Eugene Earle collection, 1939-1980s.

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Earle, Eugene. Eugene Earle collection, 1939-1980s.

Eugene Earle collection, 1939-1980s.

The collection consists of recordings, films, images, and papers collected by Eugene Earle. The recordings consists of commercial and non-commercial transcription discs, audiocassettes, and open reel recordings documenting a wide array of radio programs and performers of blues, country music, jazz, old-time music, popular music, swing, and other types of music from 1939 through the early 1980s. One series of the collection is government-sponsored Army V-Discs and Navy V-Discs from World War II. These discs were issued, October 1943-May 1949, and feature material from a variety of sources, including special recording sessions, radio broadcasts, broadcast rehearsals, film soundtracks, and issued and unissued commercial recordings. Along with the Armed Forces Radio Service, the V-Disc group was a morale-building unit that addressed the need for current music by the troops overseas. As V-Discs were produced exclusively for use by military personnel and the many artists who volunteered to perform on the recordings were adamant about the discs not being commercially sold or used, many of the V-Disc metal pressing parts were destroyed by the United States Army. Consequently, the V-Discs that survived document performances by artists unavailable on any other recordings. Other transcription discs are of the "Ralph Emery Show," which aired on WSM radio in Nashville, Tenn., 1971-1974, and showcased some of the leading country music performers of the day; the "Lawrence Welk Show"; and various government-sponsored radio shows, such as "Country Roads," :Navy Hoedown," :Sounds of Solid Country," "The Veterans Administration Presents Here's to Veterans," "The United States Army Presents Country Express," "The United States Air Force Presents Country Music Time," and "Country Cookin'." Another series is comprised of open reel recordings, some documenting live performances of old time, country, and bluegrass musicians. They also include several private interviews with musicians. Other open reel recordings are dubbed copies of rare 78 rpm recordings, unreleased test recordings of early country and blues musicians, and transcription discs. There are also posters, audiocassettes, films, printed music, images, serials, papers relating to Earle's discographical and collecting activities, and promotional materials. Posters include full-sheet posters, half-sheet posters, and lobby cards for commercial feature-length motion pictures featuring country and western recording stars from the 1930s to the 1960s. Audiocassettes include commercial and non-commercial recordings of many early country, jazz, and Hawaiian musicians. Films consist of 16mm reels of early country and western artists and other topics. Printed music includes a number of song folios and sheet music, largely focused on Hawaiian and early country and western music, with a significant number of pre-1930 song sheets. Images consist of photographs, collectors' cards, and other images of country and western musicians and related subjects. Serials consist of journals and other publications pertaining to individual musicians, early radio stations, record collecting in general, fan clubs, and other topics. Papers relating to Earle's discographical and collecting activities include discographical research, tape logs, correspondence with record companies and other collectors, materials related to the John Edwards Memorial Foundation, record label catalogs, and extensive documentation of Earle's own vast record and research collection. Promotional materials include small flyers, picture cards, and other materials for commercial feature-length motion pictures featuring country and western recording stars from the 1930s to the 1960s. Performers significant in the collection appear as access points in this record.

ca. 17000 items (40.0 linear feet)

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Pioneer recording executive. Born October 19, 1889. Died February 10, 1986. Full name: Arthur Edward Satherley. AKA: "Uncle Art." Worked for Paramount during the early 1920s, scouting and recording country and blues performers. Joined the American Record Corporation (ARC) in 1929 and eventually became head of the country and blues A&R departments. Columbia Records purchased ARC in 1938 and he became Columbia's chief country producer, 1938-1952. Member, Country Music Hall of Fame. ...

Calloway, Cab, 1907-1994

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Guitarist and Nashville record producer. Born June 20, 1924. Died June 20, 2001. Career active late 1940s-1990s. Full name: Chester Burton Atkins. RCA country producer 1957-1970s, influential in shaping the Nashville Sound. Known as "Mr. Guitar," he is among the most recorded solo instrumentalists in the world. Member, Country Music Hall of Fame. From the description of Oral history interview with Chet Atkins [sound recording] ; 1977 July 5; interview conducted by Douglas B. Green. 1...

Welk, Lawrence, 1903-1992

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Dorsey, Tommy, 1905-1956

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Gatlin, Larry

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Wells, Kitty

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Pioneer country performer. Born August 30, 1919. Real name: Muriel Ellen Deason. Began career in 1934 as part of the Deason Sisters. Married Johnnie Wright in 1937 and became part of the act, Johnnie Wright and the Harmony Girls. In 1939 traveled and performed with the newly organized duo of Johnnie & Jack (Johnnie Wright and Jack Anglin). Recorded the breakthrough song "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," in 1952 as Kitty Wells. Member, Country Music Hall of Fame. From th...

