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...As the first major star to come out of the country music scene of Bakersfield, California, Buck Owens introduced the city’s unique sound to the nation and paved the way for the myriad artists who followed in his wake. Owens was born...

—Capitol Records (US)

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume I : Media, Industry and Society

Continuum, 2003

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...The founders of Capitol Records in Los Angeles in 1942 were notable participants in the popular music business: songwriter/performer Johnny Mercer, Paramount Pictures executive (and member of the noted songwriting team De Sylva, Brown...

Bakersfield Sound

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...The Bakersfield Sound refers to a style of country music that developed within and around the southern portion of central California’s San Joaquin Valley in the 1940s and 1950s, and rose to prominence in the 1960s and 1970s...

Honky-Tonk

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...The term ‘honky-tonk’ refers to a style of country music performance which was codified, principally in American Southwest and Gulf Coast regions (and later in California), during the late years of the Depression and World War II...

Bakersfield/Central Valley, CA

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: Bakersfield – 400,000 (2003) The Central Valley of California, also known as the San Joaquin Valley, was first settled 8,000 years ago by the Yokuts Indians. It was not until 1827 that US...

Country Music

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Country music is an extremely diverse genre unified more by its lyrical tropes, imagery, audience and institutional history than by stylistic coherence. The term ‘country music’ did not appear as the consensus genre label until the early...