Texas Drug Store Cowboys Celebrating 50 Years as Dancehall & Venue Legends

50th Anniversary will be on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022 at John T. Floores Country Store & Dance Hall in Helotes, Texas. 3-7 p.m.

Admired by fiercely loyal fans, The Drugstore Cowboys have brought their electric energy to venues throughout the US and Europe.

The south side of San Antonio, in the neighborhoods surrounding McCollum and Harlandale high schools, are the childhood homes of many notable people in Country, Funk, Soul and Tejano Music.

Legendary Country Music DJ Hall of Famer and everybody’s “Cousin” Jerry King went to Harlandale in the 1960s. I can remember when King, along with other DJs and musicians, played with the likes of Willie Nelson and George Jones at a charity basketball matchup at the McCollum gym in the late 1960s.

During the 1972-73 school year Nashville recording artist Johnny Bush played on stage at the McCollum Auditorium. Country.

Down on Harding Blvd., a talented local newspaper country music and entertainment writer, John Goodspeed, served as an early inspiration for me.

The late Emilio Navaira, from the McCollum Class of 1980, was a Mexican-American musician who performed country and Tejano music nationally. His classmate from the year ahead of him, Yolanda Saldívar, is the convicted murderer of Latin music superstar Selena, and is serving a life sentence in a Texas prison.

Especially in the late 70s and early 80s many of us would go watch Horizon perform. Southsiders Charlie, John, and Geoff Boggess joined classmate Freddy Carrillo and others (T-Bo Gonzalez, Bill Dudley, Larry Scott and Sahara Greer come to mind) and actually opened for the Commodores. The story goes they were offered to go on the road with Cool and the Gang but turned them down.

Through the years, southsider singers and musicians continued to play venues and dances as far away as Europe, on television and especially throughout the Lone Star State.

Some of the more enduring included Rex Allen McNeil, Walter “Tooter” Ripps, Ray Morris, Randy Potts, Lonnie Castleman, John Marsh, Leonard Wong, and the rockers, The Toman Brothers, Randy and Russell—and who could forget R

1972

In the fall of 1972, 17-year-old McCollum senior Dub Robinson had organized a country trio and began playing around a little bit. He went to go see Willie Nelson at the John T. Floore Country Store northwest of San Antonio in the foothills of the Hill Country town of Helotes.

Johnny Bush, Paul English, Willie Nelson

Nelson was to perform as a trio with drummer Paul English and Bee Spears on bass. The steel player didn’t show.

“I watched Willie play that gut string guitar and it didn’t lose anything,” Robinson remembers. Since age 12, Robinson had played professionally across South Texas, but on this night he was particularly inspired.

He called his drummer, Robert “Cotton” Payne, and his bassist, Tommy McKay the next day and proclaimed that if they could be a hundredth as good as Nelson was, they might have a chance.

They knew their taste in music was a blend of country, rock, and blues. McKay suggested the perfect name for their new band. It described the kind of “cowboy” who didn’t want to get his boots dirty.

I’ve followed Dub and other fellow McCollum Cowboys classmates over the years. He continues to be a favorite.

At a ten year class reunion in 1983 at the downtown El Tropicano Hotel Ballroom, Dub and his band honored his classmates as we danced in memories of “old times.” I was particularly honored. I knew the band was good, but when I was called over during a break, he asked me what Elvis song I was going to sing later that evening.

I suggested “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Hearbreak Hotel,” and “Hound Dog.”

He grinned, and with guitar in hand, said, “Okay. Let me hear you sing them.”

1983 McCollum 10 Yr Reunion. Dub (guitar) was the ultra-professional. What an honor for me.

I only had to belt out a sentence or a few words of each. He immediately knew what key and chords to play.

Later, when some of our classmates were literally pulling my pants off while singing, I looked back at Dub. He was grinning big time. He and his band never missed a lick. I tried my best not to also. It remains a fun and wonderful memory in my heart.

