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Vinyl Reissues For Country Stars Roy Clark, Buck Owens And Susan Raye

The titles are Roy Clark’s ‘Greatest Hits,’ ‘The Very Best of Buck Owens & Susan Raye’ and Susan Raye’s ’16 Greatest Hits.’

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Craft Recordings will release vinyl reissues of three titles by country favourites Roy Clark, Buck Owens and Susan Raye on 17 January. The titles are Roy Clark’s Greatest Hits, The Very Best of Buck Owens & Susan Raye and Susan Raye’s 16 Greatest Hits. 

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All three stars were widely known and loved via the long-running television show Hee Haw, but each of them also made a huge mark with their recordings. Grand Ole Opry member Clark (1933–2018) amassed 52 country chart entries between 1963 and 1989 including such top ten hits as ‘Yesterday, When I Was Young,’ ‘Thank God and Greyhound’ and 1973’s No. 1 hit ‘Come Live With Me,’ all of which are on the Greatest Hits disc.

Clark was a frequent guest host for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show and his stock increased immeasurably when he became co-host of the variety show Hee Haw in 1969. He played regularly to packed theatres both in the US and internationally, 18 sellout shows in the former USSR. He won recognition from the Grammys and Country Music Awards and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009.

Owens (1926–2006) is renowned as one of the creators of the electric “Bakersfield Sound.” Another Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, he racked up no fewer than 21 No. 1 country hits (many of them with his band, the Buckaroos) between 1963 and 1988 and was an influence on everyone from The Beatles, who covered his first chart-topper, ‘Act Naturally,’ to Gram Parsons. He joined Clark as co-host of Hee Haw in 1969.

In 1968, at the height of his success, Owens was introduced to the Eugene, Oregon-born singer Susan Raye. They began collaborating in 1968 and Raye soon joined him not only on record but as a regular performer on Hee Haw. The duo released four studio albums together in the early 1970s and enjoyed such hits as ‘We’re Gonna Get Together,’ ‘Togetherness’ and ‘The Great White Horse,’ all of them included on The Very Best of Buck Owens & Susan Raye.

As a solo artist, Raye had several more top ten country singles including 1970’s ‘L.A. International Airport,’ which also won pop attention, as well as ‘Pitty, Pitty, Patter,’ ‘(I’ve Got A) Happy Heart’ and ‘Willy Jones,’ all on the 16 Greatest Hits collection. Raye had a career tally of seven top ten hits and 19 top 40 hits and was nominated for five Academy of Country Music Awards before retiring from recording in the mid-1980s.

Roy Clark’s Greatest Hits, The Very Best of Buck Owens & Susan Raye and Susan Raye’s 16 Greatest Hits are released on 17 January.

The Very Best of Buck Owens & Susan Raye
Side A:
1. We’re Gonna Get Together
2. Togetherness
3. Together Again
4. Cryin’ Time
5. Love Is Strange
6. The Great White Horse
7. Today I Started Loving You Again

Side B:
1. I Don’t Care (Just As Long As Long As You Love Me)
2. Think Of Me When You’re Lonely
3. Your Tender Loving Care
4. Looking Back To See
5. The Good Old Days (Are Here Again)
6. Sweethearts In Heaven
7. Love Makes The World Go Around

Susan Raye — 16 Greatest Hits
Side A:
1. Put A Little Love In Your Heart
2. One Night Stand
3. Willy Jones
4. L.A. International Airport
5. Pitty, Pitty, Patter
6. (I’ve Got A) Happy Heart
7. A Song To Sing
8. My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own

Side B:
1. Wheel Of Fortune
2. Love Sure Feels Good In My Heart
3. Cheating Game
4. Plastic Trains, Paper Planes
5. When You Get Back From Nashville
6. Stop The World (And Let Me Off)
7. You Can Sure See It From Here
8. Whatcha Gonna Do With A Dog Like That

Roy Clark — Greatest Hits
Side A:
1. Tips Of My Fingers
2. Yesterday When I Was Young
3. Right Or Left At Oak Street
4. I Never Picked Cotton
5. Thank God And Greyhound
6. Magnificent Sanctuary Band
7. The Lawrence Welk-Hee Haw Counter-Revolution Polka

Side B:
1. Come Live With Me
2. Riders In The Sky
3. Somewhere Between Love And Tomorrow
4. Honeymoon Feelin’
5. Heart To Heart
6. If I Had To Do It All Over Again
7. Think Summer

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