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I don't know if you are a Webb fan but Rick Beato did this with him




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Holy crap, I had not seen this. I am a big Webb fan. I've read "T u n e s m i t h" but not his memoir yet. Looking forward. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, I'll probably watch it, later tonight.

Are you a fan of Keith Jarrett? The pianist had a stroke a couple years back now, and Beato got an exclusive with him, earlier this year. Very heart rending to see Jarrett so compromised, but his brains are all intact.

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Mike ...today was so much fun...thank you so much


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It was indeed, thanks Steve for such a great game!

--try typing the word "t u n e s m i t h" without the extra spaces. JPF will not let this word exist! It changes it to "songwriter" --weird...that's why I had to double space the name of Webb's book.

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The Guess Who. Love the group. I’ve only been lurking due to a Dr’s appointment out of town (Atlanta). Checked out a few clues here and there but couldn’t come up with anything. Great game Steve!

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I'll post one since it looks like Craig's been traveling and is probably tired. Hope all is well, Craig!

This should be a quickie, anyway:


Mystery Song #96


MJDGTASHRC

Name the song, the songwriter(s), and the artist (any configuration: solo artist, band, etc.)

CLUE #1

This song was the only song by this artist to reach the Top 40 on Billboard's Hot 100--a minor crossover hit BUT a major hit on the (genre) chart from which it originated.

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CLUES #2 & 3

The artist was a man.

The song was a massive hit on the country charts, and made it up to #25 on Billboard's Hot 100.

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CLUE #4

The song was quite controversial.

--this could give it away...

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The artist was a man.

OK so I've narrowed it down to

George Strait
George Jones
Johnny Cash
Tim McGraw
Hank Snow
Charlie Daniels
Jason Aldean
Randy Travis
Alan Jackson
Chris Stapleton
Merle Haggard

and counting...... was a man hmmm no longer with us narrows it down even more

LOLOL

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Clue #5

Nice list! wink

Speaking of crossing over, one of the songwriters is related to a country artist who did so 8 times in a career spanning over 40 years. At least according to Wikipedia, LOL.

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Clue #6

I can't lead you on, Steve.

Our artist is NOT on your list!

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I'm gonna leave it here 'til late tonight early tomorrow morning...recap:

Mystery Song #96


MJDGTASHRC


Clue #6

Our artist is NOT on your (Steve's) list!

Not: George Strait, George Jones, Johnny Cash, Tim McGraw. Hank Snow, Charlie Daniels, Jason Aldean, Randy Travis, Alan Jackson, Chris Stapleton, or Merle Haggard

Clue #5

Speaking of crossing over, one of the songwriters is related to a country artist who did so 8 times in a career spanning over 40 years. At least according to Wikipedia, LOL.

CLUE #4

The song was quite controversial.

CLUES #2 & 3

The artist was a man.

The song was a massive hit on the country charts, and made it up to #25 on Billboard's Hot 100.

CLUE #1

This song was the only song by this artist to reach the Top 40 on Billboard's Hot 100--a minor crossover hit BUT a major hit on the (genre) chart from which it originated.

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Our artist is NOT on your (Steve's) list

I kinda figured that out when I checked out the dead ones lol


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One of the next few clues will involve Johnny Cash, though.

But there's enough to go on for now, I think!

I'll post again in the early morning, late morning for you Nova Scotians and other East Coasters..

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Doesn’t look like anyone’s solved this so I’m gonna look back at clues.

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Can’t get this one yet. Guess I’ll wait for the Johnny Cash clue!

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Clue #7

The artist hosted a TV show and was working as a country music act in Nevada before his big break with this song on what would be his third trip to Nashville.


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Clue #8

The song kind of luckily fell into the artist's lap, when a friend of his played him the song that had apparently been recently making the rounds on Music Row. The next day the artist had a meeting with a well known but retired record producer who didn't like any of the artist's own material, but really liked this song for him, and they recorded it the very next day.


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Clue #9

Johnny Cash was one of the artists who had passed on the song. He liked it but thought it too controversial.

That being the case, Cash still had dibs on the song if the artist-in-question's version failed to sell.

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Clue #10

The title of the song gives absolutely no clue as to its heavier, "social commentary" aspects.


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Clues will come one every 45 minutes, until there's...say...20 clues...


