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Single Of The Day-Hank Thompson “Where Is The Circus”

Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always found on the turntable, in the CD player, or in the MP3 player. Your Single Of The Day is a 1966 release from Hank Thompson. As 1966 dawned, Hank’s career had cooled. One of the top hitmakers of the 1950’s, since his 1st hit in 1948, Hank had gone on to score twenty-six top ten hits, with three hitting number one. But Hank had not seen the top ten since 1961’s “Oklahoma Hills” and had not seen any chart action at all, since 1963. In 1965, Hank left his longtime label, Capitol, to join up with Warner Brothers, which at that time, had done little in Country music. Hank’s association with Warner would be brief, as by 1968, he, along with the recordings he had made at Warner, were with Dot Records. But during that brief time, he would record three albums and release two singles.

The first of those singles would hit the market in September, 1966, debuting on the Country 40 in November. “Where Is The Circus” is a bouncy, slightly whimsical tune of one comparing himself to a clown, because of his lover’s actions. While not a huge hit, it did become Hank’s first Country 40 single in three years and first to break the Country 20, since 1961’s Hangover Tavern”. It was the starting point of Hank’s comeback.

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