Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always found on the turntable. Today’s Classic 45 became the last of eleven top ten hits and the last of thirty-five Country top 40 hits for Stonewall Jackson. As the 1970’s were dawning, Stonewall’s career as a hit-maker was waning. He had last visited the top ten in 1967 with “Stamp Out Loneliness” and 1970 would see all three of his single releases fail to even crack the top 40. The Summer of 1971, though, would see a brief return to top ten glory.
One of the most popular records on top 40 radio in the Spring 1971, was from Lobo. “Me and You and A Dog Named Boo” raced into the top 5, giving Lobo, born Kent Lavoie, his first hit single. Strictly a Pop single, however, the song and the recording did have a country feel. It wasn’t long after Lobo’s version was out, that Columbia released Stonewall Jackson’s version. Released at the end of April, it took about a month for Stonewall’s version of “Me and You And A Dog Named Boo” to enter the Country top 40. By the end of Summer, Stonewall Jackson had scored one more top ten hit. The single peaked at 7 on Billboard, while Cashbox ranked it as high as 5.
Listening to both versions, there really isn’t a whole lot of difference between the two, sound-wise. Stonewall Jackson had a harder edged country style, however, this record showed he could just as easily handle the smoother Nashville Sound-style with near equal authority. I think it’s a great cover and it is as good as the original.
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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.