Don Rocks

Don Rocks

by Don GibsonDon Gibson


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Never deliberately flashy, Don Gibson had an unerring ability to take complex emotions and turn them into deceptively simple-sounding songs, and as any songwriter knows, that's far from an easy trick to pull off, but Gibson did it time and time again. Unassuming to a fault, his best songs like "Sweet Dreams" (a hit initially for Faron Young in 1955 but ultimately defined a few years later by Patsy Cline's version), "Oh Lonesome Me" (slowed down, a key track on Neil Young's After the Gold Rush album), and "I Can't Stop Loving You" (covered by countless artists, but most notably by Ray Charles) are models of graceful construction (amazingly, the latter two songs were written by Gibson in a trailer park on the exact same afternoon). Of these, only "Oh Lonesome Me" from 1958 is included in this 33-track set drawn from Gibson's second tenure with RCA Victor (he had been signed to the label in 1950 but was let go, only to resign in 1957), but there are several other fine Gibson-penned songs here, including 1958's "If You Don't Know It," 1960's "What About Me," and 1961's "Lonesome Number One," among others, and if this isn't exactly the ideal introduction to Gibson (it leans toward his more uptempo material), it does spotlight his unique rhythm guitar style, which always had more to do with Django Reinhardt than it did Maybelle Carter. Gibson's second stint with RCA lasted until 1969, after which he signed with Wesley Rose's Hickory Records and remained there from 1969 until 1980, when he left Hickory and promptly re-recorded his hits for K-Tel Records before leaving the music business for good, remaining relatively reclusive between 1980 and his death in 2003. Again, this set is skewed toward his uptempo side, so it isn't a complete portrait of this fine singer, guitarist, and songwriter, but it is certainly revealing in its own right.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/14/2008
Label: Bear Family Germany
UPC: 4000127169914
catalogNumber: 2716991
Rank: 81865

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Don Gibson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Chet Atkins   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Hank Garland   Guitar
Jordanaires   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Lloyd Green   Steel Guitar
Anita Kerr   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Grady Martin   Guitar
Jerry Smith   Piano
Johnny Smith   Guitar
Anita Kerr Singers   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Brenton Banks   Organ
Harold Bradley   Guitar
Jerry Carrigan   Drums
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Buddy Harman   Drums
Hoyt Hawkins   Choir, Chorus
Hugh Jarrett   Choir, Chorus
Jerry Kennedy   Guitar
Douglas Kirkham   Drums
Millie Kirkham   Choir, Chorus
Weldon Myrick   Steel Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Harold Rugg   Steel Guitar
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
Leonard Sutton   Guitar
Marijohn Wilkin   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Joe Zinkan   Bass
Dorothy Ann Dillard   Choir, Chorus
Priscilla Ann Hubbard   Choir, Chorus
Charlie McCoy   Harmonica,Vibes
Culley Holt   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Hugh Gordon Stoker   Choir, Chorus
Henry Newton "Tommy" Vaden   Fiddle
Luke Brandon   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Troy M. Hatcher   Drums
Summie L. Hendrick   Steel Guitar
Jerry Reed Hubbard   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Thomas Jackson   Fiddle
Walter Lenk   Drums
Morris Palmer   Drums
James "Jimmie" Selph   Guitar
Morris Wilson   Harpsichord
Charles McCoy   Harmonica
Jerry Glenn Kennedy   Guitar
William Guilford Wright   Choir, Chorus
Neal Matthews   Choir, Chorus
Velma E. Williams Smith   Guitar
William Paul Ackerman   Drums
George W. McCormick   Guitar
Russell Lee "Rusty" Kershaw   Guitar
James "Jimmy" Riddle   Harmonica
Samuel K. "Sammy" Pruett   Guitar
Mary Frances Lyell   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Raymond Walker   Choir, Chorus
Troy Hatcher   Drums
Summie L. Hendricks   Steel Guitar
Russell Kershaw   Guitar
Leon Sutton   Guitar
Joseph Layne   Organ
James Selph   Guitar
Harold Rugg   Steel Guitar
Charles R. McCoy   Harmonica
Brenton Bolden Banks   Organ
Walter L. Garland   Guitar
Priscilla Hubbard   Vocals
Mildred Kirkham   Vocals
James Clayton Day   Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Lester Flatt   Composer
Chet Atkins   Producer,Audio Production
Don Gibson   Composer
Hank Snow   Composer
Brook Benton   Composer
Jimmie Grier   Composer
Roy Drusky   Composer
Teddy Randazzo   Composer
Martha Carson   Composer
Melvin Endsley   Composer
Paul Hampton   Composer
Chester B. Atkins   Producer
Hal David   Composer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes,Biographical Information
Willie Jones   Composer
Kenneth S. Morris   Composer
Clyde Otis   Composer
Webb Pierce   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Dave Rich   Composer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer,Discographical Information
Pinky Tomlin   Composer
Vic McAlpin   Composer
Cirino Colacrai   Composer
Earl Hatch   Composer
Jimi Westbrook   Composer
Erich Hülsenbeck   Photo Scanning
Floyd Jenkins   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Reinhard Pietsch   Illustrations
Coy Poe   Composer
Stephen C. Foster   Composer
Walton   Composer
Curt Peeples   Composer

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