6-CD box (LP-size) with 66-page book, 152 tracks. Playing time approx. 402 mns.
One of the strangest stories in country music is how a polka bandleader called Frank Kuczynski from Wisconsin became Pee Wee King and led a big band on the Opry, then wrote several of the biggest hits in country music history. The story is here, and the music is here, including the original versions of Tennessee Waltz, Slow Poke and Bonaparte's Retreat, as well as lesser-known classics like Tennessee Central #9,
Ten Gallon Boogie, Jukebox Blues, Bull Fiddle Boogie, Birmingham Bounce, Plantation Boogie, and even the first cover version of Blue Suede Shoes. All told, there are 151 songs cut for RCA and Bullet between 1946 and 1958. Nothing swung harder than the Golden West Cowboys! After suffering a heart-attack on February 28, Pee Wee King died March 7, 2000 at age 86.