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Date News Posted: April 11, 1998

This has been a bad news, good news week we guess, of course the bad news was the passing of Tammy Wynette, what a loss that was to Country Music, just 55 years old and a thousand more songs to sing, but like my old pappy always said "It matters not where you have been or where you think you are going, when your number is up, your number is up".

But from records (in case you are younger than me, that's the round black thing with a pencil size hole in the middle) to the compact disc, to all in between, Tammy's music will be here forever and if you have ever read anything about her, then you will know, her music was her life and she wrote and sang exactly the way she felt.

Tonight on the "Opry" Johnny Russell said goodbye to Tammy, then he introduced Johnny Paycheck and that's the good news, even though Johnny appeared a little shook by singing one that he helped write and one that helped get Tammy known to the world, "Apartment Number 9," it was just great to see him on the Opry and to know they had made him the newest member of the "Grand Ole Opry" to me that was something way over due.

Marty Martel has just been doing a great job for Paycheck, and you can tell by the way Marty writes about him that they will be together for a long time to come, it's kinda' funny and we never thought about it before, but you have to like what you do, and who you are doing it with, to ever make it last. Art Rush and Roy Rogers according to the books, never signed a contract for all those many years and when Art passed away they were still the same good friends as they were the day they met.

Anyway the second song that Johnny sang on the Opry tonight was one of the greatest songs we have ever heard and I am sorry to say we never heard it before, so we don't rightly know if that's because that Country radio ain't Country radio no more, or that it was a new song, but you can bet your boots we will.

Very shortly we will have some new stories on Johnny Paycheck, Marty said he would get us some new things pretty soon, and along with it we'll be doing a story on Marty Martel and his new song, so hang in there.

If you have not read the April 7th edition of The Examiner and the Johnny Cash story then maybe you should.

No matter sometimes how you would like things to stay the same, we know that can't be and things do change and that's great, but tell me this...Why does every young artist that we have ever seen appear on the Opry, talk about Johnny Paycheck, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Hank Snow, Waylon, Warner Mack, Willie and on and on like they are Country Music Gods, (which they are) but yet the radio stations won't play their records ? Have we gone so far that money is the only thing left to care about?

Some of the new artists today are just outstanding and there is no doubt about that, but, is there not room on a four hour radio show for Johnny Cash or any of the above, and all the others that we all know who they are?

We were talking to a new station owner a while back and we ask him that very question, "Why don't you play any of the Classics"? His answer was, "Why should we, you can't buy them anyway". Now if that ain't a crock of bull, unless that artist, any artist, cut a C.D. or anything else and died the same day and took them with him to Heaven or the other place, then bet your - - -, I can buy it. Granted, it might take me a little more time than it would Joe or Mary new guy to find it, but I could.

The problem is, when "Cash" (and we keep using Johnny Cash, not only because we luv him, but because Cash is an easy name to spell when your "Td") is that, if the publications would give him the same respect as they do the new people when he releases a record then maybe he would sell some. So what if he's past 40, he ain't dead, and if after it (his record) gets the same kind of treatment as the new guy, and his records still don't sell then so be it, but he deserves the same chance as they do.

If 40 is the cut off year for Country singers, then a new law should be passed that it is mandatory that when a Country singer reaches 40 he dies, heck, if they can spend money in Washington as they did a few years ago trying to figure out where "Cow Gas" went, then somebody oughta' be able to pass this law don't you think?

If any one out there has an old record collection of 45's that were super hits from the 50's, dig them back out again and look at the label names, they were everything from Lard Bucket to Prunes, and nobody gave a hoot what they were or did they care, does Garth sound any better on a "BIG" label as he would on the "Prune" label? I don't think so, and we don't think his fans would care any more what label Johnny Paycheck was on, as long as we knew about it so we could buy it.

Anyway, if any of the above would care to send us what ever they have got to sell, we'll try to do a nice story on it, and if you think this is a cheap way to get records for nothing, after we do the story, we'll send it back.

What about this one...If a major label, any major label, started a new label and they called it, say, "Just Plain Country" and say the artist paid for his or her own session, (they do anyway) and brought it to your head bugger in charge of that new label, (he or she has got to be 50 or older or scratch it before you start) So now the session is paid for so that won't cost you anything, and your head bugger listened to it and said "Dang, that's good" so you agree to "LEASE" not buy or steal his master, and you pressed a couple of thousand C.D's and just promoted it along with your new stuff, now with the master already cut, a couple thousand C.D's don't cost all that much, and say, just say now, if they don't sell (which we think they will) but say they don't, you can at least get back your small investment by just selling them for cost at a "Pick and Pluck" store.

Well anyway, we just got back from Vegas getting things lined up to tape a Country show in October and guess what? It didn't rain on us and the way it has been in Southern California this year, that is pretty much a miracle.

Tonight we'll just say Goodbye to Tammy and call it a day.

We will see ye next time, but just in case we don't, take care of yourself

Don Bradley

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