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COUNTRY MUSIC LEGENDS

Country Music


 

STORY OF COUNTRY MUSIC

 


It wasn’t until 1922 that Country music was produced commercially for the masses

to enjoy. The commercial production of Country music was a huge accomplishment, but when Victor Records signed The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers that faithful day on August 1, 1927 in Bristol, T.N. it set the foundation for success.

 

LEGENDS IN COUNTRY MUSIC

 

          

JOHNNY CASH

John R. "Johnny" Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003), was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and author,who has been called one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.Although he is primarily remembered as a country music artist, his songs and sound spanned many other genres including rockabilly and rock and roll—especially early in his career—as well as blues, folk, and gospel. This crossover appeal led to

Cash being inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,

and Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Late in his career, Cash covered songs by several rock artists.

Cash was known for his deep, distinctive bass-baritone voice;for the "boom-chicka-boom" sound of his Tennessee Three backing band; for his rebelliousness,coupled with an increasingly somber and humble demeanor; for providing free concerts inside prison walls;and for his dark performance clothing, which earned him the nickname "The Man in Black".He traditionally started his concerts by saying, "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash."and usually following it up with his standard "Folsom Prison Blues."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Cash

Johnny Cash was a towering figure in 20th century American music, a minimalist with a booming Old Testament baritone who could wrench an abundance of power from stark settings. At first Cash was backed by guitar and bass; in the end it was simply guitar. But when a voice can tell a story with as much resonance as Cash's could, not much else is needed.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/artists/johnny-cash/biography#ixzz1r2sK93f8

PICTURES-http://blog.chron.com/bookish/2011/12

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MERLE HAGGARD

As a performer and a songwriter, Merle Haggard was the most important country artist to emerge in the 1960s, and he became one of the leading figures of the Bakersfield country scene in the '60s. While his music remained hardcore country, he pushed the boundaries of the music quite far. Like his idol, Bob Wills, his music was a melting pot that drew from all forms of traditional American music -- country, jazz, blues, and folk -- and in the process, developed a distinctive style of his own. As a performer, singer, and musician, he was one of the best, influencing countless other artists. Not coincidentally, he was the best singer/songwriter in country music since Hank Williams, writing a body of songs that became classics. Throughout his career, Haggard has been a champion of the working man, largely due to his rough and tumble history.

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http://www.cmt.com/artists/az/haggard_merle/bio.jhtml

PHOTO SOURCE-

http://carnageandculture.blogspot.com/2008_08_03_archive.html

WILLIE NELSON


Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 30, 1933) is an American country music singer-songwriter, as well as an author, poet, actor, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie (1973), combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978), made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. He was one of the main figures of outlaw country, a subgenre of country music that developed at the end of the 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana.

Born during the Great Depression, and raised by his grandparents, Nelson wrote his first song at age seven and joined his first band at ten. During high school, he toured locally with the Bohemian Polka as their lead singer and guitar player. After graduating from high school in 1950, he joined the Air Force but was later discharged due to back problems. After his return, Nelson attended Baylor University for two years but dropped out because he was succeeding in music. During this time, he worked as a disc jockey in Texas radio stations and a singer in honky tonks. Nelson moved to Vancouver, Washington, where he wrote "Family Bible" and recorded the song "Lumberjack" in 1956. In 1960, he signed a publishing contract with Pamper Music which allowed him to join Ray Price's band as a bassist. During that time, he wrote songs that would become country standards, including "Funny How Time Slips Away", "Hello Walls", "Pretty Paper", and "Crazy". In 1962, he recorded his first album, And Then I Wrote. Due to this success, Nelson signed in 1964 with RCA Victor and joined the Grand Ole Opry the following year. After mid-chart hits during the end of 1960s and the beginning of the 1970s, and the failure to succeed in music, Nelson retired in 1972 and moved to Austin, Texas. The rise of the popularity of Hippie music in Austin motivated Nelson to return from retirement, performing frequently at the Armadillo World Headquarters.

SOURCE-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_Nelson

Nelson has also worked as an actor, with memorable performances in Honeysuckle Rose with Amy Irving and The Electric Horseman with Robert Redford, among other films. He was also featured in a 1986 country-western remake of Stagecoach co-starring Cash, Kristofferson, and Jennings.

His first wife was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian, 16 years old when she married Nelson, who was 17. Their marriage was a wildly unstable adventure in drinking, cheating, and physical fights. One brawl ended when she cracked a whiskey bottle over his head, and another fight started when she caught him with another woman, and ended with her beating him with their children's jump rope.

