Countrypolitan And Country-Pop
119 artists, 1927 songs
Countrypolitan evolved from the Nashville sound in the late 1960s as country producers further embellished country recordings with pop production elements such as orchestral strings, keyboards, electric guitars and drums. The lyrics of country became more sophisticated as artists sang ballads that candidly addressed "adult" subjects such as divorce, adultery and marital fidelity. Performers like Glen Campbell, George Jones, Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette enjoyed considerable crossover success as growing acceptance from pop music fans pushed country music to new heights of success. The countrypolitan sound remained popular throughout the 1970s even though many of its biggest early stars temporarily dropped out of the limelight as they struggled with personal dramas involving marital problems, alcoholism and drug addiction.