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National History Day Competition

"Bakersfield Sound"

The lower portion of the panel includes a Route 66 map and a photo of Nat King Cole and the King Cole Trio, whose recording of "Route 66" in 1946 was the first hit version of the song.  The panel also shows how musicians from Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas traveling Route 66 to California helped establish the "Bakersfield Sound," still an important influence on country music today.

The lower portion of the panel includes a Route 66 map and a photo of Nat King Cole and the King Cole Trio, whose recording of "Route 66" in 1946 was the first hit version of the song. The panel also shows how musicians from Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas traveling Route 66 to California helped establish the "Bakersfield Sound," still an important influence on country music today.

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Updated: 10/17/2013
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