Johnny Horton Tops List of Most Popular Country Songs From Past 50 Years
Brody Vercher | September 12th, 2008
Billboard posted a slew of lists commemorating their 50th anniversary, but the most interesting, for the sake of country, is the Top Billboard Hot 100 Country Songs. Johnny Horton takes the top spot with the perennial favorite “Battle of New Orleans,” but at a quick glance it appears that Olivia Newton-John has the most representation followed by Glen Campbell.
From his home in Nashville, Guy Clark talked to Jim Caligiuri about his musical influences growing up in Houston, the finer points of co-writing, the possibility of a new album and the prospect of performing new songs at his upcoming shows. And in another article, Caligiuri lists what he considers five essential Guy Clark albums. Good list, although I find it hard to leave Texas Cookin’ and Cold Dog Soup out of the mix.
Later this week John Hiatt will be bestowed with a lifetime achievement award for songwriting at the Americana Music Association conference and in an interview with the Los Angeles Times‘ Randy Lewis he discusses his songwriting process, particularly on songs “Thing Called Love” and “What Love Can Do.” The two songs were written decades apart, but both are about the woman who has been his wife for the past 22 years.
The new video for Billy Ray Cyrus‘ “Somebody Said A Prayer,” directed by Roman White, will debut on Yahoo today. (via press release)
After watching CMT’s Can You Duet, Alan Buton, Overstock.com’s creative director, was immediately drawn to the wholesome, nurturing lifestyle exhibited by Joey Martin and Rory Feek–now Joey+Rory–and wanted to include them in the company’s rebranding campaign. He sent off two emails, but they were deleted when the couple mistook them for spam. He was eventually able to get through and the first commercial starring the duo debuts on Oct. 1.
Daily Trivia: Born on this day in 1931, George Jones shares a birthday with Helen Carter (part of the Carter family and sister to June Carter), who was born in 1927, and Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, born in 1974. This is also the day, five years ago, that Johnny Cash passed away.