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Everett Corbin Collection

Accession Numbers

09-011, 10-033

Physical Description

12.72  linear feet of manuscripts, including nearly 1000 photographs  3 trade catalogs, 18 rare books, 5 reference books, 16 pieces of sheet music, 21 performance documents and 12 artifacts.

[The collection also includes over 400 serials, about 900 sound recordings and 260 video recordings.  Of the sound recordings, a portion are of Mr. Corbin’s interviews with country artists and work with Vernon Oxford.  These items are to be reviewed and cataloged by Center staff as of April 2011.]

Dates

1948 – 2011

Restrictions

All materials in this collection are subject to standard national and international copyright laws.  Center staff are able to assist with copyright questions for this material.

Rights

All materials in this collection are subject to standard national and international copyright laws. Center staff are able to assist with copyright questions for this material.

Subject/Index Terms

Old-time music

Country music

Popular music--Writing and publishing.

Corbin, Everett J.

Oxford, Vernon

Provenance and Acquisition Information

 This collection was donated to the Center by Mr. Everett Corbin of Murfreesboro, Tennessee in November 2009 and February and March of 2011.

 

Agency History/Biographical Sketch

Everett Corbin, originally from Hampton, South Carolina, was a prolific songwriter employed as a journalist from 1961 to 1980.  He started his career at the Columbia Gazette in South Carolina and the Lake City Reporter in Florida.  In 1965, Mr. Corbin moved to the Nashville area to pursue a career as a country music songwriter.  Finding little success, he took work again as a journalist, writing for both Music City News and the Donelson News Diary.  He interviewed Roy Acuff, Ernest Tubb, Jimmy Skinner, and others at the height of their popularity.  He also conducted Dolly Parton’s first major interview for a country music publication.  He served as editor of Music City News in 1966 and 1967, and for longer at the News Diary.  In 1980, Mr. Corbin published Storm Over Nashville: A Case Against Modern Country Music, which chronicles the battle between “traditionalist-purists” and “modern” country music groups during the 1970s.  Since then, he has continued to write informally and acted as a songwriter, co-producer and promoter for traditional country artist Vernon Oxford, becoming especially active in this capacity from 2003 to 2008. 

Scope and Content

This collection of papers contains nearly 2 linear feet of correspondence with country music artists, labels, some politicians, as well as numerous reader responses to his editorial pieces. Correspondence is arranged by date. Additionally, the collection consists of 2.3 linear feet of Mr. Corbins written work in the forms of newspaper clippings, copies and drafts. There are .83 linear feet of material related to Corbins work with Vernon Oxford. Of considerable interest are 2.085 l.f. of subject files containing press kits, photos, newspaper clippings and other information concentrated largely on traditionalist country and hillbilly performers, with some material about modern country performers and music, gospel and pop stars, actors, politicians and country music institutions. 4 linear feet of handwritten original songs and poems make up the largest portion. They are mostly in notebooks and undated, and so not arranged. A small portion of these papers is comprised of biographical materials, documents and personal mementos.

 

Series Description

Personal/Biographical: Materials related to Mr. Corbins education and career, articles written about him and his work, photos and short autobiographical pieces.

 

Correspondence: Rejections of Mr. Corbins songs are dispersed throughout this series, with higher concentrations in the 1950s and 1960s. As a Nashville-area journalist from 1965 to 1980, Mr. Corbin received a number of thank you letters from country music artists for his write-ups on their work. From 1978 to 1980, Storm Over Nashville dominates this series: his research on the Jimmie Rodgers Stamp, letters to and from publishers and requests for copies of it. Vernon Oxford also appears in 1978-1980, but a greater concentration of material about him is located in the 2000s.

 

Published Manuscripts: Clippings of articles, 1961 to 1980. Drafts of Storm Over Nashville and printed newspaper articles. As an editor, Mr. Corbin mostly wrote opinion pieces in weekly columns like Viewpoint, The Nashville Beat and This We Believe. Topics range from the country music industry and artists to current issues. A fiscal and social conservative, Mr. Corbin discussed everything from the Civil Rights Movement to the existence of life on other planets.

