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Donna Fargo “Another Goodbye” Single Of The Day”

1978 top ten hit for Donna Fargo "Another Goodbye"Greetings from Asheville, where we always find the good music.  Today’s Single Of The Day, is a 1978 top ten hit for Donna Fargo.  Sixteen times Donna would make the country music top ten, and “Another Goodbye” would be the fifteenth.

Released in July, 1978, “Another Goodbye” started slowly, not making the Country 40 until early September.  Once there, it made a steady climb that would culminate with a top ten placing, peaking at ten in early November.

A ballad, featuring the more polished country-pop styling that was becoming increasingly prevalent during that era, yet a song that I’m not really sure would have worked as well with any other kind of arrangement.  Donna’s performance is among her best, particularly during her Warner Brothers years.  A solid classic that still is deserving of a spin, now and then.

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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band “I’ve Been Lookin’ Single Of The Day

"I've Been Lookin', Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, almost a #1 in 1988.Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always on the turntable, in the CD player, or in the MP3 machine.  Today’s Single Of The Day heads back a few years, 1988, to be exact.  The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band were in the midst of a streak of 15 consecutive top ten singles (they had 16, overall), and today’s single would be number 14 of that streak.

“I’ve Been Lookin’ was released in late Summer, following up their hit “Workin’ Man (Nowhere To Go)”.  Making it’s Country 40 debut in mid-September, “I’ve Been Lookin’ would race up the charts, nearly making it to number one, stopping just one position short.  A bright, peppy little number, it’s hard not to like, as it simply has that “feel-good” spirit to it.

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Highway 101 “Somewhere Tonight” Single Of The Day

Greetings from Asheville, where today’s Single Of The Day is a bouncy piece of country music from 1987, a song that provided the group, Highway 101, with their first number one hit.

Through 1985, the majority of country music was in the vein of the country-pop styling; artists such as Lee Greenwood, Crystal Gayle, Anne Murray, and Kenny Rogers were among the mainstays of that era’s sounds.  But something happened in 1986, that started the pendulum swinging back the other direction.  First, Randy Travis, then Dwight Yoakam hit the scene, bringing a new style of traditionally-influence country music into prominence.  That shift continued throughout the decade and Highway 101 was one of the acts who also played a role, beginning with their emergence in 1987, with their self-titled debut album, that featured 3 top ten singles, including today’s Single Of The Day.

Following the success of “The Bed You Made For Me” and “Whiskey, If You Were A Woman”, Warner Brothers shipped “Somewhere Tonight” to radio in early Fall, hoping for a breakthrough to the top spot on the charts.  It happened, as the single began it’s climb in October, and by year’s end, was the first of ultimately four Highway 101 singles to ascend to number one.

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Single Of The Day-McCarters “Timeless And True Love”

Greetings from Asheville, where another Single Of The Day is about to step into the light. Today, it’s the debut hit from three sisters from Sevierville, Tennessee. Jennifer, Lisa, and Teresa, the McCarters, made their debut in early 1988, eventually charting five Country 40 hits, with three breaking into the top ten.

The first of those singles would be today’s subject. Released on the Warner Brothers label and debuting in February, “Timeless And True Love”, with it’s strong traditional sound and the sweet-sounding harmonies of the sisters, would climb all the way to five on the charts. Simply a great record.

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Classic Album Review-T. G. Sheppard “3/4 Lonely”

Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always on the turntable, in the CD player, or in the MP3 machine. Your Classic Album Review for today, is a 1979 effort from T. G. Sheppard. T. G. had been scoring hit singles since 1974′s “Devil In The Bottle”, yet had yet to enjoy the same level of success with his albums. His five previous releases had all missed the top ten, with his self-titled debut peaking the highest, twelve. Meanwhile, his last album, Daylight, didn’t even chart. But his album fortunes began changing with his sixth release, 3/4 Lonely. Featuring to number one smash singles, along with a third top five single, the album became the first of four T. G. Sheppard albums to reach the Country album top ten, and the album, his third for Warner Brothers, would also be his highest charting release, peaking at four, a mark later matched by his Finally! release.

