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Ultimate Twang Playlist for September 25, 2014

Here are the sounds heard on this week’s edition of The World Famous Ultimate Twang Radio Show.  If you missed it, fear not, as it is on our page at the Asheville Freemedia website, until Thursday night.  Simply click here, or on Asheville Freemedia, and then, scroll down until you see a gray play button, click that, and enjoy!  Or, for a slightly higher quality sound, click on hi-fi on the red bar at the right of the page.  It will then play on your computer’s default audio player (ie: Windows Media, ITunes, etc.).

Okay, here’s the list, this week!

Ricky Skaggs Get Up John 1997; Theme
Webb Pierce In The Jailhouse Now 1955; #1 hit!
John Conlee Common Man 1983; #1 hit!
Unknown My Three Sons Theme
Johnny Bush Undo The Right 1968
Sonny James My Love 1970; #1 hit!
Susan Raye One Night Stand 1970; Almost Hit
Gene Autry Mexacali Rose 1936
Statler Brothers A Child Of The Fifties 1983; final single with Lew DeWitt.
Brooks and Dunn Boot Scootin’ Boogie 1992; #1 hit!
Ernest Tubb Stand By Me UT Inpsirational fave
John Denver Sunshine On My Shoulders 1974
John Denver Thank God I’m A Country Boy 1975; #1 hit! #1 pop
Joe Nichols Cool To Be A Fool 2004
Oak Ridge Boys Somewhere In The Night 1981; Classic Album Track
Conway Twitty I Can’t See Me Without You 1972
Lonestar Runnin’ Away With My Heart 1996
Ray Price Crazy Arms 1956; #1 hit!
Bob Luman Proud Of You Baby 1975; Almost Hit
Deborah Allen and Jim Reeves Oh How I Miss You Tonight 1980
Little Roy Wiggins Tennessee Plowboy TOP OF THE HOUR
The Judds Why Not Me 1984; #1 hit!
Gordon Lightfoot Sundown 1974
George Strait True 1998
Garth Brooks The River 1992; #1 hit!
Ray Charles and Clint Eastwood Beers To You 1980; Almost Hit
Jerry Lee Lewis I’ll Find It Where I Can 1978
Jerry Lee Lewis Let’s Put It Back Together 1976
Billie Jo Spears Lonely Heart’s Club 1978
Hank Snow The Rhumba Boogie 1951; #1 hit!
Edgel Groves Footprints In The Sand 1981; Inspirational Fave
Olivia Newton-John Have You Never Been Mellow 1975
Leroy Van Dyke Walk On By 1961; #1 hit! Top 10 pop hit.
Bill Monroe Wabash Cannonball 1977; Classic Album Track
Bill Anderson and Mary Lou Turner Sometimes 1976; #1 hit!
Johnny Rodriguez I Didn’t (Every Chance I Had) 1988; His last hit
Rodney Crowell I Couldn’t Leave You If I Tried 1988; #1 hit!
Tommy Overstreet What More Could A Man Need 1979; Almost Hit
Waylon Jennings Anita You’re Dreaming 1966
Jerry Byrd Hilo March TOP OF THE HOUR
Loretta Lynn One’s On The Way 1972; #1 hit!
Sammy Kershaw She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful 1993; his only #1 hit.
Michael Martin Murphey Never Givin’ Up On Love 1989; his last top 10 hit.
Hank Williams Jr. A Country Boy Can Survive 1982
Steve Holy The Hunger 2001; Almost Hit
Dick Curless Tombstone Every Mile 1965; his 1st hit.
Jennifer Warnes Right Time Of The Night 1977
Ronnie Milsap It Was Almost Like A Song 1977; #1 hit!
Johnny Cash The Old Account UT Inspirational fave
Alan Jackson Mercury Blues 1993
Eddy Arnold A Full Time Job 1952; #1 hit!
Leann Rimes Rock Me 1998; Classic Album Track
Faron Young Goin’ Steady 1970; Remake of his 1st hit.
Marty Robbins All Around Cowboy 1979
George Jones He Stopped Loving Her Today 1980; #1 hit!
Willie Nelson and Lee Ann Womack Mendocino County Line 2002; Almost Hit
Elvis Presley In The Ghetto 1969

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Various Artists “Classic Country Duets” Classic Album Review

Classic Country Duets albumGreetings from Asheville, where good music is always around.  It’s a various artists collection for today’s Classic Album Review.  Classic Country Duets, a 1985 MCA release, featured ten tracks from artists affiliated with MCA, as well as it’s predecessors, Decca and Dot.

The album starts out with a hit from Don Williams and Emmylou Harris, their 1982 top five hit, “If I Needed You”.  Their voices work pretty well, together, but the real highlight of this track, is the composition, itself.  Great piece of writing.

