This was our last show before we move our time slot. Join us next Sunday 7am to 9am at 91.7 FM or http://fm.whus.org/ and we will have the same Red Rooster Party but without the maddening sports preemptions.
Today's show featured post-WW2 country music, especially as it had changed from string ensembles to lead singers over the war period. There are many theories why this happened, but the one that makes sense to me is that soldiers exposed to other lands and other soldiers from different parts of the country were apt to take on some of the new experiences as their own and leave behind the customs and music of their homes and upbringing.
The new country charts following the war would in some ways not be recognizable as country to a savvy fan. They included pop songs of the time and singers like Bing Crosby (as opposed to Al Dexter) doing "Pistol Packing Mama". Nevertheless, we were able to show that country music did exist for sure in the roughly-10-year period after the war and Hank Williams led the way.
We played one of Hank's 1951 Mother's Best programs, and as many of the other artists recording at the time as we could fit into an hour and a half.
Joe Bussard presented his 15th show for Red Rooster Party and WHUS, and continued to surprise us with more great clean sounding 78s from his vast collection. You can hear it here.
Join us next Sunday AT 7:00 AM for the next edition of the show.
Artist / Song / Album / Label / Year
- Golden Gate Quartet / Seven Angels And Seven Trumpets / Complete Recorded Works Volume 6 / Document / 1949
- Hank Williams / Just Waitin' / The Complete Mother's Best Recordings...Plus! / Time Life / 1951
- Don Helms & the Drifting Cowboys / Paradise Isle / The Complete Mother's Best Recordings...Plus! / Time Life / 1951
- Hank Williams / When The Fire Comes Down / The Complete Mother's Best Recordings...Plus! / Time Life / 1951
- Tex Ritter / When You Leave, Don't Slam The Door / High Noon / Living Era / 1946
- Hank Penny & His California Cowhands / You're Bound To Look Like a Monkey (When You Grow Old) / The Penny Opus #1 / Jasmine / 1951
- Kenny Roberts / F.O.B. Tennessee / Jumpin' and Yodelin' / Bear Family / 1951
- Gene Autry / Ages and Ages Ago / The Last Round-Up / Living Era / 1946
- Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith / Dime A Dozen / The Golden Age of Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith / Cattle / 1949
- Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys / Deep Water / The Essential 1935-1947 / Columbia / 1947
- Merle Travis / So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed / The Country Hits of the 40s / Living Era / 1947
- Tex Williams / Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette! / The Country Hits of the 40s / Living Era / 1947
- Roy Acuff & His Smokey Mountain Boys / Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain / Columbia Country Classics, Vol. 1 - The Golden Age / Columbia / 1947
- Jimmy Wakely / I Love You so Much it Hurts / The Country Hits of the 40s / Living Era / 1948
- Margaret Whiting & Jimmy Wakely / Slipping Around / The Country Hits of the 40s / Living Era / 1949
- Molly O'Day & the Cumberland Mountain Folks / The Tramp on the Street / Columbia Country Classics, Vol. 1 - The Golden Age / Columbia / 1946
- Lloyd "Cowboy" Copas / Opportunity Is Knockin' At Your Door / Settin' Flat On Ready / Bear Family / 1947
- Bob Gallion / A Fool In Love / Out of a Honky Tonk / Bear Family / 1956
- Kitty Wells / Wooden Heart / Queen Of Country Music / Decca / 1961
- Eddy Arnold / Just Call Me Lonesome / Ultimate Eddy Arnold / RCA-BMG / 1953
- Doc Williams and the Border Riders (with Chickie Williams) / Willy Roy, The Crippled Boy / The Original Historical Early Recordings 1947 to 1960 Volume One / Wheeling / 1949
- Hank Williams (Luke The Drifter) / Thy Burdens Are Greater Than Mine / The Gospel According To Luke The Drifter Vol. 1 / Sugo / 1950s
- The Cooke Duet / Swing Down That Chariot / The Best Of The Cooke Duet / CRFRC / 1960s
- Brother Claude Ely / There's A Leak In This Old Building / Satan Get Back! / Ace King / 1953
- The Chestnut Grove Quartet / Little Old Church By The road / The Legendary Chestnut Grove Quartet / County / 1960s
- The South Carolina Broadcasters / Lost John / Tell Me Truly / John Boy & Billy / 2015
- Joe Bussard's Country Classics #15 / / / /
- Stripling Brothers / The Lost Child / 78 RPM Single / Melotone / 1928
- J. E. Mainer's Mountaineers / Seven and a Half / 78 RPM Single / Bluebird / 1935
- Buell Kazee / Darling Cora / 78 RPM single / Brunswick / 1927
- Ernest V. Stoneman & His Dixie Mountaineers / Sugar In The Gourd / 78 RPM single / Victor / 1926
- Dixie Crackers / The Old Bell Cow / 78 RPM single / Paramount / 1927
- Larry Richardson / Walking In My Sleep / Recorded at Galax / Private / 1956
- Jim Eanes & His Shenandoah Valley Boys / Little Brown Hand / 78 RPM Single / Decca / 1952
- Hack Johnson / Home Sweet Home / 78 RPM single / Colonial / 1955
- Mac Odell / Let's Pray / 78 RPM single / King / 1952