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Music on Mondays—Working for a living

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

There are many things I don’t like from my childhood. Okra gumbo, eggplant, salmon croquettes, potato cakes, oatmeal, and grilled cheese sandwiches come immediately to mind. And blue jeans. I had enough of those while living with my wise old grandmother from December 18, 1965, to August 30, 1973, to last me several lifetimes. So I don’t do those anymore.

I also had quite a bit of country music, which could explain why I don’t have an abundance of country music in my non-classical music collection. I probably have no more than one album from any of the country stars, and that album usually is a “Greatest Hits” album. Marty Robbins. Johnny Cash. Hank Williams, Junior & Senior. George Strait. Alabama. Maybe I have more if we include The Eagles in the country category but I tend to put them in “country rock.”

Here’s what is quite possibly my favorite song by Alabama, somewhat prescient in today’s world of Twitler destruction of all things that used to make the United States a great country and a great place to live.

“40-Hour Week (For A Livin’)” by Alabama, 1985

Alabama formed in Fort Payne, Alabama, in 1969 as Wildcountry. Founded by Randy Owen (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) and his cousin Teddy Gentry (bass guitar, background vocals), and soon joined by their other cousin, Jeff Cook (lead guitar, fiddle, and keyboards). They changed their name to Alabama in 1977.

Alabama’s greatest success came in the 1980s when they had over 27 number one hits and seven multi-platinum albums. Their first single, “Tennessee River,” began a streak of 21 number one singles, including “Love in the First Degree” (1981), “Mountain Music” (1982), “Dixieland Delight” (1983), “If You’re Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band)” (1984) and “Song of the South” (1988).

They have sold over 75 million records, making them the most successful band in country music history.

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Music on Mondays (2-2-15)—All my rowdy friends have gone

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

Within seconds after the Super Bowl ended, Patriot fans were posting Queen’s 1977 hit song “We Are The Champions” on Facebook.

I don’t know about other countries, but here in the United States “We Are The Champions” probably is the most recognizable sports anthem ever, being played at football games, baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey, swimming, diving….

There are other sports songs that have become sports anthems, like John Fogerty’s 1985 hit “Centerfield,” but with the end of football season, I was wondering about other football songs. I could only come up with five directly related to football. None of them are in my music collection, so I have not embedded a video in my blog. Instead, there’s a link to take you to the YouTube video in a new window.

The Super Bowl Shuffle
Chicago Bears (1985)
Sadly, “The Super Bowl Shuffle” made it all the way
to #41 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight
Hank Williams Jr. (1985)
With some adaptations, the NFL used this
as its theme song from 1989 to 2011.

All Kinds of Time
Fountains of Wayne (2003)
The NFL used this song in its commercials in 2005.

The Boys of Fall
Kenny Chesney (2010)
Peaked at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
but made it all the way to #1 on the
Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

Green and Yellow
Lil Wayne (2011)
Lil Wayne’s tribute to the Green Bay Packers,
although I think he spent more time bashing other
teams rather than glorifying the Packers.

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