A Six Pack To Go. Green Light. Honky Tonk Angels. In The Jailhouse Now. Rub A Dub Dub. San Antonio Rose. Shotgun Boogie. The Blackboard Of My Heart. Don Schlitz wrote most of the gambling allegory in while walking home from a meeting on Music Row, but it took the songwriter six weeks to come up with the inconclusive final verse. Besides, Doo [Oliver Vanetta Lynn, her husband of nearly 50 years] liked to go out with the boys and have a few beers.
George Strait stands tall as the most influential country star of recent decades — a dashing but down-to-earth Texan stud in a white hat, keeping the old-school verities alive without getting lost in show-biz glitz or folkie purity. His white hat was such a signature that Strait could fire up insane amounts of fan controversy any time he put on a black one. Over his amazingly long-lived career he's currently on his farewell tour , he's avoided pop crossover like the plague, yet this smash written by Sanger D.
Schafer — with his fourth wife became his most famous song. Strait laments that all his exes live in Texas — with the punch line, "That's why I hang my hat in Tennessee. The western swing pioneer wrote "Spanish Two-Step" in his early days of entertaining Mexican audiences, created the original "San Antonio Rose" at a session by playing the its bridge backwards, and added new lyrics two years later to score his first national hit.
Uptight traditionalists have criticized innovative country stars for deviating from some imaginary idea of "real country" for just about as long as there have been country stars to criticize, and Wills was no exception, outraging the cranks when he played his signature tune at the Opry with drums and horns. The romantic story about "Wichita Lineman" is that Jimmy Webb wrote it after seeing a lonely guy working at the top of a telephone pole while driving through the voids of rural Oklahoma.
The sound — a haze of soapy violins and expensive chord changes — had more to do with the onset of soft rock than the rudiments of country, but the subject matter was a new spin on an old story. Country calls it individualism; Webb called it loneliness.
Wells' revved-up reply via songwriter Jay Miller, with husband Johnnie Wright on bass! As testament to Wells' groundbreaking courage in recording the song, NBC Radio banned it and the Grand Ole Opry forbade her from performing the song on its hallowed stage. That goes for this fight-for-your-right-to-party invitation to date night, a weekend call to arms for the honky-tonk set that perfectly predates modern country bonfires-and-booze songs by Florida Georgia Line and Brantley Gilbert.
As the master builder of bluegrass, Bill Monroe took the fiddle music he learned on the Kentucky farm of his childhood, tricked it out with blues, gospel and swing, then stepped on the gas with his meticulously on-point band the Bluegrass Boys led by Earl Scruggs. But his signature tune was timeless, beyond genre, a waltz featuring Monroe on mandolin and falsetto testifying, speaking straight to country folk about a blue moon guiding him back home, not bestowing bad luck.
This hilarious tune about a hard-partying woman is powered by a wiry guitar style that influenced the Beatles and the Byrds. An essential example of the spunky Bakersfield sound that toughened up Sixties country.
The idea for the single came to the singer during a drive with legendary songwriting partner Harlan Howard. Howard, who considered "Tiger" a novelty tune, was skeptical of the song's potential, but "Tiger" proved to be Owens' biggest hit to date, quickly reaching Number One on the country charts and eventually providing the Nashville establishment outsider with the first and highest charting crossover pop single of his career.
Its ambiguous provenance can be attributed to blind Kentucky fiddler Dick Burnett, who published it in as "Farewell Song" and, when asked its origin, replied, "I think I got the ballad from somebody… I dunno. It may be my song. The best buddy team in country history took the cowboy song tradition of Roy Rogers into the Seventies, with a front-porch charisma that any doctor or lawyer would be lucky to have.
Songwriter Ed Bruce's version of this cautionary tale, released in late , became a minor country hit. But shortly thereafter, Waylon and Willie took the song to Number One.
Their combined star power and road-weary charm romanticized the emotionally inaccessible male drifter more powerfully perhaps than any country song had before. Despite the combined efforts of the singers' and countless mammas, however, the years since have seen no marked decline in baby-to-cowboy transformations.
Inspired by the sight of her husband flirting with a bank teller, "Jolene" is Parton's most heartrending triumph and the most devastating cheating song of them all. These days, contemporary country charts are overloaded with blustery assertions of self-sufficiency — from Marina McBride to Miranda Lambert — which makes it even more heartbreaking to hear one of country's most beloved matriarchs sounding so vulnerable.
No one could write a prison number like ex-con Merle Haggard. Despite its humble origin as a commission for Killers Three , a B-movie produced by and starring Dick Clark, this Platonic ideal of a country song turned out to be the Hag's most autobiographical statement. With its James Burton dobro vamp and haiku-like Roy Nichols Fender solo, "Mama Tried" is a celebration of cussed stubbornness disguised as an apology.
Haggard was indeed sent to San Quentin in , but "instead of life in prison I was doing one-to years," he told a reporter. Modern Sounds galvanized racial integration in the music industry, made Nashville songwriters the hottest of the time, and showed Charles exercising artistic control unprecedented for black artists at the time.
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