Kentucky and I’m Here To Get My Baby Out of Jail, both of which were recorded by the Everly Brothers on their Songs Our Daddy Taught Us LP. Karl & Hartys legacy is showcased on two BACM albums.

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December 16, 2018

16th Dec – remembering 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 playing 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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December 16, 2018

16th December - remembering feisty country music singer-songwriter Jenny Lou Carson, (January 13, 1915–December 16, 1978, born Virginia Lucille Overstake).  She was the first woman to write a No. 1 country music hit (Jealous Heart)  and was one of the most prolific songwriters in country music, other classics included 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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December 16, 2018

16 December - birthday of Bob Gardner (16 Dec 1897-30 Sep 1978), guitarist and vocalist 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 BACM CDs …

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December 12, 2018

12th December-remembering 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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/buddy-williams-down-the-old-bush-track/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/g-day-country-music-from-down-under-bacm-cd-532/

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December 11, 2018

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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December 10, 2018

10 December - remembering country crooner Dolph Hewitt (15 July 1914 - 10 Dec 1996). His radio performing career began in 1930, going on to record for RCA and,  billed as "The boy from the hills of Old Pennsylvania", becoming a mainstay on the National Barn Dance show on WLS.

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December 10, 2018

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. BACMs 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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December 9, 2018

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! http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/tommy-jackson-the-legendary-session-fiddler/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/the-mercury-label-

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December 8, 2018

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/ozie-waters-the-colorado-ranger-vol-2/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/ozie-waters-its-indian-summer/

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December 8, 2018

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/bonnie-lou-danger-heartbreak-ahead/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/bonnie-lou-vol-2-barnyard-hop-bacm-cd-593/

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December 7, 2018

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/hoyt-slim-bryant-his-wildcats/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/hoyt-slim-bryant-his-wildcats-vol-2/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/hoyt-slim-bryant-his-wildcats-vol-3/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/down-the-transcription-trail-

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December 7, 2018

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  BACM CD 68 and BACM CD 365. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/bob-atcher-hunters-of-kentucky/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/bob-atcher-vol-2-with-bonnie-blue-eyes-randy-atcher/

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December 7, 2018

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’. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/bill-boyd-his-cowboy-ramblers-swinging-singing/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/bill-boyd-vol-2-when-the-sun-goes-down/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/bill-boyd-vol-3-when-they-play-rural-rhythm-bacm-cd-512/

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December 6, 2018

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 Hughs fine and inventive fiddle playing on BACMs two collections of  Sons  Of The Pioneers  transcription recordings cut in the early ‘40s, across a wide range of tempos and styles.

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December 5, 2018

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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December 5, 2018

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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December 5, 2018

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/ray-whitley-with-the-six-bar-cowboys-back-in-the-saddle-again/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/apollo-label-classic-country-music/

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December 4, 2018

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

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December 4, 2018

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/wayne-raney-featuring-the-delmore-brothers/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/wayne-raney-featuring-the-delmore-brothers/

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December 3, 2018

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

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December 3, 2018

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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December 3, 2018

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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December 3, 2018

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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December 2, 2018

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/jerry-irby-link-davis-texas-swing/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/bar-x-cowboys-complete-recordings-vol-1/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/bar-x-cowboys-complete-recordings-vol-2/

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December 1, 2018

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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December 1, 2018

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 Dont Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes. Thirty of his best recordings are showcased on BACMs CD 317...

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November 30, 2018

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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November 29, 2018

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/merle-travis-dapper-dan/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/merle-travis-tex-ann-wild-goose/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/the-coonhunters-featuring-merle-travis/

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November 27, 2018

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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November 26, 2018

26 November – birthday of Jimmie Re

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November 26, 2018

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  http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/mel-price-the-game-of-broken-hearts/

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November 26, 2018

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/cousin-herb-henson-his-trading-post-gang/

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November 25, 2018

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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November 24, 2018

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/kenneth-houchins-the-yodeling-drifter/    http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/prairie-ramblers-vol-4-rollin-along-bacm-603/

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November 24, 2018

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/the-wilburn-brothers-the-knoxville-girl/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1959-vol-2-cd-038/

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November 23, 2018

14th Jan – birthday of Louisiana born country and rockabilly singer, guitarist and songwriter Al Terry (Allison Theriot, 14 Jan 1922 - 23 Nov 1985), whose early guitar style was influenced by Django Reinhart. Nowadays best remembered for his mid ‘50s rockabilly  recordings he was also an accomplished ballad singer with a distinctive voice. His best known composition, Good Deal, Lucille, gave him a hit in 1954 and was later recorded by the legendary Jack Scott. BACM’s CD focuses on mainly on his country ballads, recordings from the early 1950s.

