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The Mistakes of Yesterday, the Hopes of Tomorrow: The Story of the Prisonaires (American Popular Music)

John Dougan. The Mistakes of Yesterday, the Hopes of Tomorrow: The Story of the Prisonaires (American Popular Music) Authors:John Dougan.
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Year:2012
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Pages:136
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Price:8454 rub.
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Early in the morning on June 1, 1953, five African American men boarded a van to make the 200-mile trip from Nashville to Memphis for a daylong recording session at the legendary Sun Studios, to be overseen by Sun founder Sam Phillips. One of the two tracks cut that day, Just Walkin in the Rain, would go on to become a regional R&B hit, Sun Records biggest record of the pre-Elvis era. It would, however, be the group s only hit. They were the Prisonaires, a vocal quintet who had honed their skills while inmates at the Tennessee State Penitentiary in Nashville. In this book, John Dougan tells the story of the Prisonaires, their hit single, and the afterlife of this one remarkable song. The group and the song itself represent a compelling concept: imprisoned men using music as a means of cultural and personal survival. The song was re-recorded by white singer Johnnie Ray, who made it a huge hit in 1956. Over the years, other singers and groups would move the song further away from its...

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