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Oct. 24: There’s a friend of this blog who apparently has so little to do that he jokingly points out each time a featured song has more than three chords. His pointing-out finger will be busy with this, one of 16 Top Five hits by an artist that calls “one of the most respected vocalists to emerge during the Urban Cowboy era.”

Faithful readers will know I have my issues with a lot of ’70s and early ’80s country music, but I’ve always liked John Conlee. He has a distinctive voice and a wealth of really strong material. “Friday Night Blues,” by Sonny Throckmorton and Rafe Van Hoy, is a great example. Not the sort of number you’d hear on a honky-tonk jukebox, but that’s OK. It’s one of those cases — Lyle Lovett’s cover of “Stand By Your Man” is another — where a man singing a “woman’s lyric” is powerful. Conlee cut the song 30 years ago today in Nashville.

John Conley

John Conlee

Though his recording career is past, Conlee remains a big fan favorite, as well as a stalwart of the Grand Ole Opry. Check out a nice essay on Conlee at one of my favorite country music blogs, The 9513.