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Roy Drusky had been off the charts for over five years when he made Country Sunshine, and had not had a major hit in over a decade. Who would have predicted, then, that the commercially dubious enterprise of bringing back this aged country crooner from the Nashville sound era would yield such a rewarding and poignant album? Country Sunshine's "Blue Skies" and "September Song" convey the same end-of-life melancholy and optimism as Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" or Jimmy Durante's 1963 album, September Song. "Room Full of Roses" and "You Are My Sunshine" pay tribute to country music history, and even the Oak Ridge Boys' "Sail Away" strikes just the right note as the album's closer. Country Sunshine is very much like a vocal pop album in places, which is fitting considering Drusky's appellation as the Perry Como of country music, and the country tracks don't strain to be very commercial. Unfortunately, the album was a flop and will never be widely heard unless an astute Hollywood music producer someday puts Drusky's "Blue Skies" over the end credits of a motion picture.


Born: 22 June 1930 in Atlanta, GA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A singer/songwriter often called "the Perry Como of country music," Roy Drusky enjoyed success throughout the 1960s as a performer in the Nashville sound vein. Born June 22, 1930, in Atlanta, GA, Drusky's mother, a church organist, tried for years to interest her son in music, but throughout his childhood he focused the majority of his energies on sports. It was not until during a two-year stint in the U.S. Navy that he bought his first guitar, and soon after began performing for his fellow crew...
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