Sunday, October 18, 2009
sweet jeebus what a great song. People who haven’t heard the recorded original might find it more accessible than the somewhat more lo-fi live version in the OP.
Early-60s pop country probably never got its due, especially when its greatest performers like Patsy Cline, the Everly Brothers, and Jim Reeves are somehow left out of the equation, not considered “countrypolitan” although musically the label fits them just as much as Faron Young and Bill Anderson. But between the late 50s flameout of early rock and roll (Presley drafted, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis more or less exiled, Buddy Holly dead) and the arrival of the Beatles, this (along with maybe Sam Cooke) was simply the best music of the era.
Probably so, kth. Solid musicians, good lyrics. The “Philly Sound” was slowly coming in at this time but probably still sounded too black for mid-continent tastes and the surf sound of California (Ventures) was still fairly localized. Notice the suits, they could have been worn by any rock group of the time.
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