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When we talk about classical country music at Bear Family Records, we mean country music from the 1940s to the 1970s, which includes the different modes of playing the Honky Tonk Sound, the Nashville Sound, and the Bakersfield Sound.

Honky Tonk Sound:

Honky Tonk Sound was created in Texas in the late 1940s, primarily in the areas where oil was mined, and was mostly represented in the local dance halls, bars and clubs, which were often very busy. To make the music audible, they began to amplify it electrically and accompanied with drums. Thematically it was often about everyday problems and the lyrics were very direct. Popular topics in the 'Honky Tonk Music' are for example ‚women‘ (Honky Tonk had mostly male performers), beer, singing and dancing. Among the most popular representatives of the 'Honky Tonk Sound‘ are Hank Williams Sr., George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Ernest Tubb, Loretta Lynn and Webb Pierce,

Nashville Sound:

The so-called 'Nashville Sound' was produced as the name implies in Nashville, Tennessee. In the 1950s, country music lost ground to Rock 'n' Roll and Pop music. The producers tried to counteract by smoothing out the 'raw' sound of Country music and for example underscored the songs with choirs. Among the most well-known and successful producers of the 'Nashville Sound‘ are Chet Atkins and Owen Bradley, who are well known for the success of artists like Jim Reeves, Skeeter Davis, Tammy Wynette, Eddy Arnold.

Bakersfield Sound:

The 'Bakersfield Sound' was created in Bakersfield, California in the late 1950s, and is strongly inspired by the classic ‚Honky Tonk Sound' and the ’Rockabilly Music' of the 1950s. The classic features of the 'Bakersfield Sounds' include the electrically amplified instruments and the hard and high-pitched guitars. Among the best known representatives of the Bakersfield Sounds include Buck Owens, Wynn Stewart and Merle Haggard.

The Edwin Hawkins Singers: I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing - Oh Happy Day (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBDK5070

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(Kama Sutra/Unidisc Canada) 17 tracks - sealed original copy

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Ashley Campbell: The Lonely One (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDHUMP210

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(Humphead) 13 tracks (46:28) Following in a famous parent's footsteps is never an easy path to take. Her father was not only a singing superstar, but also a highly skilled guitarist. Prior to making it as a country-pop vocalist, Glen Campbell had been an...

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Glen Campbell: Amazing Grace - 14 Hymns and Gospel Favorites (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSHD9355

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(Universal) 14 Tracks - Caither Gospel Series!

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The Golden Gate Quartet: Spirituals (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPM5342

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(1990/EMI Italy) 13 Tracks - Reissue of the original 1964 Columbia album!

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Various: An Introduction To Gospel (CD, Cut-Out)
Art-Nr.: CD0615512

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(2006/Fuel 2000) 18 Tracks - A great collection of Gospel classics! The real introduction to this genre of music!

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Various: Precious Lord - Gospel Gold (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD0612772

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(2003/Fuel 2000) 14 Tracks - Great Gospel compilation feat. super stars as Sister Rosetta Tharpe, 5 Blind Boys Of Alabama, The Dixie Hummingbirds and many more!

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J.D. Sumner & The Stamps Quartet: Old Time Religion (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDGT2093

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(2009/Gusto) 10 Tracks - ELVIS PRESLEY'S vocal group throughout the 1970s!

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The Parker Family: Family Gospel (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDGT2223

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(2012/Gusto) 10 Tracks - Sinner's Dreams!

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Isaiah Owens: You Without Sin Cast The First Stone
Art-Nr.: LPMRP054

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(Mississippi Records) 18 tracks

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Sallie Martin Singers/Cora Martin: Throw Out The Lifeline (feat. Cora Martin)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD481

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(1993/Ace) 29 tracks, original Specialty recordings, 1950-52, incl. solo sides by Cora Martin plus previously unissued recordings.

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James R. Goff Jr.: Close Harmony History Of Southern Gospel
Art-Nr.: 0031187

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English, Paperback, 14.5x23 cm, 392 pages, b&w photos; The spread of white gospel music is intricately connected to the people who based their livelihoods on it and 'Close Harmony' is filled with the stories of artists and groups such as Frank Stamps, the Chuck...

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