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As the simmering political divide between the South and Everywhere Else became more apparent, it was inevitably reflected in music. Anti-Civil Rights songs didn't make the country charts, but that doesn't mean they didn't sell. The most noxious came from Jay Miller's studio in Crowley, Louisiana. Miller had written It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels (see 1951), produced Jimmy C. Newman (1954) and somehow acquired a share of several other songs, including Diggy Liggy Lo (see 1961). In the late 1940s and early '50s, he produced state-of-the-art Cajun recordings profiled on Bear Family's 'Acadian Special' box, and by the mid-1960s he was producing swamp blues singers like Slim Harpo for Nashville's Excello Records. But on the side he was producing venomously racist records for his Reb-Rebel imprint, and those records were at least as easy to find in the South as pro-Civil Rights records. But then, in a classic instance of paradoxicality, the first African American country star, Charley Pride, emerged in 1965.

The Vietnam War was, if anything, even more divisive. A couple of country records bemoaned the loss of life, but most were rabidly jingoistic. A couple of them, Hello Vietnam (included here) and What We're Fighting For, gave Tom T. Hall his first serious break as a songwriter.

Nineteen-sixty-five also marked the beginning of slow march of rockabillies back to country music. The reason was that rock music wasn't what it used to be. The first to make the switch was Conway Twitty, who hadn't seen a Top 10 pop hit since early 1960, and hadn't seen any kind of hit since early 1962. He had, though, scored a Top 10 country hit as a writer when Ray Price recorded his song, Walk Me To The Door, in 1963 and Price's record was probably Twitty's epiphany. He deserves all the credit in the world, though, for recognizing that times had irreversibly changed, and for having the courage to follow his heart back to country music. During the spring of 1965, he walked out half-way through a show at Tony Mart's club in Somers Point, New Jersey. The other act on the bill was Levon & the Hawks, who soon became The Band. The writing on the wall could not have been clearer. Twitty went home to Oklahoma City, and began booking himself into country nightclubs at two hundred dollars a night. In June, he signed with Decca Records as a country singer. His first country hit as a performer came early in 1966.

And 1965 was the year that Johnny Cash self-destructed. He kicked in the footlights at the Grand Ole Opry or, according to Don Reid of the Statler Brothers, dragged the mic stand across the footlights. Either way, it was his last Opry show. He wrecked a car belonging to June Carter and lost a Cadillac that belonged to his supporting act, Johnny Western. He messed up an appearance on 'Shindig,' and set fire to 508 acres of desert in June 1965, leading to a lawsuit from the government to recover the cost of fighting the blaze, estimated at $125,127. And then, on October 2, he was arrested in El Paso, Texas with 475 Equanil and 668 Dexedrine tablets. In the era before superstar dalliances and failings were plastered over the front pages, fans only thought that Cash looked a little thin and sounded a little hoarse.

The best country songs of 1965 drew a line in the sand between country and pop. As always, Buck Owens was on top of the trend that saw country music distancing itself from every other kind of music. In the March issue of Faron Young's 'Music City News,' he made his Pledge to Country Music: I Shall Sing No Song That Is Not A Country Song. I Shall Make No Record That Is Not A Country Record. I Refuse To Be Known As Anything But A Country Singer. I Am Proud To Be Associated With Country Music. Country Music And Country Music Fans Made Me What I Am Today. And I Shall Not Forget It. That same month, he recorded the Coasters' Charlie Brown, a country song if ever there wasn't one, but it was an LP track and his singles couldn't be mistaken for anything but country.

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Various - Country & Western Hit Parade - 1965 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music CD 1
01 King Of The Road Miller, Roger
02 Crystal Chandelier Belew, Carl
03 Girl On The Billboard Reeves, Del
04 Green, Green Grass of Home Wagoner, Porter
05 I Wouldn't Buy A Used Car From Him Jean, Norma
06 I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water Jackson, Stonewall
07 Ribbon Of Darkness Robbins, Marty
08 Make The World Go Away Arnold , Eddy
09 Yakety Axe Atkins, Chet
10 IÆve Got A Tiger By The Tail Owens, Buck
11 Blue Kentucky Girl Lynn , Loretta
12 Love Bug Jones, George
13 SheÆs Gone, Gone, Gone Frizzell, Lefty
14 ItÆs Alright Bare, Bobby
15 The Bridge Washed Out Mack, Warner
16 Ten Little Bottles Bond, Johnny
17 A Tombstone Every Mile Curless, Dick
18 Yes Mr Peters Drusky, Roy & Mitchell, Prisci
19 Flowers On The Wall Brothers, Statler
20 A-11 Paycheck, Johnny
21 May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose Dickens, Jimmy
22 (My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers Haggard, Merle
23 Kansas City Star Miller, Roger
24 Before You Go Owens, Buck
25 Truck DrivinÆ Son Of A Gun Dudley , Dave
26 Waltz Across Texas Tubb, Ernest
27 Snakes Crawl At Night Pride, Country Charley
28 Is It Really Over Reeves, Jim
29 Hello Vietnam Wright, Johnny
30 Things Have Gone To Pieces Jones, George
31 Things Have Gone To Pieces Payne, Leon
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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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13 Mar 2014

These \Country & Western Hit Parade\"-volumes are just superb, not only for the music and the historical overview of the period, but the presentation is so good!
Now Dig This 3/12 Howard Cockburn"

13 Mar 2014

it is very difficult to pick out highlights, there are so many. The best thing is to browse the track listing to see what's on offer..
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Various - Country & Western Hit Parade - 1965 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music CD 1
01 King Of The Road
02 Crystal Chandelier
03 Girl On The Billboard
04 Green, Green Grass of Home
05 I Wouldn't Buy A Used Car From Him
06 I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water
07 Ribbon Of Darkness
08 Make The World Go Away
09 Yakety Axe
10 IÆve Got A Tiger By The Tail
11 Blue Kentucky Girl
12 Love Bug
13 SheÆs Gone, Gone, Gone
14 ItÆs Alright
15 The Bridge Washed Out
16 Ten Little Bottles
17 A Tombstone Every Mile
18 Yes Mr Peters
19 Flowers On The Wall
20 A-11
21 May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose
22 (My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers
23 Kansas City Star
24 Before You Go
25 Truck DrivinÆ Son Of A Gun
26 Waltz Across Texas
27 Snakes Crawl At Night
28 Is It Really Over
29 Hello Vietnam
30 Things Have Gone To Pieces
31 Things Have Gone To Pieces