Country Music began as old time music played primarily on the fiddle, guitar and banjo. It was 1927 when Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family signed recording contracts with Victor Records that Country Music as we know it today began.
The addition of western to Country and Western happened in the 1940s when musicians such as Roy Rogers and Gene Autry became popular. Roy was not only a successful musician but also a major movie star, featuring or starring in over 100 movies through the 1940s and 1950s.
Gene too made a successful transition to the movies, starring in films such as South of the Border (1939), Mexicali Rose (1939), Back in the Saddle (1941) and The Last Round-Up (1947).
The Kentucky bluegrass style which featured the banjo as the main instrument was popularised by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs.
In the 1960s Pasty Cline became legendary with recodings of songs such as Crazy.
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