The 1996 Ohio Country and Western Music Association Disc Jockey Of The Year, Ron Barlow, has been spinning Country Music recordings for more than 40 years . He first received the Ohio Country Music Association honor in 1972 and continues to host a top rated Classic Country Music Show each week. Even during his military service years he played the Country Music hits of the 1950s as "The Rice Paddy Ranger" on the Armed Forces Radio And Television Service, Okinawa. He has emceed and produced concerts featuring nearly every legendary Country Music artist and proudly displays two certificates honoring him as a "Mr. Deejay U.S.A." from the Mr. Deejay Hall Of Fame in Nashville. On this Country Cavalcade series Ron plays many of the hits of Country Musics legendary performers and shares memories of some of the appearances that added to the legends of these super stars.
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Johnny Cash is one of the most honored and active of today's country
music stars. Most recently he was named a Kennedy Center Honoree by
President Clinton. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1980 and has
been named Country Music Association Entertainer Of The Year and had the CMA
Song Of The Year. Since the beginning of his career in the early 1950s he has
sold millions of recordings and made thousands of appearances and continues to
record and entertain today. On this show Ron traces his career musically from it's
beginning in the little Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee to his latest chart
toppers. Enjoy one of country music's greatest talents during this one hour show.
Keep On Truckin'
As the "Romance Of The Rails" began to fade in the 1960s and 70s America was searching for new heros
and all of a sudden discovered the "Knights Of The Road", the truckers that were hauling the freight
along the rapidly expanding and improving highways of the nation. Established Country Music stars
like Red Sovine and Del Reeves were making trucking and CB recordings and newly discovered talent
like Dave Dudley and C.W. McCall were getting on the Diamond Reo Speedwagon with their brand
of truck driving hits. Not only were truck-stop juke boxes playing these records but so were the
nation's disc jockeys and for several years those songs were reaching the top of the play and sales
charts. On this show Ron plays some of the most successful trucking songs and gives some background
on the artists who recorded them.
There can be no doubt that Hank Williams was a genius. In
a few short years he left a musical legacy that has never
been equaled. His influence is felt even today forty years
after his death in many different types of music. Ron talks
about Hank's short career and plays some of his most popular
songs. The show ends with a rare recording of hank signing off
his radio show and singing his gospel classic, "I Saw The Light."
Considered by many to be the Best all around music
talent of all time. Marty not only had hits on the country
charts but many crossed over to become #1 Hits on
the pop charts as well.
Much has been written and much has been said about
George Jones, and Ron will guide you through his
long career with many stories and the music that made
him one of the all time greats.
Recently inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame,
Buck Owens created a new style of Country Music with his
"Bakersfield Sound" in the 1950's, 60's and 70's. Ron
features some of Buck's famous recordings, most of which
were chart toppers. Buck, himself, tells how many of these
songs were written and explains how his last hit song, "The
Streets Of Bakersfield", with Dwight Yoakam came about.
Bobby Bare can be credited with bringing back the stories to Country Music in the early 1960's with
songs like "Detroit City" and "500 Miles Away From Home". His unique style of singing and reciting the
lyrics of a song set him apart from the other country artists of that time. The full musical background
produced by Chet Atkins and RCA Records introduced fans to a new direction for the music they loved
and opened the doors for such artists as Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Tom T. Hall. This show
features some of Bobby Bare's earliest hit singles including "The All American Boy" which was
credited to Billy Parsons who could make the concerts and appearances with this huge hit song while
Bobby was overseas fulfilling his two year armed forces obligation.
This show features some of the many hits of country music's famous Texas Troubadour, Ernest Tubb, who did
much to influence the modern sound of the music he loved and promoted. He is also credited with
convincing the media and record companies to refer to the music as country and western and to get away
from using hillbilly and folk terms. Elected to the Country Music hall of Fame in 1965, he not only worked
hard as a goodwill ambassador, playing over 200 dates a year during the 50s, 60s and 70s, but was a great
booster and inspiration to some of many up and coming artists during those years. This one hour show
traces his career from its' beginning in Texas in the 1930s up until ill health forced him to quit touring in
1982. A great innovator who set a new trend and style in country music, Ernest Tubb was one of a kind.
Kenny Rogers has been a TV star, a pop music star, a movie star and a successful business man but most
of his success has been in Country Music. It is this music that has opened the doors to many varied
ventures that have contributed to Kenny's accomplishments. On this show Ron traces the beginning
of Kenny's musical career and offers the listener many of his early hit songs beginning with recordings
with the First Edition. Several of these songs either led to a series of television movies or were featured
in big screen motion pictures. This is a collection of some of Kenny Rogers first and finest hit recordings
along with comments about his fantastic career.
