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Music: Chapter Summary Chapter 6: Outsider’s Music: Progressive Country, Reggae, Punk, Funk, and Disco Pages 250-301 60’s Can be described as a period of stylistic conservatism and corporate consolidation in popular music The Outlaws: Progressive Country Progressive country was inspired by honky-tonk, Rockability of Bakersfield country music, the singer-songwriter genre (Bob Dylan), and the country rock style of different musicians. Progressive country performers often wrote songs that were more intellectual and liberal in outlook than were those of their contemporaries, and they seem to have been more concerned with testing the limits of the country music tradition. Important Progressive Country songs : “Harper Valley” Tom T Hall was number 1 pop and country hit in 1968 both in Canada and US, Sammi Smith covered “Help Me Make it through the night” to the top of country charts and into pop Top 10 charts in 1971. Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billie Joe” topped Billboard pop and singles charts and CHUM charts. Gram Parsons : member of the Byrds for a brief time in the late 60’s before he founded the Flying Burrito Brothers with fellow ex-Byrd Chris Hillman Willie Nelson : one of the most influential figures in progressive country. His song “crazy” was a top 10 country and pop hit for Patsy Cline in 1961 (cover). Settled down in Austin Texas, he bridged the gap between rock and country without losing touch with his honky tonk roots. In summer of 1971 he organized the first of a series of outdoor festivals that included older country musicians as well as younger musicians who were experimenting with a blend of country and rock music. His initial rise to national fame happened in mid 1970’s with a group of musicians known as “ The Outlaws” and the centerpiece was Waylon Jennings. Jennings started his career as a disc jockey, and in 1958 joined Buddy Holly’s Rock n roll group the Crickets. In early 60’s set up a nightclub in Arizona and in 1965 he was signed by RCA victor. Made song’s like Norwegian Wood and You’ve got to hide your love away- cover’s of Beatles songs. 1972 he recorded an album called Ladies Love Outlaws and cover consisted of a “bad guy” with a black cowboy hat and gun and coined it into a commercial term. “Outlaw country” was basically an overlap between audiences for rock and country music. Willie Nelson made a song called “Me and Paul” comparing his problems on the road to those of Paul McCartney huge success and reached the Top 10 on billboards top charts, sold well in Canada but didn’t chart, but soon became the first platinum country music LP and eventually sold over two million copies. Willie Nelson’s song “Red Headed Stranger” established the notion of the country
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This note was uploaded on 03/11/2012 for the course MUSIC 2700 taught by Professor Sanden during the Spring '09 term at UWO.

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