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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Riley Puckett day

An Encyclopedia described Riley Puckett as "the first country singing star". I think this is pretty much the case, because Riley was sure the man who would have dominated the charts if there were any during the mid-twenties. He made his first recordings together with Gid Tanner in 1924 for Columbia. One year later, he had his first hit and joined Tanner's Skillet Lickers as a guitarist and vocalist. The band became one of the most successful and influantial string bands the world ever saw. After departing from Columbia in the early 30s, Riley's heyday was over. He recorded and performed until his death in 1946. He is considered as an excellent vocalist and proffessional guitarist, playing a strange style using usually only bass line runs.

Here are some of his tunes:

1. On the Other Side of Jordan
2. Wait Till The Sun Shines, Nelli
3. Red Wing
4. When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
5. That Old Irish Mother of Mine

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