Personnel includes: Skeeter Davis, Georgia Davis (vocals); Bill Walker (arranger, conductor); Chet Atkins, Ray Edenton (guitar); Bud Isaacs
(steel guitar); Jethro Burns (mandolin); Don Slayman (fiddle); Lillian Hunt (violin); Gary Van Osdale (viola); Harvey Wolfe (cello); Charlie McCoy (harmonica, bass, percussion); Floyd Cramer, David Briggs (piano);
Anita Kerr (organ); Charles Sanders, Henry Strzelecki (bass); Buddy Harman (drums); The Jordanaires (background vocals).
Producers include: Stephen H. Sholes, Chet Atkins, Ronny Light, Felton Jarvis, Anita Kerr.
Compilation producer: Rob Santos.
Recorded between May 9, 1954 and January 8, 1971. Includes liner notes by Rich Kienzle.
Digitally remastered by Elliott Federman at SAJE Sound Studios, New York,
This is part of Buddah Records "RCA Country Legends" series.
Personnel: Skeeter Davis (vocals); Betty Jack Davis (vocals); Chet Atkins, Chip Young, Hank Garland, Ray Edenton, Velma Smith, Wayne Moss, Buddy Emmons (guitar); Bud Isaacs, Jerry Byrd & the String Dusters (steel guitar); Jethro Burns (mandolin); Sheldon Kurland, Lilian Hunt, Pierre Menard, Byron Williams, Solie Fott, Brenton Banks (violin); Donald Slayman, Johnny Frigo (fiddle); Marvin Chantry, Gary VanOsdale (viola); Harvey Wolfe, Byron Bach (cello); Floyd Cramer (piano, organ); David Briggs (piano); Anita Kerr (harpsichord); Mary Hicks (organ); Bill Walker (vibraphone); Jerry Carrigan, Buddy Harman (drums); Dolores Edgin, Laverna Moore, Dorothy Ann Dillard, James Cason, Alcyone Beasley, Joe Babcock (background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Rich Kienzle.
Recording information: RCA Victor Studios, Nashville, TN (05/23/1953-03/09/1973); Robinson Memorial Auditorium, Little Rock, AR (05/23/1953-03/09/1973); Thomas Productions, Nashville, TN (05/23/1953-03/09/1973).
Arranger: Bill Walker .
As part of RCA's Country Legends series, this set highlights Skeeter Davis' earliest records as one part of the Davis Sisters, along with her solo outings. Among the 16 tracks are the hit singles "Rock-a-Bye Boogie," "I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know," and her signature song, "The End of the World." With the exception of omitting "I Can't Stay Mad at You," this collection serves as an excellent career overview. ~ Al Campbell