In 2011, while interviewing George Strait and Ray Benson at a fundraiser for wounded veterans at Tapatio Springs outside of Boerne, Texas, Strait said something that reminded me of Dub.

“When everyone thinks of Asleep at the Wheel, they think of Ray.”

That’s exactly how I feel about the Drug Store Cowboys. When I think of them, I think of Dub Robinson.

The Drugstore Cowboys with Gary Stewart: Dub Robinson (left), Stewart, Randy Toman and Robert "Cotton" Payne.
Dub Robinson on the left.

Dub just announced the band will be celebrating their 50th anniversary with a new CD. What are his thoughts?

In his own creative words, the songwriter, musician and singer posted:

Originally, McKay lasted about a year and a half and Randy Toman, (who now performs with his brother Russell), became the bassist for 13 years.

They became the touring band for country stars Gary Stewart and Stoney Edwards. The Drugstore Cowboys also backed Johnny Rodriguez, Freddy Fender, Johnny Bush and Gene Watson.

Other artists they shared the stage with or even backed up include Nelson, Merle Haggard, Mel Tillis, Frenchy Burke, Greg Allman, David Allen Cole, Charlie Daniels, the Mavericks, Jerry Jeff Walker, and even Asleep At The Wheel.

“They joined Stewart, who was known for such hits as “She’s Actin’ Single (I’m Drinkin’ Doubles),” when his backing band could not make a gig at the old Kicker’s Palace,” Goodspeed once reported. “The owner told Stewart they knew all his songs and he gave them a try. Stewart hired them and they toured coast to coast. Robinson quit after four years.”

“I didn’t want to be somebody’s backup band the rest of my life,” he said. “I’m a songwriter first and wanted to do my own thing.”

In 50 years, at least that many musicians have played in The Drugstore Cowboys.

Some of the members went on to play for the Bellamy Brothers, Janie Fricke, Bill Anderson, and Judas Priest.

“I believe it’s all about the song. It’s a lot of work running a band, but I do it just to play my music the way I want to hear it,” Dub said.

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The Dress Code to Enter Johnny Cash’s Bar & BBQ

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Now this is a place for good ol’ red blooded Americans and patriotic country music lovers from around the world to enjoy.

The Johnny Cash Bar and BBQ is located at 121 Third Avenue South, right next door to the Johnny Cash Museum in Nasville, Tennessee.

The food, drink and decor is impressive. We especially like posted dress code and house rules.

DRESS CODE & HOUSE RULES

  • No extra long t-shirts or hoodies that hang below pockets.
  • No excessively low or baggy pants/shorts such that a person’s undergarments or buttocks are exposed. 
  • No athletic style pants/shorts (sweats, nylons, joggers, etc.)
  • No sleeveless shirts to be worn by men after 8PM.
  • No large chains. 
  • No clothing that management considers vulgar, offensive or otherwise likely to cause a disturbance.
  • No motorcycle club or gang affiliation displays of any kind. 
  • Sandals and flip flops are permitted, but not recommended.
  • Footwear must be worn at all times. 
  • No outside food or beverages. 
  • No large bags, backpacks, suitcases or gym bags after 6PM. 

*Management reserves the right to deny admission to anyone suspected to be intoxicated or deemed likely to cause a disturbance or for any other reason at its sole discretion. 

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You May Be Cool, But You’ll Never Be Johnny Cash Cool

The Wit, Wisdom and Mistakes of the Legendary American Performer

In 1964, when his recording of “The Ballad of Ira Hayes” (about the tragic end suffered by a Native American hero of World War II) received an initially lukewarm reception at radio, Cash took out a full-page ad in Billboard demanding of programmers, “Where are your guts?”

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On January 13, 1968, Cash recorded his masterly live album At Folsom Prison, from which came a new #1 hit version of “Folsom Prison Blues.” This album and the follow-up 1969 live recording At San Quentin pushed his career to new heights. Taken from the San Quentin album, “A Boy Named Sue” (#1 country, #2 pop) became his biggest-selling single and the Country Music Association Single of the Year (1969). Cash was also voted the CMA’s Entertainer of the Year for 1969.