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November 23, 2018

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 http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/roy-acuff-in-the-shadow-of-the-smokies/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1958-vol-4-cd-036/

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November 23, 2018

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 … http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/spade-cooley-his-western-dance-band-vol-1-live-1944-46-cd411/  http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/tex-williams-river-of-no-return/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/spade-cooley-live-vol-2-cd-449/

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November 22, 2018

Nov 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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November 22, 2018

22nd 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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/doye-odell-if-tears-were-gold/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/doye-odell-vol-2-shut-up-and-drink-your-beer-cd-445/

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November 21, 2018

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. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/jean-shepard-this-has-been-your-life/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/country-music-on-capitol-

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November 20, 2018

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 Anns duets with then husband Merle Travis.

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November 19, 2018

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 Aint Never [Webb Pierce],The Snakes Crawl At Night [Charlie Pride] and Ruby, Dont 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 in November 1917 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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November 18, 2018

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 hours listening for those who like an authentic "Down-home country" sound, guitar, fiddle and dobro - and superb vocals.

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November 17, 2018

November 17th. Remembering the great Don Gibson (April 3, 1928 – November 17, 2003), country musician and composer of many  country classics including "I Cant Stop Loving You", “O lonesome me” and "Sweet Dreams".  Collectors may be interested in BACMs selection of his best work from the late 40s to early ‘50s before he hit the big-time with  “O lonesome me” in 1957. For fans of 1950s country crossover, several of Gibsons hits appear on our Country Memories collections. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/don-gibson-i-love-no-one-but-you/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1958-vol-1-cd-033/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1958-vol-2-cd-034/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1958-vol-3-cd-035/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1958-vol-4-cd-036/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1959-vol-1-cd-037/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1959-vol-2-cd-038/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1959-vol-3-cd-039/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1959-vol-4-cd-040/

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November 17, 2018

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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November 17, 2018

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 Martins – BACM 96 and BACM 234, the latter, duets with Red Foley.

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November 17, 2018

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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November 16, 2018

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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November 16, 2018

16th November – anniversary of Rusty Gill (June 10, 1919- Nov 16, 2008), talented cowboy singer and songwriter; smooth baritone voice, not dissimilar to Rex Allens, 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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November 12, 2018

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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November 12, 2018

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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November 12, 2018

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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November 11, 2018

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 Worlds 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 Montanas 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 BACMs CD 209, featuring Rays vocals and fine fiddle playing.

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November 11, 2018

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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November 11, 2018

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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November 11, 2018

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/harry-mcclintock-vol-2-plus-other-artists-bacm-502/ and See more »



November 9, 2018

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 Curlys brilliant and distinctive fiddle playing.

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November 8, 2018

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 McGintys 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

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November 8, 2018

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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November 8, 2018

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 …
http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/lulu-belle-scotty-the-sweethearts-of-country-music/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/lulu-belle-scotty-vol-2-bacm-cd-535/

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November 6, 2018

6th 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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November 6, 2018

6th 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

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November 5, 2018

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  http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/johnny-horton-i-wont-forget/
As a prolific crossover hitmaker in the lated 50s/early 60s, his hits are featured on several of our Chart Memories series:
http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1958-vol-4-cd-036/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1959-vol-2-cd-038/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1959-vol-1-cd-037/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1960-vol-1-cd-041/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1961-cd-1/ http://country-music-archive.com/chart-memories/country-music-chart-memories-1962-cd-3/

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November 5, 2018

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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November 5, 2018

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" , "Nobodys Darling But Mine" and Theres a New Moon Over My Shoulder". The Archive have so far realised one CD of his work.

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November 4, 2018

4 Nov - remembering Kathleen Phipps (Kathleen Norris Helton, April 22, 1924 – November 4, 1992), who as wife of AL Phipps was a key member of old timey group the  Phipps Family playing autoharp and vocals.

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November 3, 2018

November 3rd. Anniversary of Leon Huff (November 3rd 1912 –  May 8th 1952), one of the great country vocalists and guitar pickers 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. BACM have compiled two dedicated Leon Huff collections, which include several rare radio transcriptions. Leon is also featured on other BACM discs including the Light Crust Doughboys CD 363 and the W. Lee ODaniels & His Hillbilly Boys (CD463) CDs.

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November 2, 2018

2nd November –  remembering Buddy Starcher (Oby Edgar Starcher, 16 Mar 1906 - 2 Nov 2001) American country singer / songwriter and outstanding guitarist.  Bill Cliftons liner notes to our BACM CD of Buddys 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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November 1, 2018

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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November 1, 2018

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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October 31, 2018

31st 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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October 31, 2018

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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October 31, 2018

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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October 31, 2018

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 40s radio takes

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October 30, 2018

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 Cowboys Sweetheart".  The Country Music Archive have released two compilations of Patsys classic recordings.