His second marriage was to country singer Shirley Collie, who had earlier been married to famed country DJ and promoted Biff Collie. They recorded a few songs together, but his career sputtered and hers faded. Their marriage ended when she opened the mail one day, and found a hospital bill from the maternity ward, where Connie Koepke, a mistress Nelson's wife had not known about, had delivered his son. Weeks before his divorce from Collie was finalized, Nelson made Koepke his third wife. Their marriage lasted 17 years, but ended when Nelson had an affair with Amy Irving during the filming of Honeysuckle Rose. His fourth wife, Ann Marie D'Angelo, is a make-up artist.

He started his tradition of an annual Independence Day picnic-concert in 1973. His 1978 album Stardust, a collection of American pop classics, stayed on the charts for a remarkable ten years, and sold more than five million copies. He has nine platinum and two double-platinum albums. Since 1985, Nelson, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp have organized numerous Farm Aid concerts, with the proceeds used to help and lobby for family farmers.

SOURCE-READ MORE-

http://www.nndb.com/people/636/000022570/

 

GEORGE JONES


Born in 1931, George was reared in Beaumont, Texas on the twin weekly rituals of hymn-singing and Grand Ole Opry radio broadcasts, where he took his first musical cues from heroes like Bill Monroe and Roy Acuff. (“I would give anything if I could sing like George Jones,” Acuff, the teacher, later said about the student.)

His early life was a school of hard knocks not uncommon to east Texas. He ran away at 14, and was soon on the honky-tonk circuit backing seemingly more promising crooners. Marriage at 20 was followed by divorce at 21 and a stint in the Marines. Then, in 1954, he signed with Starday Records and began recording with Lefty Frizzell’s backup band. After the first run of up-tempo hits, he really came into his own with haunting ballads like “The Window Up Above” that seemed to exist in a romantic past, haunted present, and deliriously uncertain future all at once.

In the ‘60s, Jones recorded hundreds of songs for the Mercury, Musicor, and United Artists labels, including the No. 1 classics “Tender Years,” “She Thinks I Still Care,” and “Walk Through This World With Me,” as well as more ephemeral fare like “Love Bug.” He also found out just how much fans loved him not just as a soloist but recurring duet partner – for the time being, Melba Montgomery, his foil on “We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds” and other ‘60s singles.
Of course, the partner he’s most associated with is Tammy Wynette, who had a major impact on the direction of his solo career as well. After Jones’ second marriage ended in divorce, he met Tammy and moved to Nashville, where they wed in 1969. In 1971, he moved over to her label, Epic, and began working with her producer, Sherrill.

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SOURCE-http://www.georgejones.com/bio/

PICTURE SOURCES-http://www.thepaparazzis.com/

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http://www.cmt.com/news/news-in-brief/1682092/

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DOLLY PARTON


Born on January 19, 1946 in Locust Ridge, Tennessee, Dolly Parton was one of twelve children. After high school, she moved to Nashville to pursue music. She's won numerous Country Music Awards, Grammys and starred in the hit films "9 to 5," and "Steel Magnolias." She opened her Dollywood theme park in 1985 and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000.

 

Quotes

"I'm not offended by dumb blonde jokes because I know that I'm not dumb. I also know I'm not blonde."

– Dolly Parton 

 

Profile

Singer, songwriter, actress. Born Dolly Rebecca Parton on January 19, 1946 in Locust Ridge, Tennessee. Raised in a poor family with 12 children, Parton learned to escape her life by making up songs. By age 11, she was singing on a local radio station and after graduating from high school, she moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music.

Parton launched her solo career in 1967, and though she partnered with Porter Wagoner for his television show from 1967-1975, she remained primarily a solo act. (It was for Wagoner that Parton dedicated the ever-popular "I Will Always Love You.") She won the Country Music Award for female vocalist in 1975 and 1976.

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SOURCE- http://www.biography.com/people/dolly-parton-9434112

PHOTO SOURCE- http://www.moviespad.com/celebrity/8713/dolly-parton/

 

 

 

PATSY KLINE


Patsy Cline (September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963), born Virginia Patterson Hensley in Gore, Virginia, was an American country music singer who was successful in pop music crossovers during the early 1960s era of the Nashville Sound. Prior to her death at the age of 30 in a private plane crash, she was at the height of her career. She is considered to be one of the most influential, successful, and acclaimed female vocalists of the 20th century.

Cline was best known for her rich tone, emotionally expressive and bold contralto voice,and her role as a pioneer in the country music industry. She helped pave the way for headlining women in country music. Prior to the early 1960s, so-called "girl singers" were seen by the male-dominated realm of country music as mere "window dressing", only necessary to attract male listeners to their shows. Cline's rise to popularity changed that, and she has been cited as an inspiration by singers in several music genres.[citation needed] There are books, movies, documentaries, articles and stage plays documenting her life and career.

READ MORE-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patsy_Cline

Patsy's big break came when she won an Arthur Godfrey Talent program in 1957 with the hit Walkin' After Midnight. From there she pursued a recording career appearing at the mecca of country music - the Grand Ole Opry in 1958, and received national awards in 1961 and 1962.