 

Self-Published Manuscripts: The bulk of the material is made up of print-outs of mass e-mails and internet postings from the 2000s. The web has allowed Mr. Corbin to editorialize outside of a formal publication. Topics range from the lawsuit over the estate of Eddy Arnold and his continued championship of old-time country music to current topics like September 11th, Hurricane Katrina, the election of President Obama and the 2008 economic recession.

 

Unpublished Manuscripts: Drafts of unpublished books, articles, poems, short stories, and a comic strip. See description below for items.

 

Vernon Oxford: This series includes a group of playlists primarily from 2000-2003, tracking when Oxfords songs were played, mostly on European radio. Journal entries about Oxford, contracts, photos, publicity and reviews of his music are also included.

 

Scrapbooks: One on Vernon Oxford and a second on Dick Flood.

 

Subject Files: Photographs, press kits and newspaper clippings pertaining to specific performers and institutions. The bulk of the series has been arranged alphabetically by performer. A last box includes various other subjects, including his research on the Jimmie Rodgers stamp for Storm Over Nashville. Many of these materials were requested from or sent by promoters for Mr. Corbin to use in writing about them for his publications.

 

Old Original Songs: Mr. Corbins ideas for songs, single lines, lyrics and hand-written sheet music make up this series. Most are in notebooks.

Collection Contents (Folder/Box List)

Box 1 Personal/Biographical

Folder 1 High School & College

  • 1949 Talent Show Program
  • 1949 Draft of Short Story Pirates Under Coastal Gale
  • 1949 Cardinal Varnville School Paper
  • I Want A Word: A Word Manual and Exercise Book
  • Published letter to Cowboy Songs
  • Commencement Programs:
  • 1951 Varnville High School
  • 1959 University of South Carolina
  • Copies of Diplomas

 

Folder 2 Photos

  • Images of Mr. Corbin, 1950 - 2010

 

Folder 3 Mementos, Employment and Awards

  • Tickets, Press Passes, Business Cards, Autographs
  • Storm Over Nashville book contract
  • Employment Documents
  • Laminated biographical note
  • Awards

 

Folder 4 "Articles About Everett"

 

Folder 5 Storm Over Nashville Reviews & Publicity, 1980-1981

 

Folder 6 Short Autobiographical Writings

  • "What Its Like To Be Valedictorian of Your Class"
  • "From Newspaper Editor to Janitor"
  • "Did I Tell You About My Day With Dolly Parton?"
  • "The Songwriters Dilemma"
  • Untitled  - "I have often wanted to write a book about country . . ."
  • "The Makings of a Newspaperman"
  • "Everett and Juanita Corbin (and children)"
  • "Corbin Makes New Donation to Center for Popular Music at MTSU"

Folder 7 The Monthly Digest of the Murfreesboro Worldwide Church of God

 

Box 2 Correspondence

Folder 1 1948-1959

Folder 2 1960-1967

Folder 3 1968

Folder 4 1969

Folder 5 1970-1974

Folder 6 1975

 

Box 3 Correspondence

Folder 1 1976

Folder 2 1977

Folder 3 1978

Folder 4 January May 1979

Folder 5 June December 1979

Folder 6 Undated (ca. 1960s 1970s)

 

Box 4 Correspondence

Folder 1 January August 1980

Folder 2 September October 1980

Folder 3 November December 1980

Folder 4 January May 1981

Folder 5 June December 1981

Folder 6 1982-1984

 

Box 5 Correspondence

Folder 1 1985-1989

Folder 2 1990-1999

Folder 3 2000-2004

Folder 4 2005-2006

Folder 5 2007

Folder 6 January June 2008

 

Box 6 Correspondence

Folder 1 July December 2008

Folder 2 2009-2010

Folder 3 Undated (ca. 2000s)

 

