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Country Music History

Country Music History

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Country Music History People

Who Made It Happen

Ralph Peer

Ralph Peer (1892-1960) is often credited with creating the country music business. Peer was a New York-based artist and repertory man for Okeh and Victor records (two of the large early recording c...

Jimmie Rodgers

Jimmie Rodgers (1897-1933) was the most influential performer in the early history of country music. Every singing cowboy, rambling man, and honky-tonk hero who has followed owes Rodgers a signific...

Bill Monroe

Bill Monroe (1911-1996) invented the bluegrass style. Monroe had gotten his start playing mandolin in a Chicago band with his brothers, but his great innovation was to revamp the Appalachian tunes...

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley (1935-1977) was such a pivotal figure in the history of popular music that in retrospect, he seems to have been destined to emerge when he did. Sun Records honcho Sam Phillips anticip...

Hank Williams

Hank Williams (1923-1953) is the most legendary figure in the history of country music. For many, Williams is country music and his spare songwriting and expressive singing is its spirit and soul....

Fred Rose

Fred Rose (1898-1954) was one of the crucial figures in the process that centralized the country music industry in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1942, Rose formed Acuff-Rose Publications with the musici...

Patsy Cline

Patsy Cline (1932-1963) was arguably the most influential country musician of all time and certainly one of the style's greatest singers. Cline, who was born Virginia Hensley, began her career at a...

Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks (1962- ), despite being a staggeringly popular recording artist and performer is a strangely polarizing figure. Brooks, the first country singer to release a multi-platinum album, took...

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