Monthly Archives: November 2011

You Never Really Wanted Me

Where does Charlie Rich fit in? The simple answer is he doesn’t in the easy kind of way of a Johnny Cash or a Hank Williams. Still, he had nine number one country hits and eight more that hit the … Continue reading

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It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times

In this ca. 1927 photograph from MOHAI’s archives, Babe Ruth is surrounded by young children at the bottom of a staircase inside the New Washington Hotel and being fed a turkey leg by a boy. Baseball, Sam Baker

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How t’ Git Yerself Sued, Part One

In 1943 a country singer who really no one has ever heard of named Ted West wrote a song called You’ll Still Be In My Heart. The song was bought and rewritten by another country singer named Buddy Starcher later … Continue reading

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The Warmest She Ever Got Was Thawing

Before Hank Williams country music wasn’t so personal. It had been born out of mountain frolics and square dances, fiddle contests and medicine shows. It was meant to make people dance and flirt, to set aside their troubles for a … Continue reading

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There Stands the Glass

He was told not to sing it. It was too risky, not appropriate, morally bereft. It tolerated drinking. Worse, it wouldn’t sell and could tarnish his image. Jim Denny, the manager of the Grand Ole Opry, told him this and … Continue reading

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Eli’s Victrola Favorites, Part Three: He’s Gotta Be Too Young To Know

The boy is a month shy of two and old enough to know: Sam Cooke is the greatest singer that has ever sung. But, don’t take my word for it, take the boy’s. He listens mostly to LPs. That’s because … Continue reading

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