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Country Music History Images

The Super Producer

Legendary A&R man, Ralph Peer of Victor and Okeh Records.

Country's First Superstars

The stars of the seminal Bristol recording sessions: Jimmie Rodgers pictured with the Carter Family in 1931.

A Night at the Opry

A scene from the Grand Ol' Opry, country music's most famous live "barn dance" program, in the 1930s.

Bluegrass Genius

Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass, (center) and his Blue Grass Boys.

Still "Crazy"

Patsy Cline in 1961.

The Man, The Legend

Hank Williams, honky-tonk hero, hard drinker, and country's greatest icon.

Guitar Hero

Country singer-guitarist Buck Owens was famously associated with the guitar driven sound of the music coming out of Bakersfield, CA.

By Her Own Rules

The self-styled and hugely successful Dolly Parton.

The Red-Headed Stranger

Willie Nelson, activist, icon of "outlaw" country, and serious marijuana enthusiast.

Fences: No, Stadiums: Yes

No Fences, indeed: After ruling the charts for years, "stadium" country megastar, Garth Brooks tried out for the MLB's San Diego Padres.

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