ISBN-10:
0786430214
ISBN-13:
9780786430215
Pub. Date:
07/23/2007
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
First Generation of Country Music Stars: Biographies of 50 Artists Born Before 1940

First Generation of Country Music Stars: Biographies of 50 Artists Born Before 1940

by David Dicaire

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Overview

This book focuses on 50 of the most important entertainers in the history of country music, from its beginnings in the folk music of early America through the 1970s. Divided into five distinct categories, it discusses the pioneers who brought mountain music to mass audiences; cowboys and radio stars who spread country music countrywide; honky-tonk and bluegrass musicians who differentiated country music during the 1940s; the major contributions that female artists made to the genre; and the modern country sound which dominated the genre from the late 1950s to the mid–1980s. Each entry includes a brief biography of the chosen artist with special emphasis on experiences which influenced their musical careers. Covered musicians include Fiddlin’ John Carson, Riley Puckett, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Bob Wills, Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, Sr., Dale Evans, June Carter Cash, Loretta Lynn, Buck Owens, Roy Clark, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786430215
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 07/23/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David Dicaire is the author of numerous works about music history. He lives in Leamington, Ontario, Canada.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Preface 1

Introduction 3



PART ONE: THE PIONEERS 9

Fiddlin’ John Carson (1868–1949): The Virginia Reeler 11

Uncle Dave Macon (1870–1952): King of the Hillbillies 14

Dr. Humphrey Bate (1875–1936): The Possum Hunter 17

Vernon Dalhart (1883–1948): A Country Star 20

Gid Tanner (1885–1960): The Skillet Licker 23

A.P. Carter (1891–1960): Family Patriarch 28

Charlie Poole (1892–1931): North Carolina Rambler 32

E.V. “Pop” Stoneman (1893–1968): Country Patriarch 35

Riley Puckett (1894–1946): Blind Ambition 39

Jimmie Rodgers (1897–1933): The Singing Brakeman 42



PART TWO: COWBOYS AND RADIO STARS 49

Ken Maynard (1895–1973): Wagon Master 51

Roy Acuff (1903–1992): Wabash Cannonball 54

Wilf Carter (1904–1996): Montana Slim 60

Tex Ritter (1907–1974): Lone Star Cowboy 63

Gene Autry (1907–1998): The Singing Cowboy 67

Red Foley (1910–1968): The Mainstream Voice 72

Roy Rogers (1911–1998): Happy Trails Forever 76

Hank Snow (1914–1999): The Travelin’ Canadian 79

Merle Travis (1917–1983): The Individualist 84

Eddy Arnold (1918–): The Tennessee Plowboy 88



PART THREE: WESTERN SWING/BLUEGRASS/HONKY TONK 95

Bob Wills (1905–1975): The Western Swing King 97

Bill Monroe (1911–1996): The Bluegrass Rambler 104

Ernest Tubb (1914–1984): The Texas Troubadour 112

Lester Flatt (1914–1979): Flat Pickin’ 118

Hank Williams, Sr. (1923–1953): Life to Legend 123

Earl Scruggs (1924–): Dueling Banjoist 132

Hank Thompson (1925–): Texas Swing 137

Ray Price (1926–): Cherokee Cowboy 141

George Jones (1931–): Honky Tonk Texan 146



PART FOUR: WOMEN OF COUNTRY MUSIC 157

Sara Carter (1899–1979): Wildwood Flower 159

Maybelle Carter (1909–1978): Country Matriarch 163

Dale Evans (1912–2001): Queen of the Cowgirls 167

Kitty Wells (1918–): Queen of Country Music 170

Molly O’Day (1923–1987): A Defining Role 174

June Carter Cash (1929–2003): A Song in Her Heart 177

Patsy Cline (1932–1963): A Country Music Treasure 180

Loretta Lynn (1934–): Coal Miner Heartbreak 187

Wanda Jackson (1937–): Country Music Heart 192



PART FIVE: OUTLAWS, REBELS AND SUPERSTARS 197

Chet Atkins (1924–2001): The Superpicker 199

Marty Robbins (1925–1982): The Country Chameleon 205

Buck Owens (1929–2006): Baron of Bakersfield 212

Johnny Cash (1932–2003): The Man in Black 218

Charlie Rich (1932–1995): The Silver Fox 229

Glen Campbell (1936–): Rhinestone Cowboy 234

Roy Clark (1933–): Lightning Fingers 240

Willie Nelson (1933–): Austin Outlaw 245

Conway Twitty (1933–1993): Uncrowned King 255

Waylon Jennings (1937–2002): Ladies Love Outlaws 262

Merle Haggard (1937–): Lonesome Fugitive 269

Kenny Rogers (1938–): The Gambler 277



Bibliography 285

Index 289

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