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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.
   This show is commercial free without even my normal introduction. In other words, it is nothing but uninterrupted music for a little less than 30 minutes. After you click on the button to listen, feel free to browse around our site, or go about your business of reading your email. Leaving this page will not interrupt the show.
   Ten songs are featured here, and, in case you are interested, we are going to tell you about these songs as you listen.
   The first song is "I'm Gonna Hire a Wino To Decorate Our Home" being performed by David Frizzell. A lot of folks think David is Lefty's son, but he isn't. He's his little brother. There is a real big difference in their age, so it's understandable that some would think they are father and son, but it's not true. They are definitely brothers, and the other well known brother is Alan Frizzell. It just so happens that this is a very talented family. I, was a real big fan of Lefty's, but never met him; but I have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with both David and Alan. I must say that I am, also, a fan of each of them.
   “I’m Gonna Hire A Wino To Decorate Our Home”, the record  which is still a classic standard today was recently featured on CMT’s “40 Greatest Drinking Songs in Country Music”, so maybe it want be so hard to find for now on.
   The second song is "Nobody" being performed by Sylvia. Sylvia became a household name in 1982 with her mega-hit single "NOBODY". The song went to No.1 on the country charts and into the Top 13 on the pop charts. "NOBODY" was the only country single of 1982 to cross over into pop territory, and landed Sylvia being named the Academy of Country Music's Female Vocalist of the Year in 1982, and a Grammy Award nomination for "Best Female Vocalist" in 1983.
  
Now I must tell you a quick story about a mistake I made 25 years ago concerning Sylvia. In 1980 I had Mickey Gilley, Johnny Lee, and The Urban Cowboy Band booked in Pine Bluff Arkansas at the convention center. I got a phone call from Paul Moore with the William Morris Talent Agency telling me he had this great opening act for me, a singer by the name of Sylvia. He impressed upon me how great she was, but I did not listen and used someone else as the opening act. I have never regretted the opening act that I did use, because the show came off great. However, had I known at that time as much about Sylvia as I do today, I would have used 2 opening acts (her and the one I did use). Well! You live and learn.
   The third song is "Patches" being performed by Dickey Lee. Dickey's birth name was Dickey Lipscomb, but like so many in the music business, few folks know his last name. It's the same with me. Jerry Mac is my first and middle name, and the name most folks in country music know me by.
   Some of you may not know this, but I moved to Memphis in 1957 when I was only 16 from my birth place of Jackson, TN. Yes! I was definitely in Memphis when a lot was happening there in the music scene. I fought in the golden gloves when I was in high school for a couple of years, and so did Dickey, but at that time I believe he was going to college at Memphis State. He was a little older than me. We were different weight divisions, but I watched him fight and he was real good. It wasn't until later that I knew him as a singer/songwriter, and I must say that one fantastic singer and songwriter he is. He had many hits as an artist, but, also, wrote hits for other great artist. For example, he wrote "She Thinks I Still Care" that was recorded by George Jones (1962), Anne Murray (1974), Elvis Presley (1977), James Taylor (1993).
   In 1957 Dickey released his first pop single (and published song), "Dream Boy" (recorded on Tampa Records) which  stayed at the number 2 spot of the biggest rock-'n-roll station in Memphis for 12 weeks. The song was promoted by disc jockey Dewey Phillips, also credited with breaking Elvis.
   In 1958 he signed with Sun Records which was his first major recording contract.
   In 1961 two milestones came about in Dickey's life. One was that he signed with Jack Music as a writer, and the other was that he signed with Smash Records as an artist. The first release was the pop hit "Patches" which earned him a place on the rock-'n-roll circuit.
   When this song became a hit, it was not considered country, but I guarantee if a big country artist did it today it would become a big country hit and probably crossover to pop again.
   The fourth song is "Easy Lovin'" being performed by Freddie Hart. Freddie is one of the most talented people that I have ever shared a stage with, and more important than that, he's one of the nicest guys that I have ever known.
    In 1971, a DJ began playing “Easy Loving" from the album of the same name, and it climbed to No. 1, winning the Country Music Association “Song of the Year" award and crossing over to the pop Top 40. Wow what a song, and what a great singer it took to sing it.
   The fifth song is "One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)" being performed by Hank Locklin. This song was written by Eddie Dean, Dearest Dean, & Hal Blair. I wish I had written it. Others have recorded this song, including Eddie Dean  in 1948, Jimmy Wakely in 1948, Bob Eberly in 1949, Nat King Cole in 1962, Dave Dudley in 1964, Barry Young in 1965, George Jones & Gene Pitney in 1965, Al Martino in 1966, Carl Smith in 1969, Don Gibson in 1969, Jerry Lee Lewis in 1969, Johnny & Jonie Mosby in 1969, and Willie Nelson in 1970. It was, also recorded by Slim Duncan, Jerry Wallace, Mickey Gilley, Betty Johnson, Riders In The Sky, & Bill Haleybut, but it's Hank Locklin's version that the visitors to our web site said that they had a hard time finding.
  
The sixth song is "Skip A Rope" being performed by Henson Cargill. Henson's biggest hit was "Skip a Rope," which struck a socially conscious pose that seemed more activist in the context of 1960s country music than it actually was.
   Most of you younger ones only remember The Kentucky Headhunters' version of this song, so you have to listen to the man that inspired a lot of other country artists with this song.

      The 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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