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Honky-Tonk Heroes and Hillbilly Angels: The Pioneers of Country and Western Music


Holly George-Warren
Laura Levine (Illustrated by)
May 10, 2006
Houghton Mifflin Company
32 pages
Full-color illustrations

Discover the surprising beginnings and humble origins of the charismatic pioneers who helped shape the country-and-western scene into the influential musical empire it is today.

Included among this collection of legends are Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, and more unforgettable people who changed the face of music forever, including Gene Autry!

This book is recommended for children in Third through Fifth Grade, but anyone who loves the heroes that pioneered and created the truly American sound of country and western music will enjoy its colorful illustrations and informative narrative.

Here is the list of musicians featured in Honky-Tonk Heroes and Hillbilly Angels:

  1. The Carter Family: Maybelle Carter, Sara Carter and A.P. Carter
  2. Jimmy Rodgers
  3. Roy Acuff
  4. Gene Autry
  5. Ernest Tubb
  6. Bill Monroe
  7. Bob Wills
  8. Kitty Wells
  9. Hank Williams
  10. Patsy Cline
  11. Buck Owens
  12. Loretta Lynn
  13. Tammy Wynette
  14. George Jones
  15. Johnny Cash

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