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Gods of Country - Roy Rogers

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Roy Rogers' first real country (as opposed to western) album, more than 35 years after his recording debut, marked a new artistic and commercial era for him, as he started charting singles in that market on a steady basis and found a new audience, just at the point when a lot of men his age would have been looking at retirement. The content consists mostly of working class anthems, including covers of Merle Haggard's then-recent "Okie From Muskogee" and "The Fightin' Side of Me," interspersed with a few ballads and some inspirational/topical material ("Vision at the Peace Table") that doesn't really work. The accompaniment is generally stripped down here, and Rogers' singing sounds supremely confident. Spurred by the presence of the hit single "Money Can't Buy Love," it was a success and led to the release of two more LPs for Capitol.

Biography

Born: 05 November 1911 in Cincinnati, OH

Genre: Country

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

When Cincinnati-born Leonard Franklin Slye headed west in the spring of 1931, it was as a would-be musician, working jobs ranging from driving a gravel truck to picking fruit in California's Central Valley. In less than two years, he'd co-founded the greatest Western singing group of all time, the Sons of the Pioneers, and barely four years after that, he'd started a career as a movie star under the...
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