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Girls Of The Golden West

The opening round of biographical details in the story of the Girls of the Golden West sets the tone with names that seem properly ironic. Sisters Mildred and Dorothy "Dolly" Good were born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1913 and 1915, respectively (they later claimed Muleshoe, Texas as their hometown to bolster their cowgirl image. They grew up listening to cowboy songs from the Southwest, and wound up getting the credit for spreading this regional influence into the blend of what developed into country & western music. The sisters began their duo the way many talented children do -- by entertaining family and friends in the comfort of their home. And although this audience preferred the girls' versions of cowboy and western material, the sisters themselves personally preferred pop music. When Dolly was only 14, they made their professional debut on radio station WIL in St. Louis. Making their home near Chicago, the Girls of the Golden West appeared regularly on a variety of radio shows heard from Northern Canada to south of the Mexican border. Regular appearances on the Chicago radio station WLS' National Barn Dance began in 1933 and led to guest spots on Rudy Vallee's syndicated NBC show. The sisters were such a hit on the Vallee program that it led to them being offered their own weekly NBC program, and a recording contract followed posthaste. Dorothy Good took the lead on most of the solo passages and played guitar in a basic manner that worked suitably as an accompanying instrument. She did not try to play lead fills in the manner of Maybelle Carter, instead specializing in top-quality harmony parts and catchy yodeling. In the recording studio, the girls created a repertoire that consisted of about half newly composed ditties based on western themes. Then, there was a certain number of traditional cowboy songs from the realm of orally passed-on folk music, and the sessions were filled out with cover versions of pop standards they liked. What had always been a strong interest of the girls increased as their career went on, until the pop material started to take over more territory during their recording sessions. The Girls of the Golden West performed and recorded sporadically until Dorothy Good's death in 1967. Their discography includes three albums for the Fort Worth Bluebonnet label. In 1978, Sonyatone released a collection of their cowboy- and western-oriented material. ~ Eugene Chadbourne
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Selected Discography

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Track List: American Yodeling

2. Gonna Quit My Rowdy Ways

3. The Arizona Yodeler

4. My Clinch Mountain Home

5. The Devil's Great Grandson

6. Cowboy Night Herd Song

7. Worried Devil Blues

8. Will There Be Any Yodelers In Heaven?

9. The Nasty Swing

10. Yodeling Mule

11. Lost Lover Blues

13. Lonesome Yodel Blues

14. La Valse De Marriage

15. Lovesick Blues

16. I Wanna Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart

18. Mule Skinner Blues

19. Rockin' Yodel

20. Yodeling Fiddling Blues

21. Standin' On The Corner (Blue Yodel No. 9)

22. Sauerkraut

23. Yodeling Radio Joe

25. You Gotta To Go To Work

26. Sleep, Baby, Sleep

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Track List: Cattle Call: Early Cowboy Music And Its Roots

1. When The Work's All Done This Fall

2. I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen

3. When The Cactus Is In Bloom

4. Rye Whiskey

5. Cattle Call

8. Carry Me Back To The Lone Prairie

10. I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart

11. Little Joe The Wrangler

12. Lone Star Trail

13. Tying A Knot In The Devil's Tail

14. Way Out There

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Track List: Dead & Gone #2: Totenlieder - Son Of Death

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Track List: Flowers In The Wildwood - Women In Early Country Music 1923-1939

2. Single Life

3. I Left Her Standing There

4. Flowers Blooming In The Wildwood

5. She Came Rollin' Down The Mountain

6. Just Another Broken Heart

7. Round-Up Time In Texas

8. We Are Climbing

9. My Man's A Jolly Railroad Man

10. My Poncho Pony

12. All The Good Times Are Past & Gone

13. Round Town Girls

15. Brother, Be Ready For That Day

16. On The Banks Of The Old Tennessee

17. Kentucky Miner's Wife (Ragged Hungry Blues) Pt.1

18. Go To Sleep My Darling

19. Walking In The King's Highway

20. My Loved Ones Are Waiting For Me

21. Little Birdie

24. Prayer

25. With My Banjo On My Knee Blues

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