From 1969 through 1971, Cash hosted a prime time network television variety show that showcased his status as a national icon while featuring an eclectic mix of guest performers. A live cut from this show, “Sunday Morning Coming Down” (written by Kris Kristofferson), was a #1 country hit. Increasingly, Cash recorded and featured on his television show the work of new songwriters drawn to country from folk and rock music backgrounds.

Cash died in 2003. Two years later his life became the subject of a biographical film, Walk the Line, starring Joaquin Phoenix as Cash and Reese Witherspoon as June Carter. Phoenix and Witherspoon both won Academy Awards for their performances. American V: A Hundred Highways (2006) and American VI: Ain’t No Grave (2010), further strengthened Cash’s reputation as a cultural hero.

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The Night Johnny Cash Set 500-Acres of Forest on Fire

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Johnny Cash started a massive ring of fire on June 27th of 1965. It was in California’s Los Padres National Forest.

According to Cash’s FBI file acquired via the Freedom of Information Act, the music icon said his camper shot sparks out of its faulty exhaust system after getting stuck along the side of the road. Cash tried to gun the engine and accidentally lit the forest ablaze.

Cash’s nephew, Damon Fielder, was on the fishing trip with Cash when the fire started. According to his story, Uncle John was just drunk and allowed their campfire to get out of control. The blaze burned 508 acres of forest, spread across three mountains, and 49 of the area’s 53 California condors disappeared.

Ring of Fire

After feigning illness to avoid a court date, the “Ring of Fire” singer eventually paid a fine of $82,001 in damages.

🔹Throughout his career, Cash would often perform in prisons and recorded two live albums during those performances — Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison in 1968 and Johnny Cash at San Quentin in 1969.

🔹Cash was actually arrested seven times total for charges including reckless driving, drug use and public drunkenness, though he never spent more than a few nights in jail.

🔹One of his arrests was for picking flowers in Starkville, Mississippi, when he drunkenly took flowers from someone’s yard at 2 a.m. At the Starkville jail, he kicked the door so hard he broke his toe and later recorded a song about the experience.


🔹In 1981, Cash was attacked by his pet ostrich, Waldo. The big bird left him with five broken ribs and internal bleeding. The attack happened on the grounds of the exotic animal park Cash had established behind the House of Cash offices in Tennessee.

🔹In his book Cash: The Autobiograph, the musician wrote that Waldo was “not happy” to see him one day and that he swiped at the animal with a stick to show him who was boss.

“I missed,” Cash wrote. “He wasn’t there. He was in the air, and a split second later he was on his way down again, with that big toe of his, larger than my size-thirteen shoe, extended toward my stomach. He made contact — I’m sure there was never any question he wouldn’t — and frankly, I got off lightly. All he did was break my two lower ribs and rip my stomach open down to my belt, If the belt hadn’t been good and strong, with a solid belt buckle, he’d have spilled my guts exactly the way he meant to. As it was, he knocked me over onto my back and I broke three more ribs on a rock — but I had sense enough to keep swinging the stick, so he didn’t get to finish me. I scored a good hit on one of his legs, and he ran off.”

In the history of music, Johnny Cash definitely is one of the best-known names in the industry.

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Kenny Rogers, His Best Lyrics Ever

Kenny Rogers, 81, died of natural causes on March 20, 2020.

Photo by Jack Dennis at the Majestic Theater in San Antonio, Texas.

One of the best-selling artists of all time, Kenny Rogers encompassed many music genres with over 120 hit singles. In the U.S., he charted country, pop, and contemporary charts more than 200 separate weeks. Worldwide, he sold more than 112 million records over a span of seven decades.

The recipient of numerous awards, Rogers was honored with Grammys, American Music Association, Association of Country Music, and Country Music Association accolades. He was voted the “Favorite All-Time Singer of 1986.” In 2013, Rogers was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and received the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Country Music Association.

