On this day in 1973 we lost Gram Parsons to a search for cosmic visions and delight. He left us some good American music…
Photo: Gram Parsons and Nudie Cohn, 1969
“I love country music but I find it very hard to take seriously. I also think a lot of country music is sung with the tongue in cheek, so I do it tongue in cheek.”Mick Jagger
One more classic country birthday today: Porter Wagoner - Aug. 12, 1927 - 2007…
Porter Wagoner: I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name - from A Slice of Life, 1957
Webb Pierce - Aug. 8, 1921 - 1991 - was the most flamboyant of all the classic country stars.
He couldn’t settle with just a custom made Nudie suit, but had Nudie Cohn ‘tailor’ a whole 1962 Pontiac Bonneville convertible for him with silver dollar trimmed seats and interior, six shooter door handles, steer horn front grille, etc., etc. And let’s not even mention Webb’s guitar shaped swimming pool…
Webb Pierce: There Stands The Glass, 1953
Webb Pierce took Nudie to the extreme.
Stonewall Jackson in a spiffy blue Western suit [Key#StonewallJackson]
Deke Dickerson’s Photo Archive: Scotty Broyles
Scotty Broyles was a Texas-born mandolin player who was in the Navy, stationed in San Diego, in the early 1950s. During this time he began shooting color slides of everything from nature scenes to country music shows. Some of these images are literally the only known color photographs of particular musicians, and they make vividly present an era that is usually mired in two-dimensional black and white. These were real people, playing music and having a ball, during the most colorful and vibrant era of West Coast country music.
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At the Big D Jamboree in Dallas, late 1950s
“The Thin Man from West Plains (MO)”, Porter Wagoner