Days Gone By - Families of the Fifties

1950 Panel Truck we named Clarabus
1950 Panel Truck we named Clarabus | Source

Songs that were popular when we were young carry with them memories that last a lifetime. Hearing just a few notes of a song, we sometimes flash back to the moment when these tunes were playing.

I'm Crazy, Crazy for Feeling So Lonely...

Greatest Singers of All Time

Country music tells a tale about real lives, love and loss. The heartache they express is genuine, usually inspired by one's own experiences.

A family favorite singer from that era of bitter-sweet music is Patsy Cline whose career was inspired from watching local talent at radio stations as a teen. She successfully crossed over to Pop Music from her roots which began in Nashville sound with hits like Willie Nelson's tune, "Crazy".

She ranks number forty six in Rolling Stones Magazines issue of "100 Greatest Singers of All Time" and according to CBS was ranked at number eleven in Country Music Television's Forty Greatest Women in Country.

The movie "Sweet Dreams", was a documentary with astonishing performances by Jessica Lange. It told the story of Patsy Cline's life, her singing career, her marital struggles and her untimely death at thirty in a tragic plane crash after a benefit concert.

New Port, Rhode Island, the Early Fifties

Our first home, an 8 x 32' Airstream clone trailer
Our first home, an 8 x 32' Airstream clone trailer | Source

Country Songs

Growing up in a southern family there was no way to escape the onslaught of country music that drifted in on the airwaves of our childhood home. With a mother from Texas and a dad from South Georgia, it was inevitable that their favorite tunes would become ingrained in the deepest recesses of my mind.

A special outing for us might include going to see a live performances at local radio station studio. In small towns, the audience was seated within a short distance of the performers who were locals with steel guitars and maybe a fiddle. These leather-fringed cowboys could twang out a two-hankie number that would leave most of the audience sniffling.

Traveling to the Tunes

Listening to the radio was the main choice for this family of five traveling through Vermont.
Listening to the radio was the main choice for this family of five traveling through Vermont. | Source

This is one of my favorite photos of our family. Everyone in the family is wearing a coat, jacket or hat except for me; I refused to cover up my gorgeous new dress. Dad was clearly perturbed from the expression on his face, but I was happy.

Our 1948 Cadillac was the apple of my father's eye. No doubt, it was the most valuable of our family's meager belongings. This trip in November of 1954, we were visiting friends or driving through the state on the way to our next destination.

Staten Island, Key West, FL the Fifties

Mom and three kids
Mom and three kids | Source

In the early fifties, our family lived in a tiny eight-foot wide by thirty-two foot trailer which we hitched to the back of the car whenever we needed to move.

During the time these classic tunes were gaining popularity, we lived in a number of eastern states including Rhode Island, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and New Jersey. As military dependents, we moved nearly every two years, relocating upon receipt of the ever-changing orders the Navy issued to my Dad who served for twenty-four years.

Dad and Mom

Newly wed couple from the fifties with their huge television set.
Newly wed couple from the fifties with their huge television set. | Source

Our parents maintained a collection of bootlegged amateur recordings from early television and radio performances such as "The Arthur Godfrey Hour" or "The Tex Ritter Show". There was a predecessor to today's American Idol, called "The Gong Show" which featured new talent of the day. The phrase "Get the hook" came from the judges who, determining that the act was inferior, would bring out a long hook of sorts and yank the performer physically from the stage.

Norfolk, Virginia 1955

Our first real house in Norfolk Virginia
Our first real house in Norfolk Virginia | Source

Other times, an applause meter would gauge the audience's appreciation by the sound level of their clapping. The shows featured an assortment of singers including Ernest Tubb, Hank Williams Sr., Patsy Cline, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Hank Snow, Jimmie Dean and other great singers of the day.

We grew up singing this one by Ernie Ford

While doing chores on a Saturday morning, you could be sure the reel to reel tape was playing loudly in the background, its rotation punctuated by occasional squeaks as the tape ran through the magnetic rollers. As we worked nearby ironing clothes or dusting the furniture, we accompanied those heartbreaking tunes by belting them out at the top of our lungs. We knew the words to all of them by heart. It was our key source of entertainment.

Pat Boone's 1957 Hit April Love

Visiting the local diner for a meal, you would immediately be brought an ice cold glass of water, arriving almost as quickly as you sat down. Next to the wall at each table one could often find a miniature red jukebox allowing the patrons to insert their nickles and play their favorite tunes while eating.

