Grandpa Jones

Grandpa Jones Sings Yodeling Hits

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Grandpa Jones Sings Yodeling Hits grew out of his hit single of "T for Texas," released at the very end of 1962. Monument Records chief Fred Foster brought Jones into the studio for three sessions, in mid-December and mid-January of the following year, and had him lay down a baker's dozen of yodel numbers, more than half written by Jimmie Rodgers, and the result was this album. Jones' vocals are worth the price of the album, and not just for the yodeling -- some of these songs dated back to the start of his own career, and he treated them all with the passion and total involvement of someone old enough to remember Rodgers as a living presence in music. Indeed, his banjo work is positively restrained, and it's easy to enjoy the acoustic guitar work of Ray Edenton and Maybelle Carter's autoharp from the December 11, 1962, sessions -- "Brakeman's Blues" was so good that it was worth the price of admission by itself. At least two additional singles came off of this album, and the record not only did well but positioned Jones ideally for his next album.