Saturday, January 22, 2011

"Whiskey River" by Johnny Bush.

OK, a little Country: Nicknamed "The Country Caruso", this Texas singer/songwriter lost his singing voice to spasmodic dysphonia at the peak of his career. Royalty checks from his best-known song sustained him until he was finally diagnosed and treated. RCA's Jerry Bradley asked him point-blank to "write a hit". He was already well-known for "My Cup Runneth Over" and "You Gave Me A Mountain". He penned it on his tour bus, it became a Top 10 hit and Willie Nelson's signature song. Fortunately, he recovered "70%" of his voice and is still going strong. Songwriter? Song?

Yesterday's answer: "Werewolves Of London" by Warren Zevon. "...walkin through the streets of Soho in the rain. He was lookin' for the place called Lee Ho Fooks, gonna get a big dish of beef chow mein... And his hair was perfect ...Ahhhooooo, Werewolves of London". I understand that the Chinese restaurant still exists. Great songwriting!
From Jeff Bluml: "Warren Z was the best. I couldn't wait for Paul Schaffer to take vacation or have to play with Blues Brothers gigs. W was the best guest host on Letterman. As far as I was concerned he should have just kept the Late Night Gig but that wasn't his thing. I'll never forget the night he walked out on stage with a huge foam cowboy hat, wool chaps and a star the size of Texas on his chest telling Dave in a southern drawl... "There's A New Sheriff In Town."

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