At the top of the device was a lever that allowed the user to flip through the selections on the blurry, typewritten pages. While waiting for a meal or a cup of coffee, patrons sought out their favorite song, then, after pressing the appropriate push buttons of the song's code, their choice record would drop down in place on the turntable of the main jukebox and start spinning out a tune.

"Please mister, please, don't play B seventeen. It was our song, it was his song, now it's oh over." Olivia Newton-John

Pat Boone in Manhattan Island NY

Manhattan Island church with Pat Boone
Manhattan Island church with Pat Boone | Source

Playing the Juke Box

Wurlitzer Juke Box
Wurlitzer Juke Box | Source

We attended church three times a week and learned to sing all the old gospel songs right out of the hymnal. At any church or social gathering, you could count on hearing the old music favorites, certain to be played and sung by locals imitating the popular singers of the era.

Jimmy Dean - Big Bad John 1961

To entertain my parent's random house guests, the three of us kids would be called out "front and center", as my Dad liked to say. Standing nervously in front of their friends we would lip sync the songs on the few vinyl LP albums we owned and had memorized. We played the same LP records over and over on the Stereo Record Player and later on the giant TV Console that found a home in our family room.

Favorite entertainers included gospel tunes by the legendary Tennessee Ernie Ford or Roy Acuff and the Smoky Mountain Boys. We had a couple of recordings by Pat Boone who was the song leader at our church when we lived near Manhattan Island and others by Jimmy Dean before he started selling sausage. Family favorites included his version of "Sweet Hour of Prayer" and Ernie Ford's "Just a Closer Walk with Thee". I still remember the words to "The Great Speckled Bird" which we would happily belt out if given the least opportunity.

Great Speckled Bird - Roy Acuff

Despite my thoughtless mockery of my parents' taste in music as an adolescent, through the passage of time these old tunes have come to represent nostalgic days of my youth when things were less complicated. It was a time of less responsibility, fewer choices, more fun and even through the tears of these tearjerkers, it remains a time that I remember fondly.

© 2012 Peg Cole

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Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Hi Peg,

I am kind of out of breath..I ran over from the Cafe when I heard your new hub was out..Boy does this bring back memories..The 8 track player in the car and reel to reel was forever cranking out most of the tunes in my world..Olivia Newton John was awesome..I will come back and listen to the videos but I have to fix dinner and last time I did both I burned dinner..Ask Dusty I was reading his hub..lol Take care and Thank you..The run here is not so bad...Should have asked how far in the country you lived..HAHAHA

Sunnie


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

This is so cool ... Thanks Peg! Will return again and again!


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Oh, this is so lovely Peg. What a beautiful story, what beautiful photos and images, what beautiful memories, what beautiful songs. I'm glad you didn't cover up your nice dress! Funny that you belted out songs while doing the dishes. We did that too in our house.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hey there Sunnie, Come back anytime you can and share a few songs with me. We'll do some housework and sing together. Or maybe just sing. Away with the housework. Be gone. Thanks for coming over all this way out to the country. Stay for dinner won't you? Peg


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Haha I heard in the cafe too but Sunnie had a long run but I had to fly. Lol

Lovely stories and photos. Love the fact that you didn't want to put a coat on and hide your new dress. Lol.

Well this is my hub for the day. I shall be keeping this open and listening while reading others. Love Ghost riders in the sky.

Thank you for the memories and smiles


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hey there Snakeslane,

Hope your plumbing trouble has been resolved. Frozen pipes are no fun. Thanks for running over here to listen to these old songs. I still love them. And funny you should say about belting out songs while doing dishes. We did that for sure. All the dogs in the neighborhood were howling. Hahahah. Please come back for another listen. I'll likely be adding more songs. Just can't stop the feeling. . . Peg


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Yes Peg, all fixed, no damage. Installed a heat tape and insulation for the pipe. Lucky was only frozen in one spot right at the intake. I've already been back here five times, what fun. I grew up singing (starting in Sunday School) that was the only entertainment we had.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Rosemay, Wow. Thanks for flying out to this hub. I just tried out the "reply" button for the first time. Pretty cool. You know, I kinda remember being a brat at the time about the coat, thus the perturbed expression on Dad. I love Ghost Riders too! Come back anytime. I miss your picture but I still love the baby and dog pic. See you at the cafe soon. I will be over for coffee.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Snakeslane, We had broken pipes under our house a few years back and the spouse was under there for a few hours trying to weld the copper pipes back together. Lucky for me he could do the work or it would have been quite expensive. Not so lucky for him, there are spiders and snakes (LOL) under the house.

