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Hi Bill, Yes, we sure had a gaggle of male pop star's in the late 50s/early 60s while Connie Francis was Queen of the female's pretty much. Thanks to Ashi for reminding me to go back into the garage and dig out my old 45s of Santo & Johnny (Sleepwalk) and the Champs (Tequila). Surprising (maybe I've missed a post) that no one has mentioned Floyd Cramer's "Last Date." Hard to think of a dance instrumental that has endured longer in people's minds for over 50 years. Incidentally, Floyd played piano on a few Jim Reeves songs also as did Jim's Studio B business manager for RCA Country Division, Chet Atkins, the guitar legend. And on sat least one record or more the Jordanaires, before/during their backup of Elvis run, did singing on some of Jim's songs I believe when Jim's Blue Boy's or the Anita Kerr singers were not. Personally, I liked Buddy Holly probably because I like folks who are/were pioneer's in any field especially when they leave a legacy in multiple area's - in Buddy's case promoting rockabilly, taking control of his business-side, adding symphony violinist's to some songs, etc. Unfortunately, Jim Reeves is still not recognized for all his contributions 44 years after his death but then most of my fave singer's all died in small airplane or helicopter crashes - smile! Thanks again.
I didn't think about Floyd Cramer. He did a lot of work with various artists. Buddy Holly was definately a pioneer. Jim Reeves seems to be the forgotten artist. Although many of his songs were hits, no one seems to really remember him. I happen to think the man was a musical genius. Of course , when it comes to guitar work, few can compare with Chet Atkins. Possibly Les Paul and maybe Roy Clark or Joe Maphis.