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Tim Neely said:That depends on how you define John Denver and Sam Cooke.
Oh shoot! Forgot about them. Still, even looking at Denver and Cooke, there weren't many (or any) other similar artists on the label.
Tim Neely said:But RCA's steadiest seller, from the days of Jimmie Rodgers the Singing Brakeman, has been country & western music. From Eddy Arnold to Jim Reeves to Porter Wagoner to Charley Pride to Dolly Parton all the way to Clint Black and most of today's lite-country (Lonestar et al.), RCA is there.
Arista also has a good presence in Nashville--come to think of it, we may have one or two RCA country CDs around here also. My favorites, BR5-49, released their first four CDs on Arista, and just recently moved to Sony for their latest.
Tim Neely said:But you're basically correct. Once it had Elvis, RCA didn't really go too far out of its way to build a rock 'n' roll or rock catalog. RCA was the only major label that never hopped on the British Invasion bandwagon, for example.
I wonder if it was a conscious move on RCA's part (and possibly a smart one at that--they obvoiusly didn't gamble often on unproven rock or pop acts like other labels did), or if RCA's A&R department was just that "square" and felt that kind of music was too outside of the Perry Comos and Al Hirts. If you think about it, aside from a few aberrations, RCA has been a relatively low key label.
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