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The Cowboy in Country Music

Creator:
Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Conversations and talks
Blog posts
Published Date:
Thu, 08 Sep 2011 03:00:00 +0000
Topic:
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Smithsonian Article Database
Data Source:
Smithsonian Magazine
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:posts_90ed6a7572502d068244e069ecd0a384

Trace Adkins on Wartime Country Music

Creator:
Smithsonian Channel  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2014-05-09T02:50:02.000Z
Youtube Category:
Entertainment  Search this
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YouTube Channel:
smithsonianchannel
Data Source:
Smithsonian Channel
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Country Music Performers Photograph Album

Depicted (sitter):
Parton, Dolly  Search this
Wagoner, Porter  Search this
Trent, Buck  Search this
Jennings, Waylon  Search this
Colter, Jessi  Search this
Reynolds, Billy  Search this
Anderson, Liz  Search this
Carter Brothers  Search this
Shelton Brothers  Search this
Crazy Elmer  Search this
Brown, Jim Ed  Search this
Gems  Search this
Montgomery, Melba  Search this
Reeves, Del  Search this
Luman, Bob  Search this
Burgess, Wilma  Search this
Maker:
unknown  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
cloth (cover material)
metal (binding material)
Measurements:
overall: 28.1 cm x 2.8 cm x 33.3 cm; 11 1/16 in x 1 1/8 in x 13 1/8 in
Object Name:
photo album
Date made:
1972-1975
1972-05-27 through 1975-08-03
Subject:
Musicians  Search this
ID Number:
2001.0291.01
Catalog number:
2001.0291.01
Accession number:
2001.0291
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Work and Industry: Photographic History
Music & Musical Instruments
Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_875969
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Old time country music [sound recording] / Mike Seeger

Commentator:
Seeger, Mike 1933-2009  Search this
Album cover design:
Cohen, John 1932-  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Type:
Phonograph records
Place:
United States
Date:
1962
1960-1970
Topic:
Country music  Search this
Folk music  Search this
Folk songs, English  Search this
Popular music  Search this
Fiddle tunes  Search this
Local number:
FW02325
Folkways 2325
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
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Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_231858
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A Stunning Look at the Country Music Highway

Creator:
Smithsonian Channel  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2014-02-10T18:11:01.000Z
Youtube Category:
Entertainment  Search this
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Smithsonian Channel
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Tony Alderman Country Music Collection

Source:
Musical Instruments, Division of (NMAH, SI)  Search this
Community Life, Div. of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Creator:
Alderman, Alonzo (Tony) Elvis, 1900-1983 ((musician))  Search this
Former owner:
Community Life, Div. of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Musical Instruments, Division of (NMAH, SI)  Search this
Names:
Hill Billies (Musical group)  Search this
Old Fiddler's Convention  Search this
Stoneman, Ernest V.  Search this
Extent:
4 Cubic feet (5 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Correspondence
Audiotapes
Clippings
Papers
Sheet music
Date:
1927-1983
Summary:
Alonzo Elvis "Tony" Alderman played country music with the Galax Dixie Concert Band and The Hill Billies. During the 1950s through 1970s he recorded old-time and early country music, primarily at festivals and conventions. Alderman recorded many of the open-reel audiotapes in the collection at the Old Time Fiddlers Convention in Galax, Virginia.
Scope and Contents:
The collection is divided into two series. Series one contains 98 1/4" open reel audiotapes primarily of the Galax Fiddler's Convention (1959-1963) made by Tony Alderman and three audio disc recordings. Series two contains manuscript materials including bills and receipts, correspondence, sheet music, newspaper clippings, performance announcements, and publications.
Arrangement:
The collection is organized into two series.

Series 1, Audiovisual, 1950-circa 1970

Series 2, Manuscript Materials, 1927-1976
Biographical / Historical:
Alonzo Elvis "Tony" Alderman, (1900-1983) was introduced to old-time music at an early age by his relatives in Galax, Virginia. Alderman learned to play trumpet, French horn, and, inspired by Earnest "Pop" Stoneman, the country fiddle. He first performed publicly with the Galax Dixie Concert (brass)Band.

In the late spring of 1924, he formed a group with John Rector, Al Hopkins, and Joe Hopkins. Rector convinced the band to record a record. Unfortunately, due to technical problems the recording session was unsuccessful.

Undaunted, the quartet travelled to OKeh Studios in January of 1925 where they recorded six songs under the supervision of Ralph Peer. When Peer asked the band's name Al Hopkins replied, "We're nothing but a bunch of hill billies from North Carolina and Virginia. Call us anything." Reportedly Inspired by his reply, Peer named the group "The Hill Billies."

"The Hill Billies" released their first record in February 1925. In May of that year while performing at a fiddler's convention sponsored by the Ku Klux Klan in Montana, Tennesee, they recruited Charlie Bowman from Gray Station, Tennessee to join them. Later that year 'The Hill Billies' left OKeh and joined the Combined Vocalion Brunswick Company to work with artist and repertoire man Jim O'Keefe. On the Vocalion label the band's name remained the same, but on the Brunswick label it changed to "Al Hopkins and His Buckle Busters."

