TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE: From left, Alan Brough, Adam Hills and Myf Warhurst pictured on the grand finale of TV series Spicks and Specks. Supplied by ABC TV publicity website.
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE: From left, Alan Brough, Adam Hills and Myf Warhurst pictured on the grand finale of TV series Spicks and Specks. Supplied by ABC TV publicity website. Contributed

Lovely relaxing atmosphere at country music gathering

STARTING on the local scene today, Latitude 25 Music Club will be at the Blue Water Sports Club on Sunday July 12 from 4pm.

A lovely relaxing atmosphere - it should be a great evening.

Country music followers who watch Spicks and Specks on ABC TV, would have been happy to see both Gina Jeffreys and Mary Schneider appearing on the show during the past couple of weeks.

Mary Schneider got a standing ovation from both audience and fellow competitors when she finished that episode with her yodelling version of the William Tell Overture.

She recorded this song on Mary Schneider Yodels The Classics, which was first released in the days of vinyls and cassettes, and believe me, she has lost nothing over the years.

For those not familiar with the program, it features two teams of three, proving their musical knowledge by identifying singers or songs (sometimes both), from a few bars of music, words from a song, or items from a film clip.

The ability of the teams is incredible with songs being identified before the compere finishes asking the questions.

If you can get anywhere near them, I'll borrow a line from T J Dennis, (I think), and "Tip me lid to yer".

Browsing the internet looking in vain for something to write about in this week's column, I came across a four CD set, carrying the title of Classic Country 1950 to 1964.

All 60 tracks were listed and I was astonished to see the vast amount of tracks that are still very popular today.

Let's take just some tracks at random from the first album: Patsy Cline's Walking After Midnight, Don Gibson's I Cant Stop Loving You, Marty Robbins' Singing The Blues, Johnny Horton's Battle Of New Orleans, Marty Robbins El Paso, Johnny Cash's I Walk The Line, Patsy Cline's Crazy, and so the list goes on.

The amazing lesson learned here (and I'm sure country music radio presenters can identify with this) is they are still among the most requested.

Another interesting point to be gained from this CD set is that back in this era, when the charts of today were then referred to as "Hit Parades" which covered all genres, many of the tracks topped the "Hit Parades" competing with some huge names in the then incredibly popular early days of rock and rock and roll.

No talk then of "Crossover Country".

Songs were judged on their record sales and radio airplay.

I am not sure if this set is available in Australia, or even when it was released.

If your favourite record shop can't help you, then try a trip online to iTunes. If this fails then at least you tried!



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