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Country Music Icons

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*Includes pictures*Includes the music stars' quotes about their lives and work*Includes a bibliography for further readingIn the early 20th century, Westerns were one of the most popular genres in Hollywood, and one of the young stars at the forefront was Gene Autry, a Texan whose life story made him a natural to be the country's most famous "singing cowboy". Autry would become a symbol of masculinity and morality on screen during the 1930s, but it was effortless for someone who had already grown up riding horses to school. Autry came of age at a time when the "singing cowboy" was at the apex of his popularity, and like his most famous successor, Roy Rogers, Autry actually got his start in show business as a singer. Even today, Autry might be best known for being a pioneer of country music and the author of Christmas hits "Here Comes Santa Claus", "Frosty the Snowman", and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer". Autry would produce hundreds of recordings during his life, helping ensure the popularity of the country music genre and earning inductions into several related halls of fame. Roy Rogers came from an Ohio farm, but regardless of his background, Rogers certainly looked the part of the quintessential cowboy, along with his wife Dale Evans and his horse Trigger. His versatile singing and acting abilities made him successful both on radio and on the screen. Rogers came of age at a time when the "singing cowboy" was at the apex of his popularity, and that was favorable because he actually got his start in show business as a singer. In the early '30s, he bounced around several groups as a country music singer before earning national attention as a member of the Sons of the Pioneers, who were signed to Decca and had a couple of hits. As a result, when he first appeared in movies in 1935, it was usually in bit roles that required singing, but when Gene Autry threatened to quit acting in 1938, Rogers was viewed as a suitable replacement for lead roles. As it turned out, he became the premiere "singing cowboy" in Autry's stead, and from 1939-1954, he was one of the Top 10 Western stars in Hollywood, and a Top 10 movie star overall during some of those years.Hank Williams is considered by many to be the first American superstar of the genre and the "father" of modern country music. In the post-World War II era, at a time when country music was an insulated and regionalized cottage industry, Williams almost personally oversaw its transition into a national mania that would be later taken up by such figures as Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley, even as the musicians remained loyal to the genre's older, rural roots. But Williams remained distinctly and unapologetically Southern, thereby avoiding adoption by the larger pop world even as his remarkable sense of phrasing and authentic texts fascinated pop artists across the country. Johnny Cash, "The Man in Black", is among the most recognized and iconic vocal artists in the history of blues, country and gospel singing. During the second half of the 20th century, he produced a prolific and rarely-equaled career in the country genre as a singer, songwriter and guitarist, despite numerous struggles with alcohol and drug addiction. His trademark bass-baritone voice is instantly identifiable to listeners today, and his "parlando" style (combining an unaffected singing tone with a speech-like rhythm and pacing) has been taken up by the generation following his death in the early 21st century. While many celebrities have desperately tried to get as far away as possible from their impoverished upbringings, Dolly Parton constructed her star persona around the image of Appalachian country music culture. In many ways, Parton was raised in a quintessential Appalachian family, and while she has been resolute in expressing her affection for this background, it is impossible to deny that her upbringing posed obstacles that were difficult to overcome and related to societal and industrial levels.

Singing Cowboy Stars

Author : Robert W. Phillips
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Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Tex Ritter . . . they were the cowboys that everyone loved. Now their magic is captured in a memorable collection of photos, film clips, lobby cards and sheet music. And that's all toppped off with a high-quality compact disc that allows the melodious memories to come racing back. 110 photos, 50 in full-color.

Gene Autry

Author : Don Cusic
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"This biography takes the reader from Gene Autry's childhood in Oklahoma through his career as a singer and actor, and covers his later triumphs in business and sports. Of particular interest is the book's detailed day-to-day treatment of Autry's performing career, with information on each recording session and film shoot, including key personnel and interesting anecdotes"--Provided by publisher.

Wild Bill Elliott

Author : Gene Blottner
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Wild Bill Elliott was a major western star. His screen persona met evil head-on and emerged victorious, bringing cheers from Saturday audiences. This book covers Elliott’s entire career. It begins with a biographical sketch and then discusses each of his 78 starring roles as well as his more than 130 supporting roles. The film entries include studio, release date, alternate titles, cast and credit listings, songs, location filming, color, running time, source, story synopsis, notes and commentary, quotations from published reviews and a critical summation of the film. Appendices include Elliott’s short films, TV and radio appearances and comic books.

The Cowboy in Country Music

Author : Don Cusic
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This series of biographical profiles shines a spotlight on that special place “Where the West meets the Guitar.” From Gene Autry and Roy Rogers to contemporary artists like Michael Murphy, Red Steagall, Don Edwards and Riders in the Sky, many entertainers have performed music of the West, a genre separate from mainstream country music and yet an important part of the country music heritage. Once called “Country and Western,” it is now described as “Country or Western.” Though much has been written about “Country,” very little has been written about “Western”—until now. Featured are a number of photos of the top stars in Western music, past and present. Also included is an extensive bibliography of works related to the Western music field.

Public Cowboy No 1

Author : Holly George-Warren
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George-Warren offers the first serious biography in which Gene Autry the legend becomes a flesh-and-blood man--with all the passions, triumphs, and tragedies of a flawed icon.