We sang in Sunday school, while on road trips and around the house as well. Good fun. Stop back by if you can.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

I know plumber was laughing about all the work he's going to get out of this cold snap. Spiders and snakes yuk! I'm glad I didn't have to crawl under there!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

C R A Z Y .......

what I am for my Sista and also after a long night of teaching! Couldn't 'hit the hay' before saying this will be one of my first 'A'ssignments in the morning... you have selected some of my very favorite songs to enjoy and I want to fully absorb your story as well.

Gotta love 'The Gong Show'...! Sleep well, Peg!


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Good morning Mar, Oh Yes, CRAZY. What a great old tune. We're headed out for pre-testing etc this morning in prep for tomorrow's big day. Will get back to you later. Thanks for the visit and hope to see you back soonest. Love.

Peg


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lmmartin 4 years ago from Alberta and Florida

Life in rural Alberta had the same music for background; after all, the scenery certainly fit: rolling prairies, cattle herds, men in cowboy hats, horses, and loads of pick-up trucks. Patsy Cline and Hank Williams were the local favorites. Thanks for this stroll down memory lane -- yours and mine. Lynda


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Gloshei 4 years ago from France

Great hub peg, brings back a load of memories even from UK we loved country & western songs. I guess Patsy was one of our favourites, Geoff and I still play the oldies they are the best. Glad you included Elvis,

The only one I didn't know was Roy Acuff.

Thanks for sharing


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Peg, your old black and white family photos are just wonderful,your dad does look kinda proud in the one with the cadillac!

What a wonderful hub, it bought back all kinds of nostelgic memories, Patsy Cline is one of my all time favourite singers and I remember those old juke boxes so well!

A fabulous read, thank you for sharing and voted up.


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KathyH 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Thanks for sharing all of these fantastic memories! I have many of these same memories, although growing up in Wisconsin, I had to turn on the radio on Saturday nights as well to listen to scratchy renditions of "Crazy" done live on the Grand Ole Opry from Nashville! :) :) Great memories!! Country music was just part of growing up in the 50's and 60's.. voted up and across the board! :)


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Sweet Sista,

You certainly did tug at my heart as I listened to each of these songs just now... so reminiscent and calming.

Whassup with the 5 vs 2 (guy vs gal) song renditions, however? I'm feelin a little Tammy, Loretta and Dolly in my soul as well.

Focus on honey right now. My musical demands are secondary, you know how pushy baby sisters can be!

A whole lotta hugs, Maria


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SubRon7 4 years ago from eastern North Dakota

Hi Peg! When you mentioned both Tex and Georgia I thought of Sunnie Day. Glad to see you two are friends. This hub brought back two great memories for me: You mentioned "chores" My dad and I would have the radio on out in the barn milking cows (by hand)(we tried that new-fangled milking machine for awhile then went back to hand) and listening to country music hosted by a local guy, Lem Hawkins.

The other memory I was riding in a Model T or A with my late brother-in-law the day Hank Williams died and they were playing all his songs. I noticed in the video that ol' Hank had a little "movement" too with his singing, nothing like today of course.

And then the Ghost Riders. I do like Marty Robbiins and I listened to his version, but Frankie Lane was the first version I heard, so I guess I like his better.

My other favorites were Earnest Tubb, Eddie Arnold and Merle Haggard. Unfortunately as I grew I rejected country music for Rock, and never went back. But today I'm starting to again like the "old" ones, like this hub. That little blondie in the pics was sure cute! Or in the first pic you must have been the baby. I just looked back. Thanks for the memories, Peg!


