Hugh X. Lewis. Remember the name? Maybe not, unless you were a serious listener of country music during the 1960’s. And that’s unfortunate, because here was a guy who sang well. He charted five singles on the country top 40 during the late 1960’s, but never was able to find that one big hit to put him into star territory. He did have a number one single as a songwriter, penning Stonewall Jackson’s hit “B. J. The D. J.” In fact, he penned several hit songs for Stonewall and other artists.
Today’s Single of The Day is definitely one worth remembering, or if you’ve not heard it, worth hearing. “Everything I Love” is the title. No, not the same song as Alan Jackson’s hit. Released in November, 1969, the single would enter Billboard’s chart in early 1970, but was only able to reach 56, there. On Cashbox, it failed to chart at all.
I’m not really sure why this song didn’t do any better than it did. Hugh X. Lewis co-wrote it with Glenn Sutton, and released it on Columbia. As noted, it is a different song from Alan Jackson’s later hit, but the basic lyrical content is similar. Whereas Alan’s song talks about how all he loves is killing him, here it’s a bit milder, every thing Hugh loves isn’t good for him.
I really like this record, and it should have at least been a top 40 hit. I can promise you, in the future, when the Ultimate Twang Radio Show is up and running again, you WILL HEAR this on the show. Good song, good singer, should have been a hit.
Mike the Country Musicologist is a lifelong music and radio fanatic, lover of vintage agriculture, and big sports fan, including the Colts, Reds, Hurricanes, Pacers, Purdue & Butler Universities. He has collected records since childhood, and focuses on classic country and top 40 oldies music. He convinced Vincennes University to give him an Associate’s Degree in broadcasting. He’s worked for several stations in Indiana and North Carolina. Be sure to follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.