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News Posted: June 17, 1998
It's kinda fun going back through the years taking a look at what was number one in the charts, Country, Pop or otherwise > Like on July the 3rd. 1948 the number "1" song was "Woody Woodpecker" by Kay Kyser > on November the 26th 1949 the number "1" song was "Mule Train" by Frankie Lane > and Gene Autry really scored it big on January the 7th. 1950 with the number one song that still is a number one song year after year after year, a song that pretty much changed a hard ridin' smooth talkin' Cowboy into a Teddy Bear and loved by even more people than already did (which was pert near everyone) with his immortal "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" > a couple more great Country songs also saw the light of day and rose to the number "1" spot in 1950 with Red Foley in February with his "Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy" and Patti Page in December of that year with her version of the "Tennessee Waltz".
1951 brought on the likes of Perry Como and Nat King Cole and Tony Bennett, now when you look back at these old charts it seems like who-ever was tabulating the charts and the music for the world to hear could not bring themselves to tell it like it was and promote Pee Wee Kings version of his own song of the "Tennessee Waltz" and Hank Williams version of "Cold Cold Heart" instead of Tony Bennett but they were all great singers and no matter what kind of music you liked, you had to appreciate the smooth voice of Nat King Cole who first hit in 1950 with his version of "Mona Lisa" and then again in 51 with "Too Young".
One of the biggest surprises of Eddie Dean's life came when he turned on the radio and heard Nat King Cole singing a song penned by him (Eddie Dean) and his good friend Hal Blair and we are sure if you know Country then you know the song it was called "One Has My Name, The Other Has My Heart" to me, that always seemed like a very unlikely match up, but it worked and Nat King Cole did an outstanding job.
As of eight or ten years ago "One Has My Name" had been recorded by 57 major artist > One night at the Palomino Club in North Hollywood, Eddie Dean and Jerry Lee Lewis were sitting in what was called the Celebrity room shootin' the bull or what ever, when Eddie said, "Jerry, why don't you record One Has My Name"? Jerry said "Why", Eddie said "Because I could use the money". If you have ever heard Jerry Lee's version of that song then you know he just tore it up, it is one of the finest version of that song ever recorded and a couple of the royalty checks paid for Eddie Dean's home in Southern California.
We could spend all night going through pages of old charts and sometimes I do, the memories of those songs sometimes bring a smile and sometimes they bring a tear but they always make me feel good because those old songs are my way to keep track of time and my life. If someone ask you where you were in November of 1955 your first answer might be, "What, are you nuts, how do I know"? But if someone ask you where you were when you first heard Tennessee Ernie Ford sing "16 Tons" we'll bet you'd come pretty darn close to knowing where you were in November of 1955.
We can not write this news tonight with out thanking Alan Mayton from KWRD Henderson, Texas, Alan found our Web site news and sent us an email and we really appreciate that, most of all because KWRD plays Classic Country Music and second when we called them they are Really nice folks and we are going to do all we can to get all the Classic artist still recording today, or even if you are not still recording today and have some of your records still in your closet, then break out a copy and send them in any form you have it recorded on, Record, Tape or CD, Now we ain't sure about them old wire recordings, but a guy told us once if you pull that wire real quick through your teeth, music will come out your ear.
We have already sent KWRD two packages of Classics and we are putting together some more to send, so even if you are not an artist but have some of those old Country Classics laying around that you don't play any more, send them out here and we will include them in the next package to the station or just send um your self, either way and they would sure appreciate it.
Flippin' through the pages of some of these old Billboard and Cash Box magazines and seeing who was nominated for awards and who won and who didn't is something else again, we have never put a lot of store in awards, and because of those awards, many good singers were hardly ever heard of again, they never won and their record company, we reckon, just saw fit not to promote them anymore, singers like Eddie Miller, Carl Belew, John L. Sullivan, Frankie Miller with his "Blackland Farmer" and well, you know who we mean, just never got the attention that a few others did and that's a shame because they were true Classics, "Then and Now"
George Jones has been nominated and won probably just about every award known to mankind and well he should have, going through the pages of time in these old books of memories the only award we can see that he never won was female artist of the year, had we have been George's manager back in those good old days, with two fifths of Jack we would of had George in a dress and he would have won that one to. We maybe wrong, but the feeling put into a song by someone that has been there, is going to turn you inside out, but it is very hard to feel a hurtin', drinkin' country song, sung by a nineteen year old that ain't old enough to drink nothin' but milk.