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Lynda, Thank you for reminding me of what a small world it really is. Though we grew up miles apart, it seems as if our childhoods were filled with similar experiences shared in different locations. I tend to forget that cowboys, songs, horses and pick-up trucks are universal. Thanks for the reminder and for stopping in. Peg


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Snakeslane, Thanks for your multiple trips back to listen in and visit these old tunes. Smiles. You can bet that I don't go under the house anymore. Eeeewwww. I could never be a plumber. They get the big bucks for being fearless.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Isn't it fascinating that all around the world we share fondness of the same tunes and artists? I love Elvis more now than I ever did back then and Patsy is also one of my favs. Roy Acuff was well loved by my folks but perhaps not as well known. Thanks for your sweet comment and your visit. I'm glad to see you have some new recipes posted. Peg


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Yes leave that to the 'specialists' for sure. Just so you know my hub name is in no way insinuating that I am or that I like snakes. It's actually the name of a street and was a poor choice when I signed up but I was clearly not thinking when I used my poker game avatar! This is what one ends up with for being lazy and forgetful...sigh.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Movie Master, Wow that's quite a nice compliment on the old B&W photos. It was so much fun going through and scanning them in bringing back some fond memories. Loved to play the jukebox with 6 hits for a quarter or 5 cents each! Thrilled to meet you here and thanks for stopping in to comment. Peg


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

Wow Peg what a fantastic hub you put together here. So many fond memories come to mind for me. All of those great artists were in my life as a boy and teen growing up in Canada. My best friend and to be my future brother in law played guitar and only country.

I listened to him and learned to play and sing myself. He was great and entertained around my city. He never took it professionally but dam was he good. I also saw my first country and western show when Sonny James, Bill Anderson and a few other greats appeared on stage in my hometown. They captured my heart for country and I have enjoyed it all my life. My two biggest ICONS however are Johnny Cash and Elvis. I loved listening to all of your videos as well, just sat back with my ear plugs on and closed my eyes. Voted way UP, awesome, useful,interesting and of course beautiful...


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Ms. Lane, I started writing under the name Blindsquirrel which I thought was cute at the time. Later I realized that I really didn't think it through and was somewhat relieved when the site shut down and I could start over. You know others have switched their articles over recently if you have the time and energy to do that much work. One day you will be quite famous, you know. Even more so than now!


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Thanks for the tip Peg. I will Have to look in to how to do that. Maybe when I figure it out I could write a Hub about it.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

ps Blindsquirrel?! hahaha Now I don't feel so bad! :)


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello KathyH, So nice to see you here. Scratchy renditions were the name of the game back then as well as squeaky ones on our reel to reel tapes. I actually went to the Grand Ole Opry back in the 70s. What a trip that was! Yes, country music was played quite a bit which reminds me of a few other artists I need to add. So much music to enjoy it's hard to narrow it down. Thanks for the lovely comment and for your visit. Peg


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Baby sista, Hold your horses! I'm just getting started. I must add some Johnny Cash and Tammy and oh yes, Dolly. Too much for one hub. Looks like another one is needed. It may be a few days till things settle down and I can concentrate on adding some great hits from the women folk. Hugs back to you my sweet. Peg


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hey there SubRon James, Your milking the cows story was so cool, that new-fangled equipment be darned. Reminds me of a joke a speaker once told before his presentation:

"What did the cow say to the farmer? Thanks for the warm hand." Oh well, it wasn't funny then either.

Your story about where you were when Hank Williams passed, riding in your Model T (A?) was a great addition.

We had an LP with Eddie Arnold singing gospel songs and Tennessee Ernie Ford. They were both great. I actually liked these songs as a young child, then rejected them as a teenager (brat) and now I like them again.

Aw shucks, thanks for noticin' that I was the baby!

Drop back by when you have time, James. So nice to see you here.

Peg


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Vincent hello there and welcome! So glad to meet you under you new name and was interested to hear that the staff helped you transition your work. Canada? I used to watch Sergeant Preston and the Yukon Mounted Police as a kid. Loved that show and also The Roy Rogers Show.

Long, long ago I played guitar for a while when folk songs were popular from Peter, Paul and Mary and the like. Never made it to the big time but it sounds like you were close to some talented folks.

Thanks so much for your visit and mighty nice compliments. So very nice to see you here.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hey Snakeslane, Ask Vincent Moore aka Saddlerider. A hub would be welcome to many who signed in as "Blindsquirrel" and the such like. LOL


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Peg, you talk about these songs like they were a long time ago. How can that be, seems like yesterday. I am late arriving, but now that I am here, I will listen to our collective history. You have shared some nice memories with us. The photos sure bring back the sense of the times.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Back for more listening. I read you are writing a new hub to include Tammy and Dolly, so looking forward to that one.

We have a great country/folk singer in NZ by the name of Raymond Solomon, You would like his songs but unfortunately he is nowhere to be found on Youtube. If I knew how to I might put something up but I have no idea where to start.

Just listening Elvis as I type. wasn't he just the greatest.


