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Published on Feb 24, 2011
Hi there, the first of what i plan to be a long series of recordings. Not to be done daily, but a few times a week maybe. I will upload them with some background information to the songs etc.
The thing is that last weekend i found out that my cellphone makes an excellent recording in general (see:TonyJoeWhiteHELLENDOORN.avi), so i uesd it this morning for my first so called 'Homegrown Session'. 'When my blue moon turns to gold again' written by Gene Sullivan and Wiley Walker back in 1941 is and will always remain one of the best songs in the country field. My personal fav-version would be the one recorded by Merle Haggard for his 1978 album 'Rambling Fever'
ABOUT THE SONG (taken from the book 'SIng your heart out, country boy. Classic country songs and their inside stories by the writers who wrote them' (Buy it if you can!): THE INSIDE STORY TO THE SONG by GENE SULLIVAN:
"In 1940, my partner Wiley Walker and i recorded a session for Columbia and it was a mistake. We didn't have any idea about original songs; we were just going to do songs we thought we liked. Art Satherly, Columbia A&R man, kicked most of them out, and we had to learn and record six songs in one day. It didn't come off. After the session, he sat us down and said, 'You're going to write your own songs if you're interested in the recording business.'Because of this, i started trying to write songs. Shortly after, we were moving to from Lubbock, Texas, to Oklahoma City to take a new job. I had everything i owned in the car including my wife and two kids. I drove all night across the west Texas prairie, right into a full moon. It was so bright on that flat ground i could turn the headlights out and still see the road. That's where the idea struck me for this song. Everybody was asleep, and as i drove along, i started putting the song together."