Posts Tagged ‘Merle Haggard’
Hopefully you will never brag about achieving a goal in life like making it through an audition for the prison band, but the year was 1968, and this is the last song by Tommy that made the charts. It placed at #64. Tommy is actually Leonard Sipes, of Merle Haggard’s song “Leonard”, and now you know the back-story.
Tru Country, this year’s hottest traditional country music show on RFD TV, featured Miss leslie Sloan and Leona Williams this weekend on episode thirteen.
“Legends of Country Music” will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday and on February 25 at Apache Junction High School Performing Arts Center, 2525 S. Ironwood Drive, in Apache Junction Arizona.
This is part 2 of our series about Merle Haggard and Bakersfield. Part 1 told you about Merle at The Blackboard nightclub. This song is a fairly simple song, titled “Makeup and Faded Blue Jeans”. Merle sings about a gig in downtown Modesto California, and a young lady that could get him into trouble.
This Merle Haggard song is from his “Blue Jungle” album. It gives you some insight into getting started in Bakersfield, back before Muscogee came along.
Taylor Swift and Nashville caused, to some extent, the problem Swift had at the MTV Video Music Awards. I wasn’t going to acknowledge “Gangsta Taylor Swift” back in June. For those of you that think The Country Classics is written by those with a myopic narrow field of focus, I beg to differ. I monitor almost everything, and acknowledge very little.
Tommy Collins suffered life’s ups and downs like many others. When I talk to someone about preserving classic country music, and continuing the tradition today, I often look at the life of Tommy Collins.
Tommy Collins was critical of himself, and the troubled songwriter/performer changed career paths in the late 50′s. However, Tommy Collins has a gift for writing simple songs that were huge hits. One song you might remember is Tommy’s “I Made The Prison Band.”
By Liz Szabo, USA TODAY: “Country singer Merle Haggard is recovering from lung cancer surgery, his family announced Wednesday. “Merle has undergone the removal of a cancerous growth in his right lung,” the 71-year-old singer’s wife, Theresa Haggard, said on his website, “Merle is recuperating from the surgery and doing better and better each day.”
We’re honkin’ it tonight with Lefty Frizzell and a song off of his “16 Greatest Hits” CD titled “I Never Go Around Mirrors”, which is one of the all time great honky tonk hits. Would Lefty Frizzell be a legend if he went by his full name, William Orville Frizzell? Probably, but we all knew him as lefty. My first thought was that music was so much different then than now. There were no tummy tucks, botox, or fast track glamour shots from flashy producers in Lefty’s day.