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Daily Archives: June 28, 2009

Classic Rewind: George Jones & Tammy Wynette – ‘Milwaukee, Here I Come’

George Jones released this song as a single in 1968. The record reached #12 on the Billboard country singles chart; however, this is a record that suffered from timing. It would have been a much better recording if it had been done a few years earlier — or a few years later. George’s duet partner Melba Montgomery had left Musicor Records for Capitol, and his future duet partner Tammy Wynette was signed to Epic. As a result, both women were contractually prohibited from recording the song with him. Instead, a singer named Brenda Carter, who was on the Musicor roster, was brought in to be George’s duet partner. To put it charitably, she was no Melba or Tammy. Still, it’s a good song. This 1969 performance with Tammy on the Wilburn Brothers Show shows what the record might have been like had Tammy been available to record it.

Special thanks to Paul Dennis for some of the background information.

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Week ending 6/27/09: #1 this week in country music

RosanneCash1949: One Kiss Too Many — Eddy Arnold (RCA)

1959: The Battle of New Orleans — Johnny Horton (Columbia)

1969: Running Bear — Sonny James (Capitol)

1979: Amanda — Waylon Jennings (RCA)

1989: I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party — Rosanne Cash (Columbia)

1999: Write This Down — George Strait (MCA)

2009: Out Last Night — Kenny Chesney (BNA)