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AL DEXTER 'The Al Dexter Collection 1936-49' ADD-3341-CD


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Al Dexter was a country singer, guitarist and songwriter who began his career in the era of hillbilly country in the 1930s, and helped to popularise the style of music known as “honky-tonk”, being probably the first country artist to use the term in a song when he wrote and recorded his first hit “Honky Tonk Blues” in 1936. He is most famous for writing and recording the hit song “Pistol-Packin’ Mama”, which was also a hit for Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters, The Pied Pipers, and in 1960 for Gene Vincent. His style was informal and unsophisticated, his songs dealing with the customary lifestyle-related themes of down-home country, while his recordings also included some fine instrumental performances. This great-value 54-track 2-CD set comprises selected A and B sides from his releases on the Vocalion, Okeh and Columbia labels during this, the primary era of his career, and includes at least one side of a high proportion of his releases during these years.. It features all his 16 career hits in the US pop and country charts, including the country No. 1s “Pistol-Packin’ Mama”, “Rosalita”, “Too Late To Worry”, “So Long Pal”, “I’m Losing My Mind Over You”, “Guitar Polka” and “Wine Women And Song”, achieved in the years before the business of country music became more commercial and urbane. It’s an entertaining cross-section of his work, and admirably showcases the many facets of his style and talent.

Disc 1:

1 Honky Tonk Blues
2 Whisper Again That You Love Me
3 Car Hoppin' Mama
4 Honky Tonk Baby
5 You've Got Love In Your Heart
6 In Days Of Yesterday
7 My Baby Loves Me
8 Bring It On Home To Me
9 I'm Happy When You're Happy
10 Jelly Roll Special
11 My Troubles Dont Trouble Me No More
12 Bar Hotel
13 Diddy Wah Diddy With A Blah Wah
14 When We Go A Honky Tonkin'
15 Walking In My Sleep
16 You May Be Sorry
17 Poor Little Honky Tonk Girl
18 New Soldier's Farewell
19 The Money You Spent Was Mine
20 You Will Always Be My Darling
21 Who's Been Here?
22 Meet Me Down In Honky Tonk Town
23 Honky Tonk Chinese Dime
24 Pistol Packin' Mama
25 Rosalita
26 Too Late To Worry
27 So Long Pal
Disk 2:
1 I'll Wait For You, Dear
2 I'm Losing My Mind Over You
3 Triflin' Gal
4 I'm Lost Without You
5 Honey, Do You Think It's Wrong?
6 Guitar Polka
7 It's Up To You
8 Wine, Women And Song
9 I Learned About Love
10 Kokomo Island
11 Down At The Road Side Inn
12 Who's Gonna Love You When I'm Gone?
13 Maybe Baby, It's Me
14 New Broom Boogie
15 Texas Waltz
16 Can This Love Be Real
17 Barrel House Boogie
18 Rock And Rye Rag
19 I'm Leaving My Troubles Behind
20 Calico Rag (New Version)
21 I Cry When I'm Blue
22 Just Take A Little Time
23 Calamity Jane
24 At The End Of Each Day
25 Saturday Night Boogie
26 I'm Startin' Sweetheartin' Again
27 Each Night I Cry Over Your Picture