Box 7 Published Manuscripts

Folder 1 Clippings of Editorials & Articles from The Lake City Reporter, 1961 64

Folder 2 Clippings, 1960 64

Folder 3 Assorted Clippings, 1960s 1970s

1948 Pageant of Poetry

 

Box 8 Published Manuscripts

Folder 1 Assorted Clippings, 1960s 1980

Folder 2 This We Believe, Clippings, 1970s

Folder 3 This We Believe, Clippings, 1975-1980

Folder 4 This We Believe, Clippings, 1975-1980

Folder 5 Assorted Clippings of Articles, 1960s 2000s

Folder 6 Speech I Gave: Lest We Forget, 1977

Folder 7 Drafts of Articles & Editorials

Folder 8 Copies of Articles

 

Box 9 Published Manuscripts

Folder 1 Sample of Storm Over Nashville

Copy of Ballatine Books Rejection Letter

Item Complete Storm Over Nashville Manuscript copy 1

 

Box 10 Published Manuscripts

Item Original Storm Over Nashville Manuscript copy 2

 

Box 11 Self-Published Manuscripts

Folder 1 The Hourglass Newsletter, November 1998 December 1999

Folder 2 Web postings, Mass emails, etc., 2000s

Folder 3 Web postings, Mass emails, etc., 2000s

Folder 4 Web postings, Mass emails, etc., 2000s

 

Box 12 Unpublished Manuscripts

Folder 1 Story of How My Mother Was Killed in a Hospital The Waiting Room

Folder 2 Drafts of Enemy of the People 2 copies

Folder 3 Short Stories:

  • Untitled Slaving Over A Hot Desk
  • No Love Could Hold Him
  • A Wife for Randy

Folder 4 Childrens Book, Monkey Business

Folder 5 Drafts of opinion pieces, stories, poems, etc.

 

Box 13 Unpublished Manuscripts

Folder 1 Drawings & Comic Strip Proposal

Item 1 Sketchbook, art projects

Item 2 Sketchbook, art projects

Item 3 Sketchbook, art projects

 

 

Box 14 Vernon Oxford

Folder 1 Playlists, 2000-2002

Folder 2 Playlists, January February 2003

Folder 3 Playlists, March 2003

Folder 4 Playlists, April 2003

Folder 5 Playlists, May July 2003

Folder 6 Playlists, August October 2003

Folder 7 Playlists, November December 2003

 

Box 15 Vernon Oxford

Folder 1 Playlists, 2004

Folder 2 Playlists, 2005-2010

Folder 3 Promotional Materials, 1970s 80s & 2000s

  • Biographical sketches
  • Advertisements
  • Articles

Folder 4 Donelson News Diary, 1970s & 1980

  • Corbin articles, Advertisements & Photos

Folder 5 Reviews & Articles (Not by Corbin)

Folder 6 Songs by Corbin & BMI

Folder 7 Photos

Folder 8 Vernon Other Items

  • Corbins Journal, 1977-1979
  • Contracts
  • Album Covers

 

Box 16 Scrapbooks

Item 1 Vernon Oxford

Item 2 Dick Flood

 

 

Box 17 Research - Subject Files

Folder 1 Acuff, Roy

Folder 2

  • Akeman Anderson
  • "Allen, Rex"
  • "Anderson, Bill," show & Turner, Mary Lou
  • "Anderson, Lynn & Liz"

Folder 3 Arnold, Eddy

Folder 4

  • Atkins Axton
  • Autry, Gene"
  • Axton, Hoyt

 

Folder 5

  • Bailes Bryant
  • Bailes, Walter
  • Bailey, DeFord
  • "Bandy, Moe"
  • Bare, Bobby
  • "Bear, Gene"
  • "Bee, Molly"
  • Bergen, Polly
  • Bess, Grover (Big Jeff)
  • Blackman, Jack & Morgan, Misty
  • "Blackwood"
  • Blue Denim
  • "Blue Sky Boys"
  • Bogguss, Suzy
  • "Boone, Debby"
  • Boone, Pat
  • Boyd, Bill
  • Bradley, Owen
  • Brasfield, Rod
  • "Britt, Elton"
  • "Brown, Jim Edward" & Cornelius, Helen
  • "Bruce, Ed"
  • Bryant, Anita

