Various - Country & Western Hit Parade: 1969 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music
On January 20, 1969, Richard Nixon became the thirty-seventh President of the United States. Later that year, he adopted the phrase silent majority to connote the preponderance of people who did not protest, take drugs, or excoriate him. And 1969 was the year that the silent majority's preferred music, country, invaded television. Perhaps for the first time, country music was unavoidable. One week before Nixon's inauguration, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour was first broadcast on CBS-TV, and who needed a goodtime hour more than the silent majority circa '69? Campbell's potential as a personable TV host was spotted in 1968 when he'd hosted the Smothers Brothers' summer replacement show. And then, when CBS saw that Campbell's entirely uncontroversial show was doing well, the network abruptly canceled the anti-authoritarian Smothers Brothers. Campbell boosted the careers of Mel Tillis and Jerry Reed, and his theme song, Gentle On My Mind, was usually sung by John Hartford, but most of his guests were from mainstream entertainment.
The Smothers' timeslot wasn't taken by Campbell, but by Hee Haw. With The Beverly Hillbillies, Mayberry RFD, Green Acres, Petticoat Junction, and Glen Campbell's Goodtime Hour running concurrently with Hee Haw, it seemed as if rural values and rural music were omnipresent, and this at a time when traditional values were under assault. In addition to network shows, The Porter Wagoner Show and The Wilburn Brothers Show were still in syndication in 100 markets throughout the South and elsewhere.
Two of Hee Haw's three creators were Canadian and the third was a New Yorker, Bernie Brillstein, so it was hardly surprising that the show pandered to stereotypes. Brillstein and his partners formulated Hee Haw as a country version of Rowan &, Martin's Laugh-In. As Brillstein said later, "I turned to [my wife] Laura and said, 'What does a donkey say when he makes that godawful sound?' 'Hee-haw,' she said. 'That's it!' First week, we got a 41 share [41% of all televisions turned on in that timeslot were tuned to 'Hee-Haw']. Even then, CBS didn't want to pick it up after the summer. They put on Leslie Uggams who tanked, and who did they turn to? 'Hee Haw.'" (In fact, Uggams was replaced by Campbell while Hee Haw was rescheduled for mid-week). After CBS canned Hee-Haw in July 1971, the producers found sponsors market by market, and it ran in syndication until 1992. If the cornpone humor was ghastly, the music was often first rate. Buck Owens hosted the show until 1986 and nearly every major country star of the day appeared. Even Elvis Presley wanted to appear, but the Colonel wanted otherwise.
One week before Hee Haw first aired, The Johnny Cash Show began its three-year run on ABC-TV. The show was filmed at the Ryman Auditorium, the increasingly decrepit home of the Grand Ole Opry in the heart of the rapidly deteriorating downtown core of Nashville. The first show featured Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, and made a star of Doug Kershaw. The guest list was eclectic, running the gamut from old time showbiz royalty to cutting-edge folk, rock and R&,B artists. In the middle of every show, Cash would do his Ride This Train segment, further embellishing his role as a curator of Americana. Merle Travis was conscripted to write some of the dialog. And in England, Cash's San Quentin special, filmed by Granada-TV in February 1969, aired in April before the accompanying album and the single of A Boy Named Sue were released.
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|Various - Country & Western Hit Parade - 1969 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music CD 1|
|01||Kay||Ryles I, John Wesley|| |
|02||Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass?||Owens, Buck|| |
|03||(Margie's At) The Lincoln Park Inn||Bare, Bobby|| |
|04||Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man||Byrds, The|| |
|05||Workin' Man Blues||Haggard, Merle|| |
|06||Woman Of The World (Leave My World Alone)||Lynn, Loretta|| |
|07||All I Have To Offer You (Is Me)||Pride, Charley|| |
|08||Galveston||Campbell, Glen|| |
|09||To Make Love Sweeter For You||Lewis, Jerry Lee|| |
|10||A Boy Named Sue||Cash, Johnny|| |
|11||Rings Of Gold||West, Dottie & Gibson, Don|| |
|12||Statue Of A Fool||Greene, Jack|| |
|13||Me And Bobbie McGee||Miller, Roger|| |
|14||Sin City||Flying Burrito Brothers|| |
|15||Homecoming||Hall, Tom T.|| |
|16||I'll Share My World With You||Jones, George|| |
|17||God Bless America Again||Bare, Bobby|| |
|18||Wine Me Up||Young, Faron|| |
|19||You Gave Me A Mountain||Bush, Johnny|| |
|20||Just Someone I Used To Know||Wagoner, Porter & Parton, Dolly|| |
|21||Try A Little Kindness||Campbell, Glen|| |
|22||She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye||Lewis, Jerry Lee|| |
|23||Okie From Muskogee||Haggard, Merle|| |
|24||To See My Angel Cry||Twitty, Conway|| |
|25||Bloody Merry Morning||Nelson, Willie|| |
|26||Life's Little Ups and Downs||Rich, Charlie|| |
|27||Ruben James||Rogers, Kenny & the First Edition|| |
|28||Kay||Riley, Billy Lee|| |
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
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These CDs are both essential and things of beauty. Everybody should own them. All of them.
Country Music People 11/13 Duncan Warwick
Ohne Übertreibung darf man feststellen: Besser geht’s nicht!
Good Times 6/2013 Ulrich Schwartz
Dringende Kaufempfehlung für die gesamte Reine!
Nur Richard Weize und sein Team trauen sich an eine so monumentale Aufgabe heran. Egal ob konservativ oder innovativ: Es ist viel fabelhafte Musik auf diesen CDs.
Rookie 11/13 Jörn Schlüter
Ein passendes Schlusswort einer tollen Serie!
R & R Musikmagazin 6/13 H.-G. Hartwig
An essential collection and well worth investing in the whole series to see and hear how country music progressed from 1945 throught to 1970.
Maverick 1-2/2014 Alan Cackett
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