01-23-09 Notes

01-23-09 Notes - January 23, 2009 Lecture 5: 1930s: The...

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January 23, 2009 Lecture 5: 1930s: The Singing Cowboys Our Hapless Hillbilly is rescued by a horse, some chaps, a great hat, some sequins, and a silver buckle. The relationship of "Country" to "Western": - a "borrowed" image Romance of the West (even deeper than the country): 1820 Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans mid- to late-1800s dime store novels, Bret Harte 1870s Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley 1908 Nathan Howard Thorp published songs 1910 Puccini opera ("Girl of the Golden West") 1910 John Lomax published songs 1929 Gary Cooper in The Virginian Louis L'Amour, Zane Grey, etc. The Sound of Jimmie Rodgers: "The Last Round-Up" (1933) - Radio performances in Chicago, WLS, early 1930s from Gene Autry (1907 - 1998) • Orvon Gene Autry • adopted the moniker "Oklahoma's Yodeling Cowboy" • 1929 makes his first records for Victor • Producer Arthur Satherly picks him up with American Record Company (ARC) "The Yellow Rose of Texas" (1933) lyrics Hollywood Adopts the Singing Cowboy: "Horse operas"
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