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Oct. 26: What a record this is, the first solo Top 5 hit for The Wilburn Brothers, cut 51 years ago today in Nashville. Teddy’s lead and Doyle’s harmony vocals, the unmistakable Don Helms on steel guitar, wonderful fiddle work by the great Tommy Jackson and a fine composition by Redd Stewart, Robert Charlebois and Sunny Dull — all combine for greatness.

As my friend and former Grand Ole Opry announcer Kyle Cantrell said to me recently, why aren’t the Wilburns in the Country Music Hall of Fame? I couldn’t agree more. While it’s true they never had a No. 1 record, Teddy and Doyle Wilburn were the last of the great brother duets, in the tradition of the Monroe Brothers, the Blue Sky Boys and the Louvins. They were astute music publishers and talent brokers. (It was they, not Patsy Cline, who were instrumental in making Loretta Lynn a star, a fact criminally omitted from the Coal Miner’s Daughter film.) Their syndicated Nashville-based television show was second only to Porter Wagoner’s in focusing attention on country music during the 1960s and early ’70s.

Doyle died of cancer in 1982, Teddy of congestive heart failure in 2003. Learn more about them and their career here, and check out their discography here.

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