For the next several years, the "Pine Hill Billies" performed across the country, made several more records, and broadcast on WRC radio in Washington, D.C. After the group disbanded in 1932,Tony Alderman moved to Washington, D.C. to work as an x-ray technician, as well as an investor, and he experimented with aerial photography.

In 1970, Alderman retired to Golden Beach in St. Mary's County, Maryland. He joined the "Over the Hill Gang" and played at local celebrations, including solos for the National Council for Traditional Arts festivals, the Smithsonian Institution's Festival of American Folklife, and various holiday celebrations held by the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History.
Related Materials:
University of North Carolina. Southern Folklife Collection

Letter. Tony Alderman to Archie Green, 1961. Archie Green Collection (#20002).
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Only reference copies of the audiotapes and audio discs may be used.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Country music  Search this
Music -- Performance  Search this
Musical saw music  Search this
Musicians  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence -- 1930-1950
Audiotapes
Clippings
Papers
Sheet music
Citation:
Tony Alderman Country Music Collection, 1927-1976, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0211
See more items in:
Tony Alderman Country Music Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0211

Who's that Knocking and Other Bluegrass Country Music

Artist:
Hazel and Alice (Musical group)  Search this
Performer:
Dickens, Hazel 1935-2011  Search this
Gerrard, Alice 1934-  Search this
Recorder:
Siegel, Peter K  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Anglo-American  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
United States
West Virginia
Virginia
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1965
Topic:
Folk songs  Search this
Bluegrass music  Search this
Country music  Search this
Violin  Search this
Banjo  Search this
Mandolin  Search this
Guitar  Search this
Local number:
FW31055
Folkways 31055
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
See more items in:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, 1939-1986 228428
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_325731
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How the Bristol Sessions Created Country Music

Creator:
Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
Fri, 04 Aug 2017 16:03:31 +0000
Topic:
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Data Source:
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CMA Award for Male Vocalist of the Year awarded to Charley Pride

Issued by:
Country Music Association, American, founded 1958  Search this
Received by:
Charley Pride, American, born 1934  Search this
Medium:
wood, metal, plastic
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 14 x 5 x 5 in. (35.6 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm)
Type:
trophies (prizes)
Date:
1971
Topic:
African American  Search this
Country (Music)  Search this
Instrumentalists (Musicians)  Search this
Singers (Musicians)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Charley Pride
Object number:
2012.125.67
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Awards and Medals
Exhibition:
Musical Crossroads
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2012.125.67
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Gilbert Louey Country Music Film Collection

Topic:
Grand Ole Opry (Television program)
Hee Haw (Television program)
Creator:
Ritter, Tex  Search this
Autry, Gene, 1907-1998  Search this
Acuff, Roy  Search this
Wills, Bob, 1905-1975  Search this
Walker, Billy, 1929-2006  Search this
Tuttle, Wesley  Search this
Robison, Carson J., 1890-1957  Search this
Collector:
Louey, Gilbert  Search this
Extent:
48 Reels
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Reels
Motion pictures (visual works)
Date:
1920s-1970s
Scope and Contents:
Films of country-western performers, including some Hollywood films and some television programs, such as "Hee Haw" and "Grand Ole Opry" .
Arrangement:
1 series.
Biographical / Historical:
Collector of country/western and gospel music recordings and films.
Provenance:
Purchased by the Smithsonian Institution in 1995 from Gilbert H. Louey.
Restrictions:
UNPROCESSED COLLECTION.
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment.,Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Music -- United States  Search this
Music -- Performance  Search this
Musicians  Search this
Country music  Search this
Genre/Form:
Motion pictures (visual works) -- 20th century
Citation:
Gilbert Louey Country Music Film Collection, 1920s-1970s, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0832
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Gilbert Louey Country Music Film Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0832

Hey Madeleine! : Louisiana cajun, creole and country music [sound recording]

Performer:
Gérard Dôle and His Backdoor Cajuns  Search this
Dôle, Gérard  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Cajuns  Search this
French  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Place:
United States
Louisiana
Date:
1971-1980
Topic:
Cajun music  Search this
Popular music  Search this
Local number:
FW02627
Folkways 2627
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_231874
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What a country! [music]

Composer:
Strouse, Charles, 1928-  Search this
Lyricist:
Adams, Lee  Search this
Collection Collector:
Musical History, Division of (NMAH, SI)  Search this
Collection Creator:
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (part (photocopy), 32 cm.)
Container:
Box 405, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Music
Photocopies
Piano vocal scores
Manuscripts
Scope and Contents:
see ALL-AMERICAN
1 score.
What a country is contained in one folder consisting of 1 twelve page piano vocal score in C Major concert -- in photocopy -- in unidentified hand.
Piano vocal score lyrics begin "What am I doing here 5000 miles from home ...". -- from the Duke Ellington Library.
General:
This piece is a part of the musical "All American" (opened 1962). Handwriting and other details have been reported based on the notes of David Berger, Andrew Homzy, Dr. Theodore Hudson, Walter van de Leur, Wayne Shirley, and Dr. Mark Tucker.
Condition: fair, brittle, tape. Folder A -- 4p. Folder A -- 8p.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Copyright restrictions. Consult the Archives Center at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.