  Country music lost a magical entertainer when her career was ended in an airplane crash in Tennessee, in 1963.

  In 1973 Patsy was elected posthumously to the Country Music Hall of Fame, and her reputation is on record as one of the major female vocalists of all time.

SOURCE-READ MORE-http://www.patsycline.com/

PHOTO SOURCE-http://www.nwitimes.com/entertainment/columnists/offbeat/

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GEORGE STRAIT


George Harvey Strait (born May 18, 1952) is an American country music singer, actor, and music producer. Strait is referred to as the "King of Country," and critics call Strait a living legend.[1] He is known for his unique style of western swing music, bar-room ballads, honky-tonk style, and fresh yet traditional Country music. George Strait holds the world record for more number-one hit singles than any other artist in the history of music on any chart or in any genre, having recorded 59 number-one hit singles as of 2012.

Strait rocketed to success after his first single "Unwound" was a hit in 1981. While contributing to the neo-traditional movement of the 1980s, he amassed seven number one albums in the decade with his most popular hits including "Fool Hearted Memory" and "Ocean Front Property". By the 1990s, Strait had influenced a new breed of performers while continuing his own successes, having charted upwards of 20 number-one hits including "Heartland" and "Blue Clear Sky". In the 2000s, Strait was named Artist of the Decade by the Academy of Country Music, was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and won his first Grammy award for his hit album Troubadour. Strait continued his previous successes throughout the decade, producing a more contemporary sound with moderate cross-over hits including "She'll Leave You with a Smile" and "You'll Be There".

Strait was named CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1989 and 1990, and ACM Entertainer of the Year in 1990. He has been nominated for more CMA and ACM awards and has more wins in both categories than any other artist. As of 2011, he holds the record for the most number-one hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts with 44 number one singles. Counting all other music charts, Strait has amassed a total of 59 number-one hits overall, breaking a record previously set by Conway Twitty.

Strait has sold more than 68.5 million albums in the United States and his certifications from the RIAA include 13 multi-platinum, 33 platinum, and 38 gold albums. His best-selling album is Pure Country (1992), which sold 6 million (6× Multi-platinum). His highest certified album is Strait Out of the Box (1995), which sold 2 million copies (8× Multi-Platinum due to being a box set with four CDs). According to the RIAA, Strait is the 12th best-selling album recording artist in the United States overall.

READ MORE-SOURCE- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Strait

PICTURE SOURCE-http://www.georgestrait.com/calendar.asp

 

GARTH BROOKS


Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962), best known as Garth Brooks, is an American country music artist who helped make country music a worldwide phenomenon. His eponymous first album was released in 1989 and peaked at number 2 in the US country album chart while climbing to number 13 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Brooks' integration of rock elements into his recordings and live performances has earned him immense popularity. This progressive approach allowed him to dominate the country single and album charts while quickly crossing over into the mainstream pop arena, exposing country music to a larger audience.

Brooks has enjoyed one of the most successful careers in popular music history, breaking records for both sales and concert attendance throughout the 1990s. Garth Brooks still continues to sell well and according to Nielsen Soundscan, his albums sales through October 2011 are at 68,561,000, which makes him the best-selling albums artist in the United States in the SoundScan era (since 1991), a title held since 1991, well over 5 million ahead of his nearest rival, The Beatles. Furthermore, according to RIAA he is the second best-selling solo albums artist in the United States of all time behind Elvis Presley (overall is third to the Beatles and Elvis Presley) with 128 million units sold. Brooks has released six albums that achieved diamond status in the United States, those being: Garth Brooks (10× platinum), No Fences (17× platinum), Ropin' the Wind (14× platinum), The Hits (10× platinum), Sevens (10× platinum) and Double Live (21× platinum). Since 1989, Brooks has released 19 records in all, which include; 9 studio albums, 1 live album, 4 compilation albums, 3 Christmas albums and 2 box sets, along with 77 singles. He won several important awards in his career as 2 Grammy Awards, 16 American Music Awards (not including the poll of "Artist of the '90s") and the RIAA Award as Best selling solo albums artist of the Century in the United States. As of 2010, Brooks' world-wide sales now exceed 90 million.

READ MORE- SOURCE-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garth_Brooks

PICTURE SOURCE-http://garthbrooksfans.blogspot.com/

 

LORETTA LYNN


Loretta Lynn (born Loretta Webb April 14, 1935) is an American country music singer-songwriter, author and philanthropist. Born in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky to a coal miner father, Lynn married at 13 years old, was a mother soon after, and moved to Washington with her husband, Oliver Vanetta Lynn, Jr. (b.1926, d.1996), nicknamed "Doo". Their marriage was sometimes tumultuous; he had affairs and she was headstrong. Their experiences together became inspiration for her music.

