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Various - Country & Western Hit Parade: 1946 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music

1-CD deluxe album with 72-page booklet, 28 tracks. Playing time approx. 77 mns.

The year that the floodgates opened, rock 'n' roll was on everyone's mind and there were more million sellers than ever before. As Elvis Presley had been signed to RCA's country division by Steve Shoals, the other record companies brought pressure upon their Country A&,R men to find the "next Elvis". Shoals, while respecting the older country audience, stated that "it was the kids who bought records" though Wesley Rose, at Acuff-Rose Music, sensed that all was not well as 78% of country djs felt that rock 'n' roll had no place on country radio  ,but nevertheless played it in order to increase listenership. ,

The selection on this cd, though, keeps the sounds pretty solidly country, although newcomer Johnny Cash, with the Tennessee Two, was establishing himself with a "crossover" sound on Sun Records, while compatriot Carl Perkins was one of the music's premier rockabillies, Marty Robbins enjoyed pop and country sales (though his Singing The Blues came second-best to Guy Mitchell in the pop charts), Silver Threads And Golden Needles showed Wanda Jackson's strength as a country singer prior to emerging as rock 'n' roll's first lady. Other artists like Faron Young, Hank Thompson, Ray Price, Johnny Horton, Webb Pierce and Jim Reeves were among the "new breed" while Eddy Arnold was well into his second decade of hits. And the Louvin Brothers, Osborne Brothers, Don Reno and Red Smiley, among others, kept strictly to traditional roots. ,

According to the 'New York Herald Tribune' on May 26, 1946, the state of the record business "is so fabulous the industry is barely able to keep pace with it. Records tumble from the presses in ever increasing millions, and the public seems eager to buy them, good bad or indifferent. Production and sales are running twice what they were in 1942, and producers are looking forward to 1947 and '48 to double this year's expected output of 300 million discs." Today's record executives, presiding over a business that declines almost hourly, would be insanely jealous of a world in which the future was exponentially brighter.

In 1946, Columbia and RCA Victor still led the pack (competitors since the early 1900s, they became part of the same corporate monolith in 2004). RCA didn't break out record sales from its overall financial picture, so it was hard to gauge exactly how the record division was doing, but it was generally reckoned to be the industry leader with 120 million records sold. Columbia sold 65 million records. In 1945, its net income was just $196,000, but by 1946, that figure had jumped to $1.88 million. Columbia also made a huge contribution to the bottom line of its parent, CBS Broadcasting (4.6% of CBS's profits in 1945, 32.4% in 1946). Decca was doing well, too, netting slightly more than Columbia ($1.9 million) on gross sales of $30.6 million compared with $15.5 million in 1945.

The industry's success story, though, was Capitol Records. The label was feeling so bullish that it raised a $3 million stock issue to buy a plant in Scranton, Pennsylvania, to increase capacity. "Board Chairman [Buddy] De Sylva, 51, President [Johnny] Mercer, 37, and Vice President [Glenn] Wallichs, 36, announced that Capitol had grossed $13,082,797 in 1946 (double the 1945 gross) and had netted $842,961, almost four times as much as the previous year," reported the 'New York Herald Tribune.' "They said it sold 42 million records, one-sixth of all those sold in the U.S." Capitol's success was a beacon of hope to the proliferating independent labels because it had been in business just four years.

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Various - Country & Western Hit Parade - 1946 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music CD 1
01 Atomic Power Buchanan Brothers, The
02 Rainbow At Midnight Tubb, Ernest
03 ThatÆs How Much I Love You Arnold, Eddy
04 Filipino Baby Copas, Cowboy
05 Wine, Women, and Song Dexter, Al And His Troopers
06 New Spanish Two Step Wills, Bob
07 Someday Britt, Elton
08 No Vacancy Travis, Merle
09 No One Will Ever Know Acuff, Roy
10 Zeb's Mountain Boogie Brady, Brad & His Tennesseans
11 I Wish I Had Never Met Sunshine Autry, Gene
12 Tragic Romance Copas, Cowboy
13 Hillbilly Boogie Delmore Brothers
14 As Long As I Live Bailes Brothers, The
15 Rocky Road Blues Monroe, Bill
16 Eight More Miles to Louisville Jones, Grandpa
17 Dark as a Dungeon Travis, Merle
18 Salty Dog Blues Morris Brothers, The
19 Jole Blon (Pretty Blond) Choates, Harry
20 Ruby Cousin Emmy and her Kinfolks
21 Kentucky Waltz Monroe, Bill
22 Midnite Special Delmore Brothers
23 Some Other World Tillman, Floyd
24 Steel Guitar Stomp Penny, Hank
25 Black Jack David Tyler, T. Texas
26 You Will Have To Pay Ritter, Tex
27 Stay A Little Longer Wills, Bob
28 Three-Way Boogie Cooley, Spade
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Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music

Country & Western Hit Parade

“Collecting an anarchic mix of sex and sentimentality, earnest paeans to family and fanciful tales of drinking and cheating, DIM LIGHTS… affords a fascinating glimpse into black-and-white ‘50s polemics… Established stars, inspired wannabes proffer an intoxicating brew of dancefloor honky tonk, hillbilly boogie, bluegrass, western swing, incipient rockabilly, goofball novelty, and sentimental country-pop.” (UNCUT magazine)

 

