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April 7

Why today? It’s the diamond anniversary of Ohio native Bobby Bare’s birth, more than enough occasion to feature this gem from the pen of Mel Tillis and the late Danny Dill.

About the record: RCA Victor 47-8183, recorded April 18, 1963, at the label’s studio in Nashville. Released the following month, it reached No. 6 on Billboard‘s country chart. Also appeared on Detroit City, RCA Victor LSP/LPM-2776, released August 1963. It reached No. 9 on Billboard‘s country album chart.

The guitar figure on the kickoff and elsewhere adds distinction to this record. I’d always heard it was played by Billy Grammer (“Gotta Travel On”). But he’s not listed among the musicians on the session. The guitarists that day were Jerry Reed and rhythm queen Velma Smith. So it must have been Reed.

About the artist: Bobby Bare had only one Billboard chart-topper, the swamp anthem “Marie Laveau” in 1974. But he had a lot of fine Top 10 performances, including “500 Miles Away From Home,” “That’s How I Got To Memphis” and “Margie’s At The Lincoln Park Inn.” He was host of a wonderful TV show in the early days of The Nashville Network that focused on songwriters, a breed of Nashville Cat he has championed his whole career. It’s a career that Allmusic.com sums up nicely.

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