Urban Country: The Country/Pop Music Phenomenon of the Early 1980s

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About this Episode

‘Urban Cowboy’ soundtrack album

In the late 70s, a music trend began to take shape as Top 40 radio stations started playing more and more songs by artists that had usually been proprietary to county stations. By the early 80s, a legitimate country/pop phenomenon was under way, and numerous country songs and performers were receiving mainstream acceptance.

This radio documentary spotlights some of the prominent artists involved in the shift and examines the reasons behind the changes. Included in this presentation are thoughts from Professor Jocelyn Neal, from the University North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who has written several books on popular music, including Country Music: A Cultural and Stylistic History.

 

Artists covered in this feature include:

Kenny Rogers

Dolly Parton

Juice Newton

Willie Nelson

Ronnie Milsap

Eddie Rabbitt

Emmylou Harris

and the movie Urban Cowboy

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