Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always on the turntable. Today’s Classic 45 is a 1969 release from Country Music Hall of Fame member, Bill Anderson. Bill is one of Country Music’s greatest singer/songwriter combinations. He appeared fifty-eight times on Billboard’s Country Top forty, with thirty-five top ten hits; seven made number one. Between 1966 and 1974, twenty consecutive times he appeared in the top ten. Artists as diverse as himself, Ray Price, Connie Smith, Brad Paisley, and Kenny Chesney have hit with songs penned by Bill. However, today’s single is one that Bill didn’t write; in fact, it’s a cover of one of the big Pop hits from early 1969, the same year as Bill’s release.
Kenny Rogers and The First Edition had their first Pop hit, “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” in early 1968, and finally found their second in early 1969, with “But You Know I Love You”. Written by First Edition guitarist Mike Settle, it cracked the Pop top twenty in the early Spring of 1969. Seeing Country potential in the song, Bill Anderson took the song, upped the tempo, countrified the arrangement, and gave it a rather nifty trumpet accompaniment, and the result was his eighteenth top ten hit, spending three weeks at number two on Billboard in September, and became his last hit of the decade. The record performed almost as well in Cashbox, peaking at three on their chart.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.