Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1967

Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1967

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Charley Pride is featured on the front cover of the 1967 volume of Bear Family's excellent, ongoing country music series Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: Country & Western Music Hit Parade, and his presence suggests how things were changing. Charley was the first African-American country music superstar, a pop icon perfectly suited for the Civil Rights era, but he was positively conservative compared to other singers who charted in 1967. Some of Pride's peers tackled controversial topics -- Tammy Wynette's "I Don't Wanna Play House" addressed divorce in a clear, unsentimental fashion, while her duet with David Houston on "My Elusive Dreams" chronicled a uniquely '60s futility -- while others rode the zeitgeist coming out of California, with Waylon Jennings sharply navigating rock and soul on his "Mental Revenge" and "The Chokin' Kind." Merle Haggard was quickly eclipsing his benefactor Buck Owens via such nervy, finely etched songs as "Branded Man" and "Sing Me Back Home," while George Jones dug in his heels with "Walk Through This World With Me," about as exquisite a single as Nashville ever produced. Elsewhere, there were straightforward honky tonk hits -- none better than Jim Ed Brown's beer-drinking anthem "Pop A Top" -- and lively, winking, referential cuts like Jerry Reed's "Guitar Man," but nothing signaled the shifting tides like John Hartford's "Gentle on My Mind," Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe," and, especially, Glen Campbell's "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," the latter splitting the difference between the folk narrative of Hartford and the Hollywood symphony of Gentry. This was the sound of the late '60s, and it remains vivid, cinematic, and haunting.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/2013
Label: Bear Family Germany
UPC: 5397102172625
catalogNumber: 0217262
Rank: 63942

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Norman Blake   Guitar
Glen Campbell   Guitar,Vocals
Johnny Cash   Vocals
Jimmy Collins   Steel Guitar
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Merle Haggard   Guitar,Leader,Vocals
John Hartford   Guitar,Vocals
David Houston   Vocals
Waylon Jennings   Vocals
George Jones   Vocals
Loretta Lynn   Vocals
Melba Montgomery   Vocals
Buck Owens   Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Ray Price   Vocals
Jim Reeves   Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Marty Robbins   Vocals
Mel Tillis   Vocals
Tammy Wynette   Vocals
Wanda Jackson   Vocals
Jordanaires   Choir, Chorus
Carl Perkins   Guitar,Leader
John Sebastian   Steel Guitar,Vocals
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar
Lloyd Green   Steel Guitar
Buck Trent   Banjo
Anita Kerr   Choir, Chorus
George Hamilton   Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Robert Mitchum   Vocals
Norma Jean   Vocals
Johnny Darrell   Vocals
Anita Carter   Choir, Chorus
Red Simpson   Guitar
Leon Ashley   Vocals
Brenton Banks   Violin
Steve Boone   Bass
Cecil Bower   Violin
Jim Ed Brown   Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Roy Edward Burris   Drums
Jerry Carrigan   Drums
Bobby Dyson   Bass
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Dolores Edgin   Choir, Chorus
Marshall Grant   Bass
Glenn Keener   Guitar
Millie Kirkham   Choir, Chorus
Farrell Morris   Percussion,Vibes
Wayne Moss   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Weldon Myrick   Dobro
Roy Nichols   Guitar
Louis Dean Nunley   Choir, Chorus
Bonnie Owens   Vocal Harmony
Luther Perkins   Guitar
Norbert Putnam   Bass,Leader
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Wynn Stewart   Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Porter Wagoner   Vocals
Zal Yanovsky   Guitar
Joe Zinkan   Acoustic Bass
Dorothy Ann Dillard   Choir, Chorus
W.S. Holland   Drums
Roy Huskey   Bass
Priscilla Ann Hubbard   Choir, Chorus
William Whitney Pursell   Piano,Vibes
Dennis Hromek   Bass
Bob Moore   Bass
Willie Cantu   Drums
Solie Isaac Fott   Violin
Jerry Reed Hubbard   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Jelly Sanders   Guitar
Fred Carter   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Robert L. Johnson   Guitar
Jerry Glenn Kennedy   Guitar
William Guilford Wright   Choir, Chorus
William Paul Ackerman   Drums
Joe Butler   Drums
Mack Magaha   Fiddle
George W. McCormick   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Leader
George French   Piano
Harold R. "Ray Stevens" Ragsdale   Vibraslap
Joseph T. Babcock   Choir, Chorus
June Evelyn Page   Choir, Chorus
David William Allen   Drums
Robert "Bobby Wayne" Edrington   Guitar
David Briggs   Piano
Jerry "Chip Young" Stembridge   Electric Guitar
Pete Rodis Drake   Steel Guitar,Guitar (String)
Donald R. "Ritchie" Frost   Percussion
Doyle Floyd Hendricks   Guitar
Thomas Grady Martin   Guitar,Leader
Mary E. Greene   Choir, Chorus
Bob L. Moore   Bass
Lillian Vann Hunt   Violin
Harald Rugg   Steel Guitar
Charles R. "Charlie" McCoy   Organ,Harmonica,French Harp
Harold Ray Bradley   Bass,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Leader
Velma Williams Smith   Rhythm Guitar
Jerry D. Smith   Harpsichord
Herman Bland "Pete" Wade   Guitar
Murrey M. "Buddy" Harman   Drums
Donald "Don Rich" Eugen Ulrich   Electric Guitar
June Carter   Vocals
Sandra L. Posey   Choir, Chorus
Norman Keith "Buddy" Spicher   Fiddle
Hurshel Wayne Wiginton   Choir, Chorus
Mary Johnson   Choir, Chorus
Thomas Rexton Brumley   Steel Guitar
Robert Jim Pierce   Piano
Robert D. "Bob" Morris   Bass
William Robert Mize   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Donald C. Warden   Rhythm Guitar

Technical Credits

Bill Anderson   Composer
Merle Haggard   Composer
John Hartford   Composer
Loretta Lynn   Composer
Buck Owens   Composer
Marty Robbins   Composer
Mel Tillis   Composer
John Sebastian   Composer
Jimmy Webb   Composer
Jim Glaser   Composer
Don Robertson   Composer
Red Simpson   Composer
Leon Ashley   Composer,Producer
Chester B. Atkins   Producer
Owen Bradley   Producer
Jack Clement   Composer,Producer
Dale Davis   Composer
DeLory   Orchestral Arrangements
Colin Escott   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Illustrations
Bob Ferguson   Producer
Fred Foster   Producer
Bobbie Gentry   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Erik Jacobsen   Producer
Felton Jarvis   Producer
Bob Johnston   Producer
Frank Jones   Producer
Don Law   Producer
John D. Loudermilk   Composer
Ken Nelson   Producer
Curly Putman   Composer
Billy Sherrill   Composer,Producer
Glenn Sutton   Composer
Don Tweedy   Arranger
Otto Kitsinger   Discographical Information
Jerry Reed Hubbard   Composer
Jan Crutchfield   Composer
Margie Singleton   Composer
Nat Stuckey   Composer
Teddy Wilburn   Composer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Discographical Information
Vic McAlpin   Composer
Gaby Rodgers   Composer
Kay Savage   Composer
Sandra Seamons   Composer
Russ Wapensky   Discographical Information
Gene Davis   Composer
Hank Mills   Composer
Dick Jennings   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Dale Noe   Composer
Jimmy Haskell   Producer
Harold W. "Pappy" Daily   Producer
Paul Cohen   Producer
Billy Wheeler   Composer
Cameron L. Mullins   String Arrangements
Charles "Fuzzy" Owen   Producer
Leroy Goates   Composer
Fred Weatherly   Composer

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