Standouts for me were - no - too many to mention. But is it just in the genes but why when it comes to female singers do some with the loveliest voices also seem to have more than their share of natural beauty. Awesome here were Emmylou Harris and Crystal Gale and Bobbie Gentry's hair couldn't have been real - could it?
How cool was Don Williams? How talented was Kris Kristoffersen as a writer? Not to mention the guvnor, Willie Nelson. Kenny Rogers and "Lucille", Johnny Cash,
Dolly Parton , Tammy Wynette and even an amazing instrumental guitar solo from Chet Atkins.
Rare and precious stuff out of the Archives. A fab hour of great music.
As Franks Sinatra famously said: Youcan sit around and hope but you won't see their like again - or something like that. And he was right.
One not to miss on BBC i player . BBC 4 last night 11.30pm.
And here's the silly and condescending puff on the site: You wont want to get up and dance if you're anything like me. You'll just want to sit back and admire the amazing talent on display.
Grab your partner by the hand - the BBC have raided their archive and brought to light glittering performances by country artists over the last four decades.
Star appearances include Tammy Wynette, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash and, of course, Dolly Parton. All the greats have performed for the BBC at some point - on entertainment shows, in concert and at the BBC studios. Some of the rhinestones revealed are Charley Pride's Crystal Chandeliers from the Lulu Show, Emmylou Harris singing Together Again on the Old Grey Whistle Test and Glen Campbell's Rhinestone Cowboy from the Val Doonican Music Show.
We're brought up to date with modern country hits from Top of the Pops and Later...with Jools Holland.
23 December 2011
29 days left to watch
i player. BBC 4 last night.