Folder 6

  • Buffett Clower
  • "Buffett, Jimmy"
  • "Butler, Carl & Pearl"
  • Byrd, Billy
  • Campbell, Archie
  • Cannon, Ace
  • Captain & Tennille
  • "Cargill, Henson"
  • "Carter Family"
  • "Cash, Johnny"
  • Cash, Tommy
  • Channing, Carol
  • "Clarke, Roy"
  • Clements, Vassar
  • "Clower, Jerry"

 

Folder 7

  • Compton Duke of Paducah
  • "Compton, Ralph"
  • Conlee, John
  • "Cooper, Wilma Lee"
  • "Coulter, Jessi"
  • "Cox, Billy"
  • "Cramer, Floyd"
  • "Crowell, Rooney"
  • "Dalhart, Vernon"
  • "Daniels, Charlie"
  • "Darrell, Johnny"
  • "Davies, Gail"
  • Davis, Jimmy
  • Davis, Mac
  • Dean, Billy
  • Dean, Eddie
  • "Dean, Jimmy"
  • "Delaney, Ethel"
  • Delmore Brothers
  • Miss Del Wood
  • Denver, John
  • "Dexter, Al"
  • Diamond Rio
  • "Dickens, Little Jimmy"
  • Douglas, Donna
  • Draper, Rusty
  • Dudley, Dave
  • Duffey, John
  • "Duke of Paducah"

 

Box 18 Research - Subject Files

Folder 1 Eubanks Great Plains, The

Folder 2 Haggard Hardin

Folder 3 Harding Family, The Jackson, Wanda

Folder 4 James King, Pee Wee

Folder 5 Kish Lynn

Folder 6 Macon, Uncle Dave

 

Box 19 Research - Subject Files

Folder 1 Maddox Brothers Mitchell

Folder 2 Monroe Owen

Folder 3 Paisley Powell

Folder 4 Presley Prophet

Folder 5 Randolph Roe

 

Box 20 Research - Subject Files

Folder 1 Rogers Speer Family

Folder 2 Stanton Thompson

Folder 3 Travis, Merle Vokes

Folder 4 Williams, Hank (Sr.)

Folder 5 Wagoner Young

 

Box 21 Research - Subject Files

Folder 1 Rodgers, Jimmie (for book chapter)

Folder 2 Grand Ole Opry and WSM

Folder 3 Institutions

The Country Music Hall of Fame

Hee-Haw

Music Row

Woodlawn Cemetery

Folder 4 Politicians

Gary Allen

Bill Boner

Robert Byrd

Billy Carter

Jimmy Carter

Richard Fulton

(And photos of unidentified men)

Folder 5 Research Misc.

Photos from 1995 Fan Fair

Bob Everhart articles

Articles about the state of country music

Articles about a series of country music deaths

Unidentified photos

 

Box 22 "Old Original Songs"

Loose hand-written and typed songs written by Corbin

 

Boxes 23-25 "Old Original Songs"

Mostly undated, notebooks full of songs by Corbin and possibly journal entries

Materials Cataloged Separately

Trade Catalogs:

  • May 15, 1985 Catalog
  • Memories of Elvis Series RCA Records
  • Elvis RCA Records

 

Souvenir Books:

  • Elvis Photo Album from RCA Records
  • The Official Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Souvenir Book, 1978
  • WSMs Grand Ole Opry History Picture Book, 1957
  • Tom T. Hall

 

Rare Books:

  • Hay, George D. A Story of the Grand Ole Opry. 1945.
  • Carter, Wilf. The Yodelling Cowboy: Montana Slim from Nova Scotia. 1961.

