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Countrypolitan -- an outgrowth of the Nashville sound of the '50s -- is among the most commercially-oriented genres of country music. The Nashville sound emerged in the '50s as a way to bring country music to a broad pop audience. The movement was led by Chet Atkins, who was the head of RCA Records' country division. Atkins designed a smooth, commercial sound that relied on country song structures but abandoned all of the hillbilly and honky tonk instrumentation. He hired session musicians and coordinated pop-oriented, jazz-tinged productions. Similarly, Owen Bradley created productions -- most notably with Patsy Cline -- that featured sophisticated productions and smooth, textured instrumentation. Eventually, most records from Nashville featured this style of production and the Nashville sound began to incorporate strings and vocal choirs. In the late '60s, the Nashville sound metamorphosed into countrypolitan, which emphasized these kinds of pop production flourishes. Featuring layers of keyboards, guitars, strings, and vocals, countrypolitan records were designed to cross over to pop radio and they frequently did. The sound dominated the country charts in the '70s and stayed popular until the early '80s.

Nashville Sound/Countrypolitan Artists Highlights

George Jones
George Jones
Tammy Wynette
Tammy Wynette
Brenda Lee
Brenda Lee
Chet Atkins
Chet Atkins
Connie Smith
Connie Smith
Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson

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Nashville Sound/Countrypolitan Album Highlights

The Definitive Collection
Patsy Cline
The Definitive Collection
Anniversary: Ten Years of Hits
George Jones
Anniversary: Ten Years of ...
All Time Greatest Hits
Roger Miller
All Time Greatest Hits
Guitar Legend: The RCA Years
Chet Atkins
Guitar Legend: The RCA ...
Columbia Country Classics, Vol. 4: The Nashville Sound
Various Artists
Columbia Country Classics, ...
The Essential Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton / Porter ...
The Essential Porter ...

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Nashville Sound/Countrypolitan Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Walkin' After Midnight Patsy Cline
Walk Through This World With Me George Jones
Make the World Go Away Eddy Arnold
Crazy Arms Ray Price
Funny How Time Slips Away Willie Nelson
King of the Road Roger Miller
He'll Have to Go Jim Reeves
D-I-V-O-R-C-E Tammy Wynette
Just Someone I Used to Know Dolly Parton / Porter Wagoner
Still Bill Anderson

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