Rogers evolved with the music of his times, beginning with a rockabilly group dubbed The Scholars, progressing through stints with The Bobby Doyle Three, The New Christy Minstrels, The First Edition, all before he became a solo artist with mega-hits like “Lucille,” “Lady,” “Love Lifted Me,” “Coward of the Country,” and “The Gambler.”

He teamed up with Dottie West and Dolly Parton for such hits as “Every Time Two Fools Collide,”  “Anyone Who Isn’t Me Tonight,” “What Are We Doin’ in Love,” “All I Ever Need Is You,” and “Islands in the Stream.”

Following are the top five all-time best lyrics from Kenny Rogers:

5. ‘DECORATED MY LIFE’

Like a rhyme with no reason in an unfinished song
There was no harmony life meant nothin’ to me, until you cam along
And you brought out the colors, what a gentle surprise
Now I’m able to see all the things life can be shinin’ soft in your eyes

And you decorated my life, created a world where dreams are a part
And you decorated my life by paintin’ your love all over my heart

4. ‘SHE BELIEVES IN ME’

And she believes in me, I’ll never know just what she sees in me
I told her someday if she was my girl, I could change the world
With my little songs, I was wrong
But she has faith in me, and so I go on trying faithfully
And who knows maybe on some special night, if my song is right
I will find a way, while she waits… while she waits for me!

3. ‘COWARD OF THE COUNTRY’

“I promised you, Dad, not to do the things you done.
I walk away from trouble when I can.
Now please don’t think I’m weak, I didn’t turn the other cheek,
and Papa, I sure hope you understand:
Sometimes you gotta fight when you’re a man.”

2. LUCILLE

You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille
With four hungry children and a crop in the field.
I’ve had some bad times,
I’ve lived through some sad times,
But this time the hurtin’ won’t heal.
You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille.

1 ‘THE GAMBLER’

You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em
Know when to walk away, know when to run.
You never count your money when you’re sittin’ at the table.
There’ll be time enough for countin’ when the dealin’s done.

The Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton hit, Islands in the Stream, was written by The BeeGees

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Sonny Morgan Performs His Country Music in Beautiful Granbury, Texas

Friday, June 25, 2021: 7:30 pm at Granbury Live

This week we are traveling through the Texas Hill Country to the beautiful city of Granbury to see country singer Sonny Morgan Friday night.

Billed as The Most Intimate Venue in Texas, Granbury Live is located in the historic downtown Granbury Square. We hope to interview Morgan and perhaps a fan or two. If possible, we will be shooting footage for a future segment of “Songwriters Across Texas” television series.

Sonny Morgan was born and raised in Dallas Texas. From the early days of Sonny’s childhood, he was a music lover. From the time he was able, he sang in his church’s choir and played the trumpet all the way through high school. His other passion was the Automobile business.

Throughout the years he became extremely successful selling vehicles to clients such as Willie Nelson, Charlie Pride, Tom Landry and many others.

Just a few years ago, one of Sonny’s celebrity clients, George Strait challenged him to pursue his passion of singing. After meeting Ray Benson, Ray had Sonny on stage with Asleep at the Wheel at one of their performances for a duet. That’s all it took for performing on stage to get in Sonny’s blood.

Since that day with Asleep at the Wheel, Sonny has performed at numerous venues as well as his passion, to go sing to seniors who don’t have the opportunity to come to his shows.

Sonny has recorded two albums in Nashville and has had several songs on the Texas Country charts, including number one and number two song on the World Country Chart.

Sonny, his wife Karin and their rescued Greyhounds live in Granbury.

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From the Grand Ole Opry: Top Trailblazing Women

These Opry members of past and present have been trailblazers for the women who have — and will — follow in their path.

Patsy Cline

The uncompromising and inimitable Patsy Cline went after what she wanted from her career — even turning the tables to ask if she could become a member of the Grand Ole Opry rather than waiting to be invited. Not only did Cline become the first female country artist to headline her own Las Vegas residency and perform at Carnegie Hall, but she also became the first woman inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. 

