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Essential 80’s: #75-#51

July 9, 2006 Kevin John Coyne 3

#75 “I Did” Patty Loveless 1987 Peak: #56 The first album by Patty Loveless was a scattered affair, as she searched for a style she could call her own. Interestingly, it was this single she

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Essential 80’s: #100-#76

June 27, 2006 Kevin John Coyne 0

200 Essential 80’s Singles Part 5: #100-#76 #100 “Tennessee Homesick Blues” Dolly Parton 1984 Peak: #1 Parton sings in the voice of a homesick Tennessean turned off by the coldness of New York City. In

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Hall Worthy

June 24, 2006 Kevin John Coyne 8

Last year, I posted the top twelve worthy inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Sadly, the CMA only took one of my three suggestions: Glen Campbell, with the other two slots going to

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Numbers Don’t Lie

June 23, 2006 Kevin John Coyne 0

Perusing the SoundScan totals for country albums makes all of those mergers and layoffs seem a lot more understandable. Wow, the market is weak. Even Entertainer of the Year nominees are having a hard time

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Essential 80’s: #125-#101

June 22, 2006 Kevin John Coyne 0

200 Essential 80’s Singles Part 4: #125-#101 #125 “All My Ex’s Live In Texas” George Strait 1987 Peak: #1 Classic Texas swing from the modern master. Strait almost sounds relieved to be hiding out in

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New Dixie Chicks CD

June 20, 2006 Kevin John Coyne 0

It was noted to me that I had spent a lot of time talking up the new Dixie Chicks album but haven’t mentioned it since it’s been released. I’ve been reading about the Chicks almost

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Essential 80’s: #150-#126

June 10, 2006 Kevin John Coyne 0

200 Essential 80’s Singles Part 3: #150-#126 #150 “Love Me Like You Used To” Tanya Tucker 1987 Peak: #2 Tucker reached her commercial peak in the early nineties, but the foundation for that came with

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Essential 80’s: #175-#151

May 29, 2006 Kevin John Coyne 0

200 Essential 80’s Singles Part 2: #175-#151 #175 “Bop” Dan Seals 1985 Peak: #1 How conservative is this song about wanting to “bop with you baby, all night long”? It goes out of its way

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Essential 80’s: #200-#176

May 27, 2006 Kevin John Coyne 0

200 Essential 80’s Singles Part 1: #200-#176 #200 “Shakin’” Sawyer Brown 1986 Peak: #15 Fresh off their victory in the very first Star Search competition, Sawyer Brown released a string of campy singles that cemented

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Single Reviews: March 19, 2006

March 19, 2006 Kevin John Coyne 0

The stunning new Chicks single is one of many highlights of the latest singles roundup. I’m changing the game a little bit and starting to include stand-alone tracks that are impacting as downloads. The era

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