The first thing you’ll notice when you check the back of the album cover, is the quality of songwriters. Rafe VanHoy, Don Cook Curly Putman, Sonny Throckmorton, Bobby Braddock, Kieran Kane, Deborah Allen, and Sterling Whipple are all represented, here. We’re talking pens that wrote down a lot of hits during this era. In fact, one of those hits kick off the album, the Sonny Throckmorton written “You Feel Good All Over”. This was the album’s first single, peaking at four, during the Summer of 1979. Good, solid music, right here. Country-Pop, but still no doubt as to which side this track leans to.

“I Wish That I Could Hurt That Way Again” found it’s way onto both this release, as well as the Kenny Rogers The Gambler album, yet wouldn’t be a hit single until T. Graham Brown in 1986. Not a bad version, but I think the song actually comes off a little better at the hands of vocalists like Brown and Rogers, who have a little more edge or grit in their voices. T. G.’s smooth vocals are actually too smooth.

Here’s what I like about the ballad, “My Ship’s Coming In”, the melody. It’s a highly fascinating mix of notes and chords that really sound nothing like anything else of that era, or for that matter, not too much, since. The song is a slow one, with the typical heavy strings of the era, but the almost too lush sounds can’t hide the beauty of this one.

“You Look Like Love” is another nice ballad that also rises above the sounds of the era to show off it’s splendor. Quality-wise, it’s comparable to the previous track. In both cases, as well, T. G. Sheppard’s deliveries are stellar interpretations.

The tempo finally picks up a little, on side one’s final track, “I Came Home To Make Love To You”. Nothing fancy, here, just a simple husband-and-wife love song. It’s a track that really had a neutral effect on me.

Side two opens with the track “You Do It To Me Every Time”. A slower song, another track that really doesn’t do anything for me, kind of bland, really.

On the other hand, “It’s Only Love” is a track that has a nice likability to it, a rather catchy piece of medium tempo Country-Pop.

“(She Wanted To Live) Faster Than I Could Dream” is a fine ballad, that is a great mix of song and singer. The highlight, here, is a great, memorable refrain. One of those that stick in your head pieces.

Now, we enter the meat of the album, starting with the hit “I’ll Be Coming Back For More”. It gave T. G. his first number one hit of the 1980′s, topping the charts early in 1980. One of those records that immediately stick with you on the very first listen. Great melody, fine lyrics, and just simply a great piece.

As good as “I’ll Be Coming Back For More” is, “Last Cheater’s Waltz” is even better. This is the album’s highlight, and simply one of the best singles to hit the airwaves, that year, and for that matter, the past thirty-five years. Outstanding lyrics, here, that really get straight to the emotions that each of the song’s subjects must be feeling (credit for that also has to go to the stellar vocal work by T. G. Sheppard). Often, I’m not crazy about the lush strings of the era, but here is an example, where they work, perfectly, particularly in the instrumental riffs, where the strings simply take the recording to yet another level. This one is a pure classic!

This is an album that is still on the market, available as a CD. In addition, used copies are pretty common, as well. My search turned up used CD’s, vinyl, cassettes, and 8-tracks. The price range, mainly in the $2-$12 area.

“Last Cheater’s Waltz” is the easy Standout Track choice. “My Ship’s Coming In” gets the nod for Hidden Gem, while “You Do It To Me Every Time” gets the Weakest Track nod.

Overall, a good album. A couple of tracks that did little for me, but for the most part, very good to classic music. It is heavily laden with the strings, but again, that was common for the era, and for the most part, they don’t get in the way of the songs or T. G. Sheppard. I give it a 4 out of 5 because most of the album cuts are good, but two of the three hits are killer tracks, while the third (“You Feel Good All Over”) is also a great track.


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