Rawls, Lou

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Krupa, Gene, 1909-1973

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Kyser, Kay

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James Kern Kay Kyser was born 18 June 1905 in Rocky Mount, N.C., to Paul Kyser and Emily Royster Kyser, both pharmacists. His mother was the first registered female pharmacist in North Carolina. His uncle, Edward Vernon Howell, opened the pharmacy school at the University of North Carolina in 1897 and served as the dean until his death in 1931. His cousin, Vermont Connecticut Royster, was the editor of the Wall Street Journal from 1958 to 1971. Another member of the Royster family, ...

Whitman, Slim, 1924-2013

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Baxter, Les, 1922-1996

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Ray Charles Singers.

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Eldridge, Roy, 1911-1989

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Lynn, Loretta

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Country performer. Born April 14, 1935. Real name: Loretta Webb. Country music performer, songwriter, and recording artist who broke new ground for women in country music. Rose to fame in the late 1960s. Won the Country Music Association (CMA) Female Vocalist of the Year, 1967, 1972, and 1973. Won the CMA Vocal Duo of the Year (with Conway Twitty), 1972. Won the CMA Entertainer of the Year, 1972. Her credits include "Coal Miner's Daughter," "Fist City," and "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man." Me...

Mandrell, Barbara.

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Williams, Hank, Jr., 1949-

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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

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Young, Faron

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Ashley, Clarence, 1895-1967

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Tubb, Ernest, 1914-1984

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Andrews sisters

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Husky, Ferlin

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Wynette, Tammy, 1942-1998

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Country music performer. Born May 5, 1942. Died April 1998. Real name: Virginia Wynette Pugh. Successful singer and songwriter. In the mid-1960s she teamed with producer Billy Sherrill for a ten-year string of hits, including her signature tune "Stand By Your Man." Recorded hit duets with David Houston ("My Elusive Dreams," 1967) and George Jones ("Two Story House," "Golden Ring," and "(We're Not) The Jet Set.)" Member, Country Music Hall of Fame. From the description of Oral history...

Jordan, Louis, 1908-1975

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Sinatra, Frank

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The son of italian immigrants, Frank Sinatra began singing and doing impersonations in school which led to his future career as singer with the Hoboken Four in 1935. The quartet broke up in 1936 and Frank started working his way through the music industry until he finally got his big break in 1940. He would become one of Hollywood's leading men for the next two decades and a constant music hall draw after that until very close to the day he died in 1998. (Adapted from the Official Sinatra Family...

Wilson, Teddy, 1912-1986

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Kitt, Eartha

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Ms. Kitt was born in the town of North (Orangeburg County, S.C.) From the description of Now playing at Cafe Carlyle: Eartha Kitt with Daryl Waters, Musical Director, 2005 [promotional placard] (University of South Carolina). WorldCat record id: 182756274 ...

Elman, Mischa

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American violinist of Russian birth. From the description of Autograph letter signed and typewritten letter signed, dated : New York, 24 November and 16 December 1915, to [Harry Harkness] Flagler, 1915 Nov. 24. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270566179 From the description of Typewritten letter signed, dated : New York, 18 April 1931, to William van den Burg, 1931 Apr. 18. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270874462 ...

Cline, Patsy, 1932-1963

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James, Sonny

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Dorsey, Jimmy, 1904-1957

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McIntyre, Hal, -1959

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Nelson, Willie, 1933-

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Willie Nelson, a.k.a. Willie Hugh Nelson, (b. April 29, 1933, Abbott, Texas), award-winning singer-songwriter, social activist, and actor Willie Nelson was born in 1933, and raised in Abbott, Texas. After selling many songs to other singers in Nashville in the 1960s, Nelson returned to Austin in 1971, and quickly became known as a performer in his own right on a national and international scale. His most famous songs include "Crazy", "Georgia On My Mind", "Whiskey River", "Blue Eyes Cryin' i...

Cash, Johnny

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Johnny Cash (1932- ), Anglo-American country singer and recording artist, of Kingsland, Ark. From the description of John Edwards memorial collection, 1972. (Oceanside Free Library). WorldCat record id: 27189109 ...

Southern Sons (Musical group)

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Thompson, Hank

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Charles, Ray

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