The term “Country Music” was coined in the 1940s because the earlier term “Hillbilly Music” was deemed to be degrading. Around the same time the term “Rhythm and Blues” replaced the term “Race Music” or “Sepia” for the same reason. The funny thing is… Black artists actually pioneered this genre but when record companies in the 1920s created musical “Genres” to better market the records they were releasing, African Americans had to more or less leave it alone.

01. Clyde McPhatter – I’m Movin’ On
02. Joe Liggins And His “Honeydrippers” – Whiskey, Women & Loaded Dice
03. Damita Jo – Jambalaya (On The Bayou)
04. Ike & Tina Turner’s Kings Of Rhythm – Going Home
05. Bobby Hebb – Night Train To Memphis
06. Lou Rawls – If He Holds Your Hand
07. Mabel Scott – Catch Em Young, Treat Em Rough, Tell Em Nothin’
08. Cecil Gant – Goodnight Irene
09. Billy Bland – Uncle Bud
10. Little Mack – Let Hootenanny Blues
11. Brook Benton – Got You On My Mind
12. Ray Charles – It Makes No Difference Now
13. Ivory Joe Hunter – I Almost Lost My Mind
14. The Lovers – I Wanna’ Be Loved
15. Richard Berry and The Pharaohs – You Are My Sunshine
16. Lazy Lester – I Hear You Knockin’
17. Esther Phillips – Am I That Easy To Forget
18. Arthur Alexander – I Wonder Where You Are Tonight
19. Eartha Kitt – Long Gone
20. King Curtis – Your Cheatin’ Heart
21. Jimmy Beasley – Don’t Break This Heart Of Mine
22. Willy & Ruth – Farewell
23. The Soul Stirrers – Wade In The Water
24. Hank Ballard & The Midnighters – Excuse Me (I’ve Got A Heartache)
25. “Little” Esther Phillips – Why Should We Try Anymore
26. Elton Anderson – Humpty Dumpty Heart
27. Ruth Brown – I Burned Your Letter
28. The Big Three Trio – Cigareets, Whuskey & Wild Wome

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