This was $4. It is Saturday. Yay!! Also last post of the month although I seem to think I missed a week somewhere. A quick check of the schedule tells me this can not be.
Wrapping up another month of the show with Mr Hank Snow. I am running out of new pictures of him to post. This record was released in 1961. It was a RCA/Camden compilation effort. It is ok. I felt a lot of the songs were derivative from other works (“I’m Moving In”, “Boogie Woogie Flying Cloud” for example). The biggest hit from this was “Let Me Go Lover” which went to #1 in 1954.
For a sample, I was drawn to “When Mexican Joe Met Jolie Blon”. I also really liked “Trouble, Trouble, Trouble”. It is a kind of talking blues number kind of like Woody Guthrie’s style. I have never heard Snow perform a number like this.
Criticism aside, of course I am goint to like one of Snow’s records. Satisfactory. See, I learned something from last month. Put the easy posts at the end of the month.
This was one dollar. Hank Snow, perhaps the most famous Canadian country artist ( I am biased), was born in Nova Scotia in 1914. His upbringing was hard as his father died young, his mother and step father(s) struggled and he endured both physical and mental abuse from various guardians. At age 12, he ran off to sea to become a cabin boy. After reeling in the bug bucks ($58), he bought himself a guitar and chord book out of a Eaton’s catalog for $5.98. He had previously played his mothers steel guitar and showed talent.
Hard jobs and struggle continued, but Snow persevered and modeled himself after Jimmie Rodgers until he started gaining success signing a contract with the Canadian division of RCA Victor and becoming a national radio star. Soon enough Nashville got wind and Snow moved down to the US where he would become a star in the States.
Snow was influential in the career of Elvis Presley. Snow first got him an appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. He also used Elvis as an opening act for a while. For better or for worse, Snow introduced Elvis to Colonel Tom Parker. Parker and Snow entered into a partnership to manage Elvis in 1955. However, Parker somehow got Snow out of the picture, taking full control of Elvis’ career. From that point on, Snow had little nice to say about Parker.
This record was made to celebrate the Silver Anniversary of Snow’s signing to RCA Victor in 1936. It was released in 1961. The songs, all staples of Snow’s career to date, were re-recorded in Nashville by Chet Atkins. So this is an album of reboots. The songs all have the classic Hank Snow elements to them. In some cases, backup vocals, instrumentation, and a stronger back beat are added to give them a new twist while not deviating terribly from the source material. Webb Pierce did something similar to this on an earlier post.
For a sample, there were a few songs I really liked re-worked, but I settled with one that he wrote, “I”m Movin On”, which has a stronger back beat and more backup vocals than its original version which is posted below.
Top Rated Record.
Happy 2016! This was $3.00. Being a good Canadian and old school country fan, I had to get this album.
Hank Snow’s Museum
Born in Nova Scotia, “The Singing Ranger” himself, Hank Snow (1914-1999) is a legend of country music and deserves more on this blog than I am willing to give him today. As you may have guessed, my internet is still down. Do not fret, however. I have more Hank Snow albums so I expect a more detailed post next go around.
If you can not wait, here is his Wikipedia Page
This was released in 1961 by RCA records, with whom he stayed with his whole career. It seems to be a collection of popular country tunes that Snow, as the title suggests, had not done until now. Overall it is a good collection and has trademark Hank Snow vocal style.
The sample I am posting is one of my favorite songs and it is also the reason I got the album. Here is Hank Snow with his version of the Hank Locklin classic, “Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On”.
Satisfactory Record. Have a good 2016!!