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October 29, 2018

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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October 28, 2018

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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October 28, 2018

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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October 27, 2018

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

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October 27, 2018

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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October 27, 2018

27 Oct – remembering Alabama born country musician and songwriter Freddie Hart (Frederick Segrest, 21 Dec 1926 - 27 Oct 2018). A distinctive vocalist, his major influences were Hank Williams whom Hart worked for briefly as a roadie and Lefty Frizzell with whom Hart worked until 1953 when Hart got his record deal with Capitol. He scored a chart-topping pop hit in 1971 with Easy Lovin’. He was also an accomplished songwriter with his songs being recorded by the likes of Patsy Cline, George Jones, Porter Wagoner and Lefty Frizzell. BACM have at last got around to issuing a CD compilation showcasing some of his country recordings, mainly from the early 1950s before he achieved wide fame. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/freddie-hart-the-whole-world-holding-hands-bacm-cd-601/ http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/country-music-on-capitol-

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October 25, 2018

25th October – birthday of Capitol recording artiste Jeanne Black (Oct 25, 1937 - Oct 23, 2014) who scored a million seller hit in 1960 with Hell Have to Stay, an answer record to Jim Reeves smash, Hell 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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October 24, 2018

24 October - anniversary 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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October 23, 2018

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 BACMs CD 488, DANNY DILL – LONG BLACK VEIL.  

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October 23, 2018

23 October - 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 later recordings are rare and long overlooked, hauntingly beautiful songs and harmonies.

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October 20, 2018

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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October 20, 2018

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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October 20, 2018

20th 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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October 20, 2018

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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October 20, 2018

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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October 20, 2018

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).  Hamblens recording career goes back to the early 30s,  as a Jimmie Rodgers styled singer/yodeler. The Archive have compiled two CDs of his work.

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October 19, 2018

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 (Crosss 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 & Shugs Radio Pals.

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October 17, 2018

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 Skinners distinctive baritone counterpointed with Lunsfords driving electric mandolin.

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October 16, 2018

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 BACMs The Knoxville Girl CD ...

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October 16, 2018

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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October 16, 2018

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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October 16, 2018

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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October 15, 2018

15th October – birthday of Western Swing pioneer and all round entertainer Texas Jim Lewis whose popular Lone Star Cowboys group was formed in the late 1930s. BACM have so far compiled three CDs of his recordings, mainly a mix of western swing and reworkings of popular songs as well as some fun novelty tunes, some featuring Lewis playing the Hootinannie – a contraption that incorporated bells, percussion and horns! http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/texas-jim-lewis-rose-of-the-border/  http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/texas-jim-lewis-vol-2-in-new-york-hollywood-1937-39/  http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/texas-jim-lewis-his-lone-star-cowboys-vol-3-bacm-cd-588/

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October 13, 2018

13th 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. Theres 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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October 13, 2018

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 BACMs 23 track compilation, featuring his early recordings, many of the songs becoming country classics.

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October 11, 2018

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, BACM have released three CDs from this versatile and prolific recording artist including some rare transcription tracks. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/tex-williams-river-of-no-return/  http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/tex-williams-hey-mr-cotton-picker/  http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/tex-williams-vol-3-badmans-country/

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October 10, 2018

10th 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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October 9, 2018

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 childrens 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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October 8, 2018

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 Im 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 McClintocks recordings.

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October 7, 2018

7 October - birthday anniversary of Jimmy Thomason (7 Oct 1918-1994), fiddler, vocalist and bandleader, 1930s pioneer of Western Swing who went on to play a leading role in the development of the Bakersfield country music scene in the 1950s. In between he worked with Jimmie Davis, playing both fiddle and electric mandolin.

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October 7, 2018

7 Oct - birthday of American bluegrass and country music fiddler and guitarist Gordon Terry (7 Oct 1931 - 9 April 2006), one time member of Merle Haggards backing band.

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October 7, 2018

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

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October 6, 2018

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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October 5, 2018

5th October – 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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October 5, 2018

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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October 4, 2018

4th October – birthday of Charlie Gore (Oct 4, 1930 – June 30, 1984), country and rockabilly singer, multi instrumentalist (guitar, fiddle, dobro) and songwriter, popular through the 1950s and 60s.    

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October 4, 2018

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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October 4, 2018

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 Cooleys 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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October 3, 2018

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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October 2, 2018

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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October 1, 2018

October 1st. Birthday of country, honky tonk and rockabilly musician Skeets McDonald (October 1, 1915–March 31, 1968). Best known for his big "Dont 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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October 1, 2018

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

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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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