Album Chart of 1952

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Album Chart of 1952
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TRAD FOLK REVIVAL PROPELLED

Despite the insane cold-war paranoia of the period, the “lefties” associated with the folk music scene continued to build strong underground roots, defying blatant media blackouts and discrimination.

Acoustic Folk songs were mostly heard in coffee houses, private parties, open-air concerts, hootenannies, and at college-campus concerts. The arrival of the LP allowed further opportunities and, in 1952, Folkways Records released the Anthology of American Folk Music, compiled by anthropologist and experimental film maker Harry Smith. The Anthology, spread over 6 LPs, featured 84 songs by traditional country and blues artists, initially recorded between 1927 and 1932, and was credited with making a large amount of pre-War material accessible to younger musicians.

Jean Ritchie (pictured in 1950, aged 27) chose the perfect time to release her first album, showcasing no less than 16 songs. As a traditional folk artist she was the real deal, with both parents having been part of the “great ballad-singing families” of Kentucky.

The Folk Music crowd was growing. Several years down the line, these records would have a big impact on Bob Dylan. And he would have a big impact on every cat in the zoo. And so it goes, and so it goes…

The Jukebox Rebel
22-Oct-2015

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SINGING THE TRADITIONAL SONGS OF HER KENTUCKY MOUNTAIN FAMILY
Jean Ritchie
Elektra EKLP-2
the USA
6.74 “Good” Folk

Jukebox picks: “Black Is The Color” (8.4) • “Skin And Bones” (8.2) • “Old Virginny” (7.7)
TJR saysBack in the first decade of the 20th century, British scholar Cecil J. Sharp famously declared the traditional English b...more →

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SONNY TERRY AND HIS MOUTH HARP [1952]
Sonny Terry
Stinson
the USA
6.31 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Silver Fox Chase” (7.9) • “Tell Me Litte Woman” (7.0) • “South Bound Express” (6.5)
TJR says10" LP, thought to have had a low-key issue in 1952, and a higher profile 12" LP re-issue in 1963. Not to be confused (a...more →

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MOANIN’ THE BLUES
Hank Williams
MGM Records E-168
the USA
5.88 “Average” Country

Jukebox picks: “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” (7.9) • “I’m A Long Gone Daddy” (6.3) • “Long Gone Lonesome Blues” (6.2)
TJR saysCompiling recordings from 1947 to 1951, the second album from the 29 year old was packed full of hits including three #1...more →

see also: (B-list) Album Chart of 1952



Album Charts by year

“A-list”

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“B-list”

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