The reviews are in and everyone from Australia to Los Angeles to London is raving about Bear Family’s definitive year-by-year country series. Starting in 1945, DIM LIGHTS, THICK SMOKE, AND HILLBILLY MUSIC (COUNTRY & WESTERN HIT PARADE) tells the real story of country music record-by-record. The hits are here, but so are groundbreaking records that went nowhere at the time. This is the true and uncensored history of country music. Everything you need to hear, year-by-year. Stars like Hank Williams, Bob Wills, Eddy Arnold, Ray Price, and Hank Snow are here, but so are beerhall legends like Eddie Noack and Sonny Burns, and roots music mavens like Charlie Feathers and the Stanley Brothers, as well as overlooked giants like Carl Belew and Floyd Tillman. You’ll also hear the incredible original versions of songs like Duelin’ Banjos, Release Me, Lonely Street, and many more!  Every CD is full to the brim with great music, and they’re all individually packaged in hardcover 72-page books by Colin Escott that tell the story of every song as well as the broader music history of the time. Fabulous photos, original record labels, and period advertisements round out the packages.

Bear Family began its journey into year-by-year anthologies with its groundbreaking and award-winning BLOWIN’ THE FUSE/SWEET SOUL MUSIC series that tells the story of R&B from 1945-1970. Look for the series to continue into the Funk era. And look for a year-by-year Rock ‘n’ Roll anthology coming soon.

# After the volumes covering 1945-1955 were released, the word was out. This series is definitive, fabulously packaged, and faultlessly remastered! Everything you'd expect from Bear Family…and more!

# Jack Clement, who produced Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Waylon Jennings, Don Williams, and many others, said, "This is the best country series of all time. No doubt. No question." Robert Hilburn in the 'Los Angeles Times'said, "An invaluable album project…enables fans to step back in time and listen to the radio just like Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, and Bob Dylan did."

# Now the story continues from 1956 until 1960. Every CD is generously full. Every booklet is extensive and chocked full of rare photos and illustrations, as well as complete stories behind the songs!

# In addition to the hits, the series contains rarities that went on to influence country music…and all music…in the years ahead, like Wanda Jackson's original version of Silver Threads And Golden Needles, Carl Belew's original Lonely Street, and Chet Atkins' influential Walk, Don't Run.

# This series is designed to introduce new listeners to the very best that country music has to offer… while keeping longtime fans entertained. Every volume is a fabulous time capsule.

 

Here's the story

For many years, we'd received requests to do a truly definitive country series, but it wasn't until the success of our year-by-year R&B/Soul series, 'Blowin' The Fuse' (now 'Sweet Soul Music' and soon to be continued into the Funk era) that we decided we needed to do something comparable for country music. The first volumes of 'Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music' took us from 1945-1955, and now the story continues into the era of the Nashville Sound.

The series has been compiled with today's fans in mind. Sure, the big hits are there, but so are the classic performances that weren't necessarily hits at the time, but became influential in the years ahead. Every volume has incredibly detailed behind-the-scenes stories, fabulously rare photos, and an ongoing history of country music set against the backdrop of the broader American music business. The booklets alone are 72 pages! Definitive? You bet!

Superlatives are often overused, but we feel that this series is part of our mission to bring this incredible music to new fans ... as well as entertaining older fans. We pick up the story in 1956....just as country music was coming to terms with the upset of rock 'n' roll!

And, keeping in the spirit of the releases, some of the artists' listings are as they originally appeared - like Jim Edward and Maxine Brown and Bonnie, Wayne Raney - Raney Family (Wayne, Wanda and Zyndall) and Marty Robbins with Ray Conniff -  while the cd in each set is stored in a reproduction of a 45 rpm record label bag appropriate to that year.

Country music author and historian Colin Escott is responsible for these remarkable releases, an obvious labour of love that has taken considerable research effort, offering a valuable insight into the development of country music over the years. Many of country music's foremost entertainers are included alongside others who may have only earned a place in the footnotes of country music history, but all present a variety of voices and differing musical styles that have virtually disappeared, over half a century later, in contemporary country music's conveyor belt output. The songs were also different back then: sometimes relating to current events, they also regularly centred upon themes like boozin', honky-tonking and slippin' around, now generally considered non-pc in these over sensitive times.

Country & Western Hitparade - CD-Album-Series by Bear Family

Read more at: https://www.bear-family.com/bear-family/country-series/country-und-western-hitparade/
Copyright © Bear Family Records

 

 

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Various - Country & Western Hit Parade - 1946 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music CD 1
01 Atomic Power
02 Rainbow At Midnight
03 ThatÆs How Much I Love You
04 Filipino Baby
05 Wine, Women, and Song
06 New Spanish Two Step
07 Someday
08 No Vacancy
09 No One Will Ever Know
10 Zeb's Mountain Boogie
11 I Wish I Had Never Met Sunshine
12 Tragic Romance
13 Hillbilly Boogie
14 As Long As I Live
15 Rocky Road Blues
16 Eight More Miles to Louisville
17 Dark as a Dungeon
18 Salty Dog Blues
19 Jole Blon (Pretty Blond)
20 Ruby
21 Kentucky Waltz
22 Midnite Special
23 Some Other World
24 Steel Guitar Stomp
25 Black Jack David
26 You Will Have To Pay
27 Stay A Little Longer
28 Three-Way Boogie