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Red Sovine


 

Woodrow Wilson Sovine was born in Charleston, West Virginia on July 17, 1918. With his head full of red hair, he was destined to receive the most common nickname assigned to carrot tops. His father, Alonzo Sovine, was a steam engineer, specifically on large construction machinery. While still a lucrative profession at the time of his little Woodrow's birth, the spread of gasoline and diesel powered machinery soon resulted in hard times for the Sovine family.

Red's mother, Rebecca West Sovine, played the harmonica and concertina but never pursued music professionally. She taught Red and his siblings many older hymns and 19th Century popular songs. She also shared a love for the early recordings of Jimmie Rodgers and Jimmie Davis.

The young Red was also influenced by his mother's first cousin, Billy Cox. Known as the 'Dixie Songbird,' Cox appeared regularly on Charleston, West Virginia. radio station WOBU (later WCHS) in 1928 and made his first recordings for the Gennett label one year later. Cox became very successful in the early thirties, recording for A.R.C. and Columbia records with his most notable compositions, Sparkling Brown Eyes and Filipino Baby.

Cox often took his young cousin Red to the radio station or to live appearances in the nearby area. With such frequent exposure to music and the behind-the-scenes workings, there was little surprise that Red soon wanted his own guitar. As Red told Douglas B. Green in a 1975 interview, "I was twelve years old when I told my father I wanted a guitar, He said, 'Well, if you'll show me that you really want to learn to play it,' he said, 'I'll buy you one.' So I had a friend of mine that used to come to the house and show me some chords. I learned three chords, and I went and showed my dad, and he bought me a guitar, one of them with the resonator on the front…Paid twelve dollars for it."  Red immediately began acting out his own pretend 'radio' shows in the family barn – performing songs, reading the news and commercials, and practicing jokes.

By 1934 or 1935 Red had performed enough pretend shows that he felt ready to become a professional musician. Hooking up with his boyhood friend, Johnnie Bailes, the pair began billing themselves as Smiley and Red, the Singing Sailors. Bailes was from a musical family and already had experience appearing on radio station WCHS in Charleston and performing in churches with his two younger brothers as the Bailes Brothers Hymn Singers. But 'Smiley & Red' focused primarily on Jimmie Rodgers songs and other popular tunes. They performed at church socials, parties, dances and won $15 at a department store-sponsored talent show in Charleston – which they managed to waste in one evening.

The partnership was short-lived, however, when Red's family moved the thirty or so miles upriver to the recently built community of Eleanor, West Virginia. Constructed in 1934, the town of Eleanor was a New Deal homestead community. These communities were constructed by the Federal government to provide housing and subsistence farming land to poor families, along with incentives for rural industrial initiatives that reinvested in the local community.

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Red Sovine's Best Of - 12 Hits (CD) Red Sovine: Red Sovine's Best Of - 12 Hits (CD) Art-Nr.: CDGUS2376

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(2017/Gusto) 12 Tracks - Fantastic big hits compilation, Country music legend!
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I'm The Man - A Starday Singles Anthology (CD) Red Sovine: I'm The Man - A Starday Singles Anthology (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCHD1357

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(Ace Records) 24 tracks (59:11) Starday masters 1960-71 with 16 page booklet. amazing collection including 'East Of West Berlin'! The perfect companion to BCD 17268 'Juke Joint Johnny' 1949-60.***** It’s probably fair to say that Red...
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The One And Only Red Sovine (LP) Red Sovine: The One And Only Red Sovine (LP) Art-Nr.: LPOFF9005

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(1988/Official) 12 tracks. Originally realeased 1961 on LP Starday 132.
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Giddy-Up Go (CD) Red Sovine: Giddy-Up Go (CD) Art-Nr.: CDGT2290

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(2012/Gusto) 10 Tracks - Anthology!
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Greatest Hits (CD) Red Sovine: Greatest Hits (CD) Art-Nr.: CDDCD7828

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​(1995/King) 20 tracks
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How Do You Think I Feel (CD-R) Red Sovine: How Do You Think I Feel (CD-R) Art-Nr.: CDD207

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(2007/BACM) 24 tracks 1954-1957
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Hold Everything (Till I Get Home) Red Sovine: Hold Everything (Till I Get Home) Art-Nr.: CDJAS3664

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(2014/Jasmine) 24 tracks
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Juke Joint Johnny - Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight Red Sovine: Juke Joint Johnny - Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight Art-Nr.: BCD17268

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1-CD DigiPac (4-plated) with 48-page booklet, 31 tracks. Playing time approx. 78 mns. First comprehensive overview of Red Sovine's early up-tempo honky tonk, hillbilly boogie and near-rockabilly recordings! Includes rare songs...
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Christmas With (1974) Red Sovine: Christmas With (1974) Art-Nr.: CDGT2117

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(2011/GUSTO) 10 tracks (27:58) songs & recitations, produced by Tommy Hill (SD 1040).
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Super Hits Red Sovine: Super Hits Art-Nr.: CDGT2154

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(2011/GUSTO) 12 tracks (Starday)
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Lay Down Sally Red Sovine: Lay Down Sally Art-Nr.: CDGT2116

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(2009/GUSTO) 10 tracks 1970s (incl.unreleased material)
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Classic Narrations Red Sovine: Classic Narrations Art-Nr.: CDGT0563

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(2004/KING) 12 tracks (35:45) Red's classic 1970s narrations for GUSTO Studios Nashville, overdubbed/remixed with new musical tracks.
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Crying In The Chapel Red Sovine: Crying In The Chapel Art-Nr.: CDGT0667

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(2007/GUSTO) 9 tracks
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Red Sovine And The Girls Red Sovine: Red Sovine And The Girls Art-Nr.: CDGT0861

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(2009/GUSTO) 10 tracks - remastered original recordings
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Phantom 309 Red Sovine: Phantom 309 Art-Nr.: CDGT0353

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(2004/KING) 10 tracks
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Anytime Red Sovine: Anytime Art-Nr.: CDNA2044

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CD on GUSTO RECORDS by - Anytime
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Honky Tonks, Truckers & Tears Red Sovine: Honky Tonks, Truckers & Tears Art-Nr.: CDCHD1052

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(2005/ACE) 24 tracks - Billboard Country Chart Hits 1964-1980 For the first time anywhere, all 22 of Red Sovine's Billboard Country chart hits for Starday and Gusto Records of Nashville, Tennessee (plus two bonus 1960s remakes of his...
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20 All Time Greatest Hits Red Sovine: 20 All Time Greatest Hits Art-Nr.: CDTVC0700

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(2002/KING) 20 tracks - the Starday 1970s original Hits. Alle original Trucker & Country Hits in Top Qualität - Teddy Bear ist die Original Version von Johnny Hill's deutschem Hit 'Ruf Teddy Bear Eins-Vier'
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Old Rivers and Other Classic Narrations Red Sovine: Old Rivers and Other Classic Narrations Art-Nr.: CDKING5131

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CD on KING RECORDS by Red Sovine - Old Rivers and Other Classic Narrations
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