Member Monday June 2017


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Cliffie Stone recorded several albums for Capitol Records, many featuring square dance tunes, and this offering from 1958 titled “The Party’s on Me.”​

​This ad from the late 1940s promotes Cliffie Stone’s Capitol recordings as well the multiple radio shows he hosted in the Los Angeles area.

Cliffie Stone was a successful songwriter co-writing hits such as “Divorce Me C.O.D.” (1946) and “So Round! So Firm! So Fully Packed!” (1947) with Country Music Hall of Fame member Merle Travis.​


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Whisperin' Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life in Country Music was released in the fall of 2016. This biography documents Anderson’s fifty-plus-year career as a singer, songwriter, actor, game show host, Grand Ole Opry cast member, and Country Music Hall of Fame member.​

Bill Anderson continues to enjoy success as a songwriter co-writing hits for artists like Brad Paisley, George Strait, and Steve Wariner.​

​In 1957, Bill Anderson recorded "City Lights", a song he had written for TNT Records in San Antonio, Texas. The honky-tonk themed song found its way to Columbia’s Ray Price whose May 29, 1958, recording became a #1 country hit on the Billboard charts.

Bill Anderson recorded the theme for the movie Stranger on the Run, shown here in this rare 45-rpm picture sleeve from 1967.​

 

Bill Anderson performs his 1963 hit “Still.”


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​In 1952, Sonny James worked as a sideman with RCA Victor artist Bobby Williamson playing fiddle, mandolin, and guitar. Williamson often played on the WFAA Saturday Night Shindig.

​Sonny James’s breakthrough song “Young Love” brought him national television exposure and worldwide attention. It became one of the top songs of 1957, reaching #1 on both the country and pop charts.

​In 1961, Sonny James was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1966, Sonny and his band the Southern Gentlemen, stopped by to visit that famous site.

​Between 1967 and 1971 Sonny James had sixteen consecutive #1 hits, including “Only the Lonely.”

​In 1973, Sonny James served as producer for Marie Osmond’s million-selling hit “Paper Roses.”

​On May 7, 2007, Country Music Hall of Fame member Porter Wagoner welcomed Sonny James into the Country Music Hall of Fame at the annual Medallion Ceremony.

 

“Young Love” remained one of Sonny James’s most popular songs throughout his career.



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​Before becoming a producer of hit records, Billy Sherrill was a recording artist releasing rock & roll instrumentals like “Drag Race” in 1963.

"Playback" was a project launched by Columbia/Epic Records in the early ‘70s to mostly promote the label’s lesser-known acts. This Playback record highlights the work of Billy Sherrill and features four hit recordings that he produced.​

​Aside from writing country hits, Billy Sherrill also wrote pop hits like “She’s Ready” recorded by Spiral Starecase in 1969.

Billy Sherrill produced some of country music’s biggest hits in the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s.​

Pictured are three of the masterminds behind “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” George Jones, the song’s co-writer Bobby Braddock, and producer Billy Sherrill.​