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Classic Rewind: Ty Herndon – ‘What Mattered Most’ (ft Anita Cochran)

4 responses to “Classic Rewind: Ty Herndon – ‘What Mattered Most’ (ft Anita Cochran)

  1. luckyoldsun March 23, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Herndon’s an interesting story. As I remember it, he was a rising artist who seemed to be heading toward major-star, headliner status and then got derailed by reports or an unfortunate incident involving an undercover policeman in a public park. I think the decline was precipitous. He went from having top-5 and #1 hits to being drummed out of the majors in fairly short order.

  2. Paul W Dennis March 24, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Anita Cochran was a talented picker and a decent singer who had one big hit, a duet with Steve Wariner on “What If I Said”. She hit the news a few years later, creating a duet with Conway Twitty digitally lifting words and syllables from Conway’s huge discography to have Conway singing a song on record that he never sang in real life. I presume she had the cooperation of Conway’s family in her efforts, otherwise I can’t image it would have been a possible task

    • J.R. Journey March 26, 2012 at 10:23 am

      I was (and am) a big fan of Anita’s voice – her smoky timbre is very reminiscent of Tammy Wynette – but I think the Conway Twitty debacle hurt any chance she may have had at mainstream success afterwards. I remember a lot of industry folks being upset at the way Twitty was inserted into the song. “I Wanna Hear a Cheatin’ Song” was actually really good and could have stood on its own IMO. Too bad.

  3. Ben Foster March 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    It’s unfortunate that Herndon’s legal troubles and personal demons have taken some attention away from his music, as he is an excellent singer, and “What Mattered Most” is one of his finest moments. If I’m not mistaken, I believe the incident Luckyoldsun is referring to took place in 1995, and in spite of it, he did continue having hits for a good four years afterward. (His final Top 5 hit and his final Top 20 hit came in 1999)

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