Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Song History...Only the Lonely...

*FFS suggests downloading "Only The Lonely" from the Song List in the right column.

Singing and playing his acoustic guitar, my brother, Douglas Wayne works his way into your heart with his natural vibrato voice. Doug didn't sing too much with us because he lived in California. This is one of my favorite songs that he sang. As you will notice, the recording is only the first verse. This song is on my list to redo when we get our music room set back up!

Only The Lonely reach #1 in the United Kingdom and #2 on the United States Billboard Pop Music Charts in 1960 when recorded by Roy Orbison. Only the Lonely was written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson. Roy's song went country when Sonny James took it to #1 on the Billboard Country Charts in 1969.

Song Lyrics

Artwork Copyright 2007 by Phyllis Mae Richardson Fisher (my mother!) Photograph by George Harvey.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Song History...Walkin' After Midnight...

Walkin' After Midnight was written by Don Hecht and Alan Block, however it was not until 1957 that it was released after Patsy Cline used the song as her audition piece on the The Arthur Godfrey Show. She really didn't like the song and probably was surprised when she won the competition that night and the song rose to #2 on the country charts and #12 on the pop charts. When we first started sing this song, my father, George Harvey was singing lead, while TnT and I sang backup. It was not until we were singing in the "Wagon Wheel Room", out at the Terry Bison Ranch in Cheyenne, WY, that on a whim we changed parts. On the spur of the moment! I sang lead and played the keyboard, my dad added his awesome harmony with Travis and Tony singing backup and playing acoustic guitars.

We loved this room because the stage was only 3 inches tall and we were able to sing among the group that came in on a charter bus. We had a better rapport with the audience. That was the thing, we didn't feel separate from them. They sang along with us and added to a wonderful evening!
Song Lyrics Artwork Copyright 2007 by Phyllis Mae Richardson Fisher (my mother!)