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Friday, Nov 22 2013 | 00:29
Image: 1585409 In 1956 The Grand Ole Opry invited a young country singer named George Jones to perform on their show. The 25 year-old Marine Corp veteran was already picking up momentum in his homeland of Texas, where he was signed to Starday Records. A year earlier his song "Why Baby, Why" became his first hit. However, in his own words, "My success as a country singer, no matter how big it became, would always be limited unless I appeared on the Grand Ole Opry." When he finally got the call to perform at the Opry, he drove almost 800 miles from Houston, borrowed a guitar from Jimmy Dickens, and performed one song. His appearance was a success and he was quickly asked to come back and become a member.

Back in Beaumont, Texas, Jack Starnes and Pappy Daily knew they had to move quickly if their label, Starday Records, was going to keep up with Jones' new found popularity. In early 1957 they released George Jones' first album, Grand Ole Opry's New Star, which also happened to be Starday's first LP. To this day this record has never been reissued in its entirety, making it one of the most collectible country records in the world. Lovingly remastered and carefully restored, this remarkable piece of music history has never looked and sounded so good.

Manufactured and distributed by Secret Stash Records, the Reserve Records imprint will become the home for projects that don't quite fit the funky Secret Stash ethos. What better way to start than with a reissue of the debut album from one of the greatest singers of all time, originally released as the first LP from one of the great historic American labels? Available from 01.11.2013
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