The Singing Cowboys

Author : David Rothel
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Roy Rogers

Author : Robert W. Phillips
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This is the definitive work on Roy Rogers, the "King of the Cowboys." The lives and careers of Rogers and his wife, Dale Evans, are thoroughly covered, particularly their work on radio and television. The merchandising history of Roy Rogers reveals that his marketing of character-related products was second only to that of Walt Disney; Roy Rogers memorabilia are still among the most popular items. Includes a comprehensive discography, filmography and comicography. Heavily illustrated.

Back in the Saddle Again

Author : Edward Buscombe
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Westerns and American Culture 1930 1955

Author : R. Philip Loy
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Many people have fond memories of Friday nights and Saturday afternoons spent in theatres watching cowboy stars of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s chase villains across the silver screen or help a heroine out of harm’s way. Over 2,600 Westerns were produced between 1930 and 1955 and they became a defining part of American culture. This work focuses on the idea that Westerns were one of the vehicles by which viewers learned the values and norms of a wide range of social relationships and behavior, and thus examines the ways in which Western movies reflected American life and culture during this quarter century. Chapters discuss such topics as the ways that Westerns included current events in film plot and dialogue, reinforced the role of Christianity in American culture, reflected the emergence of a strong central government, and mirrored attitudes toward private enterprise. Also covered is how Westerns represented racial minorities, women, and Indians.

Horse Opera

Author : Peter Stanfield
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"In this innovative take on a neglected chapter of film history, Peter Stanfield challenges the commonly held view of the singing cowboy as an ephemeral figure of fun and argues instead that he was one of the most important cultural figures to emerge out of the Great Depression.The rural or newly urban working-class families who flocked to see the latest exploits of Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Tex Ritter, andother singing cowboys were an audience largely ignored by mainstreamHollywood film. Hard hit by the depression, faced with the threat--and often the reality--of dispossession and dislocation, pressured to adapt to new ways of living, these small-town filmgoers saw their ambitions, fantasies, and desires embodied in the singing cowboy and their social and political circumstances dramatized in ""B"" Westerns.Stanfield traces the singing cowboy's previously uncharted roots in the performance tradition of blackface minstrelsy and its literary antecedents in dime novels, magazine fiction, and the novels of B. M. Bower, showing how silent cinema conventions, the developing commercial music media, and the prevailing conditions of film production shaped the ""horse opera"" of the 1930s. Cowboy songs offered an alternative to the disruptive modern effects of jazz music, while the series Western--tapping into aesthetic principles shunned by the aspiring middle class--emphasized stunts, fist fights, slapstick comedy, disguises, and hidden identities over narrative logic and character psychology. Singing cowboys also linked recording, radio, publishing, live performance, and film media.Entertaining and thought-provoking, Horse Opera recovers not only the forgotten cowboys of the 1930s but also their forgotten audiences: the ordinary men and women whose lives were brightened by the sights and songs of the singing Western."

Westerns

Author : John Howard Reid
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Although Hollywood is no longer producing westerns at the rate of over 100 a year, the western movie enthusiast has over 1,000 classic films available on DVD. This guidebook, written in the same vein as the author's previous "goldmines of information" (to quote one reviewer), "Silent Films & Early Talkies on DVD," "Mystery, Suspense, Film Noir and Detective Movies on DVD," and "British Movie Entertainments on VHS and DVD," is a must-have item for even the casual western movie fan. Over 400 DVDs were examined: 136 are described in exhaustive detail and a further 100 summarized. All 66 Hopalong Cassidy movies are featured and there are chapters on Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, John Wayne, Alan Ladd and Buck Jones as well as a guide to a few of Hollywood's worst westerns.

The All American Cowboy Grill

Author : Cheryl Rogers-Barnett
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A collection of more than 250 recipes contributed by some of the best-known TV, film, and rodeo cowboys (and cowgirls), as well as by cooks at some of the top ranches in the country.

Babes Remember

Author : Jill Larson Sundberg
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Sometimes we forget the goofy things that made us happy or the simplicity and possibility that was our past. Our lives are made up of fleeting moments--moments we wish we could've written down. Babes Remember is just that: a list of songs, people, ideas, toys, and trends sure to stir up memories of days gone by and bring back the feeling of those moments. Organized into fun categories like On the Screen, Over the Waves, and On the Page; Rockin' and Reelin'; Fads in Fashion; and The Lingo, Man; this 300-plus list of people, places, things, and groups is sure to create laughs and tears alike. Spurred by an afternoon of reminiscing, this book is an amazing array of cultural memory and makes an ideal present for those on the verge of old-timer-itis. Turn the pages and you'll remember: Howdy Doody The Stroll dance craze The Mod Squad Mr. Tudball and Mrs. Wiggins Hand-cranked water pumps Because a little nostalgia (from the 50s and 60s) can go along way--Babes Remember!