Country Hits of the 50's
The 1950's saw many great performers come onto the
Country Music scene. Ron plays the all time greats
and fills in the history.
Country Hits of the 60's
Ron tells of the emergence of a new crop of Country Music
Super Stars that blazed new musical trails into the 1960's.
Hit songs include efforts by such legendary entertainers as
Buck Owens, Conway Twitty, Jeannie C. Riley and Marty Robbins.
Huge hits from the 1960s established new standards for country
artists to follow.
Top 15 of all Time
In June of 1994, Billboard magazine released it's all
time top 100 Country music songs list. Ron will take
you down memory lane by playing the Top 15 of all
time with some very inciteful history of each.
Porter Wagoner has been a very visible star on the country music scene for the past forty years and has been a performer on the Grand Ole Opry since 1957. Although he signed with RCA Records in 1952 his
first hit songs were self finance recordings he made in 1954 several months after the label had dropped
him. He was quickly re-signed and proceeded to turn out numerous hit records, had his own syndicated
TV show and appeared in concerts all over the nation. He is credited with discovering Dolly Parton and
promoting her to stardom on his TV show while recording numerous award winning duets with her
until she left his show in 1974 to pursue her career on her own. On this show Ron features many of
the major hits that Porter recorded during his most popular years and traces his career up until today
as a star of the Grand Ole Opry and Goodwill Ambassador for Opryland.
Country Music's Funny Folks
Some of America's funniest recordings have come from country music stars who, in some cases, have
become very successful with their material. Entertainers like Roger Miller, who had his own TV show,
Jerry Reed, who starred in several motion pictures, and Homer and Jethro , who starred in a series of
television commercials for Kellogg's breakfast food. Even Johnny Cash scored high on the music
charts with novelty songs. This one hour show features some of the many memorable fun recordings
turned out by country music artists during the past 50 years. This show will not replace your collection of
Hee Haw tapes but it is an acceptable addition to your Best Of Spike Jones and Stan Freeberg albums.
From the mid 60's to the mid 80's Charley Pride was one of Country Music's most prolific recording
artists selling over 30 million records and charting a total of 31Gold and four Platinum LP's. At the height
of his career he recorded a total of 36 number one records on the Billboard Country Charts and continues
to be one of the top drawing country acts on the concert circuit. On this show Ron features many of
Charley's biggest hits including Crystal Chandeliers which was never released as a single but was one
of his first hit songs when disc jockeys found it on an album and started playing it in 1963. This one
hour concert with comments by Ron Barlow is an excellent showcase for one of Country Music’s finest
The Tennessee Plowboy ain't a plowboy anymore! In fact Eddy Arnold hasn't
been a plowboy since he changed his image in the 1960s and started recording
with a full orchestra and making appearances in a tuxedo. On this show Ron
plays some of the biggest hits of this country music giant. Estimates are that
he has had a number one hit on the country charts for a total of 145 weeks, many of
which crossed over to become hits on the pop charts also. Plan to spend a full
hour enjoying the smooth, easy style of one of country music's most valuable treasures.
One of the newest member of the Country Music Hall Of Fame,
Ray Price has had a diverse County Music career starting in
the mid 50s with his little Cherokee Cowboy band and progressing
into the 80's when his musical arrangements required 11
additional violins to a full orchestra to recreate the lush
instrumentation of his Columbia recordings. Ron remembers
working with Ray when he had changed from wearing a western
shirt and jeans to a formal tuxedo and playing his hit songs
in the 1970's as they constantly crossed over to the Pop Music
Charts. Ron plays many of Ray's hits and talks about the career
of this Country Music giant.
1996 Hall of Fame Inductees
During this 60 minute show Ron Talks about the 1996 Country
Music Association Hall Of Fame inductees and plays some of
the hits of Buck Owens, Ray Price and Patsy Montana. The
three were honored during that annual awards ceremony in
October in Nashville.
Great Cross Over Hits
Billboard magazine charts all the Greatest Hits from
Blues to Rock, from Jazz to Country and Ron charts
the 15 all time greatest Cross Over Country Hits.
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