August 24, 2015

Country or Folk music had been in existence for many generations before it was first commercially recorded in the early 20th century. For many music historians, the "official" birth of country music happened in August 1927 when all-comers were welcomed to a demo sessio...

August 18, 2015

When Colonel Tom Parker was fired by Eddy Arnold in 1953, he immediately started working with young hillbilly singer Tommy Sands.

 

Aged just sixteen, he was already a eight-year showbusiness veteran and had sung on The Louisiana Hayride radio show and recorded a single...

August 17, 2015

During the early 1950s, Colonel Tom Parker was exclusively managing the hugely successful country singer Eddy Arnold. But Parker had become bored and part of him longed to get back to grass roots. He knew two useful guys out of Chicago, Al Dvorin and Tom Diskin: Dvorin...

August 13, 2015

Throughout his long career, Elvis Presley's manager advised him to steer clear of any political or controversial subjects when being interviewed. In fact, Presley became the master of the non-interview, using charm, humour and self-deprecation to avoid tricky subjects,...

Above all things. Colonel Tom Parker loved "playing the game". By nature he was a practical joker and would happily spend $10 to con you out of $1.

 

His most famous and long-standing joke was his own private club named The Snowmen's League of America, which was a pun on...

August 8, 2015

 

Tommy Durden was, by common consent, the nicest man you could ever meet.

 

The youngest of ten children, born in Georgia, Tommy fell in love with music at a young age and, in particular, he adored the Gospel sounds coming from the black churches. From there it was just...

August 6, 2015

During the 1940s and 1950s, Songbook Folio sales were a regular part of a country musician's income. His publishers would print a selection of his popular hits in a booklet format which would be sold before shows and during the interval. Country superstar Roy Acuff, ev...

August 5, 2015

Although we now think of it as a definitive Elvis recording, for most Southern listeners in 1955, "That's All Right" was a hit song for Marty Robbins, not Elvis Presley. 

 

Robbins recorded it in December 1954 after Elvis' ground-breaking debut Sun record release began t...

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