This is another week where I have no idea what I’m doing. Here’s the theme…
I don’t know any football-related songs, and while I like country music, my taste is somewhat dated: I like a lot of the older stuff, the kind you saw on Hee Haw back in the Sixties. I had been tempted to just chuck the theme for this week, but I figured that wouldn’t be sporting of me. So, I did the best I could.
- El Paso – Marty Robbins: Recorded in 1959, it was a #1 hit on the Pop and Country charts in 1960. It won a Grammy for Best Country and Western Song in 1961.
- If You Got The Money (I’ve Got The Time) – Lefty Frizzell: This was a two-sided hit (with “I Love You A Thousand Ways”) in 1950. It was #1 on the Most Played C&W Jukebox Records chart for three weeks and peaked at #2 on the C&W Best Seller list.
- The Happiest Girl In The Whole USA – Donna Fargo: Was a #1 hit on the Country chart, #11 on the Hot 100, and #7 on the Easy Listening chart in 1972. Billboard ranked it the #55 song of 1972, and it earned Fargo a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female in 1973. She wrote it, and it’s her signature song.
- Streets of Bakersfield – Buck Owens and Dwight Yoakam: Buck Owens was one of the key players of the “Bakersfield Sound,” which arose as a reaction to the “countrypolitan” sound of the early 1960’s. Dwight Yoakam grew up listening to Buck and adopted the sound for his career. The two of them recorded this in 1988 and it reached #1 on the Country chart that year. That’s Clint Black (who bears a strong resemblance to Roy Rogers) and Naomi Judd (I think) introducing the song.
- Walkin’ After Midnight – Patsy Cline: I love this woman’s voice, a result of a bout of rheumatic fever when she was 13. This song reached #2 on the Country chart and #12 on the Hot 100 in 1957.
- Good Ol’ Mountain Dew – Grandpa Jones: Grandpa Jones was an expert at the “frailing” style of banjo playing (strumming rather than picking), and was an excellent singer and a funny man besides.
- He Stopped Loving Her Today – George Jones: His best-known song, it reached #1 in the US and #2 in Canada in 1980. George had a long and successful career, both as a solo act and as part of a duet with Tammy Wynette.
- Hello Darling – Conway Twitty: A #1 for him in 1970. Conway (real name Harold Lloyd Jenkins) started out as a Rock & Roll singer, but always wanted to do country. The world is grateful.
- (I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden – Lynn Anderson: This song was written by Atlanta’s own Joe South and originally done by Marietta, Georgia’s own Billy Joe Royal in 1967, but Lynn Anderson’s version, from 1970, is probably the best known. It reached #1 on the Billboard Country chart, #3 on the Hot 100, and reached #1 on the pop and country charts issued by Cash Box and Record World.
- The Super Bowl Shuffle – The Chicago Bears Shufflin’ Crew: From 30 years ago, when the Bears were in Super Bowl XX. Hey, you said you wanted a song about the Super Bowl…
So there’s my best attempt at this one. Next week is a freebie, so you’re going to get what I was going to do this week…
from The Sound of One Hand Typing