Country, Western & Gospel Music

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PART I
Introduction
Country, Western, and Gospel music have existed in the United States since the early history of our country; how­ever, they did not receive a broad national coverage and acceptance until the beginning of radio in the early 1920's, with an upsurge in popularity particularly since World War II.
This book is an attempt to present information concern­ing Country, Western, and Gospel music through: the magazine articles which have been published on these sub­jects since 1904; reports on the most famous country music shows since 1924; 334 biographies of many of the famous Country, Western, and Gospel singers, musicians, and come­dians; a list of 3,800 names of singers, musicians, and comedi­ans; and, miscellaneous information which may assist in presenting a better knowledge of these fields of music.
This is possibly the first attempt to put together a book concerning Country, Western, and Gospel music, beginning with the Vernon Dalharts, Carson Robisons, Bradly Kin-caids, and Jimmie Rodgers' of the 1920s; the Gene Autrys, Red Foleys, Roy Acuffs, Elton Britts, Lulu Belles and Scot-tys, Blackwood Brothers', Jimmy Wakelys, Carter Families, Sons of the Pioneers', Sizemores, Delmore Brothers', Bob Wills', Jimmy Davis', Hoosier Hot Shots', Roy Rogers', Patsy Montanas, PeeWee Kings, Clayton McMichens, Bill Mon­roes, and Riley Pucketts of the 1930s; the Rex Aliens, Eddy Arnolds, Rod Brasfields, Ernest Tubbs, Minnie Pearls, and Ernie Fords of the 1940s; and, the Elvis Presleys, Johnny Cashs, Jim Reeves', Everly Brothers', Ferlin Huskeys, King­ston Trios, Webb Pierces, Marty Bobbins', Flatts' and Scruggs', Carl Smiths, Hank Thompsons, Kitty Wells', and the Hank Williams' of the 1950s and 1960s.
There is no attempt in the book to present a definition of Country music, because the writer feels that a thorough definition and understanding of Country, Western and Gos­pel music may be obtained from the magazine articles. Each field of music is nationally popular today, and it has
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