Amazing career for Randy Owens and company, after taking the Country music world by storm in 1980. They were fixtures on the Country 40 for the next twenty years, scoring no less than sixty-six Country 40 appearances, with fifty-two appearances in the top ten, and thirty-two at number one. It’s easy to see why they are already in the Country Music Hall Of Fame.
Today’s single, released through RCA, was their fortieth Country 40 appearance. “Born Country” made it’s debut in January, 1992, and would make it as high as two on the charts. It’s standard Alabama music, a strong Country feel, with a tinge of Rock mixed in, though not as apparent, here. A strong composition and the typically great vocal presence.
Saving vinyl, one record at a time.
Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always found on the turntable, in the CD, or in the MP3 player. Today’s Single Of The Day gave Alabama their twenty-fourth number one hit. Since their initial arrival into the top 10 in 1980, number one was a place that Alabama visited often. In fact, beginning with their 1st chart topper, “Tennessee River”, in the late Summer of 1980, every single would peak at that position until 1987’s “Tar Top” failed to hit number one, a total of twenty-one straight. Worth noting that their next six singles would also peak at number one, including today’s Single of The Day.
“Song Of The South” wasn’t a new song, in fact, it had been released, previously, as a single in 1982 by Tom T. Hall & Earl Scruggs. Yet, it was a song unknown to most until Alabama’s version hit the charts in December, 1988. The single would climb to number one, spending one week on top in February, 1989.
Saving vinyl, one record at a time.
Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always found on the turntable, in the CD player, or in the MP3 player. Did you catch this week’s show on Asheville Free Media? If not, some great music was spun during our three hours, together. Fear not, though, as this week’s show will be rebroadcast on Sunday morning at 8 EST, and Wednesday morning at 10 EST. Simply go to the Asheville Free Media site and click on listen. You can also go the the Ultimate Twang page at the Asheville Free Media site, and listen anytime.
What came up on this week’s show?
|Bellamy Brothers||Do You Love As Good As You Look|
|George Jones||Color Of The Blues|
|Conway Twitty||Slow Hand|
|Restless Heart||When Somebody Loves You||Almost Hit|
|Ronnie Milsap||Back On My Mind Again|
|Mel Tillis||Old Faithful|
|Hank Williams||I Just Don’t Like This Kind Of Livin’|
|Floyd Cramer||MEDLEY: This World Is Not My Home, I’ll Fly Away, Down In My Heart, Do Lord, Give The World A Smile|
|Rodney Crowell||Above And Beyond|
|Waylon Jennings||The Taker|
|Johnny Cash||I Got Stripes|
|Louise Mandrell||This Bed’s Not Big Enough||Classic Album Track|
|Unknown||Wagon Train Theme|
|Sheb Wooley||That’s My Pa|
|Alabama||Feels So Right|
|Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers||Nothing But Your Love Matters|
|Little Jimmy Dickens||Country Music Lover||Almost Hit|
|Ernest Tubb & Loretta Lynn||Mr And Mrs Used To Be|
|Jerry Lee Lewis||Lonely Weekends|
|Homer And Jethro||Take The A Train|
|Dave & Sugar||Golden Tears|
|Cristy Lane||Simple Little Words|
|Bobby Goldsboro||Muddy Mississippi Line|
|Tanya Tucker||Blood Red And Goin’ Down|
|Cates Sisters||I’ve Been Loved||Almost Hit|
|Bobby Bare||Miller’s Cave|
|Roy Drusky||There’s Always One (Who Loves A Lot)|
|Jimmy Martin||The Shut-In’s Prayer|
|Eddy Arnold||Older And Bolder|
|Crystal Gayle||When I Dream|
|Vern Gosdin||Slow Burnin’ Memory|
|Barbara Mandrell||You Are No Angel||Classic Album Track|
|Lonestar||I’m Already There|
|Hillary Kanter||Good Night For Falling In Love||Almost Hit|
