"You got to have smelt a lot of mule manure before you can sing like a hillbilly." ~ Hank Williams

HILLBILLY MUSIC

Although "Hillbilly" was in general use from the turn of the century onward as a designation of inhabitants of the southeastern section of the U.S.A., especially its backwoods and mountainous areas, it did not become a musical term until 1925. Ralph Peer, recording director of Okeh Records, is credited with the coinage.

In January 1925 when he was recording a Carolina band, he heard a member refer to his associates as North Carolina hillbillies, with the result Peer named them The Hillbillies. 

The group played white Country music, as distinguished from black country music, which Peer dubbed Race music.

Arnold Shaw - American Dictionary of Pop / Rock.



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