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Gloshei 4 years ago from France

Bless you Peg for your kind words.


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PapaJohn2U 4 years ago from New Jersey

Good memories! I hate to be the bearer of this news, but the cadillac in the family photo is a 1948 not a 1954!


klipleri 4 years ago

Very Interesting Hub Sharing and you have selected some of my very favorite songs to enjoy and I want to fully absorb your story as well.


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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

Great hub. I adore country music and your selection here was awesome.

take care


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JoshuaDR 4 years ago from Charleston, SC

Good list, you went with a bunch of old school songs. I enjoyed listening to them...a few for the first time.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Gloshei, Hope you found the comment above that was in reply to yours. I forgot to mention your name at the top. So forgetful these days. Loved that you stopped in to listen. Hope to see you soon! Peg


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

You shouldna' feel bad friend but I'm as reluctant to call you Snakes as folks were to call me Blind. LOL


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Mike, Your visits are always perfectly times so no worries. It is good to know that we share some collective music histories. And it does seem like yesterday to me too. Glad you liked the pics. Brought back some fond memories to scan them in and post them here.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Rosemay you do make me feel so good with your sweet words. Do you have recordings of Raymond Solomon? I recently posted my first YouTube video but I didn't know how to add music. Perhaps a YouTube hub is needed?

Oooooh yes, Elvis was and is the greatest. I loved him more after the fact once I visited Graceland. Always great to see you here.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

My friend Gloshei, I'm so glad you keep on writing more new hubs despite the obstacles you face. It seems to get a little easier after you get rolling. A few more and you'll find your written voice. Then there'll be no stopping you. Hugs!


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Brother John, I knew you'd notice this faux pas on the Cadillac and I probably should change that in the text, but it makes me sound even older, like my much older brother! Hah ha.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Wow Klipleri, Thanks for the kind words. I'm glad to have found some of your favorite songs and thanks for reading and listening. Nice to meet you here. Peg


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello there Dim, So nice to see you again. Hope all is well on your end. Thanks for coming by to listen to these old favs. You take care too, friend.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi JoshuaDR, Like Mckbirdbks said earlier, it is difficult to realize these are so old, since I still remember them so well. Glad you enjoyed the oldies with me. Some of those early recordings were a hoot to watch, especially their expressions while they sang! Nice to see you and thanks for the visit. Peg


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Gloshei 4 years ago from France

Hi peg I keep going back to this hub I think it's great and the comments.

Espcially your joke about 'warm hands'

Oh how I wish I was born in your country! Do you think I am too old to be adopted!!!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I'm a few years older than you, Peg, so I was there for all of this, and I remember it well. We were in South Carolina in the early fifties, and all that was on the radio was country. We got ready for school listening to the farm and market reports and Eddy Arnold!

Great Hub!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Did you do your Youtube publication with Windows Movie Maker?. That's what I have just used this morning and added music.


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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

Wow -- does this bring back memories. I had a band and used to "pick and grin" during this time period -- losing Patsy Cline was a huge, personal loss for me -- still think she had the finest voice ever in country music. Thanks for this super Hub -- provided me a walk back down that memory lane. Proud to be your new follower! Bet, Sis


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leni sands 4 years ago from UK

Fantastic hub, and I love all those old country songs...I look forward to reading more of your hubs!!


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hey there Glo, You are so cute! Of course you can be adopted and come to live with your new family here. Isn't it funny that I have always dreamed of visiting Europe and especially France but have never done so. Come back and visit when you can. Peg


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Will, I'm wondering if we didn't go to school together at some point in our lives. We were in SC in the late fifties and we had both kinds of music: country and western. Hahaha. I loved Eddy Arnold too! Thanks for your nice words and the visit. You are always welcome to drop by. Peg


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Rosemay, I haven't tried Windows Movie Maker but it sounds interesting. I just uploaded directly from my video file to YouTube but couldn't figure out how to add music. Will give this a shot.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi Angela, So nice to meet you here and thanks for your nice comments. Sorry about your friend Patsy Cline and I agree with you about her voice. It is distinct and moving. Hope you will post some of your singing here for us to share. Will be checking out your site as well. Come back for a visit anytime. Love your hat(s). Your new friend, Peg


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Thanks Leni. I appreciate your comment and hope to get over your way soon.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Hi again Peg. Movie maker is free to download from Microsoft. It is so easy, you just drag your video and music into there and it does it all for you. Once you have saved it just upload the whole thing to youtube.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Rosemay, hey there. I'll give it a go soon as things settle down on this end. Sounds quite doable.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love music and country song as well. I really enjoy all videos here. Thanks for posting this fascinating hub. Rated up and have a nice day!