Carrie Underwood

As one of the most successful female country artists of this century, Carrie Underwood has lifted other women up as she continues to climb. In 2018 with the release of her album Cry Pretty, she made history as the first woman to have four country albums reach the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. In support of the album, Underwood handpicked Runaway June and Maddie & Tae as her openers. The all-female tour served as an important reminder of the talent women bring to the table.  

Kitty Wells

The first full-fledged female country star made a splash on the scene with “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” a response song that was inspired by fellow artist Hank Thompson’s “Wild Side of Life.” Challenging double standards and wifely duties, the song was searing and controversial for its time. While it wasn’t originally allowed to be played on the Grand Ole Opry, it struck such a strong chord with women that it eventually made its way to the stage.

Dolly Parton

When Dolly Parton joined The Porter Wagoner Show as Porter Wagoner’s “girl singer,” she proved herself to be no second fiddle. It didn’t take long for Parton to forge her own independent career and become a household name around the world. She is the only country artist who can say that she has had a Top 20 hit on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart for six consecutive decades.

Jeannie Seely

Evident in her songs like “Who Needs You” and “Don’t Touch Me,” Jeannie Seely has long been an outspoken artist, forging the path for other women to follow in her footsteps. She became the first woman to regularly host 30-minute segments on the Grand Ole Opry after advocating for fairer representation. When she was challenged once for wearing a miniskirt on stage, Seely told Opry manager Ott Devine, “Okay, this is what America is wearing and I’ll make you a deal. I won’t wear a miniskirt in the back door if you don’t let anybody wear one in the front door,” as she recounted in Ken Burns’ Country Music documentary.

Crystal Gayle

A singular artist, Crystal Gayle forged her own unique musical identity to set herself apart from sister Loretta Lynn. In embracing a crossover sound, Gayle became the first female country artist whose album was certified platinum for selling a million copies. We Must Believe in Magic featured the smash single “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.”

Reba McEntire

Throughout the course of her career, Reba McEntire has distinguished herself as a dynamic performer, not just as a singer but also as an actress and producer. McEntire once said, “To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone, and a funny bone,” and she continues to practice what she preaches. In 2018, she became the first woman to play the part of chicken tycoon Colonel Sanders in a commercial.

Kelsea Ballerini

Kelsea Ballerini has emerged as one of country music’s most promising young lyricists, delivering real-life honesty through irresistible hooks in songs like “homecoming queen?” and “Miss Me More.” If the early years of her career are any indication — she is the only female artist in country music whose debut album had three No. 1 singles — Ballerini’s future is bright in the spotlight.

Loretta Lynn

Growing up in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, Loretta Lynn learned a thing or two about persistence. When she launched her career as a country star, she worked hard for her keep, sleeping in her car the night before she made her Opry debut. Even though she already had 25 Top 10 singles to her name, it wasn’t until she had released her 18th album that she won Entertainer of the Year at the CMA Awards in 1972, becoming the first woman to do so.

Alison Krauss

Alison Krauss has seen success most artists could only dream of. Since getting her first record deal at age 14, Krauss has won an astounding 27 Grammy Awards, more than any other woman from any genre and only to be outdone by Quincy Jones and Georg Solti. But apart from all the accolades, Krauss has been an important stalwart in reminding the world that bluegrass is worth holding onto. She was inducted as a member of the Opry at 21 years old, the first bluegrass artist to join the cast in 29 years.   

Carly Pearce Debuts New EP: “29” With 80th Grande Ole Opry Appearance

Country Music’s Carly Pearce is celebrating the release of her EP, “29” and will make her 80th appearance at the Grande Ole Opry in Nashville on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021.

“Every Little Thing” was the first song that Pearce ever wrote with Michael Busbee, her longtime collaborator and producer. They co-wrote what would become her biggest solo hit with Emily Shackelton. Rolling Stone said Busbee “shaped much of the musical structure and sparse arrangement of Pearce’s stately torch ballad, which became a Number One at country radio.”

