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March 29

Why today? It’s the 124th anniversary of the day Coca-Cola — the pause that refreshes, the real thing, the stuff that things go better with — was first concocted down in Atlanta.

About the record: MCA 41041, recorded in the spring of 1979 at Glaser Sound Studio in Nashville. Released June 1979; reached the top of Billboard‘s country chart. Also appeared on Mr. Entertainer, MCA 3167, released 1979. Reached No. 21 on Billboard‘s country album chart.

How many times have we featured a performer who’s a fantastic writer turning someone else’s song into a hit? Well, here it is again. Mel Tillis has written some of country’s most memorable numbers, including “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town” and “Heart Over Mind.” But not this — it came from the pen of Sandy Pinkard, half of the country comedy/parody team Pinkard & Bowden. And it’s a good record, especially for 1979. Wish I knew who played steel on it.

About the artist: Mel Tillis hails from Florida, sired Pam Tillis and is a former Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year.  Those are just the highlights. Get a fuller picture by way of his Country Music Hall of Fame profile.

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