The Golden Age of American Popular Music – The Folk Hits From the Hot 100: 1958-1968

November 6, 2014 - Comment

2008 installment in Ace’s popular Golden Age of American Popular Music series, The Folk Hits is a compendium of just about every Folk hit to reach Billboard’s Hot 100 (and a couple that ‘bubbled under’) during the so-called Golden Age when Folk music was regarded as a form of light entertainment rather than a means

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2008 installment in Ace’s popular Golden Age of American Popular Music series, The Folk Hits is a compendium of just about every Folk hit to reach Billboard’s Hot 100 (and a couple that ‘bubbled under’) during the so-called Golden Age when Folk music was regarded as a form of light entertainment rather than a means of political or personal expression. It kicked off when the Kingston Trio topped the international charts with ‘Tom Dooley’ in 1958 and reached its commercial peak in the summer of 1963 before fading in the aftermath of President Kennedy’s assassination in November that year. Some argue that ‘Tom Dooley’ was as important a record as ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ in that it sparked an explosion of interest in Folk music which would profoundly influence the music of the ’60s. 28 tracks from the likes of Pete Seeger, The Kingston Trio, The Irish Rovers, Peter Paul & Mary, The Rooftop Singers and many others. Ace

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Music fan in the Midwest says:

A near-perfect anthology of popular folk music Detailed liner notes and excellent sound further enhance this comprehensive anthology that, frankly, has saved me a boatload of money. I was around when these songs were popular on Top 40 radio and I liked (and still like) many of them, but not enough to purchase entire “greatest hits” anthologies of all the various artists and groups. This CD brings together so many of the essential songs from the period — pretty much all the ones I would ever want that I don’t already have.I am surprised the Seekers’ “I’ll Never Find Another You” is absent, considering its global chart success in 1965 (#4 here in the States and I think #1 in the UK, Australia and elsewhere). But I have everything the Seekers ever released, so it’s not a big deal. Chad and Jeremy’s “A Summer Song” (a #7 hit in 1964) is another pop-folk tune that could have qualified for inclusion. Maybe even the Silkie’s cover of the Beatles’ “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” (a Top 10 hit in 1965) might qualify. And…

Paul Tognetti "The real world is so much more... says:

A great way to discover or perhaps recall what the excitement was all about. It was a time like no other in the history of American popular music. For a period that spanned roughly half a decade (1958-1964) folk music emerged from the coffee houses and college campuses of this nation and became an integral part of the mainstream music scene. Some of this music was quite intense but most of the songs that made it to the airwaves were light and upbeat. Now, some 50 years after it all began Ace records presents its sensational new 28 track collection “The Golden Age of American Popular Music: The Folk Hits From the Hot 100”. With the notable exception of Bob Dylan, this disc features memorable recordings by virtually all of the important folk artists of this era.Among the most important groups of the folk era was Peter Paul and Mary. You will find one of their most enduring hits “If I Had A Hammer” from the summer of ’62 featured in this collection. Most will recall the great New Christy Minstrels recording of “Green Green” as well as the…

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