The Nashville Sound (also known as Countrypolitan) arose during the late 1950s as a sub-genre of American country music, replacing the chart dominance of the Honky Tonk sound which was most popular in the 1940s and 1950s. The 1950s Decade refers to the years of 1950 to 1959 inclusive Country music is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. A honky tonk (also called a honkatonk, honkey-tonk, or tonk) is a type of bar with musical entertainment that is common in the Southwestern Key production features where the use of "smooth" strings and background vocals, and a crooning style of lead vocal typified by Jim Reeves and Eddy Arnold. James Travis "Jim" Reeves ( August 20 1923 &ndash July 31 1964) was an American country and Pop singer Richard Edward Arnold (known as Eddy Arnold) ( May 15, 1918  &ndash May 8, 2008) was an American Country music
The Nashville Sound was pioneered by staff at RCA Records and Columbia Records in Nashville, Tennessee, including manager Steve Sholes, record producers Chet Atkins, Owen Bradley and Bob Ferguson, and recording engineer Bill Porter. RCA Records (originally The Victor Talking Machine Company, then RCA Victor is one of the flagship labels of Sony Music Entertainment. Columbia Records is an American Record label founded in 1888 Columbia is the oldest surviving Brand name in pre-recorded sound being the first record company In the Music industry, a record producer or music producer has many roles among them controlling the recording sessions coaching and guiding the musicians organizing Chester Burton "Chet" Atkins ( June 20, 1924 &ndash June 30, 2001) was an influential Guitarist and Record producer Owen Bradley (c October 21, 1915 - January 7 1998) was an influential American Record producer For other uses see Bob Ferguson Robert Bruce "Bob" Ferguson Sr ( December 30, 1927 &ndash July 22 They invented the form by replacing elements of the popular Honky Tonk style (fiddles, steel guitar, nasal lead vocals) with "smooth" elements from 1950s Pop music (string sections, background vocals, crooning lead vocals), and using "slick" production, and pop music structures. A honky tonk (also called a honkatonk, honkey-tonk, or tonk) is a type of bar with musical entertainment that is common in the Southwestern Steel guitar is A method of playing Slide guitar using a steel. In the Music industry, a record producer or music producer has many roles among them controlling the recording sessions coaching and guiding the musicians organizing Pop music as a genre features a noticeable rhythmic element catchy melodies and hooks, a mainstream style and conventional structure
Singers Patsy Cline and Jim Reeves, along with pianist Floyd Cramer, were among the most famous of the artists leading the way to the smooth crooning style of the Nashville Sound's original era. Patsy Cline (b Virginia Patterson Hensley September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963) was an American Country James Travis "Jim" Reeves ( August 20 1923 &ndash July 31 1964) was an American country and Pop singer A pianist (/'piənɪst/ is a Musician who plays the Piano. A professional pianist can perform solo pieces play with an ensemble or Orchestra Floyd Cramer ( October 27, 1933 – December 31, 1997) was an American Hall of Fame Pianist who was one of the architects
In the early 1960s, the Nashville Sound began to be challenged by the rival Bakersfield sound. The 1960s decade refers to the years from the beginning of 1960 to the end of 1969 The Bakersfield sound was a genre of Country music developed in the mid- to late 1950s in and around Bakersfield, California. Nashville's pop song structure became more pronounced and it morphed into what was named "Countrypolitan". Countrypolitan was aimed straight at mainstream markets and it sold well throughout the later 1960s into the early 1970s. This article is about the Decade 1970-1979 For the Year 1970 see 1970. Among the architects of this sound were producers Billy Sherrill, (who was instrumental in shaping Tammy Wynette's early career) and Glenn Sutton. Billy Sherrill (born Phil Campbell, Alabama, November 5 1936) was a record producer and arranger who is most famous for his association with Virginia Wynette Pugh, known professionally as Tammy Wynette ( May 5, 1942 - April 6, 1998) was an American country music singer-songwriter Glenn Sutton ( September 28, 1937 - April 17, 2007) was a Country music songwriter and producer Artists who typified the Countrypolitan sound initially included Wynette, Glen Campbell, Lynn Anderson, Charlie Rich, and Charley Pride. Glen Travis Campbell (born April 22 1936 in Delight, Arkansas) is a Grammy Award, Dove Award winning and two time nominated Golden Charlie Rich ( December 14, 1932 - July 25, 1995) was an American Country Music Singer/Musician. Charley Frank Pride (born March 18, 1938) is a Country music artist
The Bakersfield sound and later, outlaw country, dominated country music among aficionados while Countrypolitan reigned on the pop charts. The Bakersfield sound was a genre of Country music developed in the mid- to late 1950s in and around Bakersfield, California. Outlaw country was a significant trend in Country music during the late 1960s and the 1970s (and even into the 1980s in some cases commonly referred to as The Outlaw
Upon being asked what the Nashville Sound was, Chet Atkins would reach his hand into his pocket, shake the loose change around and say "That's what it is. Chester Burton "Chet" Atkins ( June 20, 1924 &ndash June 30, 2001) was an influential Guitarist and Record producer It's the sound of money. "
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. Country pop, with roots in both the Countrypolitan sound and in Soft rock, is a subgenre of Country music that first emerged in the 1970s Country pop, with roots in both the Countrypolitan sound and in Soft rock, is a subgenre of Country music that first emerged in the 1970s Soft rock, also referred to as light rock or easy rock, is a style of Music which uses the techniques of Rock and roll to compose a softer
Classic examples of Nashville Sound recordings: