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Saturday Night

Red Foley

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Album Review

Yet another overview of Red Foley's Decca years (1944-1951), this two-disc Proper "pair" set is the clear first choice, chronicling all of the singer's biggest hits of the era. "Smoke on the Water," "Old Shep," "New Pretty Blonde (Jolie Blon)," "Tennessee Saturday Night," "Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy," and "Peace in the Valley" are all here, as well as "Freight Train Boogie," "Sugarfoot Rag," "Birmingham Bounce," "Hillbilly Fever," and many others. At 52 tracks, there's a lot of non-essential material here, but then, Foley's average stuff was still excellent, and the detailed liner notes (and low price!) make this a sweet deal.

Biography

Born: June 17, 1910 in Blue Lick, KY

Genre: Country

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s

Red Foley was one of the biggest stars in country during the post-war era, a silky-voiced singer who sold some 25 million records between 1944 and 1965 and whose popularity went far in making country music a viable mainstream commodity. Born Clyde Julian Foley on June 17, 1910, in Blue Lick, KY, he began playing guitar and harmonica at a young age, and by the time he was 17 had taken first prize in a statewide talent competition. While attending college in 1930, he was spotted by a talent...
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