|Hank Thompson||Where Is The Circus|
|Webb Pierce||I Haven’t Got The Heart|
|Boots Randolph||Walking The Floor Over You|
|Merle Haggard||I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am|
|Johnny Lee||Cherokee Fiddle|
|Homer And Jethro||I’m Movin’ On #2|
|Patsy Cline||She’s Got You|
|Jim Stafford||Little Bits And Pieces||Almost Hit|
|Bill Phillips||The Company You Keep|
|C. W. McCall||Convoy|
|Charley Pride||Amazing Love|
|The Three Suns, Rosalie Allen, & Elton Britt||Beyond The Sunset|
|Hank Williams Jr.||I’m For Love|
|Eddie Rabbitt||Pour Me Another Tequila|
|Elvis Presley||The Impossible Dream||Classic Album Track|
|George Jones||A Girl I Used To Know|
|Deborah Allen||Heartache And A Half||Almost Hit|
|Sons Of The Pioneers||Cool Water|
|Boots Randolph||Y’all Come|
Categories: Artists, Music, & Radio Tags: Alabama, Asheville Free Media, Barbara Mandrell, Bellamy Brothers, Bill Phillips, Bobby Bare, Bobby Goldsboro, Boots Randolph, C. W. McCall, Cates Sisters, Charley Pride, classic country, Conway Twitty, Country Music, country oldies, Crystal Gayle, Deborah Allen, Eddie Rabbitt, Eddy Arnold, Elton Britt, Elvis Presley, Ernest Tubb, George Jones, Glen Campbell, Hank Thompson, Hank Williams, Hank Williams Jr., Hillary Kanter, Homer And Jethro, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jim Stafford, Jimmy Martin, John Anderson, Johnny Cash, Johnny Duncan, Johnny Lee, Little Jimmy Dickens, Lonestar, Loretta Lynn, Mel Tillis, Merle Haggard, Patsy Cline, Ronnie Milsap, Rosalie Allen, Sons Of The Pioneers, Tanya Tucker, The Three Suns, Vern Gosdin, Waylon Jennings, Webb Pierce
Greetings from Asheville, where good music is found on the turntable, in the CD player, the MP3 player, and on Thursday afternoons, Asheville Free Media, where the World Famous Ultimate Twang show can be heard, beginning at 4p EST.
Odd thoughts while wondering whatever happened to Country music.
I don’t listen to very much of the new Country music, these days. As a listener, I simply find it bland, boring, and not really country. And, as I’ve learned, I’m not the only one who shares these views. While that’s a subject that could have several posts written on it, there’s one particular angle that I’ve noticed and while surfing around, the other night, I ran across an article from Peter Cooper that was published in the newspaper, The Tennessean, last July, that rants about the same thing; the seemingly large number of recent songs (by recent, I mean past couple of years), where the artist, usually with a less-than-country arrangement, is telling us how country he is. I’m sorry, if you have to tell me you are, you aren’t. That’s my take.
Red Foley, Ernest Tubb, George Jones, Johnny Cash, Webb Pierce, Kitty Wells; none of them had to tell us that they were country, we knew. Even the slick sounding singers like Eddy Arnold, Kenny Rogers, and Patsy Cline didn’t have to tell us; we could tell, even under the layers of strings.
This week, on the show, many reasons you shall want to join me, such as music from George Jones, Alabama, Loretta Lynn, Elvis, Tanya Tucker, and Johnny Cash, just for starters. You’ll also get the chance to remember this week in 1983, 1962, and 1976.
If you haven’t joined us, previously, I urge you to do so, because it’s simply three hours of fun. Great music from the past, a few chuckles (most unplanned), some vintage commercials and TV themes round out the show.
And it’s family friendly, so if the kids are around….great! They can experience what good music really is.
Once again, join me for the Ultimate Twang Show, this Thursday at 4pm EST, on Asheville Free Media. You can hear it no matter where in the world you are.
Click, here, to go to the Asheville Free Media site, where you can hear Ultimate Twang.