“It’s almost uncomfortable stripped-down and I think in those moments, you’re left with the silence,” Pearce said at the time.

Busbee died in September 2019 at age 43, leaving a legacy of producing such songs as Keith Urban’s (featuring Carrie Underwood) “The Fighter,” Pink’s “Try,” and Maren Morris’ “My Church.”

In memory of Busbee’s passing Pearce took to social media to remember him with a video.

“I sang ‘every little thing’ tonight through broken tears with thousands of voices and cell phone lights in the air, because I asked them to raise them up high so you could see them shining from heaven,” she said. “What a beautiful sight it was. You gave my music a place in this world. I’ll cherish the 2 albums, songs, talks, laughs & memories we shared over the years. My heart is broken, but the legacy of your talents and your heart will live on in all of the artists and people you touched. I love you, Busbee.”

Like so many, Pearce has dealt with much torment during 2020 and coming back to the Opry is a cherished relief.

Busbee death and the pandemic “was an opportunity to get back to my roots.”

Even after 2020, Pearce thinks “the biggest overall thing for me is that I have still felt so connected to fans,” she said as she prepares for her Opry appearance. “And,  ‘I Hope You’re Happy Now’  gave me a second Number One song on the charts. I couldn’t ask for much more.” 

“I always dreamt of singing on the Opry,” Pearce reflects. “When I was 16, I wanted to sing at Dollywood, so I  convinced my parents to let me audition and quit school to sing there.”

“I moved to Nashville in 2009 and had a typical overnight success,” she said. “I worked  odd jobs and never gave up. And then in 2019, the Opry let me debut before I had anything really going on. It’s great that I’ve had the experience and support from the Opry from the beginning.”

If she could sing with any performer in the world, who would she pick?

“Dolly Parton!  I think she’s been such a huge influence and working with her at Dollywood… she’s the ultimate leading lady of country music.”

“My inspirations? I think back to the late 90s women to Patty Loveless, Dixie Chicks, Lee Ann Womack, and so many more.”

“My grandmother who is no longer here, she was a special lady. And my mom is my best friend, who I admire very much. In music, there is only one Dolly! And the country women of the 90s, Jeannie Seely, Loretta Lynn, and just all of the ladies who have made a mark on country music.”

When asked by Rebecca Jensen Hensen from the Opry last week “what was the first time in the Circle like for you versus going into the 80th?,” Pearce replied:

“I love it! The biggest difference is that I wanted to throw up the first time. And now it feels like family —  it’s comfortable, but I still get butterflies.”

“I definitely dress up more for a performance at the Opry,” she explained. “I take it really seriously and want to honor the history of the Opry. But I have fun with the looks, sometimes more purple, sometimes retro, sometimes fringe. Eddie Stubbs (who retired July 29, 2020 after being the host announcer at the Opry 25 for years) once told me that he appreciated that I dressed up for the Opry stage.”

Pearce talked about her new album, “29.”

“Well, 29 is a really pivotal year for everyone. You think certain things will turn out differently than they do, but you’re still hopeful about life.  I think things happened that I didn’t think would happen and the music is a representation of those things.”

“Also, winning a CMA award really gave me the confidence that people want to hear what I have to say. And this is me!”

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For inspiration, Pearce has been playing back at the Listening Room Cafe in Nashville.

“It’s what I used to do back in the day to see what songs people liked. It’s all about where it all started and going back to my roots.”

“I think we’re really on a great trajectory of what’s to come and I’m just really proud to be one of the ladies in country music. I have seen such a change and a shift in the last few years and I’m happy to be a part of it.”

Her advice for young women aspiring to be in country music?

“Figure out who you are and never waiver from that. You  have to out work the boys. And make sure that you know what you have to say and that it means something.”

Mel Tillis Dreamed of Playing in Las Vegas Where Elvis Presley Performed

I first met Pam Tillis in Las Vegas, Nevada in July 1979 while she was singing backup  to her father, country music singer Mel Tillis.

