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Honky Tonk Music Term derives from small town, working-class bars around Texas and the Southwest (post-Prohibition) Sometimes called “hard country” Harder-edged music • Electric instruments, amplification Harder-edged lyrical themes • Instability, upheaval, urban migration • Unpredictability of relationships
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Hank Thompson (b. 1925) “The Wild Side of Life” (1952) Texan singer, guitarist, performer Music adapted from earlier country hit 3 Months at #1 on country charts Chorus: I didn't know God made honky tonk angels I might have known you'd never make a wife You gave up the only one that ever loved you And went back to the wild side of life.
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“It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” Answer song (released later in 1952) • Plain, no-nonsense vocal approach Proto-feminist message • Places blame on married men • 1st #1 song by country female singer • Lyrics penned by male songwriter Chorus: It wasn’t God who made Honky Tonk angels As you said in the words of your song
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This note was uploaded on 01/20/2012 for the course GEO 222 taught by Professor Davidlund during the Winter '11 term at University of Michigan.

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