Friday Five: The Class of 1993
Twenty years ago today, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inducted one of the strongest classes it’s ever had: Don Schlitz, Red Lane, and Conway Twitty. The Hall of Fame just opened a new permanent exhibition gallery as part of the opening of the new Music City Center in Nashville and these three artists are featured prominently. The years have done nothing to dissipate the influence that these three writers have had on the fabric of country music history. What is your favorite Schlitz-, Lane-, or Twitty-penned track?
5. Don Schlitz – “The Gambler”
The inclusion of this iconic track seems only appropriate as the singer that made it famous, Kenny Rogers, is one of this year’s inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
4. Red Lane – “They Don’t Make Love Like They Used To”
Eddy Arnold recorded this song first back in 1969, but here’s Lane–who wrote songs recorded by Waylon Jennings, John Conlee, Dottie West, and Faron Young, to name a few–singing it himself.
3. Conway Twitty – “Hello Darlin’”
Conway Twitty released this single in 1970 and it would become his signature song.
2. Don Schlitz – “Forever and Ever, Amen”
Randy Travis is the voice of this song, but Schlitz is the pen behind it. He’s written 24 Number One singles over the course of his career.
1. Conway Twitty – “It’s Only Make Believe”
This was Twitty’s first chart-topping hit and his only Number One on the pop charts. He’s got some serious Elvis mojo going on in this track, which was co-written with Jack Nance.
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