Blessing and hugs,


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Thanks, Pras, and I'm glad you enjoyed these old songs. Nice of you to visit and give a listen. I'm always glad to see your face.

Blessings and hugs back in your direction,

Peg


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nina64 4 years ago from chicago, Illinois

Hello Pegcole17, Just wanted to let you know that a couple of years ago, my husband gave me a musical mother's day card. The song that played was "What A Difference You've Made In My Life" by Ronnie Milsap. I must say that those few words really touched my heart. I still have that card; every time I hear that song, I get sentimental!!!!!!!


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi Nina64, Isn't it amazing that some of the smallest things like the words to a song can make such a difference in our lives. I do love Ronnie Milsap too. Thank you for adding that comment and for your visit today. Peg


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Peg, such a great list of great songs. You can't go wrong with Elvis and Patsy Cline. Voted up, useful, and awesome. Great hub. Have a great weekend.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello theLyricWriter. Thanks for the votes and for dropping by. Hope you have a great weekend too.


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b. Malin 4 years ago

Hi Peg, sorry it's been awhile since I stopped by...But I'm so Glad I had time today to do so. What a Treat for the Eyes and Mind to read you Wonderful Hub and Enjoy all the Videos. They were all Great, I aways loved to listen to Patsy Cline...So many of these wonderful Entertainers died before their time...But their Music will always live on! Thank You, thank You, thank YOU. My Vote UP says THANK YOU!


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hey b! It is always a pleasure to have you visit. Glad you liked the tunes. Quite a few of the artists did pass before their time. But you're right about the music living on! Come on back anytime you have a moment.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

I heard you where playing the best music on hubpages. Thanks for the nice break this morning.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hey there Mck! Thanks for stopping back in for a listen. I'm on my way over to the cafe for some coffee. See you there.


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festersporling1 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Hello peg its my first time to visit at your hub.It was so great that you made a hub that can definitely tug at our heart by this country old songs music.Thanks for this wonderful hub.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi Fester, Thank you for the visit and glad you enjoyed these wonderful old songs. I hope to see you again soon!

Peg


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

Peg, I loved reading your story and the pictures aare fabulous. You choice of songs and artist is terrific. I enjoyed listening to them all. What memories they bring back. Up and awesome.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi KoffeeKlatchGals. It is nice of you to stop in and listen to these old country songs and look at the vintage pictures of my family. Thank you so much.


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epigramman 3 years ago

Well I simply do love country music - but really the old style country 'n western music and some of the more recent outlaw country music that started in the 70's

Willie Nelson wrote Crazy but it is Patsy's version which is the most definitive - and Hank Sr. - well would there be country music at all as we know it without his legacy.

I absolutely adore your world class presentation here and will share, link and post it to the Music and Writing FB for all to see and I sit here sending you warm wishes for your continued health, happiness and prosperity in the new year for you and your family

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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Darling Epi. Thank you so much for your generousity in posting this to your Music and Writing group on FB. I am honored that you picked this hub. I love to reread and look at the pictures of my childhood family so your comment gave me a reason to go back and see these once again.

I always love seeing you here and thank you for your New Year's wishes. All the best of the year 2013 to you and Tiffy and Gabe.

Your friend,

Peg


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epigramman 3 years ago

.....a return to a classic by you because it combines our mutual love of country music and is personalized by your own stories of growing up in a life with music.

I too grew up in a household and in a childhood and beyond shaped by the music of our generation so yes I really do relate to your sentiments and memories here.

And yes I still do adore (and prefer) the old traditonal country 'n western sound of yesteryear - thank you dear Peg for taking me down musical and family memory lane once again and I sit here with my coffee and the sound of the viola da gamba sending you sincere warmest wishes from Colin and his cats at lake erie time ontario canada 12:00pm


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Morning (or afternoon) Epigramman. Coffee and the sound of the viola, what a great combo. Glad to see you here today and feeling the music together is a wonderful cure for the blues. Musical families have so many memories. I wonder if the kids today will think fondly of when they used to "text" back in the days of their youth. Oh yes.

Sending you a day of sunshine from the great state of Texas. It is supposed to get up around 70 degrees today. Spring may have sprung.

