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Single Of The Day-Webb Pierce “Take Time” b/w “Crazy Wild Desire”

Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always found on the turntable, in the CD, or on the MP3. Our Single Of The Day is a 1962 7” piece of vinyl from the folks at the old Decca label and featuring the stellar vocal works of Webb Pierce. In 1962, Webb’s biggest days were behind him, as the records had long stopped hitting number one, but that’s not to say that Webb’s career was done, either. Though his last number one hit came in 1957 with “Honky Tonk Song”, since that time, he was still regularly visiting the top ten, a place he’d regularly stay through 1964.

Like most artists of his generation, Webb’s sound had evolved, significantly, to keep up with changing times and technologies. Almost gone was that hard, high-pitched, nasally honky-tonk sound of his early hits, now replaced by a slightly smoother tone, with a smoother (and sometimes, even lush) arrangement in the background. Webb, like many of his contemporaries, was part of The Nashville Sound. Of course, that’s not to say that Webb wasn’t still Country, he was, as evidenced by today’s single, it was just a smoother version.

“Crazy Wild Desire” made it’s debut the last week of May, 1962. It’s a straight Country track; mid tempo, strong steel guitar throughout, even with the smoother arrangement. While it may not be as strong as Webb’s classics, it’s a solid number that was well deserving of it’s eventual peak in the top ten at eight.

But this record was more than just “Crazy Wild Desire”. It’s flip side was a success, as well. Debuting one week later, “Take Time” is a more beat-driven song that’s more along the lines of “I Ain’t Never” and “No Love Have I”, in style and sound. A very catchy melody highlights this track, that would eventually peak one spot higher on the chart, at seven.

Saving vinyl, one record at a time.

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