1947-Dim Lights Thick Smoke & Hilbilly Music Count
2008 release, an installment in this luxuriously packaged collection that highlights the history of Country music year by year, beginning in 1945 right up through 1970. The series is compiled an annotated by Grammy-winning Colin Escott. The big hits are here, but so are the classic performances that weren't necessarily big hits at the time, but became influential in the years ahead. Every volume has incredibly detailed behind-the-scenes stories, fabulously rare photos, and an ongoing history of Country music set against the backdrop of the broader American music business. 1947 kicks off with Tex Williams' #1 Pop and Country smash 'Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! That Cigarette', and includes more classics by Eddy Arnold, Roy Acuff, Ernest Tubb, Bob Wills, Moon Mullican, Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, Charlie Monroe, and the Delmores, as well as Billy Hughes' fabulously rare 'Cocaine Blues' and one of Chet Atkins' first solo hits. Bear Family.