Thursday, December 22, 2011

More Selections from the Harlan Howard Songbook

It's been a real long time (probably about 15 years ago), but I remember reading an interview with Harlan Howard where he said that when he first started writing country songs, he didn't know anything about love (or maybe he said women). I thought of that quote a couple of weeks back when I listened to Charley Pride's version of "Image of Me". While the psychological realism is a tad lacking, the male melodrama in the song is undeniably appealing. I'd try to find a quote to give a better description of Harlan Howard's songwriting genius, but I have some other stuff I have to get to, so the second volume of my tribute to HH will have to do.

Heartaches By The Number Dwight Yoakam
I've Got A Tiger By The Tail Ray Charles
Busted Duane Eddy
Sally Was a Good Old Girl Waylon Jennings
Why Not Me ? The Judds
Don't Call Me From A Honky Tonk Johnny & Jonie Mosby
The Sound Of Laughter Johnny Cash
The One You Slip Around With Skeeter Davis
Your Heart Turned Left (And I Was on the Right) George Jones
The Keys In the Mailbox Tony Booth
Odds and Ends Justin Trevino
Heartbreak U.S.A. Kitty Wells
The Image Of Me Charley Pride
I Fall To Pieces Carla Thomas
A Thief in the Night Jean Shepard
He Called Me Baby Ella Washington
I'll Catch You When You Fall Buck Owens
Above & Beyond (The Call Of Love) Wynn Stewart


Paul said...

Click on my name to hear another great Harlan Howard song, by a somewhat unlikely performer.

Ishkabibliophile said...

Love it! I must have missed that one while scouring for Harlan Howard covers.