Few country singers -- let alone female country singers -- working since the 1950s have produced a large body of work as enduring as Jean Shepard's. Her voice is pure country -- accent on both words. Born in Oklahoma, she grew up in Southern California, where Hank Thompson discovered her. She had her first Top Ten hit in 1953, and her last almost exactly 20 years later. In between, she cut one great record after another, mostly on Capitol Records. Nearly all of them crackle, no matter the topic, with honky tonk angel spunk.