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Posts Tagged ‘Oklahoma Hills’

Single Of The Day-Hank Thompson “Where Is The Circus”

Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always found on the turntable, in the CD player, or in the MP3 player. Your Single Of The Day is a 1966 release from Hank Thompson. As 1966 dawned, Hank’s career had cooled. One of the top hitmakers of the 1950′s, since his 1st hit in 1948, Hank had gone on to score twenty-six top ten hits, with three hitting number one. But Hank had not seen the top ten since 1961′s “Oklahoma Hills” and had not seen any chart action at all, since 1963. In 1965, Hank left his longtime label, Capitol, to join up with Warner Brothers, which at that time, had done little in Country music. Hank’s association with Warner would be brief, as by 1968, he, along with the recordings he had made at Warner, were with Dot Records. But during that brief time, he would record three albums and release two singles.

The first of those singles would hit the market in September, 1966, debuting on the Country 40 in November. “Where Is The Circus” is a bouncy, slightly whimsical tune of one comparing himself to a clown, because of his lover’s actions. While not a huge hit, it did become Hank’s first Country 40 single in three years and first to break the Country 20, since 1961′s Hangover Tavern”. It was the starting point of Hank’s comeback.

Saving vinyl, one record at a time.

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Classic Album Review-Jack Guthrie “Oklahoma Hills/Memorial Album”

we look back at what, so far, is the oldest album to be covered on the Classic Album Review, 1948.

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Classic Album Review-Hank Thompson “25th Anniversary Album”

Released in 1971, the 2-record set was a retrospective of his career to that point.

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1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike The Country Musicologist - October 12, 2010 at 6:04 AM

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Remembering Hank Thompson

Sounds that were similar to Bob Wills and Ernest Tubb, yet still unique enough that you could immediately recognize the artist. Also, some of the best song titles to ever appear on the country music charts. The artists responsible for those sounds? Hank Thompson and His Brazos Valley Boys.

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