Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always on the turntable, including today’s Classic 45. As I type this, I am listening to that 45, Gary Stewart’s “In Some Room Above the Street”. Country music the WAY IT SHOULD BE. A superb Gary Stewart performance.
To begin, I’m a big fan of Gary Stewart’s music, it is hard-driving, honky tonk-style country music that is as good as anything ever heard. Even his weaker material is better than many other’s best material. Today’s artists only wish they could make music half as good as Gary Stewart.
“In Some Room Above the Street” wasn’t one of Gary’s biggest hits, but it still managed a top 20 placing. Released by RCA in May 1976, the single debuted in both Billboard and Cashbox on May 22nd. The single would eventually climb to 15 in Billboard, while climbing higher in Cashbox, peaking at 12.
As I noted, Gary had some great records during his career, notably “She’s Actin’ Single (I’m Drinkin’ Doubles)”, “Out of Hand”, and “Drinkin’ Thing”. In my opinion, “In Some Room Above the Street” is as good as those three top ten hits. I’d argue this should have been his fourth.
Saving vinyl, one record at a time.
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Mike the Country Musicologist is a lifelong music and radio fanatic, model railroader, lover of vintage agriculture, and big sports fan, including the Colts, Reds, Hurricanes, Pacers, Purdue & Butler Universities. He has collected records since childhood, focusing 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.