It is indeed the show for lovers of music. Real music, Classic music, Country music the way it used to be. This week, it’s a great lineup of all time favorites that you’ll remember. This week, Elvis is on tap, also early Reba McEntire, some Eddy Arnold from his Tennessee Plowboy days, one of George Strait’s many number one hits, an early effort from Paulette Carlson (remember her?) from her pre-Highway 101 days, some hot licks from Chet Atkins’ galloping guitar, good slow dancing music from Anne Murray, some fun Johnny Cash, and a whole lot more. Sound good? Then be sure to tune in, this afternoon, 4p ET, for Ultimate Twang with me, Mike Your Country Musicologist. Here in Asheville, simply turn your radio on to 103.3FM. Worldwide, you can listen on the AshevilleFM website, via the TuneIn app on most smart devices, or the AshevilleFM app, on your Android device, free from the Google Play Store.
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Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always on the turntable. Today, we look back at one of the many releases from the legendary Loretta Lynn. Woman Of The World/To Make A Man was Loretta’s fourteenth Decca release (excluding compilations). Released in June, 1969, it was also her final release of the decade. The album did well, peaking at number two on the bestseller lists, while also just breaking into the Top 150 on the Pop side. The album features two hit singles, which, in this case, are both of the title cuts.
One of the title cuts lead off the album, Loretta’s number one hit from Spring of 1969, “Woman Of The World”. One of Loretta’s best, right here. It’s that simple.
“Johnny One Time” is a song that both Willie Nelson and Brenda Lee had singles on, and while Loretta’s version was only an album cut, I would argue it’s as good as the other two versions. Great vocal job, in fact, you’d swear it was written with Loretta in mind, it’s that good.
I also like the ballad “If You Were Mine To Lose”. The song isn’t quite as strong as the first two, but it’s still a very good track, and Loretta’s performance is excellent.
Pretty good, is how I would describe “The Only Time I Hurt”. A steady track that may not stand out, but not likely to skip over, either.
“No One Will Ever Know” was already an old song, when Loretta recorded it for this album, having been released back in the late 1940’s by Roy Acuff. The song would eventually enjoy hit status in 1980, when Gene Watson just missed the top ten with his version. For me, Gene’s is the definitive version, but I really like Loretta’s take; a fine performance.
Side one ends with “Big Sister, Little Sister”, which starts with how the big sister would always make way for the little sister, so the little one could have her way, now they’re adults, a man’s involved;…do you know where this is going? Yep, big sister loves the man, but little sister marries him. That said, for a song that’s pretty easy to peg, it’s not as bad as one might think. Not the album’s best, but not a terrible track.
Side two opens with the album’s other hit single/title track, “To Make A Man (Feel Like A Man)”, which became a top five hit in late Summer, 1969. A bouncy track that I would describe as a typical Loretta song; in this case telling women how they should treat their men.
Next, Loretta Lynn covers the Merle Haggard classic “Today I Started Loving You Again”. A little quicker paced than most version, it almost feels a little rushed, which is unfortunate, because her vocals are good, and with a pace closer to the Haggard original, I think this could have been a killer track. Still decent, though.
Another cover track features Loretta giving her take on the Tammy Wynette classic “Stand By Your Man”. While no one will ever come close to Tammy’s version, this one is decent.
“Ten Little Reasons” is classic Loretta. The self-penned tear-jerker is a great album cut; one of the highlights of the album.
The album has a fine wrap-up with “I’m Lonesome For Trouble Tonight”, which Loretta co-wrote with Doyle Wilburn of the Wilburn Brothers. Good, solid track to put the wraps on this album.
Somewhat surprising that this album has yet to join the ranks of reissues; having been out of print for many years. Used copies are relatively numerous, most that I saw were in the $10 to $15 range.
“Woman Of The World” gets my Standout Track nod, while “Johnny One Time” is the Hidden Gem of this disc. Weakest Track? “Big Sister, Little Sister”; not a terrible track, but lags a bit behind the other ten.
Overall, a solid performance from one of the great legends of the genre. While I wouldn’t consider this to be her best long-play, it’s still a worthy collection of tracks that if you like Loretta Lynn, you’ll most likely enjoy this album. I rate it a 4 out of 5.
The father/daughter duo from St. Louis, were a fixture on the Country charts from 1977 through 1985, scoring eleven top ten hits (out of twenty-four Country 40 entries), including today’s Single Of The Day. They had been recording since the early 1970′s, having released singles on the Dot label, but failing to break into the Country 40, until they had switched to the Ovation label, where they finally scored with what would turn out to be their biggest hit, “Heaven’s Just A Sin Away”. While they had their greatest success at the Ovation label, Ovation would eventually fold, which caused the Kendalls to switch to Mercury.
“Teach Me To Cheat”, today’s Single Of The Day, was their first release for their new label. Released in July, 1981, the single made it’s Country 40 debut in September, and became one of the big hits of the Fall, as it climbed into the top ten, peaking at seven.
The single is a pretty typical Kendalls’ formula. Jeannie sings lead, the song features an adulterous theme, the arrangement is a strong country beat with a quick-paced tempo. This was the sound that worked so well for the duo, and you know, sometimes, it’s better to stay with what works. And it works well, here.
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Greetings from Asheville, where there’s always good music to find. Today’s Single Of The Day is unquestionably a classic in Country music, and it’s also a single that seems to be one that you either love or else find unbearingly sappy. No middle ground, here.
Woodrow Wilson “Red” Sovine is best remembered for his recitations that could emit strong emotions, both ways. Despite the fact that he was a talented vocalist, his three biggest hits were of this particular ilk; “Giddy-Up Go”, “Phantom 309″, and today’s Single Of The Day, “Teddy Bear”.
Red Sovine scored only thirteen Country 40 singles between 1955 and 1976, but six were able to claim spots in the top ten, including three number ones.
“Teddy Bear” was released by Starday Records in May, 1976, and made it’s Country 40 debut on our nation’s 200th birthday, July 4. The single raced up the charts to number one, where it spent three of it’s eight total weeks on the Country 40. The single sold heavily, which helped it make a brief appearance on the Pop Top 40, where it peaked at forty. The single would ultimately be Red Sovine’s final Country 40 entry.
As I previously stated, it’s a song that people either love or find sappy and unlistenable. For those who love the song, they can’t get enough of it, even today. It’s a tale of a young crippled boy who talks to truckers via the CB radio in his home, and, after telling his tale to one trucker, in particular (the narrator), seemingly all of the drivers who heard him have come to his home, each giving him a ride in their rig.
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Greetings from Asheville, where there’s always good music to be found. Today’s Single Of The Day harkens back to the decade of the 1970’s. Though it’s now four decades ago, for many of us, it doesn’t seem that long.
Today’s Single Of The Day is a Lynn Anderson release from 1977. Lynn is an artist who enjoyed a long run on the country charts, scoring her first Country 40 single in 1967 and not hitting her finale until 1988. In that span, forty-eight of her singles broke into the 40, with eighteen reaching the top ten and five climbing all the way to number one. Her biggest hit, “Rose Garden”, also became a top five Pop hit, as well.
Unfortunately, “Wrap Your Love All Around Your Man” was not one of her eighteen top ten hits. The single, her first offering for 1977, just missed, peaking at twelve. Released by Columbia in January, the single made a relatively quick ascension into the Country 40, making it’s debut in early February. It would turn out to be her biggest hit for the year. The song is a fast-paced Country-Pop piece that I think has a rather infectious sound to it, one that makes me a bit surprised that it didn’t peak a little higher than it did. I’d call it one of her more underrated pieces.
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