DEAR JERRY: I am a faithful follower who reads you but has never written until now. Two completely unrelated topics in separate columns struck a note with me, and gives me confidence you can answer my musical dilemma.
In one recent column, you identified all of the song clips used in “The Flying Saucer,” and in another, you wrote about the great Wynn Stewart (“Strings”). I need a little bit of both.
As you know, the Wynn Stewart tribute song, by Kathy Robertson, known to many as “Can't Get Enough of Wynn,” is mostly made up using many of Wynn's song titles. Unfortunately, I can only identify a few. I would really like to know all of the titles.
Carla Evans, York, Pa.
DEAR CARLA: Since you obviously can't get enough of Wynn, I listened closely to my copy of the cleverly written “Can't Get Enough of Wynn” (a more colorful title, though its official name is just “Wynn Stewart”) and detected 15 titles of his songs. Here they are in the order mentioned or referenced:
“Slightly Used”; “Playboy”; “Falling for You”; “Big, Big Love”; “Come On”; “She Just Tears Me Up”; “How the Other Half Lives”; “Open Up My Heart”; “Wall to Wall Heartaches”; “Wishful Thinking”; “Never Out of My Heart”; “We'll Never Love Again”; “I Don't Feel at Home”; “Couples Only”; and “Big City.”
All of these singles came out between 1958 and '64, though Kathy's tribute tune is a 2000 recording.
“Wynn Stewart” is one of 14 tracks on the CD “Hillbilly Down To Roy Nichols With Love, Volume 2” (Cowgirl Records CRCD-101), an album produced by Kathy in tribute to Nichols, a legendary guitarist who played on many sessions with Wynn Stewart and Merle Haggard, just to name a couple.
Our son's name is Bruce, and I would like to get him a copy of this song.
Barbara Hawes, Ephrata, Pa.
DEAR BARBARA: Titled “Big Bruce,” this summer 1969 hit is by Steve Greenberg (Trip 3000).
As for the rest of the story behind this gift, you didn't tell and I didn't ask.
DEAR JERRY: In January of 1981, at the Hotel Intercontinental in Montego Bay, Jamaica, my late husband and I heard a song that has haunted me ever since.
During a show in the Hellfire Room, the chanteuse announced she was about to sing one of England's most popular songs. She then sang “Streets of London,” and it brought down the house. This beautiful song has run through my mind ever since that night.
Even though it is probably just a British hit that didn't make it to America, I hope you can provide the details of “Streets of London” for me.
Joan Grono, Pewaukee, Wisc. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
DEAR JOAN: You are right, “Streets of London” flopped in the U.S., though they did release it here (20th Century 2178) and gave it chance to duplicate its success on the streets (and everywhere else) of London.
In the U.K., this tune, by Ralph McTell, reached No. 1 in mid-January of 1975.
Several months after the 45 came and went, an album by McTell, titled “Streets” (20th Century 486), came out stateside. Of course, the lead track is “Streets of London.”
At least you now have the necessary information to locate the tune that haunts you.
I must say, Hellfire is certainly a spunky name for a showroom. Wonder if Arthur Brown every played there?
IZ ZAT SO? As successful as the Beatles have been in their homeland, they surprising to many have only one song in the British all-time Top 10 best sellers.
Their lone entry is “She Loves You,” which ranks No. 6 on the list.