Wednesday, December 4, 2019

This Might Be the Most Bizarre No. 1 Country Hit of All Time














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Ok, so we all know country music evolves. Constantly. But let's not our music nostalgia get in the way of recognizing we had some really bizarre tunes even back in the days of Johnny and Merle. Like this Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan song "Tennessee Bird Walk."
I mean. Wow. And people get mad at Sam Hunt for talking in his tunes. At least he left the synthesized bird sounds out of it (so far).
Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan married in 1967 and played music together for a few years before landing a record deal. And they must really have a thing for birds. Because they named the album Birds Of A Feather. And their first song "Big Black Bird (Spirit Of Our Love)" went to the charts first. Then came this gem, "Tennessee Bird Walk."


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They also could have titled this song, "What Happens When You Start Messing Around With A Keyboard, Find The Weirdest Sounds It Makes And Then Write A Song Based On Them."
"Oh sure," you may say. "That's a pretty weird song. But come on, country singers release a funny song every now and then for laughs. There's no way they took it seriously."
But Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan -- not to mention their label -- took it seriously enough to send to radio. And radio took it seriously enough to send it all the way to No. 1 status. And who did it usurp on the country radio thrown? None other than Merle Haggard.
His tune "Fightin' Side Of Me" just couldn't put up a big enough fight against a song with lyrics like, "Take away their feathers and the birds will walk around in underwear." And get this: not only did "Tennessee Bird Walk" hit No. 1 on country radio, it crossed over and peaked at No. 23 on pop radio.
As a reminder, here are a few iconic classic country songs that never got a No. 1 at country radio. Yeah, "Tennessee Bird Walk" made it further than all those.
And you might think the tune is really just a novelty song. And that may be so. But if it's so novel, you better tell Jack & Misty. Because the pair deliver the tune with the same graveness as if they were telling you they had an incurable illness.

When you think about, taking away all the trees and bird feathers is a pretty horrifying thought. Perhaps Jack & Misty just wanted to warn us. So the next time you get all bitter about music nowadays, just remember: country music always embraced the unusual. Sometimes to a fault.
It is about time we brought back the classic "chicken cluck to end a song" trend, though. 


"The writer of this article
must have had a memory lapse.
did he not give much deserving accolades to this
Number One Hit Song only a few lines ago?"

Ron Ernie  

Now Lets Take A Listen To 

Jack And Misty 

Doing A Favorite

"Just One More Song"


 
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MERRY CHRISTMAS ANYWAY Jack Blanchard's Column December 4, 2019







MERRY CHRISTMAS ANYWAY



Merry Christmas all you Christians, Jews, Muslims, atheists, rich, poor,
and let's not leave out the fringe weirdos.
Merry Christmas I say,
to all humans, dogs, cats, and miscellaneous living items.

Christmas has been my favorite holiday my whole life,
and I want to share it with you.
You don't have to buy me anything.

Join me in toasting old Saint Nicholas,
if he will fit in our toaster. (Haha. I get jolly at Christmas.)

Cry with me at the ending of "It's a Wonderful Life".
Let's boo and hiss together at Old Mr. Potter.
We'll get sentimental listening to the Christmas carols at Walmart.
What time is Charlie Brown on?

Let's all pray for snow even if we're in Florida.

Enjoy new times with old friends.
If we don't have any friends, let's make some.
Find somebody who looks down in the dumps,
give them a big smile, and toss them a "Merry Christmas".
If they just look at you funny and walk away, so what?
There are other people waiting to be annoyed with our Christmas glee.

Think about your home town, and try to recall the good times.
I think about Buffalo this time of year.
Not necessarily the real Buffalo, but the one that only I remember.
That's where I got all my Christmas spirit to begin with,
shopping downtown... a lost art, and trimming the scotch pine
with people we loved more than we knew at the time.

I laugh and cry a lot as Christmas approaches.
I even cry at commercials.
I laugh easily at funny remarks, especially mine.
It's embarrassing but I don't much care.
Ten minutes after the joke has slipped into the past
I think about it and start laughing again.
Everybody tries not to notice,
and the more I try to stifle it, the more I laugh.
Tears come out of my eyes.
Christmas makes me weak.

So, whatever your religion or non-religion is, Merry Dang Christmas!
You don't have to go to church if you don't want to.
I probably won't, but I might watch Midnight Mass on television,
and I'm not even Catholic.
It's all part of the pageantry that is my holiday,
and I plan to eat too much, mellow out, and enjoy the feeling.

Call me on your holiday and I'll join you,
but listen...
What I'm saying to you right now is this:
"Merry Christmas to all good people."


Jack Blanchard

Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan
Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan
Home Page: http://www.jackandmisty.net
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Billboard Duet of the Year, 
Grammy and CMA Finalists


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