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“Hank Fort” was the stage name of the extraordinary Eleanore Hankins, Nashville socialite, singer/pianist and prolific songwriter who composed over 400 songs including the pop hit Put Your Shoes On Lucy. Our CD includes songs from her 1958 album on which she was accompanied by Nashville’s A-list musicians including Chet Atkins and Hank Garland. Not our usual pure-country fare but she was a genuine Southern gal, born and raised in Nashville and whose songs were recorded by country stars like Patsy Montana and Jean Shepard as well as mainstream pop singers like Petula Clark and Gracie Fields. As a historical extra we include six 1947-49 tracks of Fort’s songs sung by Dottie Dillard (later of the Anita Kerr Singers) backed with Owen Bradley’s Orchestra – the Bradley who went on to have enormous influence as the leading architect of the 1950s/ 1960s Nashville sound, producing the likes of Jim Reeves, Kitty Wells, Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty.
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