Tuesday, March 8, 2011

"Goodtime Charlie's Got The Blues" by Danny O'Keefe.

OK, more 70's one-hit wonders: The only hit for this Spokane, WA singer/songwriter came in '72 with a moving tune about a man down on his luck, fighting addiction and watching as all his friends move away to greener pastures. He originally wrote it as a Country song however "pills to ease the pain" was taboo in Country circles in those days. It peaked at #9 on Billboard, charted for 14 weeks, sold over 1 million copies and was RIAA Certified Gold. Covered by Elvis, Willie, Waylon, Dwight and Chet (they must have changed their minds about those pills!). Artist? Song?

Yesterday's answer: "Touch of Grey" by The Grateful Dead. Classic "skeleton" video. The Dead were, of course, a "live" touring band always on the fringes of pop culture.

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