By Ralph G. Giordano

ISBN-10: 0313365547

ISBN-13: 9780313365546

Nation & Western Dance turns the highlight on a uniquely American type of dance, person who has been scuffing the floorboards for almost a century yet is frequently missed. enjoyable, vigorous, and punctiliously researched, this revealing quantity tells the complete tale of nation and western dance song from the times of Bob Wills and Tulsa to Oklahoma's Cain's Ballroom to John Travolta and Gilley's of Houston, Texas. every one bankruptcy presents details at the historic roots of the preferred kingdom and western dances in addition to the pioneers of the song of a specific period, all within the context of fixing cultural, social, political, and fiscal forces in the USA. The e-book additionally examines the seminal impression of radio, tv, and the films in supporting unfold the song, the strikes, and the nice occasions at the kingdom dance ground.

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Nonetheless, Wills’s songs and music were greatly influential and were recorded by many other musical artists through the 20th- and well into the 21st century. Nevertheless, in an interview in 1949, Wills remembered his early success was based on one simple formula. He said, “We was just tryin’ to find enough tunes to keep ’em dancin’ ” (Townsend, “Homecoming”). © 2011 ABC-Clio. All Rights Reserved. 2 Honky Tonks and Dance Halls “No doubt about it. ” —Joe Thibodeaux, owner of the Rodair Club In August 1945, World War II ended dramatically with the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Boyd in The Jazz of the Southwest said, “The music these people had known and loved back home was played in numerous dance halls and clubs, which provided a great deal of work for musicians” (25). Cooley, to his credit, reintroduced the fiddle as the driving force in his band. With sometimes three or more fiddles combined with steel guitar, and later the new electric guitar, he replaced and basically eliminated all the horns from his music. ” The naming of the music style was closely associated with Cooley’s large popularity at the Ventura Ballroom and also in Hollywood.

The musical style of swing, however, was always difficult to describe. ” In turn, the dancers usually noticed the same result. In his biography The Kingdom of Swing, famed bandleader Benny Goodman offered a simple analogy to describe swing. He explained, Those who have asked for a one-word or one-sentence definition of swing overlook the fact that it was originally a term used among musicians to identify something they all recognized. How, for example, would you describe red for a child, who did not know what it was?

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