Country Music Selections

 ricky nelsonRicky Nelson:  Hello Mary-Lou” / (2:03 minutes)

Was great then, still is.

“Hello Mary Lou” was written by singer Gene Pitney and Father Cayet Mangiaracina, first performed by Johnny Duncan in 1960, and later by Ricky Nelson in 1961.


200px-Everly_Brothers_-_CroppedThe Everly Brothers:  Walk Right Back” / (1:19 minutes)

Phil (born 1939) on the left, and Don (born 1937) on the right. … same song but a much more recent clip :

Yup, we all age.


Ernest_Tubb_publicity_portrait_-_CroppedErnst Tubb:  Waltz Across Texas” / (2:42 minutes)

This is a real country classic from a legend in country music. Tubb recorded it in 1965. He was known as the Texas Troubador.




Patsy Cline :  “I fall to pieces” / (2:53 minutes)

One of country music’s best women performers. While the video only shows still photographs, nonetheless this is my favourite Patsy Cline song. I love it at the very end when she drops the notes on the last word “fall”. On the country charts, the song, released in 1961, slowly climbed to the top, garnering her first Number One ranking. In a major feat for country singers at the time, the song hit No. 12 on the pop and No. 6 on the adult contemporary charts. Patsy Cline was born in Winchester, Virginia in 1932 and climbed to stardom at The Grand Ole Opry. She died in a plane crash near Camden, Tennessee in 1963.


buckowens02-430x250“Act Naturally”: Buck Owens /  (2:17 minutes)

The unmistakable Buck Owens. In early 1963 the Johnny Russell song “Act Naturally” was pitched to Owens, who initially didn’t like it, but his guitarist and long time collaborator, Don Rich, enjoyed it, and convinced Owens to record it, which he did with the Buckaroos, on February 12, 1963. Buck was born in Sherman, Texas in 1929 and became a stalwart of The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Buck passed away in 2006.


royacuff05-280x210“The Wabash Cannonball” : Roy Acuff  / (2:52 minutes)

Roy was born in Maynardville, Tennessee in 1903 and went on to become one of the father figures of The Grand Ole Opry which he joined in 1938. He died in 1992.

“The Wabash Cannonball” is an American folk song, about a fictional train, thought to have originated in the late nineteenth century. Recorded by Roy Acuff in 1936, the Acuff version is one of the fewer than forty all-time singles to have sold 10 million (or more) physical copies worldwide. I must have listened to this man sing thios song hundreds of times and it still conjures up images of  train steaming through the hills of Tennessee.


170PX-~1“Rip it Up” : Bill Haley and the Comets / (2:18 minutes)

I remember as a young boy watching Bill Haley on TV and I could never take my eyes of the famous curl. This song is perhaps not his best-known one, but it really shows off the curl, so we couldn’t resist. It was first released in 1956. Haley is credited with taking rock and roll music into the era of popular music in the 1950s. He was born in Highland Park, Michigan in 1925 and passed away in 1981.

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