Thursday, March 31, 2016

March 31, 1944 - A trip down country music memory lane by Kaye Spencer

I was a child of the 1950s and 1960s who grew up in a country music-listening home. I feel fortunate that my parents, particularly my dad, kept the radio tuned to our small town’s local radio station, which played country music almost all day long, every day. I still have most of my 33⅓ rpm and my 45 rpm records that I played hour-after-after on my record player.

While my tastes in music have changed over the years, and I’m not particularly enamored of today’s country music (George Strait excluded – love his music), I’m grateful that so many country music artists and songs from my growing-up years had such long-lasting and far-reaching influences on my writing.

Marty Robbins, Faron Young, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard, Johnny Horton, Hank Snow, Ferlin Husky, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, Jim Reeves, George Jones, Tammy Wynette…

You get the picture.

Where am I going with this? One of my favorite country music legends was born today—March 31, 1928—in Corsicana, Texas… Lefty Frizzell.

But I’m not here to give you a biographical tribute, you can read more about his life Here and Here.

I’m sharing this, because his song, Saginaw Michigan, ranks way up there on my list of all-time greatest country songs. It’s a story of true love overcoming obstacles and persevering in order to blossom and grow, which is what lies at the heart of the stories I write.

Here is Lefty Frizzell singing Saginaw Michigan.

Also, for your reading pleasure – THE COMANCHERO’S BRIDE – a western tale of love, jealousy, and revenge

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Until next time,

Kaye Spencer
Writing the West one romance at a time

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