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April 19

Why today? The chart-topper was released on this date 45 years ago.

About the record: Capitol 5410, recorded March 25, 1965, at the Capitol Tower studio in Hollywood. Released on April 19 that year, reaching No. 1 on Billboard‘s country chart. Also appeared on Before You Go / No One But You, Capitol ST 2353, released July 26, 1965. It went to No. 1 on Billboard‘s country album chart.

You might say this song, written by Owens and his guitar-and-fiddle-slinging right-hand man Don Rich, is a tribute to Owens’ previous single. The verses have the groove of “(I’ve Got A) Tiger By The Tail,” while the chorus suggests its flip side, “Cryin’ Time.” Interesting arrangement — and it worked.

In my opinion, the Buckaroos were second — barely — to only one band: Ernest Tubb’s Texas Troubadours of the same period. (E.T. and his boys, by the way, were on this very date laying down a classic of their own, “Waltz Across Texas,” in Nashville.) Here, Rich provides the searing harmony and the jangly Telecaster lead guitar, with the great Tom Brumley sweetening the chorus with his steel guitar.

Nothin’ but the honey, as Eddie Stubbs might say.

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