Country and Western Music of the 50s and
The Crossover Country and Western Hits Plus Others
Crossover is a term applied to musical works or performers
appearing on two or more of the record charts which track differing musical tastes, or genres. In some contexts the
term "crossover" can have negative connotations, implying the watering-down of a music's distinctive qualities to
accommodate to mass tastes. For example, in the early years of rock and roll, many songs originally recorded by
African-American musicians such as Fats Domino were re-recorded by white artists (such as Pat Boone)("Ain't That a
Shame") in a more toned-down style (often with changed lyrics) that lacked the hard edge of the original versions.
These covers were popular with a much broader audience.
Crossover country music was considered a great accomplishment by
recording artists. It not only resulted in a new audience for these artists but more record sales since they were
selling more records by reaching numerous charts and music markets.
Crossover music had a major impact on the 60s and below are listed
my choice of the top crossover country hits of the 50s and 60s plus so many more that were just great country music
of that era. Enjoy these great hits.