[EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second of three articles on the subject of country music “crossover hits”, and it covers the decade of the 1960s. The first in the series took a look at the 1950s, and the final article will consider country crossovers of the 1970s].
Make it your goal to screw up as often as possible. Clearly ask friends to correct you and reward them with praise when they hear you saying nonsense, particularly the small understandable mistakes.
“Stay” reminds me of one thing: March 1992 in London, when it was at the top of the UK singles charts. It’s on several of my London radio airchecks from that visit.
For the first 30 minutes we were well received, some people even ventured onto the floor for a gentle foxtrot. We finished a song, people applauded and we moved onto the next.
“WOLVERTON MOUNTAIN” (Claude King, 1962): Though the actual spelling was changed in the song title, Woolverton Mountain is an actual place in Arkansas, and the song was based on a real person, Clifton Clowers, who actually lived there for most of his life until his death in 1994 at the age of 102. King collaborated with Merle Kilgore in composing the song, which spent nine weeks at the top of the national C&W charts and was a big crossover hit, reaching No. 6 on the Billboard pop chart and No. 3 on the band chart.
Wilkes University’s radio station plays mostly alternative rock, but Mondays have seemingly always been “Metal Mondays.” R&B and hip hop have also been gaining airplay on the popular college station.
“BIG JOHN” (Jimmy Dean, 1961): This record was the first country single to earn gold-record status, and it resulted in a 1962 Grammy Award for Best Country and Western recording. The song was written and composed by Roy Acuff and Dean, who was a notable singer, songwriter, guitarist and sausage kingpin.
Finally, if you want relief for stress, don’t underestimate the power of music and the benefits it can bring. Of course regular walking, eating healthy, and proper sleep are great for easy stress relief. But the next time you hear your teenager playing “that garbage”, he may just be relieving some good ol’ fashion stress.