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Classic Rewind: Johnny Rodriguez – ‘How Could I Love Her So Much/North Of The Border’

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8 responses to “Classic Rewind: Johnny Rodriguez – ‘How Could I Love Her So Much/North Of The Border’

  1. Ken Johnson March 22, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Segment begins with a couple of Johnny’s later hits for the Epic label. “How Could I Love Her So Much” went to #6 during the first week of October 1983. “North Of The Border” climbed to #17 in late November 1980. ” “Love Me With All Your Heart (Cuando Calienta El Sol)” was a 1964 pop hit for the Ray Charles Singers. Johnny’s Mercury single made it to #7 in September of 1978. Lastly his excellent version of the Eagle’s “Desperado” peaked at #5 during March 1977.

    Church Street Station was a great TNN series that featured a ton of great stars. Great way to see stars in concert that may not have toured in your area.

  2. Paul W Dennis March 22, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    I saw this particular live performance – it wasn’t a particularly rewarding venue unless the show was being recorded for broadcast as most of the crowd was there to drink and chatter – and it was often difficult to hear the performers over the racket . When recording for telecast, the noise levels were kept down

    THat said, I really enjoyed Johnny R’s first few Epic recordings

  3. Luckyoldsun March 23, 2013 at 1:27 am

    Great artist. I never saw this before. I wonder what caused Johnny to lose it just as he’s reaching the end of “Desperado”–sounds like something happened in the club.

  4. Luckyoldsun March 24, 2013 at 8:07 am

    I played it again. I think a woman yelled out that she or “we” love Johnny!

    • Ken Johnson March 24, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      Somebody should have yelled “take your hand out of your pocket.”
      Can’t believe it whenever somebody does that onstage. Lame. If you’re up there performing on stage you must be a star so act the part. No excuse for poor posture either.

      • Elsa Comulada May 28, 2013 at 6:18 pm

        Too bad you had nothing nice to say about Rodriquez, a very talented man that women still adore seeing in concert and men have always liked his music. I saw that move you claim was “lame” and saw it again thirty years later, while Rodriquez was preforming on stage. It connected nicely. Come on Ken lighten up, somebody yelling at Rodriquez “take your hand out of your pocket” was a memory killer, but a women yelling “we love you Johnny” at the end of “Desperado was a priceless performance and some sweet acting by Rodriquez, if it was somehow staged for the video, it was what we were thinking.

        • Ken Johnson May 28, 2013 at 8:30 pm

          If you re-read my first comment you’ll see that I re-capped Johnny’s hits and complimented his version of “Desperado.” So I did have something “nice” to say about him. However poor onstage mannerisms or bad posture will detract from even the very best vocal performance. Rodriguez was a great singer in his day however I cannot imagine how having his hands in his pockets during a performance “connected” with an audience. I’ve seen many of the all-time greats in concert including Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Marty Robbins, Ray Price, Eddy Arnold, George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Conway Twitty – even Frank Sinatra. NONE of them sang with their hands in their pockets. Probably because they know it’s LAME and unprofessional.

  5. Maria Del Corazon July 15, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Perfect male specimen. God given voice. When ya got it ya got it and Johnny Rodriguez ‘got it’
    and still does. It is in his eyes, his heart and his gut. Keep ‘shining’ Johnny.

    J in Alabama

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