Friday, June 03, 2005

Friday Night No. 1

Bought an excellent book this week.The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits by Tom Roland. $6.95 at that discount place at Railway Square underground, there were a few left. Run! Entries on all the number ones from 1968 to 1989. Lots of curious factoids. I heart factoids.

Take entry no.237. Good Hearted Woman by Waylon and Willie, which hit the top of the charts on February 21 1976 and stayed for three weeks.

Jennings and Nelson wrote [the song] in 1969 in a Fort Worth motel room, during a poker game. "I'd been reading an ad for Ike and Tina Turner," Waylon recalls, "and it said, "Tina Turner singing songs about good-hearted women loving good-timing men." I thought, " 'What a great country song title that is!'" Willie contributed only two lines, though he recieved half the royalties, and the twosome dictated lyrics to Nelson's wife, Connie, as they continued the game (they lost, incidentally) ... Ironically, after her ad inspired the song, Tina Turner later cut "Good Hearted Woman" on an album of her own.

And here it is.

Listen: Good Hearted Woman -- Tina Turner.

PS please do listen to Dan Bern below.

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