Posts tagged ‘Country Music’

Charlie Walker

Back in the early 70’s. the Collie’s went to visit the Charlie Walker’s at their home in Hendersonville.  My sister and I were little girls and we were standing at the top of the stairs, fighting over a doll when suddenly, Sandra sailed down the big ol’ staircase, rendering her unconscious momentarily.  (I think.)

Every SINGLE time I saw Charlie Walker for the rest of his life, be it at the Opry or the last time I saw him a year ago Easter at the Springhouse at the Brunch (Charlie was a big golfer) he would ask me “Now, were you the one that fell down my stairs?”  Heh. Nope. Still wasn’t me, Cholly.

Charlie’s passing today in Hendersonville is quite a bittersweet one.  (Here she goes…her Dad and Charlie) Yep…Dad and Charlie went all the way back to their very beginnings in radio in San Antonio, Texas.  In fact, most of my family in San Antonio knew Charlie and some of his older children (the man was fruitful and multiplied, folks.  To the tune of 10 kids, ranging in age now from upper 50’s to young adult. One of his girls was a professional basketball player and I believe, was, and may still be, a commentator for the WNBA).  Charlie and Biff were born the same week, actually, and now that Charlie’s gone, there’s only one or two of his contemporaries left, meaning the guys that started in radio around about the same time and were good, good buddies til Dad died in 1992.   T. Tommy’s gone…Joe Allison, Tom Perryman is still alive and kicking and on the air in Tyler, Texas. 

Charlie was a radio man, but, he was the voice behind one of my favorite hardcore, country records ever…this one right here. I wonder how many times in my life I saw Charlie Walker go on the Opry stage and sing this Harlan Howard gem? More times than I can count.


Lordy have mercy….Patty Loveless has a new cd out of nothin’ but classic Country Twang and what I’ve heard of it so far…makes me want to slap my mama. Rarely do I look forward and wait for any album being released anymore, but, I’ve been a’waitin’ on this one.

So far, my favorite cut on Sleepless Nights is There Goes My Everything.  I’ve always loved that song to death.  It’s hard to beat Jack Greene’s original, but, Patty singing it makes me want to bawl my eyes out, it’s so good.  Every song choice on this cd is just perfect…If Teardrops Were Pennies, There Stands The Glass, Don’t Let Me Cross Over…just go get you a copy or download it.  Dad. Gum.

I am not being paid by Patty or her record company neither. I’m an obsessed fan is what I am.

Don Helms

The last of Hank Williams’ Drifting Cowboys and my fellow Hendersonvillian and nice man, Don Helms died today.

Bobby Lord

Hated to hear this morning that Bobby Lord has passed away.

Bobby has pretty much been unseen around Nashville in recent years. He retired to his native Florida the year I was born. He hosted a syndicated television show in the 60’s and was also a host on TNN’s “Celebrity Outdoors” in the 80’s.
Cool clip here that features Roy Acuff.

Good Ness

sharon-and-gov.jpgWho is that rather hot young thing with that elderly feller?  Why…that’s your Sista and Governor Jimmie Davis.  There I sat…next to the man who wrote “You Are My Sunshine” AND was Governor of the Gret Stet of Louisiana. 

Do take note of how black my hair was. If you look closely, you’ll see a blonde line on the side.  That was back when I was living on the Edge you know.  My hair was as black  as my outfit.  This picture was taken about a week or so before I went out on my first date with Mr. Smiff in June of 1989 backstage at the Opry.

Unbelievable that I ever was that young and reminds me of lots of famous people I’ve run across and not even bothered to really ponder it.  I pondered this one, I think. 

Blawgin’ Y’all

I’m gonna be live-blogging the CMA’s tonight over at Music City Bloggers.  Should be full of gaiety and frivoloty.  Come by and see us.

Hank Thompson

mail0002.jpgThis picture was taken in 1989 at the Opryland Hotel studios of WSM. I took it myself.  I was pretty awed to be in the presence of Hank Thompson.  There’s a picture of me with him from this same day that I thought I had on me, but, don’t.  (Note to self…get it and scan it) These two guys went back a long, long way.  In fact, I can remember Dad telling of how when he first met Hank, he had braces on his teeth.

Hank died yesterday in Texas of Lung Cancer (yet another legend who was a little too fond of the smokes).  People think I’m the most fond of bluegrass type stuff, I guess cause of the Mr. and all, but, really….my favorite form of country/acoustic music…would have to be the sort that was done by Hank, Lefty, Bob Wills and the Texas bunch.  To me, nobody sang like Hank, looked like him…he was a unique artist in so many ways.  I mean, not many Country Music Hall of Famers can boast an Ivy League education. (He attended Princeton University). 

Hank was such a force in country music and I suspect many people don’t realize just how much of a maverick he was, especially because he was not a Nashville guy.  I don’t think he ever lived here and he was not an Opry member or anything like that…He was the first country artist to obtain a corporate sponsorship, the first country artist to travel with artistphotoid1262.jpgsound and lights, the first country artist to record a live album (“Hank Thompson: Live at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas in 1960)

Even at this point when I got to meet him in ’89, the man oozed charm and charisma.  I was totally smitten and remember having the same reaction to him as I did when I met George Strait. (Speechless).  I was able to see him perform a time or two and it was quite a thrill to hear him sing “Many months have come and gone since I wandered from my home in the Oklahoma Hills where I was born….” 

Hank’s hit recording of “The Wild Side of Life” spawned an “answer” song in the form of “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” making a Nashville homemaker named Muriel Deason a star and subsequently, a country legend that we know now as Kitty Wells.

You must listen to this clip of a live performance of Hank from Town Hall Party, a popular country music tv show based in Los Angeles in the 50’s and 60’s. My dad was an emcee for that show. I’m still looking for possible film footage of him on there but haven’t found it yet!  Oh and you must read this fabulous article on Hank written by my friend Ronnie Pugh.