July 8, 2008
With Sunday's popular topic being songs that should be released as singles, here's a different spin on the same topic: What are some songs that labels overlooked, missing a potential hit?
I'm putting up two for consideration, given the very different circumstances.
First, Pam Tillis' “Mandolin Rain”, from her 1995 set All of This Love. I kept waiting for this one, assuming it would be the follow-up to lead single “Deep Down.” But that was followed by “The River and the Highway”, and then “It's Lonely Out There.” All of those singles were top fifteen hits, but then Arista seriously stumbled, and instead of the majestic “Mandolin Rain”, they sent out the clunker “Betty's Got a Bass Boat”, which bombed. Ne
edless to say, there was no fifth single from the set, and a great hit never got its chance, even though she sang it on the 1996 CMA Awards.
The second hit that should've been? “Truth No. 2″, which was supposed to be the fourth single from the Dixie Chicks' Home. Just as it was being readied for release, to follow-up the #1 hit “Travelin' Soldier”, something happened that made the label change their mind about releasing a song where Natalie Maines sings the line, “You don't like the sound of the truth coming from my mouth.” A real shame, since the song is amazing and Patty Griffin deserved the royalties!
What are some of the other hits that should've been?