Mystery Song #96

MJDGTASHRC


Clue #10

The title of the song gives absolutely no clue as to its heavier, "social commentary" aspects.


Clue #9

Johnny Cash was one of the artists who had passed on the song. He liked it but thought it too controversial.

That being the case, Cash still had dibs on the song if the artist-in-question's version failed to sell.


Clue #8

The song kind of luckily fell into the artist's lap, when a friend of his played him the song that had apparently been recently making the rounds on Music Row. The next day the artist had a meeting with a well known but retired record producer who didn't like any of the artist's own material, but really liked this song for him, and they recorded it the very next day.


Clue #7

The artist hosted a TV show and was working as a country music act in Nevada before his big break with this song on what would be his third trip to Nashville.


Clue #6

Our artist is NOT on your (Steve's) list!

Not: George Strait, George Jones, Johnny Cash, Tim McGraw. Hank Snow, Charlie Daniels, Jason Aldean, Randy Travis, Alan Jackson, Chris Stapleton, or Merle Haggard

Clue #5

Speaking of crossing over, one of the songwriters is related to a country artist who did so 8 times in a career spanning over 40 years. At least according to Wikipedia, LOL.


CLUE #4

The song was quite controversial.


CLUES #2 & 3

The artist was a man.

The song was a massive hit on the country charts, and made it up to #25 on Billboard's Hot 100.

CLUE #1

This song was the only song by this artist to reach the Top 40 on Billboard's Hot 100--a minor crossover hit BUT a major hit on the (genre) chart from which it originated.


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Clue#11

The artist has a very rare first name:

Based on the analysis of 100 years worth of data from the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Baby Names database, the estimated population of people named ______ is less than 200.

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Clue #12

Among others, the song has been covered by B.J. Thomas. Conway Twitty, Patti Page, and George Jones.


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Clue #13

The song put the artist in the national spotlight for a short while, seeing him get appearances on late night talk shows such as The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

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CLUE #14

The artist was born and died in a city the was the site of a horrible bombing tragedy.


--this should give it away..

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Mystery Song #96

MJDGTASHRC

Name the artist, songwriters, and song title.


Clue #15:

Johnny Cash was also godfather to one of the artist's sons.


CLUE #14

The artist was born and died in a city the was the site of a horrible bombing tragedy.

Clue #13

The song put the artist in the national spotlight for a short while, seeing him get appearances on late night talk shows such as The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

Clue #12

Among others, the song has been covered by B.J. Thomas. Conway Twitty, Patti Page, and George Jones.


Clue#11

The artist has a very rare first name:

Based on the analysis of 100 years worth of data from the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Baby Names database, the estimated population of people named ______ is less than 200.

Clue #10

The title of the song gives absolutely no clue as to its heavier, "social commentary" aspects.


Clue #9

Johnny Cash was one of the artists who had passed on the song. He liked it but thought it too controversial.

That being the case, Cash still had dibs on the song if the artist-in-question's version failed to sell.


Clue #8

The song kind of luckily fell into the artist's lap, when a friend of his played him the song that had apparently been recently making the rounds on Music Row. The next day the artist had a meeting with a well known but retired record producer who didn't like any of the artist's own material, but really liked this song for him, and they recorded it the very next day.


Clue #7

The artist hosted a TV show and was working as a country music act in Nevada before his big break with this song on what would be his third trip to Nashville.


Clue #6

Our artist is NOT on your (Steve's) list!

Not: George Strait, George Jones, Johnny Cash, Tim McGraw. Hank Snow, Charlie Daniels, Jason Aldean, Randy Travis, Alan Jackson, Chris Stapleton, or Merle Haggard

Clue #5

Speaking of crossing over, one of the songwriters is related to a country artist who did so 8 times in a career spanning over 40 years. At least according to Wikipedia, LOL.


CLUE #4

The song was quite controversial.


CLUES #2 & 3

The artist was a man.

The song was a massive hit on the country charts, and made it up to #25 on Billboard's Hot 100.

CLUE #1

This song was the only song by this artist to reach the Top 40 on Billboard's Hot 100--a minor crossover hit BUT a major hit on the (genre) chart from which it originated.

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Clue #16


The song title is derived from a game or exercise activity.


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Clue #17

A movie based on the life of this songs' producer could be a great one, spanning all the way back to some the pioneers of Country Music. Forced into retirement, he started his own independent production company and this song and artist was one of the highlights of his post-heyday days, scoring the artist a record deal after many passes due to the controversial nature of the song.

