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Old 10-21-2010, 01:04 AM
Location: Austin
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Country music was, after rock settled down around 1960, a world unto itself again from 1960 to the early 70's...Chet Atkins and Bill Shirrell largely created the new Nashville sound together, putting strings where banjos and steel guitar plied their trade....It was an attempt to stop rock from invading country, which it did for 5 years from about 1955-1960...after that, they denuded the backwoods twange(took the twange and bluegrass backdrop) out of the music, and put in strings...

After some time, hits like "Welcome to my World" and "Make the world go away" sounded like something so weak and mellow that it would be something a 94-year-old person would want to hear right before they passed on their ghost!....they sounded awful, but did cross over to the pop charts without the twange...The crossovers still sounded awful up to 1972, with "I never promised you a rose garden' sounding like a Tropicana orange commercial"...actually, Dottie West's "I was raised on country sunshine" was taken directly from a coke commercial she wrote...

Then, came to the scene a guy that really WASN'T country, but passed as such....he recorded for Sun in the 50's, played incredible jazzy keyboards, and sang in a bluesy voice, half country-half soul....the man's name was Charlie Rich..

I'm old enough to remember how huge Charlie was in the mid-70's....he was a very quiet man, but his songs were so great, actually all time classics, that they went to the very top of the charts for a year and a half...for that time, he was everywhere....and his songs sound better NOW with age, like a fine port wine......It was really strange at the time for country songs to top the charts, but his did, and stayed at the top a long time...

I do hope you enjoy these...



Did he sound like Elvis in 1960 or not? wow..


always loved this one..just a sweet one about getting back home(in a good way) to the wive after work..and killer keyboards..when he auditioned for Sun, Sam Phillips told him he sounded too good on keyboards, too snazzy and jazzy, in other words, too talented..he gave him a stack of jerry lew lewis records, and told him to come back when he played that "bad"...true story..


Sorry about the sound on this one, but what a beautiful song..a little ray Charles-y here....a little Elvis too...




Charlie didn't take too well to fame, sadly...like so many before and after...he took to drink, and heavily at that...and had concerts cancelled numerous times per his being too tanked to go on stage...he also lit the envelope on fire when he "presented" John Denver with his award for Country music artist of the year in 1975

He did have one last hurrah..two country number #1 hits, as follows, in 77-78:


and his last hit here, also number 1 on the country charts..


After that, Charlie Rich essentially retired, and lived off his investments, until he died in his sleep in a hotel room in Louisiana at 62...

RIP Silver Fox...
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