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Release Dates & Sources

It has long been a source of concern to me that so many collector-oriented publications seem to derive their release dates using the "sounds-like-58" technique. For this reason, all dates in Rockin' Country Style were determined objectively.

Whenever possible, dates have been based on trade paper reviews. My motive in using these is that, not only is the review date a good approximation of the release date, but I believe that researchers will find it very interesting and instructive to read the reaction of contemporary music industry writers to the performances. The following source codes point to music industry sources:

Second priority was given to data on the disc itself, including the following:

Especially for custom and small-label releases, I relied upon song-related dates in cases where it seemed likely that these would approximate release dates:

For Canadian discs, the most valuable source of dating information was Ron Hall's CHUM Chart Book, although this was usually the basis for date interpolation rather than the source of a definite date.

For unissued Sun and Phillips International tracks, recording dates were taken from Sun Records: The Discography by Colin Escott and Martin Hawkins.

Finally, in a few cases I have used the legal year of publication as given on a post-1971 release or a legitimate British reissue (designated by the source "pub. date").

When all else fails, I have occasionally relied upon a few subjective sources:

All dated entries which give the source "(est.)" were interpolated or extrapolated from other releases which could be pinpointed using the sources above. Some listings indicate the source of the estimate as follows:

Compilation & presentation © 2020, Terry E. Gordon This page revised on 1/1/2019

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