Next, a track lifted from the Barbara Mandrell Spun Gold album, is a Mandrell duet with Steve Wariner, “Overnight Sensation”.  An average piece that really has very little country to it, the sound is mainly 1980′s Adult Contemporary.

While the previous track really couldn’t be considered a “classic”, the next track has not problem falling into that category.  ”For Loving You”, the first in a series of duets for Bill Anderson and Jan Howard, spent a month at number one, at the end of 1967.  Great track.

Remember, this album was released in 1985, when older performances weren’t nearly as readily available as they are now, so it was great to see the inclusion of the Jack Greene and Jeannie Seely hit “Wish I Didn’t Have To Miss You”.  Easily the best of their duets, together, this just missed number one, at the start of 1970.  Hank Cochran co-wrote the song; he and co-writer Dave Kirby surely had these two in mind when writing it, as it’s perfect for their vocals.

Side one ends with a track that features Ernest Tubb and Loretta Lynn.  I guess using the term “classic”, they were referring more to the performers, as opposed to the performances.  ”Sweet Thang” was a single, but missed the Country 40 in 1968 (whereas the version by Nat Stuckey was a top five hit).  While it’s a decent performance, I would have rather seen “Mr. And Mrs. Used To Be” included.

The other really inexplicable addition opens side two, a Lee Greenwood and Barbara Mandrell duet from their Meant For Each Other album titled “Soft Shoulder”.  Not even the best track on their album, why someone at MCA would use this over, say their hit, “To Me”, is beyond me.  A fast-paced track, the performance is good, but the song is average.

There is a level of redemption, though, with the inclusion of the Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn number one classic “After The Fire Is Gone”.  Do I really need to say anything about this outstanding recording?

Though not a hit, I am glad they did include the 1956 single from Roy Acuff and Kitty Wells, “Goodbye Mr. Brown”.  Great piece of country music; one has to wonder why it wasn’t a hit.

While The Kendalls didn’t have any real success until “Heaven’s Just A Sin Away” on the Ovation label, they did spend time with Dot in the early 1970′s, releasing several singles, including three minor chart entries on covers of “Leavin’ On A Jet Plane”, “Two Divided By Love”, and “Everything I Own”.  Yet, rather than one of those, a track from their only Dot album, a cover of “Never Ending Song Of Love”, was used, instead.  Actually, the strongest of the three non-singles included on this album.  Good bouncy, infectious track.

The album ends with a 1978 top ten hit for Merle Haggard and then-wife, Leona Williams. “The Bull And The Beaver” is an up-tempo piece of a man and woman flirting (to say the least) on their CB’s.  Not the greatest song of Merle’s career, but it is a likable song.

Now out of print, I did run across a few used copies, most in the $5-$10 range.  I found used copies on vinyl, cassette, as well as compact disc.

Albums like this are difficult to pick a Standout or Hidden Gem (though you could argue the Kendalls track, here), since there are usually a plethora of hits, though not so much, here.

Overall, it’s a decent compilation that really could have been better, by simply exchanging a couple of tracks, but still utilizing the same artists.  With the advent of digital technologies, most, if not all of these tracks are available, elsewhere.  I rate it a 3 out of 5.

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Single Of The Day-Ned Miller “Do What You Do Do Well”

Greetings from Asheville, that musical hot-spot of Western North Carolina.  Today’s Single Of The Day continues with yesterday’s, as we look at the original version.

Yesterday, we looked at Ernest Tubb’s version of “Do What You Do Do Well”, today, it’s the original.  It’s been stated that in the opinions of some, the biggest reason that Ned Miller never became a superstar, was because of his strong fear of performing live, which caused him to do just minimal appearances.  Yet, despite that, he was still able to score eight Country 40 singles, with two top tens, “From A Jack To A King” and today’s Single Of The Day, “Do What You Do Do Well”.

Ned was also a fine songwriter, having written the hits “Dark Moon”, and “A Falling Star”, in addition to his own hit singles.  As for today’s single, it made it’s debut on the Country 40 in January, 1965, on the Fabor label.  Becoming Ned’s second top 10 hit, it would peak at seven, by early Spring, just as the Ernest Tubb version was beginning to climb the charts.  The biggest difference between the two (other than singing styles) is that while both are up tempo, I feel like this version has a little more pep or energy to it.  Both are fine recordings, but my fave is the Ned Miller disc.

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1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike The Country Musicologist - May 23, 2012 at 6:00 AM

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Single Of The Day-Ernest Tubb “Do What You Do Do Well”

Greetings from Asheville, where I’ve finally been given some time to get things rolling, again, with the blog.  Today’s Single Of The Day is a 1965 “Almost Hit” from the legendary Ernest Tubb.  By the mid-1960′s, Ernest’s days as a major hit maker were all but done.  Fifty-eight times he had reached the top ten, but only one of those came during the sixties, with 1963′s “Thanks A Lot”.  But Ernest was still able to crack the Country 40 with some regularity during the first half of the decade, and on occasion, even crack the Country 20.  Today’s single didn’t quite do that well, but it did sneak inside the Country 30.