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henson cargill...skip a rope....Jack Moran and Glenn Douglas Tubb


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Clue #18

One of the songwriters was related to the country music pioneer whose signature song's title used a colloquial expression that referred to what one does when one continuously paces back and forth in a room.


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Originally Posted by VNORTH2
henson cargill...skip a rope....Jack Moran and Glenn Douglas Tubb

Congrat, Steve! You got it!

A song that figures somewhere in the music surrounding the Civil Rights Movement. Certainly surprised a lot of Nashville bigwigs when it became a hit in The Winter of The Summer of Love, late '67.



Here is a wonderful Facebook article about Cargill and how the record came to be:

The Story Behind The Song:

”Skip A Rope”

(written by Jack Moran & Glenn Douglas Tubb)

Henson Cargill (#1 country, #25 pop, 1968)

Link:https://www.facebook.com/ClassicCountryMusicStories/posts/the-story-behind-the-songskip-a-ropewritten-by-jack-moran-glenn-douglas-tubbhens/1414636991995878/

When Henson Cargill became an “overnight sensation” in 1968, it was the perfect melding of a castaway song and a castaway artist. Already established in Las Vegas, Cargill had made two previous trips to Nashville, attracting absolutely no interest. On his third trip, he managed to set up a meeting with one of Nashville’s most-revered record producers, Don Law, who had helmed hundreds of sessions for the majority of Columbia Records’ mostly all-star lineup…….artists such as Johnny Cash, Ray Price, Marty Robbins, Johnny Horton, Carl Smith, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, Stonewall Jackson, Carl & Pearl Butler, Lefty Frizzell and many more. After turning 65 years old in 1967, Law had been forced out at Columbia due to the company’s strict mandatory retirement policy. Don wasn’t ready to stop working just yet though, and started his own independent production company. His meeting with Henson Cargill went well, but Law wasn’t interested in any of Henson’s original material. However, he did see potential in the Oklahoma City native.

Don scheduled a session with Cargill even before a record deal had been signed. By sheer luck, the night before the session, Henson ran into another native Oklahoman Tom Hartman, who had once worked as a disc jockey in Oklahoma City, but was now pitching songs for Tree Publishing Company. Hartman played Cargill a song called “Skip A Rope,” which had already made the rounds in Nashville without catching a single taker. Cargill liked “Skip A Rope” and the next day he and Law recorded it, although even then it seemed destined to fall by the wayside. Johnny Cash had taken a look at “Skip A Rope” mainly because one of the song’s co-writers Glenn Douglas Tubb (nephew of legendary country star Ernest Tubb) had written a hit for him some ten years earlier called “Home Of The Blues.” Cash personally liked “Skip A Rope” but he, like everyone else, was skeptical about its possible success. However, Johnny did agree to cut “Skip A Rope” if Cargill’s record failed. Due to Cash’s interest and Don Law’s belief that Cargill’s record was going to do well, Law made an arrangement with Tree Publishing that gave him 90 days to secure a record deal for Henson before any other artist could record the song.

But once again, the Nashville establishment was hesitant to take a chance on “Skip A Rope,” which blamed such cultural problems as dishonesty and racism on parents. The one company willing to give it a shot was Fred Foster’s Monument Records, and it proved to be a very wise investment. Cargill signed with absolutely no advance, and within 90 days of the song’s release, “Skip A Rope” had sold more than 500,000 copies. It reached #1 on Billboard’s country singles chart on February 3, 1968 and stayed there for five consecutive weeks. The record also peaked at #25 on Billboard’s Hot 100 pop chart, a sensational showing for a Nashville-based production.

Cargill’s success as a hit-maker was short-lived, however. He achieved only two more Top 15 entries during the remainder of his career, and those occurred during the year or so after “Skip A Rope” peaked (due to the brief momentum he had built up because of that runaway hit), although he continued to land in the lower rungs of the chart through 1980. His last notable release was the #29 “Silence On The Line.” In his later years, Cargill returned to the Oklahoma City area, opening a nightclub called “Henson’s” which he operated in nearby Norman, Oklahoma. He died after complications from surgery on March 24, 2007 at the age of 66. Producer Don Law passed away from cancer in 1982 and was elected posthumously to the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 2001. – JH

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That was a tough one Mike....great job....my head hurts...lol


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Originally Posted by VNORTH2
That was a tough one Mike....great job....my head hurts...lol

LOLOL...

