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Jim Reeves

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...In the late 1960s and early 1970s focus on singer-songwriters, Bobbie Gentry emerged as one of the first females to achieve broad success within the country music idiom. Born in 1944 in Chickasaw County, Mississippi, Gentry was raised...

Patsy Cline

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...Despite a tragically short career, Patsy Cline emerged from the Nashville country scene to become one of the first major artists to cross into pop. Born in Virginia in 1932, at thirteen Cline was stricken with rheumatic fever, which changed...

Nashville Sound

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

The Continuum International, 2012

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...The Nashville Sound is a genre of US country music developed in Nashville, Tennessee recording studios during the late 1950s. Offering what its practitioners considered a more sophisticated-sounding form of country music than other past...

Nashville, TN

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

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: city – 570,000 (2000); metropolitan area – 985,000 (1997)Nashville is the capital city of Tennessee. Located on the Cumberland River, it is a major point of transshipping for the whole of the upper South, with boats able...

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...