On her 18th birthday, Lynn's husband bought her a $17.00 Harmony guitar. She taught herself to play and when she was 24, on her wedding anniversary, Doo encouraged her to become a singer. She learned the guitar better, started singing at the Delta Grange Hall in Washington State with the Pen Brothers' band, The Westerners, then eventually cut her first record in February, 1960. She became a part of the country music scene in Nashville in the 1960s, and in 1967 charted her first of 16 number-one hits (out of 70 charted songs as a solo artist and a duet partner that include "Don't Come Home A' Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)", "You Ain't Woman Enough", "Fist City", and "Coal Miner's Daughter". She focused on blue collar women's issues with themes of philandering husbands and persistent mistresses, and pushed boundaries in the conservative genre of country music by singing about birth control ("The Pill"), repeated childbirth ("One's on the Way"), double standards for men and women ("Rated "X""), and being widowed by the draft during the Vietnam War ("Dear Uncle Sam"). Country music radio stations often refused to play her songs. Nonetheless, she became known as "The First Lady of Country Music" and continues to be one of the most successful vocalists of all time.

READ MORE-SOURCE-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loretta_Lynn

PICTURE SOURCE-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loretta_Lynn


Dolly Parton Quotes

~ Storms make trees take deeper roots. ~

~ Find out who you are and do it on purpose. ~

~ The magic is inside you. There ain’t no crystal ball. ~

~ It takes a lot of money to make a person look this cheap! ~

~ We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails. ~

~ The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. ~

~ If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one. ~

~ I`m not offended by dumb blonde jokes because I know that I`m not dumb.

I also know I`m not blonde. ~ 

Garth Brooks Quotes

~ Just keep taking chances and having fun. ~

~ When there's only one race, and that's mankind, we shall be free. ~

~ You aren't wealthy until you have something money can't buy. ~

~ True country music is honesty, sincerity, and real life to the hilt. ~

~ Life is not tried, it is merely survived if your standing outside the fire. ~

~ The greatest conflicts are not between two people but between one person and himself~

  1. "The road goes on forever and the party never ends." by Robert Earl Keen. One of the best country song quotes because you can go anywhere in life, the roads are endless. The quote from "The Road Goes On Forever" says to have fun life, and not take things too serious.
  2. "Everything gets hotter when the sun goes down." by Kenny Chesney. This fun and playful country song quote is from "When the Sun Goes Down". The lyric is about how once night hits it's time to play. It's a clever play on words that's fun to sing when going out at night.
  3. "Because you're mine, I walk the line." by Johnny Cash. The country song quote is so famous that "Walk the Line" was the title for a movie about Johnny Cash. He wrote the line as a promise to remain faithful to his first wife, and is a good quote to tell someone you love.
  4. "You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, Know when to walk away and know when to run." by Kenny Rogers. Taken from the song "The Gambler" the lyric is a poker metaphor about life. One of the best country song quotes because poker players have adapted to using the quote about trusting your personal instincts.
  5. "Life aint always beautiful, but it's a beautiful ride." by Gary Allen.  The country song quote from "Life Ain't Always Beautiful" is about how everyone has problems, but tough times make people stronger. One of the best quotes because everyone has hard times, and it's peaceful listening to a song that puts a positive spin on it.
  6. "She needs wide open spaces, room to make her big mistakes." by Dixie Chicks. The line from "Wide Open Spaces" relates to how people need to go out and live life. One of the best country song quotes because it's truthful that people should make mistakes to live and learn. The song says to go outside your comfort zone, and make bold choices.
  7. "It's not what you take when you leave this world behind you. It's what you leave behind you when you go." by Randy Travis. The lyric off "Three Wooden Crosses" is an uplifting song quote that refers to how material things don't matter, what counts is the deeds you do. It is a humbling song that reminds you life's about the little things, not big purchases.
  8. "Life's a dance you learn as you go, sometimes you lead sometimes you follow, don't worry about what you don't know" by John Michael Montgomery. "Life's a Dance" eases away fear of not being certain about the future. No one can see the future, so let things come one dance step at a time. The song quote is inspirational in that you can make mistakes, because it is a part of life.
  9. "Finally content with a past I regret, I've found you find strength in your moments of weakness." By Rascal Flatts. The entire country song "I'm Moving On" is filled with good life quotes about not letting anything get you down. Everyone has weakness, and everyone can learn from past mistakes by trying to move on from regrets.
  10. "Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance, and when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance." by Lee Ann Womack. An uplifting country song quote from "I Hope You Dance" about taking risks in life. Never be afraid to try something new, because it could end up being an amazing experience.
  11. SOURCE-http://www.mademan.com/mm/10-best-country-song-quotes.html

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