Categories: Artists, Music, & Radio Tags: Alabama, Asheville Free Media, Eddy Arnold, Elvis Presley, Ernest Tubb, George Jones, Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers, Kitty Wells, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Radio, Red Foley, Tanya Tucker, The Tennessean, Ultimate Twang, Webb Pierce
…this past week, as another opportunity to experience Ultimate Twang arrived. It was a great mix of classic Country & Christmas tunes from Country music’s day’s past. If you missed the show, you can still catch it. It will re-air on Sunday morning, December 18, at 8am EST, and again on Wednesday morning, December 21, at 10am EST. Simply go to http://ashevillefm.org, under shows, click on Ultimate Twang, then click on listen, under stream link. I’ve also included a link, below.
So, what popped up on this past week’s show? Let’s take a look…
|Ricky Skaggs||Get Up John||1997|
|Elvis Presley||All Shook Up||1957|
|Mel Tillis||Ain’t No California||1978|
|Hank Williams Jr.||All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)||1981|
|Roger Miller||Old Toy Trains||1967|
|Tom T. Hall||A Bar With No Beer||1985; Almost Hit|
|Donna Fargo||Mockingbird Hill||1977|
|John Anderson||She Sure Got A Way With My Heart||1984|
|Charley Pride||Christmas In My Hometown||1970|
|Merle Haggard||I’m A Lonesome Fugitive||1967|
|Gary Morris & Crystal Gayle||Makin’ Up For Lost Time||1986|
|Freddie Hart||Easy Lovin’||1971|
|Tex Ritter||Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie||1959; Classic Album Track|
|Bill Anderson||Christmas Time’s A-Comin’||1969|
|Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton||We’ll Get Ahead Someday||1968|
|Eddie Rabbitt||Two Dollars In The Jukebox||1977|
|Bobby G. Rice||Pick Me Up On Your Way Down||1976|
|Lynn Anderson||Ding-A-Ling (The Christmas Bell)||1971|
|Dottie West||Would You Hold It Against Me||1966|
|Roy Acuff||The Streamlined Cannonball||1940|
|Don Gibson||Oh Lonesome Me||1958|
|Vernon Dalhart||Wreck Of The Old 97||1924|
|The Browns||Blue Christmas||1960|
|Jim Reeves||Distant Drums||1966|
|Janie Fricke||What’re You Doing Tonight||1977; Almost hit|
|George Strait||I Hate Everything||2004|
|Skeeter Davis||I Can’t Believe That It’s All Over||1973|
|Bobby Helms||Jingle Bell Rock||1957|
|Jerry Lee Lewis||Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On||1957|
|Statler Brothers||Let’s Get Started If You’re Gonna Break My Heart||1989|
|George Jones||The Door||1975|
|Hank Snow||The Reindeer Boogie||1967|
|Willie Nelson||Old Five And Dimers Like Me||1985; Classic Album Track|
|David Ball||Riding With Private Malone||2001|
|Buck Owens||Waitin’ In Your Welfare Line||1966|
|Captain Stubby & The Buccaneers||Brazen Little Raisin||1946; Almost Hit|
|Collin Raye & The Beach Boys||Winter Wonderland||1996|
|Billie Jo Spears||Blanket On The Ground||1975|
|Osborne Brothers||Rocky Top||1968|
|Webb Pierce & Wilburn Brothers||Sparkling Brown Eyes||1954|
|Waylon Jennings||Come With Me||1979|
|Ray Stevens||Santa Claus Is Watching You||1985|
|4 Runner||Cain’s Blood||1995; Almost Hit|
|Kenny Rogers||Daytime Friends||1977|
|Ed Bruce||You’re The Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had||1982|
|Chet Atkins||Silver Bells||1960|
|Oak Ridge Boys||Sail Away||1979|
|Don Williams||The Shelter Of Your Eyes||1972|
|Alabama||Why Lady Why||1980|
|Buck Owens||Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy||1965|
|Billy Crash Craddocck||Home Is A Lonely Place To Go||1974; Classic Album Track|
|Barbara Mandrell||Operator Long Distance Please||1982|
|Ray Price||Big Shoes||1962; Almost Hit|
|Eddy Arnold||I Want To Go With You||1966|
|Hank Thompson||White Christmas||1964|
|Jimmy Newman||Come Back To Me||1956|
To hear the replay of the show on Sunday morning at 8 EST or Wednesday morning at 10 EST, just click here; Asheville Free Media.
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