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Big record find from a couple months ago at a flea market: The Greatest Country Music Recordings of All Time by the Franklin Mint; a 50-box, 100-LP set with extensive liner notes. Goes from the earliest recordings through the early 80s. 

Best of all, it didn’t break my rule of only buying $2 records. Got the whole set for $100. Heckuva deal!

Found someone who annotated some of the details if you’re interested:

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RIP Marvin Rainwater.

I visited him at his house in Minnesota when he was in his early 80s and he was still writing songs and pulling tree stumps out of the ground - looked like he had another 20 years in him at least. One of his many memorable quotes that day: “Back when I had my big hits I thought I’d invented music… And fucking.”

This is one of my photographs of him from that day.

And in case you need a refresher course:

Mr. Blues

Whole Lotta Woman

Tough Top Cat

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Hot And Cold by Marvin Rainwater

WILD!

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RIP Marvin Rainwater who died Sept. 17, 2013 following a short illness. Rainwater, born July 2, 1928, was best known for his 1957 crossover hit, “Gonna Find Me A Bluebird.” Rainwater also found success in rockabilly with “Whole Lotta Woman,” which became a #1 hit in the UK and reached #15 in the U.S. 

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Indian Reservation - Don Fardon

Written by John D. Loudermilk and recorded by Marvin Rainwater in 1959 (which is pretty good too. The Paul Revere and the Raiders version’s not that good though). Marvin Rainwater was either half or a quarter (can’t remember which) Cherokee, but I always thought Don Fardon singing this was odd. I doubt he’s ever been anywhere near an Indian reservation, seeing as he’s from Coventry…