Paul Ellington, executor, is represented by:

Richard J.J. Scarola, Scarola Ellis LLP, 888 Seventh Avenue, 45th Floor, New York, New York 10106. Telephone (212) 757-0007 x 235; Fax (212) 757-0469; email: rjjs@selaw.com; www.selaw.com; www.ourlawfirm.com.
Topic:
Music -- United States -- 20th century  Search this
Genre/Form:
Music
Photocopies
Piano vocal scores
Manuscripts -- Music -- 20th century
Collection Citation:
Duke Ellington Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Duke Ellington Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0301-ref46947

Country Music

Series Creator:
DeVincent, Sam, 1918-1997  Search this
Container:
Box 59, Folder C - E
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1976-1980
Series Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Series Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Series Citation:
The Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music, Series 16: Country, Western, and Folk Music
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0300-s16-ref709

Way Out on the Mountain: Jimmie Rodgers Songs by BudReed [sound recording]

Performer:
Reed, Bud  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Anglo-American  Search this
Americans  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Place:
United States
Date:
1982
Topic:
Folk music  Search this
Country music  Search this
Local number:
FW31092
Folkways 31092
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_233259
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Phyllis Diller’s Gag File

Manufacturer:
Art Steel Company, Inc.  Search this
Maker:
Diller, Phyllis  Search this
Art Steel Company, Inc.  Search this
Physical Description:
steel (overall material)
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
adhesive (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 48 in x 40 in x 17 1/4 in; 121.92 cm x 101.6 cm x 43.815 cm
Object Name:
file
Place made:
United States: New York, New York City
Date made:
ca 1962 - 1994
Subject:
Humor  Search this
Comedians  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Phyllis Diller
ID Number:
2003.0289.01.01
Accession number:
2003.0289
Catalog number:
2003.0289.01.01
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Popular Entertainment
Phyllis Diller
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1218385
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Uncle Dave Macon [sound recording] / conceived by Pete Seeger ; selected and edited by Norman Tinsley

Performer:
Macon, Uncle Dave 1870-1952  Search this
McGee, Sam 1894-1975  Search this
Producer:
Tinsley, Norman  Search this
Seeger, Pete 1919-2014  Search this
Creator:
Hickerson, Joseph Charles 1935-  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Anglo-American  Search this
Americans  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Place:
Southern states
Date:
1963
Topic:
Folk music  Search this
Country music  Search this
Local number:
FW0RF51
Folkways RF51
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_231472
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Happy Woman Blues [sound recording]

Producer:
Williams, Lucinda  Search this
Performer:
White, Mickey  Search this
Moody, Mickey  Search this
Bell, Rex  Search this
Mathews, Andre  Search this
Wilkes, Ira  Search this
Smith, Malcolm  Search this
Commentator:
Hall, Tom T  Search this
Cover designer:
Clyne, Ronald 1925-2006  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Type:
Phonograph records
Place:
Texas
Date:
1980
Topic:
Rock music  Search this
Country music  Search this
Blues (Music)  Search this
Local number:
FW31067
Folkways 31067
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_369767
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Tour Jacket worn by Willie Nelson

Measurements:
overall: 28 in x 22 in; 71.12 cm x 55.88 cm
overall: 27 3/4 in x 21 1/2 in x 7/8 in; 70.485 cm x 54.61 cm x 2.2225 cm
Object Name:
jacket
Date made:
1980
Subject:
Country (music)  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Willie Nelson
ID Number:
1983.0551.01
Accession number:
1983.0551
Catalog number:
1983.0551.01
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_679315

Bandana worn by Willie Nelson

Associated person:
Nelson, Willie  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 11 1/2 in x 12 in x 3/4 in; 29.21 cm x 30.48 cm x 1.905 cm
Object Name:
scarf
Subject:
Country (music)  Search this
Credit Line:
Willie Nelson
ID Number:
1983.0551.02
Accession number:
1983.0551
Catalog number:
1983.0551.02
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_679316

Carson J. Robison's World's Greatest Collection of Mountain Ballads and Old Time Songs

Depicted (sitter):
Robison, Carson  Search this
Maker:
M. M. Cole Publishing Co.  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 12 1/4 in x 9 in x 1/8 in; 31.115 cm x 22.86 cm x .3175 cm
Object Name:
song book
Place made:
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Date made:
1930
Subject:
Country (music)  Search this
ID Number:
2014.0044.01
Accession number:
2014.0044
Catalog number:
2014.0044.01
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1462621

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