Be well, friend...

Thanks for playing, and great job, congrats again!

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I now know the name of every male country singer ever born....


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Originally Posted by VNORTH2
I now know the name of every male country singer ever born....

Ha!

It might come in handy some day, you never know!

--best tidbit for me was that the song's producer, Don Law Sr. was also the guy in the motel room, recording Robert Johnson in '36. Would make a great movie.

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really neat backstory to the song...but I guess most songs are that way


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What I found fascinating about the song, I don't think I had heard it since '68, and only a few times then but once I saw the title I started humming the melody right away...funny how our minds work...lol


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Looked at all the clues and couldn’t come up with the song. Great game, congrats Steve!

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Guess who's just lurking in.

Definitely been looking in more than participating, in this thread and overall as was pointed out above in the "people around the pool"

Just a matter of priorities elsewehere.

Though easing out of my professional practice...I find myself busy using what I have learned to build something to see if they will come lightbulb

Not been around The Muse either for that matter. Jodi Krangle started that way back around the same early days as JPF and Shayne Vaughan's The Write Stuff.

Still doing music but posting means reciprocating which requires time and focused attention, so my on line participation is easier just looking in.

And let me tell you there were times I wanted to jump in to a particular posting but I totally practiced zen buddhism and calming chants as I read some of the stuff posted.

Anyway, totally enjoy this quest game here ....thank you John (L Schick) and Mike and Vnorth for the brain teasers.

And there is I guess a research system that helps narrow down the clues to real events and relationships.

My Bene does puzzles and things like Soduku (we tussle over our Globe's Saturday Crossword) which are definitely process driven.

I still get thanks for her 6 tray puzzle sorting kit gift she suggested I get for her smile

Special shout out for VNorth and our Guess Who (loved Albert Flasher which was not on the list but deserves mention)


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My bad, bad, bad......Albert Flasher...yes....great melody.....LOL..

.there must be something in the water in Winnipeg...Cummings, Bachman, Neil Young


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One of my favorite filmmakers drinks that water, too, Guy Maddin. If you aren't familiar with his work, it's highly original and oft times surreal. He gets compared to David Lynch, but that's just on the surface. I can heartily recommend "My Winnipeg" and "The Saddest Music in the World."


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Winnipeg had a real vibrant local music scene is what I was told by two Winnipeg musicians, Gord McGregor and Jim Degiarlde who I befriended as a front desk clerk at a Banff Alberta hotel called the Cascade Inn in the mid 70s.
The pair were among pretty impressive duos that moved through The Paddock, the live music venue upstairs and up off the lobby from the biggest beer hall in Alberta. That occupied the entire lower footprint of the hotel, with two main street entrances on either side of the lobby entrance. Back entrance led to an alley and the hotel staff annex.

They credited the city's large talented pool as a real "breeding ground"....makes sense...It is all about proximity to others you learns with..

That job taught me how to play well enough to keep figuring things out musically. I always checked in the bands on Sunday nights, and as my regular shift ended 11pm, I partied with them and they showed me things.

Guy from California, Steve Driggars, gave me the machine heads from his Washburn still on my Yamaki and showed me how to put them on. A real job that involve exact drilling. Also taught me good maintenance habits. Played with a really talented partner, Mike Haas and they had great chemistry in guitar work and voice.

Banff was a sleepy winter town back then,...much more a summer resort...and I had a blast. September to April or so...after first year university false start.


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Here’s JPF Mystery Tune #97. First clue: a song from the ‘60s. Anyone can play!

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Got nada so far, but it sounds familiar. Sleeping on it. smile


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A brick wall - by Pink Floyd

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Oops. Brick wall. Will provide a clue or two later. Here’s one though. British group. This song reached number 44 on Billboard top 100 in early ‘60s, but number 2 in the UK.

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The Searchers - "Sugar and Spice" 1964


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That’s it! Written by Fred Nightingale, aka, Tony Hatch.


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Good song.

Kinda Everly Brothers-ish to me.

I love how the taping unit and other recording devices get equal billing in the video, lol.


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Congrats Mike....I had nothing...nice game Craig!!


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