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The Starday StoryThe House That Country Music Built$
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Nathan D. Gibson and Don Pierce

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781604738308

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604738308.001.0001

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Don’t Stop the Music

Don’t Stop the Music

(p.49) 3 Don’t Stop the Music
The Starday Story

Nathan D. Gibson

Don Pierce

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explores the impact of the popularity of rock ’n’ roll music to the country music industry in the 1950s. Elvis Presley’s rise to fame influenced the public into becoming rock ’n’ roll fans, which caused the entire country music industry to search frantically for ways to stop the advance of the genre and the loss of sales to their market. Starday Records found a solution in the form of rockabilly music — country music with borrowed elements from rock ’n’ roll. Starday Records managed to garner a significant number of sales through the release of records from their rockabilly artists, such as George Jones, Irv Green, and Art Talmadge.

Keywords:   country music, rock ’n’ roll music, Starday Records, Elvis Presley, rockabilly music, George Jones, Irv Green, Art Talmadge

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