Articles Comments

» Country

The Ballad of Irving – Frank Gallop

The Ballad of Irving – Frank Gallop

Frank Gallop was born in 1900 and by the 1940s was an announcer for numerous radio programs before moving on to early television shows in the ’50s. “What’s a radio program?” I hear some younger readers asking. Those of you who were playing with Daddy’s MacIntosh or Hewlett-Packard desktop while still wearing diapers might very well be shocked to learn there was a time when there was no TV, let alone Internet or cell phones! In … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1960s, Country

Mr. Sandman – Emmylou Harris

Mr. Sandman – Emmylou Harris

Emmylou Harris is one of the all-time great female country singers. She has won Grammy Awards, Country Music Association awards, notched 14 #1 Country songs, released more than 40 albums through 2011 and is generally considered one of the grand dames of country music. Given all that success, it’s a bit of a shock that her only Billboard Top 40 hit is a cover of “Mr. Sandman” from 1982. It’s not that there is anything … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Country, Pop

Joanne – Michael Nesmith and the First National Band

Joanne – Michael Nesmith and the First National Band

Davy Jones of The Monkees died on leap day, February 29, 2012. Only three Monkees remain. The world mourns the passing of another teen idol. While The Monkees had 12 Top 40 hits, only one member of The Monkees had a solo song reach the Billboard Top 40. And it ain’t Davy Jones. It’s Michael Nesmith with his 1970s twangy soft-rock ballad, “Joanne.” Never heard it before? I’m not surprised. This song reached #21 on the Billboard Top 40 … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Country

An American Trilogy – Mickey Newbury

An American Trilogy – Mickey Newbury

There aren’t many patriotic one-hit wonders. “Dawn of Correction” by The Spokesmen is one. But “An American Trilogy” by Mickey Newbury has to top this fairly small and exclusive list. Based on three 19th century songs (“Dixie” and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” from the Civil War and an African American spiritual in “All My Trials”), “An American Trilogy” was first arranged and performed by Mickey Newbury who reached #26 on the Billboard Top … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Country

I’m Not Lisa – Jessi Colter

I’m Not Lisa – Jessi Colter

You want a reason to cry in your beer? Listen to “I’m Not Lisa” by Jessi Colter. It’s the sad story of a woman named Julie whose boyfriend, husband, whatever, keeps comparing her to Lisa, his ex-wife, ex-girlfriend, ex-whatever who left him years ago. She’s not the girl he remembers and evidently not the girl he wants. So Julie (Jessi Colter) sings about all the ways he loved her. But she leaves him on a winter day … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Country

I Can Help – Billy Swan

I Can Help – Billy Swan

Country crossover hits are an interesting phenomenon. In the 1980s there were a bunch of tunes that crossed over from venerable acts like Micky Gilley, Sylvia and John Schneider (from the Dukes of Hazzard). The 1990s were chock-full of country crossover hits from Shania Twain, Faith Hill and many more artists who are completely removed from one-hit wonder status as multi-Platinum recording artists. In the 1970s, you get songs like “I Can Help” by Billy … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Country