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 harkens back to an artist that I’m sure, in the minds of many who experienced 1970′s Country music, firsthand, may have completely forgotten, despite having a relatively decent career in Country music, David Rogers. His overall recording career spanned the period, 1967 to 1988. During that time, twenty-one of his singles broke into the Country 40, with two of those making it into the top ten, “Need You” and “Loving You Has Changed My Life”. Three others were able to make it into the Country 20, while, interestingly, six of his singles got close to the Country 20, but stopped in that 21-23 range, including today’s featured single.
The fourteenth of those twenty-one Country 40 singles, “I’m Gonna Love You Right Out Of This World”. The slower ballad, released on Gene Autry’s Republic label, was his third single for the label, and after it’s February, 1977 debut, would peak at twenty-one. A good, solid vocalist, mixed with a good song, this is an excellent release, that in my opinion, should have been a higher peaking single. A fine piece of music, right here.
If you remember the music of David Rogers, or if you’d like to learn about this 1970′s-era vocalist, then you’ll want to check out an article written by our buddy Paul W. Dennis, a few years ago, on the website the9513, that gives a really nice overview of his career. You can read that article by simply clicking here.
Saving vinyl, one record at a time.
Categories: Single Of The Day Tags: 1977, classic country, Country Music, country oldies, David Rogers, Gene Autry, I'm Gonna Love You Right Out Of This World, Loving You Has Changed My Life, Need You, Republic Records
Classic Album Review-Gene Autry “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer & Other Children’s Christmas Favorites”
Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always found on the turntable, in the CD player, or in the MP3 player. Today, an album that has made many revolutions on our turntables, the past forty years or so, Gene Autry’s Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer And Other Children’s Christmas Favorites. Released on Columbia’s Harmony label in November, 1963, it features the original hit versions of Gene’s classics “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Here Comes Santa Claus”, along with his million-selling version of “Frosty The Snowman”. The tracks were all recorded during the late 1940′s and early 1950′s, mixing Autry originals with Christmas standards.
It’s one of those standards that open the album, as you get Gene’s take on “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town”. Nothing fancy, here, just straightforward sounds in the typical smooth western sounds of Autry, which makes for fun listening.
The aforementioned “Here Comes Santa Claus” is next. This was actually Gene’s first Christmas hit, selling over a million 78 rpm’s and climbing into both the Country and Pop top tens in 1947. Simply a classic, must-hear for the Christmas season.
“He’s A Chubby Little Fellow”, as one would expect, is all about Santa and telling boys and girls, everywhere, to mind their mommies and daddies and do what’s right so he’ll visit on Christmas Eve. From the Christmas season of 1949, I would term this as a “cute” song. Nothing fancy, groundbreaking, or spectacular, but it does feature a catchy melody and is a song that I would imagine resonated quite positively with the kids of the time.
The flip-side of that single was “Santa, Santa, Santa”. Again, pretty much the same as “He’s A Chubby Little Fellow”, in that it’s a song that’s geared towards the younger set, of whom it would be hard to imagine would have turned down the catchy melody and fun lyrics.
Of course, the song that immediately comes to mind for many, when Gene Autry is mentioned, is the classic “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer”, one of the true classics of Christmas, appearing in 1949, and topping both the Country and Pop charts. In addition, it’s one of the biggest selling singles of all-time, selling over 25 million 78′s and 45′s. Really, do I need to review this track? No. It’s a classic, simply put, that kids STILL love, along with most parents and grandparents.
Side two opens with the story of “The Night Before Christmas”, set to melody, though without some of the verses from the original story. Released in 1952 as “The Night Before Christmas Song”, it also features the legendary Rosemary Clooney, in a duet with Gene. There’s something sweet and sentimental about this track that makes it nearly irresistible.
“I Wish My Mom Would Marry Santa Claus” is a little on the bland side. A 1953 single, it’s not terrible, it’s just there.
From 1950, there’s “When Santa Claus Gets Your Letter”. Again, a song that’s intended more for the younger listeners, but one that’s cute and fun for the kids, with a catchy, bouncy melody.
“When Santa Claus Gets Your Letter” was the flip-side of Gene’s third big Christmastime hit, “Frosty The Snowman”. Due to the immensity and continued popularity of his other two Christmas classics, Gene’s version of “Frosty The Snowman” often gets overlooked, and is seldom heard on the radio, or anywhere, for that matter. Yet, when released for the Christmas season of 1950, Gene’s version (which is also the first recorded version) also broke into both the Pop and Country top tens. In addition, Gene’s version sold over a million copies, as well. Personally, I like Gene’s version, as well as any out there. Then again, I like most of Gene’s music, very much.
The album wraps with “Everyone’s A Child At Christmas”, an ever-so-true statement for most of us. Bouncy, swinging, and infectious, it’s a good end to this album.
This album is out of print, however, all of the tracks are available on a CD/MP3 download titled Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer And Other Classics. As for used copies, it might take a bit of searching, but they are out there. The ones I found ranged from $5 to $20 in price.
Of course, you have to give the title cut the Standout Track. As for the Hidden Gem, I am going with “Everyone’s A Child At Christmas”, while the Weakest Track goes to “I Wish My Mom Would Marry Santa Claus”.
