, with his Nudie suits and big cars, his 96 charting singles (13 reached the top spot on the charts while 54 hit the Top Ten), and his love/hate relationship with the Nashville music establishment, did even more to present an identifiable and long-term face for honky tonk and the modernization of country in the 1950s than almost any other artist. Pierce
was also a prescient and astute businessman, establishing his own record label, Pacemaker Records, as early as 1950, and also setting up a prosperous publishing company, Cedarwood Publishing, and purchasing several radio stations as well, creating what was essentially a one-man music conglomerate that still stands as a viable template for contemporary artists. He also bought most of the songs he is supposed to have written, was a constant and ardent opportunist, and in general pissed off a lot of people, which is no doubt why his considerable legacy doesn't always get the respect it deserves with the country music establishment. This brief set features rare live radio broadcasts from the 1950s, and while it may delight ardent Pierce
fans, it is hardly the place for the casual listener to begin.