Ernest’s seventy-sixth country 40 single (all on Decca) made it’s debut in March, 1965, a cover version of the Ned Miller hit, “Do What You Do Do Well”.  As you know, there was a time when multiple versions of a song being on the market simultaneously was commonplace, but by this time, it was becoming more of a rarity.  However, just as Ned Miller’s version was climbing into the top 10, here came ET’s version.  Ernest’s version didn’t fare nearly as well (as previously stated), as it only peaked at twenty-nine.  Is it as good as the original? Not quite, but it is far from an inferior product, as Ernest gives a fine performance of the song, with his unique singing style, which probably helped the record get more attention than it otherwise might have gotten.

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1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike The Country Musicologist - May 22, 2012 at 10:01 AM

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Classic Album Review-Red Foley “Country Music Hall Of Fame Series”

Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always found on the turntable, in the CD player, or in the MP3 player.   Today’s Classic Album Review looks back at a 1991 release that finally returned some of the great hits of the legendary Red Foley to the domestic market.  Today, it’s not difficult, in most cases, to find albums from country music legends, but believe it or not, during the 1980′s, in some cases it was practically impossible, and Red Foley is a great example.  I don’t profess to know why this was, though I do believe some of it had to do with a 1970′s shortage of particular materials used to make vinyl albums, which caused labels to delete many albums from their catalogs.  In the 1980′s, you could find a few albums by many of the legends, though many of those were re-records of their hits.  Others, though, were nearly impossible to find.  Luckily for us, this began changing with the advent of the compact disc.

MCA had a series of releases titled Country Music Hall Of Fame Series, that featured acts such as Foley, along with Tex Ritter, Uncle Dave Macon, Kitty Wells, and Grandpa Jones, among others.  The Red Foley version was released in April, 1991, and from what I can see, was the first U. S. release on Red Foley, since Pickwick’s 1976 repackaging of his Let’s All Sing To Him album.

The hits packages from the early days of the compact disc could be inconsistent; sometimes including several non-hits, alternate takes, or mostly uninteresting jibberish between the artist and producer prior to the song.  Thankfully, most of that’s gone on newer releases.  And overall, MCA did a pretty decent job with this album.

Of course, there are the hits that you would expect; “Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy”, “Midnight”, “Alabama Jubilee”, “Tennessee Border”, “Tennessee Saturday Night”, “Peace In The Valley”, “Sugarfoot Rag”, and “Old Shep”.  It should be noted, though, that “Old Shep” is not the original 1941 recording, but rather a 1946 remake.  The swap is acknowledged in the liner notes, but no reason is given.  Perhaps the original master was damaged?

While Tennessee Ernie Ford may well be country music’s greatest Gospel singer, it could be strongly argued that Red Foley was number two, and three of his best works are included; the aforementioned “Peace In The Valley”, “Just A Closer Walk With Thee” (a 1950 top ten hit), and “When God Dips His Love In My Heart”.

1945′s “Hang Your Head In Shame” and 1950′s “Careless Kisses” are interesting choices, as though they both were top ten hits, there were much bigger hits in the Foley catalog that were passed over.  And the same goes with the Ernest Tubb duet, “Don’t Be Ashamed Of Your Age”; again a top ten hit (1950), but “Goodnight Irene” and “Tennessee Border #2″ were bigger hits.  I’d have gone for one of those.

The other track included that befuddles me is “Deep Blues”.  While it is a nice, bluesy number (and Red Foley did Country-Blues as well as anyone), it was merely the B-side to “Midnight”.  ”Birmingham Bounce, “MISSISSIPPI”, “Smoke On The Water”, and “Cincinnati Dancing Pig” would have all made more sense to have been used.

The collection also touches on Foley’s numerous duets.  In addition to his work with Ernest Tubb, the album also includes the 1954 number one hit with Kitty Wells, “One By One”, as well as his top ten duet with his daughter, Betty, “As Far As I’m Concerned” (1954).

This album is still available, both as a CD and an MP3 download, and for the price, it’s a nice pickup.  However, if you’re really into Red Foley music or Country music history, in general, you may want to look around, as there are some more in-depth collections now on the market.

Overall, a nice album that, again, for the price, is a nice introduction to the music of a man who’s contributions are sometimes overlooked, despite his immense popularity, back in the day.  Red Foley was an outstanding vocalist who, along with Eddy Arnold and George Morgan, helped smooth out the Country music sound.  I rate this album a 4.5 out of 5.

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