Mel and Pam Tillis


Mel surprised his daughter by announcing to the crowd at the Frontier Hotel that night that he was inviting her up front so she could sing a song by herself.

“Daddy would do that occasionally,” Tillis laughed later. “So I am always ready.”

“Daddy always says he  wanted to play at the Frontier because that is where Elvis played,” she laughed after the show.

The first time Elvis Presley ever performed in Vegas was back in 1956.


Mel Tillis introduced his next big hit that night. It was “Are You Sincere?,” a song Elvis had recorded and released a few years before his death in 1977. 

Years later, daughter Pam, released a big hit “Maybe It Was Memphis.”

Mel died on November 19, 2017 at age 85. His biggest hits included “I Ain’t Never“, “Good Woman Blues“, “Sawmill,” “I Got the Hoss,” “Southern Rains,” “Send Me Down to Tucson,” and “Coca-Cola Cowboy“.

It is only fitting that Pam Tillis today, pays tribute to Elvis, the King of Rock and Roll, and another King, Martin Luther in her co-written song ‘Two Kings.’ She often tours with Suzy Bogguss and Terri Clark at “Chicks With Hits” performances and on her own.

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Kenny Rogers: His Top Five All-Time Best Lyrics

One of the best-selling artists of all time, Kenny Rogers encompassed many music genres with over 120 hit singles. His death on March 20, 2020 sadden millions of worldwide fans and in some ways, marked the beginning of the summer of pandemic.

In the U.S., he charted country, pop, and contemporary charts more than 200 separate weeks. Worldwide, he sold more than 110 million records over a span of seven decades.

The recipient of numerous awards, Rogers had been honored with Grammys, Amercian Music Association, Association of Country Music, and Country Music Association accolades.

He was voted the “Favorite All-Time Singer of 1986.” In 2013, Rogers was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and received the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Country Music Association.

Rogers evolved with the music of his times, beginning with a rockabilly group dubbed The Scholars, progressing through stints with The Bobby Doyle Three, The New Christy Minstrels, The First Edition, all before he became a solo artist with mega-hits like “Lucille,” “Lady,” “Love Lifted Me,” “Coward of the County,” and “The Gambler.”

He teamed up with Dottie West and Dolly Parton for such hits as “Every Time Two Fools Collide,”  “Anyone Who Isn’t Me Tonight,” “What Are We Doin’ in Love,” “All I Ever Need Is You,” and “Islands in the Stream.”

Photo by Jack Dennis

Following are the top five all-time best lyrics from Kenny Rogers:

5. ‘DECORATED MY LIFE’

Like a rhyme with no reason in an unfinished song
There was no harmony life meant nothin’ to me, until you came along
And you brought out the colors, what a gentle surprise
Now I’m able to see all the things life can be shinin’ soft in your eyes

And you decorated my life, created a world where dreams are a part
And you decorated my life by paintin’ your love all over my heart

4. ‘SHE BELIEVES IN ME’

And she believes in me, I’ll never know just what she sees in me
I told her someday if she was my girl, I could change the world
With my little songs, I was wrong
But she has faith in me, and so I go on trying faithfully
And who knows maybe on some special night, if my song is right
I will find a way, while she waits… while she waits for me!


3. ‘COWARD OF THE COUNTY’

“I promised you, Dad, not to do the things you done.
I walk away from trouble when I can.
Now please don’t think I’m weak, I didn’t turn the other cheek,
and Papa, I sure hope you understand:
Sometimes you gotta fight when you’re a man.”


2. LUCILLE

You picked a fine time to leave me,Lucille
With four hungry children and a crop in the field.
I’ve had some bad times,
I’ve lived through some sad times,
But this time the hurtin’ won’t heal.
You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille.



1. ‘THE GAMBLER’

You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em
Know when to walk away, know when to run.
You never count your money when you’re sittin’ at the table.
There’ll be time enough for countin’ when the dealin’s done.



