The Crossover Country and Western Hits Plus
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.