Country Music Records: A Discography, 1921-1942

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Oxford University Press, Oct 7, 2004 - Music - 1200 pages
More than twenty years in the making, Country Music Records documents all country music recording sessions from 1921 through 1942. With primary research based on files and session logs from record companies, interviews with surviving musicians, as well as the 200,000 recordings archived at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Frist Library and Archives, this notable work is the first compendium to accurately report the key details behind all the recording sessions of country music during the pre-World War II era. This discography documents--in alphabetical order by artist--every commercial country music recording, including unreleased sides, and indicates, as completely as possible, the musicians playing at every session, as well as instrumentation. This massive undertaking encompasses 2,500 artists, 5,000 session musicians, and 10,000 songs. Summary histories of each key record company are also provided, along with a bibliography. The discography includes indexes to all song titles and musicians listed.

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I love the song Carolina Moon. That is how I met my husband couple skating and they would always play Carolina Moon. My Mother used to play the piano by ear, could not read a note of music. I heard all the oldies goodies when she played. If my husband was still living, I would definitely get this book. He played the guitars and liked for me to sing while he played. So just to please him I would sing the best I could. He has a fender turquoise electric guitar and an acoustic Martin guitar. I bet the Martin was never played more than10 times before he got to sick to play. 

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Tony Russell is a music historian who has written on country music, blues, jazz, and other forms of popular music in a wide variety of publications and has researched, written, and presented many musical programs for BBC Radio. He is the author of Country Music Records: A Discography, 1921-1942 (OUP 2004), The Blues from Robert Johnson to Robert Cray, and other books. He lives in London.

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