Create your own banner at mybannermaker.com!
Make your own banner at MyBannerMaker.com!
468x60 - NOOK Simple Touch™ with Glowlight
SecondSpin.com

Posts Tagged ‘Dolly Parton’

Porter Wagoner And Dolly Parton “If Teardrops Were Pennies” Single Of The Day

1973 hit for Porter and Dolly.Greetings from Asheville, where the good music flows like a fresh mountain stream.  Today’s Single Of The Day became one of the big  hits of late Summer, 1973, and features two legends, Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton.

Since 1968, their singles were regularly near the top of the country charts, having already scored nine top ten hits.  For what they hoped would be number ten, they dug into some country music history and pulled out “If Teardrops Were Pennies”. The song had been written by a then-unknown singer named Carl Butler.  Carl Smith got hold of it, and at the end of the Summer of 1951, it was in the top ten, Carl’s third.

Porter and Dolly’s version debuted on the Country 40 in July, 1973, and would eventually surpass Carl Smith’s performance, peaking at three, compared to the eight peak for Smith.  The Wagoner/Parton version was recorded at a quicker pace, than the original, giving the song a somewhat different feel that gave it a good dose of freshness.

Your thoughts?

Saving vinyl, one record at a time.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike The Country Musicologist - February 11, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Categories: Single Of The Day   Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Single Of The Day-Bill Phillips “The Company You Keep”

Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always found on the turntable, in the CD player, or in the MP3 player.  Today’s Single Of The Day comes from a man whose place of birth lies just to our west, Canton, North Carolina;  Bill Phillips.  Bill Phillips began his career like many of his era, performing on radio shows in places such as Miami, before eventually winding up in Nashville.  Though his first charted single appeared in 1959 (a duet with Mel Tillis on “Sawmill”), it wasn’t until 1966 when he finally broke into the top 10, thanks to a song penned by a then-unknown Dolly Parton, “Put It Off Until Tomorrow”, which basically launched her career.  Today’s single would be the follow-up, and become the second of Bill Phillips’ 4 top 10 singles.

Bill Phillips "The Company You Keep" original 45 rpm

Released by Decca in the Summer of 1966, “The Company You Keep” would peak at 8 on the charts.  A medium-slow number, the singer is warning his sister about her lifestyle and who she hangs with, noting that even if she’s doing nothing wrong, she’ll still be judged by “the company she keeps”.  It’s a good record, not as good as the previous, but still quality, featuring a strong performance by Phillips.

Your thoughts?

Saving vinyl, one record at a time.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike The Country Musicologist - June 25, 2012 at 7:02 AM

Categories: Single Of The Day   Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Single Of The Day-Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton “Together Always”

Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always found on the turntable, in the CD player, or in the MP3 player.  Today’s Single Of The Day is one of 20 Country 40 singles that Porter and Dolly scored, together.  Those 20 singles came in a time period ranging from 1967 through 1981.  13 would make the top 10, but only 1974′s “Please Don’t Stop Loving Me” would hit #1.  Today’s single is one of the 7 that missed the top 10.

A bouncy track, it starts with a Gospel-ish piano intro.  ”Together Always” was their 13th RCA single release, debuting in September, 1972, but would only peak at 14.

Your thoughts?

Saving vinyl, one record at a time.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike The Country Musicologist - June 20, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Categories: Single Of The Day   Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Single Of The Day-Merle Haggard “Kentucky Gambler”

Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always found on the turntable, in the CD player, or in the MP3 player.  Today’s Single Of The Day comes from the incredible hit list of the legendary Merle Haggard.

Merle Haggard had an amazing run, during the period of 1967 to 1977.  During that time, beginning with the number two single “I Threw Away The Rose”, every single Merle released peaked no lower than three, except two, the 1970 instrumental hit, “Street Singer”, which peaked at nine; and the 1976 single, “Here Comes The Freedom Train”, a number ten hit.  All told, thirty-four singles that peaked in the top three, including twenty-four number one hits.  Today’s Single Of The Day is one of those twenty-four, in fact, it was the nineteenth number one for Merle Haggard.

Though Merle is an outstanding songwriter, having written several of his own hits, along with a few for other artists, he also scored several hits from the pens of other writers, as well, as is the case of “Kentucky Gambler”, a song written by Dolly Parton.  The story of a man who tries to get more out of life than a coal mining job by gambling, he becomes good enough to try his hand in Nevada, where he eventually loses it all, and not only that, he’s also lost his family to another man, back in Kentucky.  Capitol issued the single in the Fall of 1974.  Debuting in November, it would hit number one in January, 1975.

Your thoughts? I’d love to know.

Saving vinyl, one record at a time.

 

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike The Country Musicologist - May 2, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Categories: Single Of The Day   Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Single Of The Day-Dolly Parton “My Blue Tears”

Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always found on the turntable, in the CD player, or in the MP3 player. Today’s Single Of The Day became one of Dolly Parton’s early solo successes. Dolly had first found the Country 40 with “Dumb Blonde” in 1967 with the Monument label. By the end of the year, she was at RCA Victor and debuting her 1st top ten hit, also her first duet with Porter Wagoner, “The Last Thing On My Mind”. RCA would begin to regularly release solo works by Dolly Parton, along with her Porter Wagoner duets, and it wasn’t uncommon to see both singles climbing the charts, concurrently. And such was the case with today’s Single Of The Day.

Porter and Dolly had debuted on the Country 40 in mid-July, 1971, with “The Right Combination”, then two weeks later, Dolly’s latest solo effort, “My Blue Tears”, would debut. The track, also written by Dolly Parton, is a quick-paced, rather lite sounding fare, perfect for Summertime listening. Though it would fall short of the top ten, the record would peak at seventeen, becoming her sixth solo Country 20 hit.

Thoughts? You are welcome to leave them, below, as we always value your opinion.

Saving vinyl, one record at a time.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike The Country Musicologist - March 29, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Categories: Single Of The Day   Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Fluance SXHTB 728x90
HeatMap Theme Pro v5 - The WordPress Adsense Theme

Next Page »