True West

Author : Michael Barson
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Return with us to yesteryear, when cowboys were cowboys and gunslingers lurked around every corner. Today that colorful period continues to resonate in the collective imagination of red-blooded Americans everywhere—and now we have True West, which illustrates, in hundreds of full-color illustrations, how America’s mass media stamped that vision so indelibly on our collective unconscious over the past century, into today. Boasting hundreds of rare and colorful movie posters, pulp magazines, television memorabilia, advertisements, paperback books, record album jackets, toys, and clothing, True West covers such hugely popular television series as Gunsmoke, The Lone Ranger, and Bonanza, along with classic Western novels, including Shane, The Searchers, Welcome to Hard Times and that epic of all epics, Lonesome Dove. True West bows to the icons who ruled the silver screen—Tom Mix, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, John Wayne, and Clint Eastwood, to name a few, while offering up such indelible movie triumphs as Red River, The Searchers, Hud, The Wild Bunch, and Unforgiven. It also showcases the great Western comic books and comic strips—Colt, Red Ryder, Straight Arrow, and Jonah Hex—along with all those nifty toys and other ephemera that helped link kids to celluloid heroes like Hopalong Cassidy, Roy and Dale, and the ubiquitous Gene Autry. And what would the Wild West be without an accompanying soundtrack? True West reproduces the sublime album covers and sheet music that served up classic odes like “Streets of Laredo” and “Cool Water,” narrative ballads like “El Paso” (with Marty Robbins bedecked in his black gunfighter togs on the cover!), and “High Noon.”

Don Miller s Hollywood Corral

Author : Don Miller
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When Don Miller's Hollywood Corral was originally published in 1976, it was eagerly embraced by the thriving core of Western film fans that had coalesced during the preceding decade. There had already been several historical surveys of the genre, but none had focused exclusively on the low-budget series Westerns of Hollywood's Golden Age. Miller's work was a lively and informative volume on the subspecies, which included more than 2,000 movies. Hollywood Corral was eagerly accepted by its target audience: serious B Western fans and collectors. Long out of print, it has been much sought after by a new generation of hobbyists who, thanks to the proliferation of old movies on videotape, videodisc, and cable TV, have discovered the joys of B Western watching. With the original's mistakes corrected and a different photo selection accompanying this reprint, Hollywood Corral had been augmented with newly written essays covering specific aspects of the genre not fully covered by Miller. Some of the country's leading film historians are represented in these pages, contributing knowledge about B Western production little known even among the genre's most fervent devotees. Studio styles, literary precursors, location shooting, music scoring, and other facets of B Western production are examined with the same reverence and regard for historical accuracy generally accorded studies of more prestigious film forms. Hollywood Corral sports a breathtaking array of rare photos: over 400 in all, many of them never-before-published candid and behind-the-scenes shots, illustrating the entire history of the B Western era. And it also features a detailed bibliography that will direct students of the genre to other published works on Westerns. Newly written contributions from Gene Autry and Roy Rogers - the era's most beloved cowboy stars - round out this vastly entertaining package, which is sure to delight nostalgia-minded browsers and hardcore B Western aficionados alike.

Growing Up in Bridgeport in the 40s and 50s

Author : Arthur L. Dale
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GROWING UP IN BRIDGEPORT IN THE ‘40S AND ‘50S is a collection of essays written by the author and published in The Bridgeport Leader over a two-year period, from 2002 to 2004. Drawn from the author’s memory, these essays describe the sights and sounds, adventures, drama, humor and tragedies of the author’s youth. With its informal and familiar tone, and its recurring references to local figures and locales, the author draws the reader into this world, making it more than just the memoirs of a single individual; instead the memoirs of a small Midwestern oil town.

B Western Actors Encyclopedia

Author : Ted Holland
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The Facts of Life

Author : Willie Nelson
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If you had to give America a voice, it’s been said more than once, that voice would be Willie Nelson’s. For more than fifty years, he’s taken the stuff of his life-the good and the bad-and made from it a body of work that has become a permanent part of our musical heritage and kept us company through the good and the bad of our own lives. Long before he became famous as a performer, Willie Nelson was known as a songwriter, keeping his young family afloat by writing songs-like “Crazy”-that other people turned into hits. So it’s fitting, and cause for celebration, that he has finally set down in his own words, a book that does justice to his great gifts as a storyteller. In The Facts of Life, Willie Nelson reflects on what has mattered to him in life and what hasn’t. He also tells some great dirty jokes. The result is a book as wise and hilarious as its author. It’s not meant to be taken seriously as an instruction manual for living-but you could do a lot worse. From the Hardcover edition.

Country Music Records

Author : Tony Russell
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More than twenty years in the making, Country Music Records documents all country music recording sessions from 1921 through 1942. With primary research based on files and session logs from record companies, interviews with surviving musicians, as well as the 200,000 recordings archived at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Frist Library and Archives, this notable work is the first compendium to accurately report the key details behind all the recording sessions of country music during the pre-World War II era. This discography documents--in alphabetical order by artist--every commercial country music recording, including unreleased sides, and indicates, as completely as possible, the musicians playing at every session, as well as instrumentation. This massive undertaking encompasses 2,500 artists, 5,000 session musicians, and 10,000 songs. Summary histories of each key record company are also provided, along with a bibliography. The discography includes indexes to all song titles and musicians listed.