“Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)“
John Michael Montgomery
Written by Richard Fagen and Robb Royer
#1 (3 weeks)
July 1 – July 15, 1995
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
June 23, 1995
A novelty song with surprising longevity.
The Road to No. 1
A streak of three consecutive No. 1 singles wraps up for John Michael Montgomery.
The No. 1
Just because a song is ridiculous doesn’t mean it lacks worth.
“Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)” is a ridiculous song about a man auctioning off his heart, and it mimics the rapid speech of an auctioneer.
It’s funny. It’s catchy. It’s charming. It’s one of John Michael Montgomery’s best hits.
Perhaps because it lacks those tired elements of redneck humor, this particular ditty has stood the test of time far better than hits like “If Bubba Can Dance (I Can Too.)”
It also helps that it is the man’s heart being auctioned off, rather than the girl herself, which would probably happen if the song was written twenty years earlier or, sadly, twenty years later.
The Road From No. 1
Two more top five hits followed from John Michael Montgomery – “No Man’s Land” and “Cowboy Love” – before producing a No. 1 hit with its fifth and final single. We’ll cover it in 1996.
“Sold (“The Grundy County Auction Incident)” gets a B+.
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