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The Stanley Brothers - Sing Everybody's Country Favorites

(King KLP-690) Jun 1960


Sing Everybody's Country Favorites (Mono)
Rear Cover Side 1 (Mono) Side 2 (Mono)
Front Cover (Japan) Rear Cover (Japan) Side 1 (Japan) Side 2 (Japan)

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In September 1959, the Stanley Brothers returned to King to record two albums in just two days. At the behest of label boss Syd Nathan, the band were not allowed to use fiddle or mandolin, with Bill Napier switching to lead guitar, and Chubby Anthony sitting out the sessions in an attempt at getting a sound more like the Delmore Brothers.

With the exception of I'm A Man Of Constant Sorrow, all the material was comprised of songs brought to the band by the studio - hence the 'Sing Everybody's Country Favorites' title.

Whilst the sound is inevitably different, these two albums are landmark releases by virtue of featuring the lead guitar, which was perhaps unique in the bluegrass field at the time, and which became an integral part of the 'Stanley Sound'.

Ahead of the album's release I'm A Man Of Constant Sorrow was issued as a single, backed with How Mountain Girls Can Love (King 5269) in Oct. 1959. Three further singles followed: Sunny Side Of The Mountain / Shenandoah Waltz (King 5291) Dec 1959; Mountain Dew / Old Rattler (King 5347) May 1960; and Sweeter Than The Flowers / Next Sunday, Darling, Is My Birthday (King 5355) 30th May 1960.

Sweet Thing and It's Raining Here This Morning were recycled a few months later on the In Person LP, with Sweet Thing also being issued on one of a set of stereo 33⅓ singles (King S-7 1612) c1961.

The album was also issued in Japan (Angel HV-1111) 19??, with photo from the In Person album and pressed in red vinyl. The Japanese version also adds two tracks:- How Mountain Girls Can Love and Keep A Memory. The standard US version was also later reissued (Gusto/King K-690) 1986. Nowadays it is probably best found on The Early Starday/King Years, 1958-1961 4xCD box set.

 

For detailed information on these songs / sessions, check Gary B. Reid's The Music Of The Stanley Brothers book, pages 100-105 and 142-144.

Track:
Title:
Time:
Date:
Original Release:
Guitar:
Banjo:
Fiddle:
Mandolin:
Bass:
Lead Guitar:
A-1
Shenandoah Waltz
02:20
14 Sep 1959
King 5291 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
Bill Napier

Clyde Moody / Chubby Wise
A-2
Mountain Dew
02:44
14 Sep 1959
King 5347 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
Bill Napier

Bascom Lamar Lunsford / Scotty Wiseman
A-3
Tragic Romance
03:01
14 Sep 1959
Sings Everybody's Country Favorites Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
Bill Napier

Wiley Morris / Zeke Morris
A-4
Sunny Side Of The Mountain
02:31
14 Sep 1959
King 5291 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
Bill Napier

Harry C. McAuliffe / Bobby Gregory
A-5
Next Sunday, Darling, Is My Birthday
02:12
14 Sep 1959
King 5355 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
Bill Napier

Syd Nathan / Arthur Q. Smith
A-6
I'm A Man Of Constant Sorrow
02:39
15 Sep 1959
King 5269 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
Bill Napier

R.D. Burnett
B-1
Sweeter Than The Flowers
03:21
14 Sep 1959
Sings Everybody's Country Favorites Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
Bill Napier

Ervin T. Rouse / Aubrey W. Mullican / Syd Nathan
B-2
Old Rattler
02:07
15 Sep 1959
King 5347 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
Bill Napier

P.D.
B-3
Weeping Willow
02:25
15 Sep 1959
Sings Everybody's Country Favorites Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
Bill Napier

P.D.
B-4
Sweet Thing
02:45
14 Sep 1959
Sings Everybody's Country Favorites Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
Bill Napier

Buddy Starcher
B-5
It's Raining Here This Morning
02:26
14 Sep 1959
Sings Everybody's Country Favorites Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
Bill Napier

Grandpa Jones
B-6
Shackles And Chains
02:28
15 Sep 1959
Sings Everybody's Country Favorites Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
Bill Napier

Jimmie Davis

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