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Sept. 3: When rock ‘n’ roll burst onto the scene, it really did a number on country music. Many hillbilly artists lost a lot of their fans and began playing to smaller crowds, leaving Nashville acts reeling. Unable to beat ’em, country label chiefs decided to join ’em — Marty Robbins, Webb Pierce, Johnny Horton, George Jones and others cut songs in the new style, more or less.

As did Little Jimmy Dickens, approaching a decade on the Grand Ole Opry when this rockabilly number was released in 1958. He already had a super-hot band; his Country Boys featured twin electric guitars. Which made songs like this not all that much of a stretch. (Ricky Van Shelton had a top-five hit on “Hole In My Pocket” 31 years later.)

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