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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

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

Stand By Me – Mickey Gilley

Stand By Me – Mickey Gilley

Mickey Gilley is a country music legend. But he’s a pop music one-hit wonder for his 1980 crossover hit from the Urban Cowboy movie that starred John Travolta. The definitive version of “Stand By Me” is performed by Ben E. King. It’s a classic that features one of the most famous bass lines in all of rock music. Gilley’s version is a bit more sleepy, a bit more somber, a bit more boring. But that didn’t matter … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Country

I Believe in You – Don Williams

I Believe in You – Don Williams

Big Don Williams is a class act. He’s still out there strumming his guitar after five decades in the music business. In fact, he’s probably playing a small venue in middle-America tonight. With 17 number one hits on the country charts, he was deservedly inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010. But today isn’t about Don’s country hits. It’s about the one time in his career that he crossed over from the … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Country

Fallin’ in Love Lyrics – Souther Hillman Furay Band

Fallin’ in Love Lyrics – Souther Hillman Furay Band

Click here to read how “Fallin’ in Love” became a one-hit wonder Fallin’ in Love Lyrics Here I go again it’s all right Full moons grown to brighten the night I been looking there seeing the light It’s sure shining bright yea Well honey believe in it it being free mm Nothing to loves like nothing to be Youve got once a lifetime to see just how much of your dream Honey to feel like fallin in love just to know Honey to feel like … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Country, Rock