Whitney Houston

Donna Summer: The Country Connection

May 17, 2012 // 9 Comments

Donna Summer, disco legend, passed away today at the age of 63.

Much like my earlier post on Whitney Houston’s untimely passing, writing about Summer’s death isn’t completely foreign to our topic of country music.

Whereas Dolly Parton wrote a #1 pop hit by Whitney Houston, Donna Summer wrote a #1 country hit for Dolly Parton.

Whitney Houston: 1963-2012

February 12, 2012 // 13 Comments

On the eve of the Grammy Awards, music lost one of its greatest voices, as Whitney Houston died at age 48.

Her only tangential connection to country was a big one. Her cover of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” is one of the most successful singles in history, spending 14 weeks at #1 and pushing its parent album, The Bodyguard soundtrack, to sales of 44 million worldwide.

Discussion: iPod Check

December 9, 2008 // 41 Comments

This afternoon, it took me seventy minutes to get to my final and fifteen minutes to actually take it.   It was the traffic jam to end all traffic jams, requiring navigations of Brooklyn and Queens that were mind-numbingly convoluted. What kept me from losing my temper?  My iPod.   Nothing quite like Todd Snider and Rodney Carrington to lighten the mood. We haven’t had an iPod Check in a long time, so given that it was my sanity-saving device today, it’s as good a night as any. No funny rules or complicated instructions here.   Just turn on your iPod/mp3 player and hit shuffle. My first ten songs: The Offspring, “Why Don’t You Get a Job?” Restless Heart, “You Can Depend on Me” Whitney Houston, “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” Johnny Cash, “Sunday Morning Coming Down” Madonna, “Act of Contrition” Iris Dement, “Childhood Memories” M.C. Hammer, “Pumps and a Bump” New Radicals, “Jehovah Made Read More

Six Pack: Dolly Parton, Songwriter

December 2, 2008 // 7 Comments

With more than a hundred chart hits to her name, including 25 #1 singles and 57 top tens, Dolly Parton is the most successful singles artist in country music history.     But even before she was a hit on the radio as a singer, her songs had already been in heavy rotation.  They were just sung by different artists. Throughout the past five decades, there have been countless versions of her songs recorded, so narrowing them down to six is no easy feat.    It might be best to look at this list as an introduction, rather than a conclusion.    Either way, these six cuts are essential listening. “The Last One to Touch Me”, Porter Wagoner from the 1971 album Simple as I Am Parton and Wagoner recorded quite a few of her songs together on their various duet albums, but Wagoner had a hit on his own with a Parton composition Read More