(3-CD digipac with 48-page booklet; 82 tracks, 216:38 playing time) Contains 82 classic country tracks, including her top ten hit duet with Merle Haggard, The Bull And The Beaver
! Includes many previously unreleased recordings and a 'lost' album produced by Tompall Glaser! Contains a biography based on extensive personal interviews! 48-page booklet with many rare photos from Leona Williams' personal collection and a detailed discography!
If ever in the annals of country music there was a 'singer's singer' it would have to be Leona Williams. She is regarded as one ofthe finest 'pure country' vocalists and continues to tour the world entertaining her loyal fans. Her personal singing hero, George Jones, referred to her as 'one of the greatest country singers that has ever stepped up to the microphone.' And Merle Haggard was so taken with her vocal abilities that he married her (a union they would both come to regret). Williams began her career as a teenager in her home state of Missouri with her own local radio show, before moving to Nashville and signing with Hickory Records in 1968. She recorded such classics as Once More, Yes Ma'm (He Found Me In A Honky Tonk) and Country Girl With Hot Pants On. She moved on to RCA Records and then MCA, where she worked with future husband Merle Haggard and top-notch producers like Porter Wagoner. This set features 82 classic tracks - all of her studio recordings, including several previously unreleased tracks for Hickory, and a complete unreleased LP produced in 1986 by Tompall Glaser. A detailed discography and liner notes by Randy Fox, drawn from extensive interviews with Williams, tell the story of her incredible life and career.
Leona Williams is the greatest female country singer that has ever stepped up to a microphone. She can make a grown man cry with her sad songs. I love the lady and her music. What a nice lady! --George Jones
Leona Williams... the purest voice this side of the Mississippi and beyond! Skillfully crafted songs from a woman who has lived through the lyrics she writes. My heart-felt thanks for creating this traditional country music collection! I love your music and the honesty it brings. --Rhonda Vincent
When I listen to Leona Williams sing it goes right to my heart; I can feel every emotion that she puts in a song. In my opinion Leona Williams is one of the greatest songwriters of our time. --Tanya Tucker