Sunday, October 18, 2015

HEARTACHES BY THE NUMBER

“A working marriage meets the world of work, and lives to tell about it.

“‘I don’t know how to tell her that I didn’t get that raise in pay today,’ Charlie Rich begins, but you know that once his wife hears the weariness in his voice and sees his slumped shoulders and teary eyes, he won’t have to tell her anything. . . . Rich knew this sort of guilt and frustration only too well. . . . In Rich’s voice you can hear all the ambition and disappointment, all the love and obligation and guilt, of a real marriage. . . .” —David Cantwell in Heartaches by the Number

And, you might not have guessed it, but Charlie’s wife Margaret Ann wrote this song. . . .



25.  Life’s Little Ups and Downs • Charlie Rich • 1969


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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT,
BROUGHT LOW BY A BAD CASE
OF THE BLUES, Pt 2

Those “girl groups” are back for eight more weeks of misery, beginning with Timi Yuro’s 
1961 classic.


Timi Yuro • Hurt • 1961



Sunday, October 11, 2015

HEARTACHES BY THE NUMBER

In the early- to mid-eighties I kind of picked up listening to country radio again in a city in the middle of the Pacific. It wasn’t much of a time to regain an interest in contemporary country music. Slick pop acts like T. G. Sheppard and Barbara Mandrell (she was country before it was cool) abounded. The Judds and Reba, however, were starting to rise, and a few records, like John Conlee’s “Rose Colored Glasses,” didn’t sound exactly like the country music of yore, but hit where it counted anyway. Into this mix came “hillbilly deluxe” John Anderson with his #1 hit “Swingin’.” The record itself was quite a mélange: deep soul horns, Hammond organ, girlie chorus, and leading the way was John Anderson’s deep-down-in-Florida twang, and his simple ode to sittin’ on the porch with Charlotte Johnson, just a-swangin’. To take the HBTN essay by David Cantwell a little out of context here, “What could be more perfect than that?”


John Anderson • Swingin’ • 1983


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