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April 2-4

Why today? Dallas, CBS Television’s nighttime soap opera that became a national sensation, first aired on Friday’s date in 1978. Seven years later, Hank Williams Jr. used the show and others like it as a metaphor in his lighthearted look at real life versus TV life.

About the record: Warner Bros. 7-28912, recorded late 1984 in Nashville. Released in August 1985, it reached No. 4 on Billboard‘s country chart. Also appeared on the album Five-O, Warner Bros. 25267, released 1985. Topped Billboard‘s country album chart.

It’s no secret that Hank Williams weighed heavily on his son’s mind, at least when Hank Jr. was composing highly personal songs like “Family Tradition” and “Whiskey Bent And Hell Bound.” But even in this, one of the more commercial, Music Row-type numbers Bocephus wrote, ol’ Hank’s not too far away. Listen to the steel guitar here and that four-note lick made famous by Don Helms, the last of the Drifting Cowboys. Maybe that’s Helms himself — I couldn’t find a list of musicians to tell me for sure.

About the artist: Hank Jr.’s career is one of distinct phases. In the mid-’80s, that phase was “superstar cultural icon.” Learn about all of ’em in this Allmusic.com bio.

This ain’t Dallas, and this ain’t Dynasty. But it is the weekend edition of 3 Chords a Day. So happy Easter, and I’ll see you Monday.

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