Posts Tagged ‘C&W’

Merry Christmas From The Family

December 25, 2018

“Merry Christmas From The Family,” written by Robert Earl Keene, performed here by the Dixie Chicks and Rosie O’Donnell. The songwriter has a good version, too.

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Anillo de Fuego

June 4, 2017

Johnny Cash sings his 1963 hit “Ring of Fire” in Spanish. It was written in English by June Carter and Merle Kilgore. Don’t know who did the translation.

Johnny Cash website

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Pretty Paper

December 13, 2016

“Pretty Paper,” written and performed by Willie Nelson. The original 1963 recording by Roy Orbison was an early songwriting success for Willie, and went to #15 on the US charts. The Orbison arrangement was a bit more … ambitious.

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Detroit City

September 4, 2016

“Detroit City,” written by Danny Dill and Mel Tillis, a big Grammy-winning hit for Bobby Bare in 1963.

Here’s what the Lincoln Continental and Ford Thunderbird assembly line looked like about the time the song was written:

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There She Goes

May 22, 2016

“There She Goes,” written by Durwood Haddock, and Eddie Miller, and recorded by Carl Smith and The Tunesmiths in 1955, with with Johnny Sibert on steel guitar.

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Guy Clark, 1941– 2016

May 18, 2016

Guy Clark, 1941-- 2016

Influential Texas-born singer, songwriter, and luthier Guy Clark died in Nashville Tuesday at the age of 74. A wonderful performer, his songs were big hits for others, notably Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Buffett, Lyle Lovett, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, and Rodney Crowell.

More:

“Guy Clark dead at 74,” Peter Cooper, The Tennessean

“Guy Clark, a King of the Texas Troubadours, Is Dead at 74,” Bill Friskics-Warren, New York Times

“Legendary Texas songwriter Guy Clark, 74, dies,” Roberto Villalpando, Austin America-Statesman

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Merle Haggard,1937 – 2016

April 7, 2016

Merle Haggard, 1937 -- 2016

Singer and songwriter Merle Haggard died on Wednesday, his 79th birthday. He was a key figure in the Bakersfield sound and the outlaw country movement. Mr. Haggard was inducted into Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994.

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Red Simpson, 1934 — 2016

January 19, 2016

Red Simpson, 1934 -- 2016

Singer, musician, and songwriter Red Simpson died earlier this month. His songs helped define country music’s Bakersfield Sound, and his truck driving songs formed the soundtrack of midcentury American highways.

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Honky Tonk Christmas

December 29, 2015

“Honky Tonk Christmas,” written by Buddy Brock, Zack Turner, and Kim Williams, recorded by Alan Jackson in 1993.

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It’s Christmas Time for Everyone But Me

December 28, 2015

“It’s Christmas Time for Everyone But Me,” written by Dixie Deen and Ray King, best known for their truck driving songs, performed here by Buck Owens, king of the Bakersfield Sound. Don’t get confused by the Hank Ballard R&B tune of the same name.
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