"GRAND OLE OPRY'S NEW STAR"
1956 DEBUT LP!
By most accounts, George Jones is the finest vocalist in the recorded history of country music. Initially, he was a hardcore honky tonker in the tradition of Hank Williams, but over the course of his career he developed an affecting, nuanced ballad style. In the course of his career, he never left the top of the country charts, even as he suffered innumerable personal and professional difficulties. Only Eddy Arnold had more Top Ten hits, and Jones always stayed closer to the roots of hardcore country.
In 1953, Jones was discovered by record producer Pappy Daily, who was also the co-owner of Starday Records, a local Texas label. Impressed with Jones' potential, Daily signed the singer to Starday. "No Money in This Deal," Jones' first single, was released in early 1954, but it received no attention. Starday released three more singles that year, which all were ignored. Jones released "Why, Baby, Why" late in the summer of 1955 and the single became his first hit, peaking at number four. However, its momentum was halted by a cover version by Webb Pierce and Red Sovine that hit number one on the country charts.
Jones was on the road to success and Daily secured the singer a spot on the Louisiana Hayride, where he co-billed with Elvis Presley. Jones reached the Top Ten with regularity in 1956 with such singles as "What Am I Worth" and "Just One More." That same year, Jones recorded some rockabilly singles under the name Thumper Jones which were unsuccessful, both commercially and artistically. In August, he joined the cast of the Grand Ole Opry and his first album appeared by the end of the year. -- All Music Guide
Here, then, is Jones' debut LP, the one that marks the beginning of a stellar career and also the first LP ever issued by Starday Records.
INCREDIBLY RARE ORIGINAL STARDAY LP!
HEAVYWEIGHT, ULTRA-STIFF VINYL CLOCKS IN AT ALMOST 1/2 POUND! IT IS IN VG CONDITION: IN SPITE OF SURFACE SCRATCHES, IT PLAYS VERY WELL BUT WITH LIGHT BACKGROUND SURFACE NOISE THROUGHOUT.
COVER IS IN VG+ CONDITION: ALL SEAMS ARE INTACT BUT ARE SOMEWHAT WORN AND THERE IS MODERATE RINGWEAR VISIBLE ON THE FRONT.
THIS IS SIMPLY ONE OF THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER COUNTRY ALBUMS EVER ISSUED. DON'T MISS THIS CHANCE TO GET YOUR COPY!
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