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50 Years down a Country Road

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ISBN-10: 0060937033

ISBN-13: 9780060937034

Edition: N/A

Authors: Ralph Emery, Patsi Bale Cox, Tom T. Hall

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For the past half century, Ralph Emery's incredibly popular radio and television programs have allowed millions to tune into the newest hits and savor their old favorites. Now Ralph combines his unique perspective with an encyclopedic wealth of country lore as he examines the changing face of the music he loves. From Hank Williams, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, and Johnny Cash to Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, and the Dixie Chicks, he chronicles the lives and careers of the stars, many of them his close friends. He shows how country music has changed over the years, but also reveals how its eternal themes and timeless melodies have kept this quintessentially American genre alive and well for…    
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/27/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 8.00" wide x 5.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Ralph Emery began interviewing country music stars at Nashville's powerhouse radio station WSM, winning Country Disc Jockey of the Year six times. He was the host and producer of The Ralph Emery Show and hosted Nashville Now for ten years. He is the author of the number one New York Times bestseller Memories, as well as More Memories and The View from Nashville. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Country music star Tanya Tucker, sometimes called "the Female Elvis", was born on October 10, 1958 in Seminole, Texas. Her first single, Delta Dawn, was both a country and pop hit. Although her career declined in the 1980s, Tucker eventually changed record labels and made a comeback. Tucker tells her life story in Nickel Dreams.

Opening Act
Setting the Stage
Hank Sets the Standard as an Industry Takes Shape in the 1950s
Hank Williams: Elusive Legend
"Little White Boss"
Fred Rose: The Beginnings of an Empire
An All-Star Lineup
The Wild Side of Life
Let's Turn Back the Years: Hank's Final Decline
The Man, the Myth, the Mystery
Marty Robbins: Country and Western Crossover Giant
The "Heartbreak Hotel" Factor
Country's Golden Age--the 1960s
Country Becomes a Fighting Force, Led by the Man in Black
The Long Good-bye
Ginny's Heart: Patsy Cline
Don Gibson: The Acuff-Rose Heir Apparent
Bakersfield Buck
Roger Miller: "By Monday I'll Be a Drummer"
Willie Nelson: Just Waiting for Everyone Else to Catch Up
Broadening the Scope in the 1970s
Bobby Bare: Ushering In a Time of Contrasts
Kudos to Kris
The Storyteller: Tom T. Hall
Against the Odds: Tillis, Pride, and Milsap
Mr. and Mrs. Country Music: George Jones and Tammy Wynette
The Eighties: Contemporary Country Meets Back to Basics
TNN: Country's Coast-to-Coast Party
Urban Cowboy and Beyond--All Hat, No Cattle?
Barbara Mandrell: My Little Blond Buddy
Dolly Parton: A Brain Beneath the Wigs, a Heart Beneath the Boobs
Reba Nell
Back to Basics: Skaggs, Strait, and Travis
The Nineties: Country Explodes
The Garth Factor
Shania and Nashville: Never the Twain Shall Meet?
Trisha: She's in Love with the Music ...
The New Mr. and Mrs. Country Music?
Dixie Chicks "Fly" High
Marty Stuart: The Keeper of the Flame
Postscript: Some Things I've Learned Along the Road
The Impact Charts: A Measurement of the Best of the Fifty Years 1950-2000