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Legendary Country Singer Buck Owens’ Best Lyrics

March 25th 2021 will mark the 15th anniversary of the death of Alvis Edgar Owens, Jr., the American Country music singer, musician and songwriter from Bakersfield, CA. 

Owens in Bakersfield.

“Buck” Owens and the Buckaroos had 20 number one hits on the Billboard country music charts beginning with “Act Naturally,” released in the spring of 1963. It was so popular even the Beatles covered it in 1965 with Ringo Starr as the lead vocalist.

The song shot Owens career to the top and was the beginning of one of the longest streaks in music history: 15 consecutive number one singles!

Just before the release of “Act Naturally,” Owens’ bass guitarist thought of a name for the band. From that point on, Buck Owens was backed by the “Buckaroos.”

The bass player went on to better things in country music. His name was Merle Haggard.

The Buckaroos

Owens followed it up with “Love’s Gonna Live Here,” which spent 16 weeks as number one on the Country chart.

At this point Owens could do no wrong releasing “My Heart Skips a Beat,” “Together Again,” “I Don’t Care (Just as Long as You Love Me),” and “I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail.”

By the summer of 1969, while CBS was looking for a summer replacement for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Owens was so popular, he was selected as a host for television’s country answer to the prosperous Laugh-In program. Hee-Haw debuted, and with Roy Clark as his sidekick, Owens became an even bigger star.

“The good thing about doing that show was that I only had to go in two times a year, in June and October, to tape segments that they would spread out through each show throughout the season,” Owens explained.

Roy Clark and Owens on HEE HAW

Hee Haw was so popular CBS continued the program into the fall and lasted 24 seasons until September 19, 1992.

In 1988 Owens returned semi-retirement for a comeback duet with Dwight Yoakam in “Streets of Bakersfield.” It was his first number one single since 1972’s “Made in Japan.”

Following are the five best all-time lyrics of Buck Owens:

5. “Act Naturally”

“Well, I’ll bet you I’m a gonna be a big star
Might win an Oscar, you can never tell
The movie’s gonna make me a big star
‘Cause I can play the part so well

Well, I hope you come and see me in the movie
Then I’ll know that you will plainly see
Biggest fool that’s ever hit the big time
And all I gotta do is act naturally”

Owens was at the point that he was about to give up on his singing career but the release of his 1963 album ‘The Best of Buck Owens’ brought him his first two number one hits. “Act Naturally” and “Love’s Gonna Live Here” were the first of 21 number one singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

In 1989, Owens teamed up with Ringo Starr to record it together. They received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Country Vocal Collaboration for this single.

4. “I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail”

“Well, ev’ry night you drag me where the bright lights are found;
There ain’t no way to slow you down
I’m as ’bout as helpless as a leaf in a gale;
And it looks like I’ve got a tiger by the tail

I’ve got a tiger by the tail, it’s plain to see;
I won’t be much when you get through’ with me
Well, I’m a losing weight and a turnin’ mighty pale
Looks like I’ve got a tiger by the tail”

3. “My Heart Skips a Beat”

“You came into my life without a warning
And you turned my cloudy skies from gray to blue
You’re my sunshine that comes up every morning
Yes you are my every dream come true

And my heart skips a beat when we walk down the street
I feel a trembling in my knees
And just to know you’re mine until the end of time
Makes my heart skip a beat”

2. “Under Your Spell Again”

“Well, everybody tells me that I’m a fool
That I never should have put my faith in you
And way down deep inside I guess I know it’s true
But no one else can make me feel the way you do

You’ve got me under your spell again
Sayin’ those things again
Makin’ me believe that you’re just mine
You’ve got dreamin’ those dreams again
Makin’ those things again
I’ve gotta take you back just one more time”

Dwight Yoakum, Haggard & Owens

1. “Together Again”

“Together again my tears have stopped falling
The long lonely nights are now at an end
The key to my heart you hold in your hand
And nothing else matters now we’re together again

Together again the gray skies are gone
You’re back in my arms now, where you belong
The love that I knew is living again
And nothing else matters now we’re together again”