Overall, it’s still a fun album to hear, even with tracks that are in the sixty year old range. Something about good Christmas recordings that they never seem to be dated; and that’s the case, here. Fun music to play during the holidays, especially if you have children or grandchildren around. I rate it a 4.5 out of 5.
Categories: Classic Album Reviews Tags: 1963, Christmas music, classic country, Columbia Records, country albums, Country Music, country oldies, Frosty The Snowman, Gene Autry, Harmony Records, Here Comes Santa Claus, Rosemary Clooney, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer And Other Children's Christmas Favorites, Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town, The Night Before Christmas Song
Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always found on the turntable or in the CD and MP3 players. It was a great time, last evening, on the latest edition of Ultimate Twang. If you missed it, we had some great tunes spinning for three hours, from Country music’s glorious past. In addition, there was some Halloween fun, as well.
Good news, though, if you weren’t able to catch the show, just click on the link to the Ultimate Twang page on Asheville Free Media, and you can hear the show in it’s entirety.
Here’s a look at the list of magical melodies that played..
|Ricky Skaggs||Get Up John|
|Tim McGraw||My Next Thirty Years|
|Sonny James||Bright Lights, Big City|
|Dolly Parton||My Tennessee Mountain Home|
|Jack Greene||Statue Of A Fool|
|Reno Browne & Her Buckaroos||My Sweet Little Girl From Nevada||Almost Hit||This is actually Bill Haley & His Saddlemen|
|Jody Miller||Be My Baby|
|Michael Martin Murphey||A Long Line Of Love|
|Bill Monroe||Were You There|
|Charlie Rich||All Over Me|
|Little Jimmy Dickens||May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose|
|Ronnie Milsap||Daydreams About Night Things|
|Wanda Jackson||Stupid Cupid||Classic Album Track|
|Gene Watson||Forever Again|
|Sheb Wooley||The Purple People Eater|
|Ricky Skaggs||From The Word Love||Almost Hit|
|Forester Sisters||Lyin’ In His Arms Again|
|Reba McEntire||I Can See Forever In Your Eyes|
|Hank Snow||Hello Love|
|Johnny Cash||Any Old Wind That Blows|
|Charlie Daniels Band||The Legend Of The Wooley Swamp|
|Ray Price||City Lights|
|Joe Kenyon||Hymne||Almost Hit|
|Connie Smith||Nobody But A Fool|
|Cowboy Copas||Flat Top|
|Roy Rogers||Read The Bible And Pray|
|Webb Pierce||Tupelo County Jail|
|David Houston & Barbara Mandrell||After Closing Time|
|Compton Brothers||Haunted House|
|Crystal Gayle||Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue|
|Louise Mandrell||So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)||Classic Album Track|
|George Jones||Why Baby Why|
|Eddy Arnold||The Richest Man (In The World)|
|Kenny Price||Grass Won’t Grow On A Busy Street||Almost Hit|
|Jimmy Wakely & Margaret Whiting||Let’s Go To Church Next Sunday Morning|
|Tom T. Hall||One Hundred Children|
|Ernest Ashworth||Talk Back Trembling Lips|
|T. Graham Brown||I Tell It Like It Used To Be|
|Tom Jones||A Woman’s Touch|
|Buck Owens||(It’s A) Monster’s Holiday|
|Rosanne Cash||What We Really Want||Almost Hit|
|Johnny Duncan||It Couldn’t Have Been Any Better|
|Bonnie Guitar||Stop The Sun|
|Porter Wagoner||The Carroll County Accident|
|Molly O’Day & The Cumberland Mountain Folk||Tramp On The Street|
|Kenny Chesney||She’s Got It All|
|Charlie Walker||Wild As A Wildcat|
|Wilburn Brothers||Simon Crutchfield’s Grave|
|Louvin Brothers||I Don’t Believe You’ve Met My Baby|
|Loretta Lynn||Fool #1||Classic Album Track|
|Kitty Wells||I’ve Thought Of Leaving Too||Almost Hit|
|Gene Autry||Back In The Saddle Again|
|Jimmy Martin||Chattanooga Dog|
Categories: Artists, Music, & Radio Tags: Asheville Free Media, Barbara Mandrell, Bill Monroe, Buck Owens, classic country, Country Music, country oldies, country radio, Dolly Parton, Eddy Arnold, Gene Autry, George Jones, George Strait, Hank Snow, Jim Reeves, Johnny Cash, Kenny Chesney, Kenny Rogers, Little Jimmy Dickens, Loretta Lynn, Porter Wagoner, Ray Price, Reba McEntire, Ricky Skaggs, Ronnie Milsap, Sonny James, Tim McGraw, Wanda Jackson
Beginning with early hits such as 1932's “That Silver-Haired Daddy Of Mine” (with Jimmie Long), along with many other hits such as “South Of The Border”, “At Mail Call Today”, “You Are My Sunshine”, “It Makes No Difference Now”, and his theme, “Back In The Saddle Again”. These records sold many millions of copies for Gene during the 1930's and 1940's.