The year was 1963 and Bobby Bare had plenty of radio air time with this hit, Detroit City, and a few more. On this fourth day of 2012 I’m still 650 miles from home, but I’ll get back to North Alabama soon. When Bobby Bare released “500 Miles Away From Home” I thought my travelling days were over for a while. Five years later, in December 1968, the Vietnam war, the Marines, and the Tet Offensive changed all of that.
“The Race Is On” was the first single released from George Jones’s 1965 album of the same name. Released as a single in late 1964, it peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and at number 96 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1965.
The song went to number 3 on the charts in 1961. Those were the days of AM radio and honky tonk songs were a hit. Webb Pierce hit it big with “Sweet Lips”, and this is a great video with wonderful sound quality. Fifty years later “Sweet Lips” by Wynn Stewart is our featured song of the day.
Country music fans recognize show business legend Red Steagall for generating more than three decades of chart-topping records, but organizers and participants of the annual Bluebonnet Youth Ranch Celebrity Golf Tournament recognize Steagall for his two decades of off-stage benevolent contributions.
The year was 1958 and some country music didn’t have that soft pretty sound, but Stonewall Jackson had the right mix with his beautiful 1958 hit “Don’t Be Angry”. The song still sounds great today. This is a beautiful love song with a pretty melody and simple chords.
Del Reeves is known for his truck driving songs, including “Girl On The Billboard”, but Del Reeves says this song, “The Only Girl I Can’t Forget”, is a real country song from 1963. Del performed the song on the television show Country Family Reunion, and was asked if we will ever hear real country songs like this on the radio any more.