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!|
|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|
Webb Pierce, Sonny James, Brooks & Dunn, John Denver, Ray Price, The Judds, Billie Jo Spears, Bill Monroe, Rodney Crowell, Loretta Lynn, Ronnie Milsap, Johnny Cash, Eddy Arnold, Garth Brooks. Oh, and that’s just a partial list of who to expect on today’s show. Make sure you join me, online, beginning at 4p ET at Asheville Freemedia’s website (click the name to go there). I promise you’re gonna love it!
Categories: Artists, Music, & Radio Tags: Asheville Free Media, Bill Monroe, Billie Jo Spears, Brooks & Dunn, Eddy Arnold, Garth Brooks, John Denver, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Ray Price, Rodney Crowell, Ronnie Milsap, Sonny James, The Judds, Webb Pierce
Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always on the turntable, or in the CD player. Today’s Single Of The Day was a 1958 double-sided hit for Webb Pierce. One of the most unique voices ever to be heard in Country music, Webb Pierce enjoyed quite a career that would culminate in induction to the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 2001. Eighty-four times between 1952 and 1971, Webb could be seen on the Country 40, with fifty-four making the top ten, and thirteen climbing to number one, all on the Decca label. Today’s single counts for two of his top ten hits, as the sides were tabulated by Billboard as separate entries.
The ballad “Cryin’ Over You” was the first side to chart, debuting in early May. It would also be the higher peaking side, climbing number three. The flip-side, “You’ll Come Back”, was a bouncy up-tempo song that made a brief top ten appearance, peaking at ten, following it’s early June debut. Both tracks were a bit of a throwback for Webb, going back to his harder edged sound that first brought him fame, before the onslaught of Rock ‘N’ Roll, which forced Webb, like many other artists, to make some changes to his sound to try to sell records, with mixed results.
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Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always on the turntable or in the CD player. Today’s Classic Album Review looks back to a vintage Webb Pierce piece, from January, 1964. Sands Of Gold was the fifteenth album to be released on Webb, by Decca Records. Never charting, the album contained three hit singles, including two top tens, “Those Wonderful Years”, as well as the title cut.
The album kicks off with one of several covers found on the collection, Webb’s take on the Hank Locklin classic “Please Help Me I’m Falling”. Given that Webb Pierce and Hank Locklin had vocal styles that were similar, it’s no real surprise that Webb does a version comparable to the hit.
The Summer of 1963 saw Webb in the top ten, with the title cut, “Sands Of Gold”. One of Webb’s more pop-sounding hits, the medium tempo is mixed with a rhythm that has a slight Caribbean feel. It may be the only Webb Pierce hit, where bongo’s can be heard.
One of the album’s Hidden Gem contenders is next, in the pure country bouncer, “Blue Mood”. While Webb does a credible job on the more pop sounding tracks, it’s here that he really excels.
Another decent cover is Webb’s version of the Carl and Pearl Butler hit, “Don’t Let Me Cross Over”. Not quite as hard-edged as the Butler version, but still straight country music.c
Webb Pierce singing Bobby Vinton??? It’s true, as Webb tackles “Roses Are Red (Violets Are Blue)”. A bit surprising is that it’s not nearly as awkward as one might imaging. While it doesn’t rate the same level as the Vinton classic, Credit must be given to Webb Pierce for doing a decent take.
Side one ends with another Hidden Gem contender. I really like the R & B-influenced rhythm of “My Love For You”. This medium tempo’d track is nailed by Webb Pierce.
Side two opens with one of the big hits of 1963, just not for Webb. “Detroit City” scored twice; early in the year as a Country twenty hit for Billy Grammer (under the title “I Wanna Go Home”), then as a top ten country/pop hit for Bobby Bare. It’s a solid piece, under the production of Owen Bradley. Webb takes elements of both hit versions and melds them together, well.
Another Webb hit that has a strong pop feel, is “Those Wonderful Years”, in fact, take out the steel guitar, it’s a pure top 40 sound for that era. Somewhat surprisingly, though, Webb doesn’t sound out of place, here, handling the track, pretty well.
The tempo picks up, some, with Webb’s cover labelmate Jimmie Davis’ classic “Nobody’s Darling But Mind”. Good, solid effort, here.
The only single to miss the top ten was “If The Back Door Could Talk”, which, in the Fall of 1963, just missed the top ten, while the flip, “Those Wonderful Years”, was breaking into the top ten. One of my favorite Webb Pierce 1960’s works, here. Simply a classic.
“True Love Never Dies” feels oddly out of place, here. The track, recorded in October, 1958, harkens back to Webb’s sound of that period, which, by 1963, had softened considerably, as had many other veteran acts. Still, it’s a nice piece of vintage Webb Pierce honky tonk sound.
The album ends with the swinging “The Smile Of A Clown”. Not the strongest track on the album, but it is a catchy piece that will grow on you.
While it doesn’t appear to be currently available, this album has been on the market in compact disc form, as a “two-fer” with Webb’s Sweet Memories album. Used vinyl copies can be found, what I found was generally within a couple of dollars of ten dollars.
My Standout Track, here, goes to the title cut, while I have to give the Hidden Gem to “Blue Mood”. Even though “The Smile Of A Clown” is a catchy track, it’s also The Weakest Track.
Overall, there’s nothing groundbreaking, here. It’s a fairly typical album of the era; a couple of hits, a few covers, and a couple of originals. That said, if you like Webb Pierce, it’s a good album to listen to. There’s no really bad tracks, here, and the sound varies enough between tracks to keep any monotony at bay. I’d rate it a 3.5 out of 5.
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Categories: Classic Album Reviews Tags: 1964, classic country, country albums, Country Music, country oldies, Decca Records, If The Back Door Could Talk, Sands Of Gold, Those Wonderful Years, Webb Pierce
As Spring, 1957 dawns, Kentucky natives Phil and Don Everly are among the newest acts to join the Cadence Record roster. They had previously cut one single in 1955 for Columbia, a non-charting effort. This time, the results would be vastly different. It was March, when they entered RCA’s Nashville studios, with Cadence owner Archie Bleyer producing and session men including Chet Atkins and Buddy Harman, and by the sessions’ end, three songs were cut, including both sides of their Cadence debut.
It’s been reported that one of those sides, “Bye Bye Love”, had been rejected by many artists, including, allegedly, Elvis Presley and The Wilburn Brothers. “Bye Bye Love” was released in March, but wouldn’t make it’s debut until May, when it first appeared on the country charts, a couple of weeks before hitting the Pop Top 40. The record caught fire and, despite a competing version by Webb Pierce, would spend seven weeks (July and August) on top of the country charts, while peaking at two on the pop side.
It’s interesting to note that even though the Everly Brothers would ultimately have the largest part of their success as rock ‘n’ rollers, their version of this classic is easily the more country version of the two hits from 1957. Webb Pierce’s version has a much stronger rocking sound to it.
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