Nice seeing you at the cafe today, too. Peg


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

The memories these bring to mind, Mom and Dad just love to travel, and travel we did for the last day of school to the next school year.

The videos are great I have these albums and or the 45s of the particular songs, and the memories.

Thanks Peg for the trip through yesterday.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Shyron, I'll imagine we shared quite a few similar experiences as children. Those days were so different from today. It makes me remember how different we thought our parents' upbringing was from the days of our youth.

Those old country songs really tell the stories of love and loss. What a great thing that you still have the 45s.

Nice of you to drop in here for a visit. Thank you.


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Country music has been such a huge part of my life. So many songs, so many memories. I'm a country music girl at heart. We used to have a 50's style diner in Orlando until it burned down last year. So sad. The owners plan to rebuild one day. Yay!!


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Sunshine, Thanks for coming by. My Dad lived in Winter Park for many years and I have fond memories of going to diners and restaurants there. His sisters also owned a knit shop in Maitland for years. I miss our trips to Florida.


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Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

Okay, so I cannot at all relate to country music because I don't really like it and don't have any connection in my memories. However, I love your pictures and memories with your family. We have many similar ones in ours. :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Hi Peg, what memories. Some of these were just before my time but I still know the songs because my parents listened to them. "Please Mr Please, Don't Play B17" though by Olivia was one of my all time favourites. Thanks for the nostalgia trip. Voted up.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi Paula Atwell, Thank you so much for checking out this hub even though you don't care too much for country music. I appreciate your kind visit and comment about the family photos which gave me another chance to look at them.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi Jodah, Oh how I did love listening to Olivia Newton-John as well. I loved her singing in "Grease" with John Travolta. Thanks for stopping by to listen to these oldies and for the votes.


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Mr Archer 13 months ago from Missouri

What a wonderful trip down memory lane! Love those old songs and Patsy in particular. Thank you Ma'am for the wistful thoughts and memories on this rainy morning.

Mike


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PegCole17 13 months ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Thanks for the visit, Mr. Archer. We could use some rain here in Texas with this heat wave. The temps this week are in the triple digits. I think I'll put on some of these old songs and cool off with some iced tea.


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ChitrangadaSharan 3 months ago from New Delhi, India

Nostalgic is the word for your hub!

Your family photographs are fabulous and I love black and white pictures so much. I am tempted to look into my own collection of childhood photos.

I enjoy country music and your hub gives interesting information about the popular music in that era.

Enjoyed going through hub! Thank you!


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PegCole17 3 months ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Thank you so much for your visit, ChitrangadaSharan. I feel certain that looking through your photo collection will bring back many lovely memories like mine did. Nice to see you today.


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rebeccamealey 3 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Love this, Peg! I think we are blessed to have been brought up during this era!


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WillStarr 3 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Revisited this for the updates! We too lived in a 36' x 8' trailer back in the 50's and we gave it no thought at all. There were 6 of us...Dad, Mom, three sisters and me.

Your life and mine as children had a lot of similarities, Peg, and today, we too would like to live on a small, rural acreage.

BTW, getting ready to settle in and read a few books by my writer friends, including yours!


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marcoujor 3 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

This post tugs at my heart...so glad Mike shared on FB, as I think I missed this 4-years ago... :(

Happy 80th birthday to Kris Kristopherson...

Love your memories, pictures and musical selections...Hugs, mar


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PegCole17 3 months ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Rebecca, Thanks for the nice words and visit. Yes, we were the lucky ones to live in such a grand time.


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PegCole17 3 months ago from Dallas, Texas Author

WillStarr, Bill, it is such a pleasure to see you here and to have shared memories and experiences with you. I thank you for sharing your memories about the trailer. These days, they call them Tiny Houses. Oh well. Everything old is new again.

Looking forward to your take on the books.


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PegCole17 3 months ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Dearest Maria, So glad you dropped in again to see these old photos and hear some of the tunes. This is what "Mom" looked like as a younger woman. I picture you in all the photos as my invisible little sister. Love you and thanks for coming by. Thanks to Mike for sharing this one.


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marcoujor 3 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

Aw, what a sweet thought...thanks for that morning smile, dear Sista.


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MsDora 3 months ago from The Caribbean

Those were the days. Thanks for sharing these precious memories of music and family. Enjoyable!


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PegCole17 3 months ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Thanks for dropping in, Ms. Dora. We share a lot of the same childhood memories.

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