When George Jones sings "Who's Gonna' Fill Their Shoes" that's about the easiest question anyone could ever ask you, "Nobody".
The HOLLYWOOD BOWL known the world over for names like the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Andre Kostelanetz and a bunch of other names that we can't spell without reading it from a book, must have got their program mixed up with that of "Town Hall Party " in Compton, California on the night of August the 6th. 1955 because the talent roster read like this > Lefty Frizzell, Freddie Hart, Eddie Dean, Larry and Lorie Collins, The Frontiersmen, Eddie Cletro and the Round-Up-Boys, Y-Knot Twirllers, Mr. Hank Snow and Joe Nixon as the master of ceremonies. Now that was great that the Bowl had such a line up of Country Stars on the stage of the Hollywood Bowl, What was stupid was a couple pages over in the program book was some up-town writer explaining to the readers of the program what Country Music was.
Now I'm pretty sure even a half wit like me that can't spell poop, would have ciphered out the difference between Hank Snow and Andre Kostelanetz, besides, I doubt if that Andre "dude" knew the words to "Movin' On" anyway.
Up the page a ways we mentioned Carl Belew and even though he probably did get a little more attention than some of the other guys we mentioned with him, he still never got the credit he rightly deserved, for one thing, he was an outstanding writer as well as a Country singer and how many people know that it was Carl Belew that wrote "Am I That Easy To Forget" recorded by 92 artist or the Andy Williams hit of "Lonely Street".
Nope, Country artist don't need nobody to explain what they do or how they sing or how they talk, they just do it, and if you don't like it, don't listen.
Speaking of "Old Charts", One dated 1977 and was called "Top 300 All Time Country Hits" the number ten song was one of my all time favorite Country songs sung by one of the nicest guys ever, Cal Smith & "Country Bumpkin"=======We ain't a gonna tell you what the number ONE song was but......the first few words of the song went like this "Out in the West Texas Town Of--"
I knew we should have never picked up this chart because if we keep messin' around we'll have all 300 of them on here but we had to mention this one and it was a great one, Number 146 was the Great T. Texas Tyler and "Bummin' Around".
We know these charts have changed by now and that some of these songs have been replaced by others as part of the top 300 or top anything, but it is the memory of that song that counts or that artist that did his best that starts my own little radio show going in my head, and if you'll close your eyes and let those old memories return, you'll hear that song one more time just like it was yesterday.
From Nashville, Mike Shockley Died Friday June the 12th at St.Thomas Hospital, Mike was a recording engineer and record producer and before that he was with RCA, & Fireside Studio and was the owner of Shock House Recording Studio > Mike had worked independently since a spinal cord injury in 1988, and was laid to rest at the Sunrise Cemetery in Rutledge, TN. > many friends and family members attended the funeral, including his Uncle, Guitar Great, Chet Atkins.
Some years ago when the word "Bakersfield" was mentioned, in no particular order these three names would come up in your head like a Las Vegas slot machine, and when you pulled the handle if these 3 names lined up, the coins would fall and you were a winner, the names were > Bill Woods * Buck Owens * Jack McFadden, Together these three were a team in more ways than one, Bill, promoted so many people in those days, to many, he is probably still their best friend, Buck, well Buck started and he has never stopped, my old pappy would have said, "Buck Owens is like stink on a skunk, he is everywhere" a new club in Bakersfield, radio stations, still a pickin' and a grinnin' and you name it, Buck is there. BUT, the third name on the reel has "Cashed In". Jack McFadden died Tuesday, June the 16th 1998 at his home in Nashville of Cirrhosis, Jack was 71 years old.
Jack McFadden was Buck's manager for 30 plus years to say nothing about what he did for many others like, Freddie Hart, Merle Haggard,Lorrie Morgan, Sonny James, Eddy Raven, David Frizzell & Shelly West, and when all the other record companies turned down Billy Ray Cyrus time after time, it was Jack McFadden who continued with his persistence until Mercury Records gave him a contract. Many, Many people will miss Jack McFadden in more ways than one.
There is a lot more news and stories to tell, but time has run out and it is time to close that squeaky door for tonight, so get your old records packaged up and lets get them to a radio station that will play them, nothin' ain't worth nothin' 'less you can share it.
See you Next Time, but just in case we don't, Take Care of Yourself.
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