The NASHVILLE SOUND originated during the mid 1950s as a subgenre of American country music , replacing the chart dominance of the rough honky tonk music which was most popular in the 1940s and 1950s with "smooth strings and choruses", "sophisticated background vocals" and "smooth tempos". It was an attempt "to revive country sales, which had been devastated by the rise of rock \'n\' roll ."
The term "Nashville Sound" was first mentioned in an article about
Jim Reeves in 1958 in the Music Reporter and again in 1960 in a Time
magazine article about Reeves. Other observers have identified
several recordings that helped establish the early Nashville sound.
Country historian Rich Kienzle says that "Gone ", a
Ferlin Husky hit
recorded in November 1956, "may well have pointed the way to the
Nashville sound." Writer Colin Escott proclaims
Jim Reeves ' "Four
Walls ", recorded February 1957, to be the "first 'Nashville sound'
In an essay published in Heartaches by the Number: Country Music's
500 Greatest Singles, David Cantwell argues that
Regarding the Nashville sound, the record producer Owen Bradley stated, "Now we've cut out the fiddle and steel guitar and added choruses to country music. But it can't stop there. It always has to keep developing to keep fresh."
In the early 1960s, the
The Bakersfield sound, and later outlaw country , dominated country music among aficionados while countrypolitan reigned on the pop charts.
Upon being asked what the
Main article: Country pop
By the late 1970s and 1980s, many pop music singers picked up the countrypolitan style and created what is known as country pop , the fusion of country music and soft rock .
EXAMPLES OF THE NASHVILLE SOUND
Classic examples of
* "Four Walls " by
Jim Reeves (1957)
* "Gone " by
Ferlin Husky (1957)
* "A Fallen Star" by
Jimmy C. Newman (1957)
The Three Bells " by
The Browns (1959)
* "He\'ll Have to Go " by
Jim Reeves (1960)
* "Last Date " by
Floyd Cramer (1960)
* "I\'m Sorry " by
Brenda Lee (1960)
I Fall to Pieces " by
EXAMPLES OF COUNTRYPOLITAN
* "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden " by
Lynn Anderson (1971)
Help Me Make It Through the Night
* ^ Byworth, Tony, ed. (2006). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music. London: Flame Tree Publishing. pp. 7, 115–117, 169. ISBN 978-1-84451-406-9 . * ^ A B Dawidoff, Nicholas (1997). In the Country of Country. Great Britain: Faber and Faber. pp. 48–50. ISBN 0-571-19174-6 . * ^ A B The Tennessee Encyclopedia. Nashville Recording Industry. Accessed April 9, 2016. * ^ A B C Sanjek, Russell. (1988). "American Popular Music and Its Business: the first four hundred years". Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-504311-1 . * ^ http://countrymusichalloffame.com/site/explore-history-postelvis.aspx * ^ Bill Ivey, Encyclopedia of Country Music * ^ A B "The "Nashville Sound" Begins". Retrieved August 8, 2011. * ^ Du Noyer, Paul (2003). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music (1st ed.). Fulham, London: Flame Tree Publishing. p. 14. ISBN 1-904041-96-5 . * ^ http://www.emusic.com/features/spotlight/286_200709.html
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* Australian country
* Canadian country
* Nashville sound
* Red Dirt