Gogi Grant

City Girl in the Country

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Gogi Grant was far from the first traditional pop vocalist to cut a "country" album -- the formula for pop treatments of country material had been well-established years before she made City Girl in the Country. Unlike Patti Page and Kay Starr, who made country recordings using fairly traditional instrumentation, Grant sang in a purely pop setting. In other words, she coaxed country songs into a pop mould instead of forcing herself into an ill-fitting country one. The result was similar to earlier such efforts by fellow pop thrushes Kitty Kallen (Honky Tonk Angel) and Margaret Whiting (Margaret). Grant's repertoire on the album was a little predictable in its gravitation toward the pop end of the country spectrum, but there were a few interesting choices, such as Roy Drusky's excellent non-hit "Seven Days (The Humming Song)" (Grant's version drops the parenthetical part of the title and substitutes whistling for humming). The 2001 CD release is a straight reissue of the original Charter label album from 1964, recorded at RCA Studios with A-team players that include Chet Atkins and Floyd Cramer. Rather than making a bid for acceptance in the country field, Grant seems to have mined country music for material aimed at her existing fan base, to whom this reissue will appeal.

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