Various Artists - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music - Country & Western Hit Parade 1961 BCD 16967 AR
1 CD deluxe album with 72-page booklet
PLAYING TIME 82:03
Country & Western Hit Parade 1961-1965
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." Producer Allen Reynolds (Garth Brooks, Emmylou Harris, and
many others) stopped BEAR FAMILY's RichardWeize at the Country Music Hall of Fame to congratulate him on the
Now the story continues from 1961 until 1965. 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.
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.
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 they're only half the story. The set goes beyond chart books
to include groundbreaking records that went nowhere at the time, but influenced generations yet to come. This is the music that
influenced the White Stripes, Gillian Welch, Gram Parsons, Nick Cave, and many, many others. This is the music that gave birth
to California country rock. This is the music that influenced the Beatles and many other seminal bands. In other words, this is the
true and uncensored history of country music. Everything you need to hear, year-by-year, as it happened!
Picking up the story in 1961 and continuing until 1965, this new batch includes original versions of classic hits like Walk On By, Sea
Of Heartbreak, Louisiana Man, Crazy, Big Bad John and I Fall To Pieces (1961), She Thinks I Still Care, I've Been Everywhere, From
A Jack To A King, Don't Let Me Cross Over, and The Ballad Of Jed Clampett (1962), Detroit City, Busted, Act Naturally, Six Days On
the Road, Abilene, and The End Of TheWorld (1963), Dang Me, The Race Is On,Welcome To MyWorld, Together Again, and Close
All The Honky Tonks (1964), and King Of The Road, Girl On The Billboard, Green Green Grass Of Home, I Washed My Hands In
Muddy Water, Flowers On The Wall, and A Tombstone Every Mile (1965).
But the series also includes neglected classics and shoulda been hits like Claude Gray's I'll Just Have A Cup Of Coffee (covered by
Bob Marley in 1962!), Wynn Stewart's Big Big Love (now a TV commercial song), Anita Carter's original version of Ring Of Fire, the
original Australian version of I've Been Everywhere, Loretta Lynn's Success (covered by Sinead O'Connor), BillyWalker's original version
of Funny (How Time Slips Away), Ray Price's classic full-length version of Willie Nelson's Nite Life, Billy Grammer's original version
of Detroit City (titled I Wanna Go Home), Johnny Cash's controversial native American song Ballad Of Ira Hayes PLUS Peter
LaFarge's original version.
There's even more! Incredibly detailed 72-page books go with every CD featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes stories, rare photos,
record label shots, and complete discographical information.
BEAR FAMILY began its journey into year-by-year anthologies with the groundbreaking and award-winning BLOWIN' THE FUSE and
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.
COUNTRY AND WESTERN HIT PARADE 1962
HANK SNOW: I've Been Everywhere • GEORGE JONES: She
Thinks I Still Care • CLAUDE KING: Wolverton Mountain •
PATSY CLINE: She's Got You • DON GIBSON: Lonesome Number
One • STONEWALL JACKSON: A Wound Time Can't Erase
• MARTY ROBBINS: Devil Woman • BILL ANDERSON: Mama
Sang A Song • FLATT & SCRUGGS: The Ballad Of Jed Clampett
• ANITA CARTER: (Love's) Ring Of Fire • JAMES O'GWYNN: My
Name Is Mud • WYNN STEWART: Another Day, Another Dollar
• PATSY CLINE: SoWrong • RAY PRICE: Pride • PORTERWAGONER:
Misery Loves Company • REX ALLEN: Don't Go Near
and more ...