 

Song Books:

  • Eddy Arnolds Sacred Songs
  • The Elvis Presley Album of Juke Box Favorites, No. 1
  • Bing Crosbys Western Song Folio
  • The Carter Sisters and Mother Maybelle Song Folio No. 1
  • Hank Snow Folio Number 3
  • Eddy Arnolds Favorite Songs Number 3
  • Red Foleys Cowboy Songs Mountain Ballads
  • Hank Williams Country Hit Parade
  • Hank Williams Country Music Folio
  • Hank Williams Favorite Songs
  • Eddy Arnolds Favorite Songs
  • Young America Sings

 

Reference:

  • Walthall, Daddy Bob. The History on Country Music Volume 1. 1978
  • Rolontz, Robert. How to Get Your Song Recorded. 1963
  • The Legendary Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Folio, Volumes One & Two. (2 items)
  • Country Music Association Directory 2003 and 2004. (2 items)
  • Eng, Steve. A Satisfied Mind: The Country Music Life of Porter Wagoner. 1992 (replacing copy currently in reference library)

 

Sheet Music:

  • Acuff, Roy. Lonesome Joe. 1953.
  • Acuff, Roy. Wonder Is All I Do. 1951.
  • Anglin, Jim. Baby, Its In the Making. 1956.
  • Carlisle, Bill and Lowell Blanchard. Woman Driver. 1952.
  • Carson, Martha. Counting My Blessings. 1954.
  • Endsley, Melvin. I Aint Getting Nowhere With You. 1957.
  • Newman, Jimmy. Cryin For A Pastime. 1955.
  • Rose, Fred. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain. 1945.
  • Rose, Fred. Im Satisfied With You. 1954.
  • Williams, Hank. If Youll Be A Baby (To Me). 1953.
  • Williams, Hank. I Aint Got Nothing But Time. 1954.
  • Williams, Hank. Are You Walking and A-Talking For The Lord. 1952.
  • Williams, Hank. The Blues Come Around. 1951.
  • Williams, Hank and Jimmie Davis. Bayou Pon Pon. 1951.
  • Williams, Hank & Fred Rose. Ill Never Get Out of This World Alive, 1952.
  • Williams, Hank. Hey, Good Lookin, 1951.

 

Performance Documents:

  • Grand Ole Opry Program on October 6, 1951
  • Opryland 79 Brochure
  • Opry at the Ryman Program on February 1, 2008
  • Grand Ole Opry Brochure, 1978
  • Grand Ole Opry Brochure, 1986
  • Grand Ole Opry Program, January 1987
  • Grand Ole Opry Brochure, 1990
  • Grand Ole Opry Program, February 1994
  • Grand Ole Opry Brochure, 1998
  • Grand Ole Opry Mailer, 2000
  • Grand Ole Opry Program, 2005
  • Kings of Country Poster, October/November 2008
  • Nashville Jubilee
  • Mr. Carl Story Homecoming Day and Show on September 30, 1978
  • Hadacol Caravan Show
  • Elvis Television Special on December 3, 1968
  • Showboat Hotel Casino in Atlantic City presents Elvis: A National Tribute, January 4-10, 1988
  • Nashville Jubilee, July August 1978
  • 6th Annual Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium, October 12-15, 1995
  • Red-Bordered Opryland Posters, 2
  • Norsk Country-Treff, July 11-12, 1997

Location

Manuscripts are located with other manuscript materials on the ground floor of the stacks filed by accession number. Reading room books, serials, trade catalogs, performance documents and sound recordings have been separated from the manuscripts and catalogued in the appropriate InMagic database [in process as of April 2011].

 

Related Materials

Mr. Corbins book, Storm Over Nashville: A Case Against Modern Country Music, is available in the Centers reading room. The Center holds other collections of old-time or traditional country music, such as the Charlie Walker Collection 08-020, and the Niel Bland Collection 98-050. These and other manuscript collections may be searched in the CPMs InMagic database catalog.

Publisher

Center for Popular Music, Middle Tennessee State University

Language

en

Subject(s)

Old-time music, Country music, Popular music--Writing and publishing, Corbin, Everett J., Oxford, Vernon, Singer-songwriter, Journalist

Creators

Corbin, Everett J.

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