Inside Nashville Country Music Radio Show Presents
Hard To Find Songs - Show #1
A Message Concerning This Show From Jerry Mac
By request that were sent to us by some of
the fans of The Country Music Planet, this show is dedicated to these Hard
To Find Songs, and to those entertainers that are performing them. It
gives us great pleasure to allow our visitors to listen to these songs
that they would ordinarily have a hard time finding. Each song was
requested by our visitors who told us they had a hard time finding these
particular versions of these songs.
seventh song is "Walk On
By" being performed by Leroy Van Dyke. Despite all the success of
country music over the past 30 years, the classic song "Walk On
By," recorded in 1961 by Mercury's Leroy Van Dyke, was named the
biggest all-time country hit by Billboard magazine in its 100th
anniversary issue (November 1, 1994). Based on sales, radio airplay and
amount of time on the country charts, Van Dyke's "Walk On By"
was designated the #1 recording for the period of October 20, 1958,
through June 25, 1994.
As talented as Leroy Van Dyke is, he has the best work ethic of anyone I have ever known, and he's always presents himself so professionally. These young country music entertainers could learn a lot just by following him around for a few days.
I had the opportunity of working with J.D. Hart, The Heart Beat Of America Chevrolet Truck Man, at fan fare one year during the 90's. Leroy had a booth not to far from ours. I always got there earlier than almost anyone, and left there almost later than anyone. The reason I say almost is because Leroy was always there when I got there and still there when I left. If Leroy is reading this, I want to thank him for introducing me to Patsy Montana, someone I had always wanted to meet, but never had until Leroy introduced us. She did not live for very long after that, but we stayed in contact by phone and mail until she passes away.
I, also, want to thank Leroy for making an exception and getting on stage with the all girl band, Mustang Sally, at The 16th Avenue Cafe one time at my request. The band loved "The Auctioneer Song" & had been doing it in their shows. The band asked me if Leroy, who was in the audience, might do the song with them, so I went to Leroy and asked him. He told me that he did not ordinarily do that, but that he would talk to the band during the break. So during the break they got together, and he went on stage with them, and the result was fantastic. Thanks, Leroy.
The eighth song is "Rock Island Line" being performed by Lonnie Donegan. Lonnie is known as The King Of Skiffle and first real British pop superstar. He was born on 29 April 1931 and celebrated his 50th year in the music business in 2001. He shot to fame in 1956, when Rock Island Line sold an unprecedented 3 million copies, shooting into the British and American top ten. Britain had never heard anything like it and youngsters were hooked. This song has been recorded by many well know singers including Johnny Cash, Leadbelly, Johnny Horton, Carl Perkins, and more; but it's Lonnie's version we had request for to place on our radio show.
The ninth song is "A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation)" being performed by Marty Robins. I can't say enough about this song or this singer. Each holds a warm spot in my heart. "A White Sport Coat (And a Pink Carnation)," became a huge hit, spending five weeks at the top of the country charts in the spring of 1957 and peaked at number two on the pop charts. It was in 1957 that I made my first visit to The Grand Ole Opry, thanks to this poor boy from Madison County, Tennessee having an older sister (Francis) that cared enough about her 16 year old brother to pay for a trip and visit to Nashville and to take this country music lover to The Grand Ole Opry. Wow! That's a memory that has remained with me for 48 years now. Thanks, "Sister". I saw Marty Robins perform live for the first time on that show, and I got to hear him do "A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation)". But it was not the last time I got to see Marty perform live. As a matter of fact I had the opportunity to get to know the man and the legend quite well. Believe me, the man and the legend were both the same. What you saw was what you got with Marty. The last time I saw Marty was in Jackson, Tennessee shortly before he died. I was involved in a show that was being promoted by my good friend, Shelton Harrison, at the coliseum in Jackson, the town where I was born and raised. The show consisted of Marty as the headliner and my friend, Ace Cannon, as the opening act. My involvement with the show was as a vendor, selling Marty Robins merchandise.
Marty passed away on December 8, 1982. A few months prior to that was when we did the show in Jackson. When the show ended, and as Marty was boarding his bus, my 9 year old daughter, Pamela, & I presented him with six coffee cups that I had made special for him that had a picture of him with a horse on them. I have often wondered what happened to the cups. Marty was exceptionally gracious when accepting the cups that were actually placed in his hands by Pamela.
The night before Marty performed in Jackson we had done a show in Memphis at the cook convention center with Marty and Jerry Lee Lewis. My wife, Barbara Jean, and I sat out in the audience during Marty's portion of the show, because my wife had never seen him perform live until then. Barbara is still talking about how clean he looked on stage in that white outfit he was wearing, and how he was the most professional performer she had ever seen.
In 1994, I had a double bypass, and as they wheeled me to the operating room, all drugged up, I was singing "A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation)" at the top of my voice and grinning from ear to ear. I do not remember doing that due to the drugs they had in me, but that is what everyone told me, so I guess that's proof of how much the song means to me out of all the songs I know.
The tenth song is "I saw Linda Yesterday" being performed by Dickey Lee. Allen Reynolds & Dickey wrote this song and Dickey recorded it in 1962. It was considered pop then, but it's more country than most of the songs you hear on the big country stations today.
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