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Sept. 28: You’re more likely to know this song from George Strait’s chart-topping version in 1988. But go back 34 years from there and you’ll find this honky-tonk classic by “the Singing Sheriff,” Faron Young.

“If You Ain’t Lovin” (a Billboard No. 2 country record in 1954) was the third of his 13 Top 10 singles in that decade. It was hitting the charts just about the time draftee Young was selected to replace Eddie Fisher as a singer in the U.S. Army Band.

Young was one of country music’s most colorful stars — and, having killed himself in 1996, one of its most tragic. He was inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000. Read his Hall of Fame profile here, a fan bio (including the answer to “why was he called the Singing Sheriff?”) here, and his discography here.

Tommy Collins, 1930-2000

Tommy Collins, 1930-2000

“If You Ain’t Lovin” is one of the enduring country songs written by the late Tommy Collins, who was born 79 years ago today. Collins was an inventor of the Bakersfield Sound, although as an artist he didn’t match the success of his friends Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and Wynn Stewart. Read more about him here, his Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame profile page.

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