Friday Five: Hank Cochran Songs
On this date in 1935, one of the most influential songwriters in country music was born: Hank Cochran. Some modern day country music fans might only know him because of Jamey Johnson’s Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran, but Cochran had incredible influence and impact on the music landscape. What is your favorite song written by “the other great Hank?”
5. Patsy Cline – “I Fall To Pieces”
The amount of incredible people that touched this song is pretty astounding. Harlan Howard and Hank Cochran wrote it, Jan Howard recorded the demo, Brenda Lee and Roy Drusky both considered recording the song before passing on it, Owen Bradley produced it, The Jordanaires sang backup vocals on it and Patsy… well, she’s just Patsy.
4. Eddy Arnold – “Make the World Go Away”
How strong is this song? Ray Price and Eddy Arnold’s versions were hits in 1963 (No. 2) and 1965 (No. 1), respectively.
3. George Strait – “The Chair”
One of the amazing parts of Cochran’s career is the time span over which his songs became charted hits–that’s probably not over yet despite Cochran’s death in 2010.
2. Burl Ives – “A Little Bitty Tear”
This song earned Grammy nominations for Best Country & Western Recording and Best Male Solo Vocal Performance in 1962.
1. Vern Gosdin – “Set ‘em Up Joe”
This late ‘80s hit was a tribute song written for Ernest Tubb.
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