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Apr162014

Linda Martell

Linda Martell Was the First African- American Woman to Hit the Country Charts and the First to Play the Grand Ole Opry

Her Lone Album, Color Me Country, Has Never Been Released on CD

Includes the Hits “Color Him Father,” “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” and “Bad Case of the Blues”

Linda Martell Has Been the Subject of a Recent Christmas Movie on the Lifetime Channel and of a Swedish Documentary Released Earlier This Year

Liner Notes by Bill Dahl

Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision 

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LINDA MARTELL: Color Me Country. CD

She was the first African-American woman to hit the country charts (in 1969, with “Color Him Father”), and the first to appear at the Grand Ole Opry (in August 1969). But, for such a groundbreaking musical pioneer, Linda Martell remains something of a forgotten figure in American music. That’s because, despite a trio of hits, TV appearances on Hee Haw and The Bill Anderson Show, and a full dozen appearances at the Opry, she cut her career short in 1974 and returned home to South Carolina to care for her young children. Through the years, though, word of her of talent and achievements in the country music field has spread, not just on these shores but even overseas, as she was the subject of a recent Christmas movie on the Lifetime channel and of a 2014 documentary made for Swedish TV. The time is ripe, then, to reissue for the first time ever her 1969 album cut for Plantation Records (one wonders if the irony of entitling an album by a black country singer Color Me Country on a label called Plantation was intentional or not), featuring the hits “Color Him Father,” “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” and “Bad Case of the Blues.” Our Real Gone reissue of this landmark album includes notes by Bill Dahl and remastering by Mike Milchner of SonicVision. Rediscover one of country music’s most fascinating figures!

Tracks:

1. Bad Case of the Blues

2. San Francisco Is a Lonely Town

3. The Wedding Cake

4. Tender Leaves of Love

5. I Almost Called Your Name

6. Color Him Father

7. There Never Was a Time

8. You’re Crying Boy, Crying

9. Old Letter Song

10. Then I’ll Be Over You

11. Before the Next Teardrop Falls

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