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Classic Rewind: George Strait covers ‘There Stands The Glass’

5 responses to “Classic Rewind: George Strait covers ‘There Stands The Glass’

  1. Paul W Dennis May 22, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    It’s nice to hear George tackle an old Webb Pierce classic, but when it comes to “the endless ballads of booze and broads” that were long staples of country music, George isn’t in the top rank.

    Trivia – Geoge Strait is 3rd all-time in the number of weeks his records have topped Billboard’s country charts. He has a long way to go to catch either leader Eddy Arnold or runner-up Webb Pierce . I’m not sure of the exact number of weeks George has topped the charts, but he’s still about 25 weeks behind Pierce and 55 weeks behind Arnold

  2. Luckyoldsun May 22, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Paul

    The facts you state are all true, but what exactly does it show? Webb Pierce had 13 #1 hits in a 5 or 6-year span from 1952 to ’57. That’s all of his #1 hits. More than half of his 110-plus weeks at the top were during 1954-55. Obviously, things were moving very slowly then. George Strait had 40-plus #1 hits over a quarter of a century from 1982 all the way to 2008.

    Whatever their relative merits as artists and singers, Pierce would have killed–and I mean KILLED– to have had Strait’s chart run.

    Arnold is another story. I wouldn’t quarrel with anyone who says Arnold’s the #1 country singles artist of all time.

    • Paul W Dennis May 22, 2013 at 10:50 pm

      Many of George’s 60 #1 hits were at #1 in an era where radio seemed to want to have forty or fifty songs per year reach #1, and many of those songs reached #1 for just one week suggesting that some number of those songs really were not legitimate #1 records but merely products of radio’s spin cycle – manybe 25 or 30 legitimate 1 records in the bunch (which is still a lot).

      I have ALL of George’s albums – I’m a fan of any artist as consistently good as George has been – but of those 60 #1 records, only seven or eight are truly memorable songs . I also have all of Webb Pierce’s albums and of his 16 #1 hits (counting all sources, as we are doing for George Strait) there are seven or eight truly memorable singles.

      I’m not sure that Pierce had any reason to kill for Strait’s chart run – according to Billboard , his total chart weeks were 1242 weeks and he amassed enough money through his investments that he retired from performing at the age of 55 a very wealthy man. He played in a very different era than George Strait – I doubt Pierce would have had Strait’s success had his career started in 1981 and I doubt that Strait would have had Pierce’s success had his career started in 1952. They were products of their time, both undisputably great artists

      • Luckyoldsun May 22, 2013 at 11:37 pm

        I don’t have all of Strait’s albums. I thought they became somewhat cookie-cutter for a time.
        My favorite Strait song is “Amarillo”–which was not even a #1, though I’d guess it would be part of his “expanded” list of 60 #1’s.

        As far as Pierce, the record shows that by the end of the ’60s/early ’70s, his records weren’t selling or being played anymore. I think that’s why he retired. He might have also had health problems.

        I actually find Webb Pierce quite fascinating–the way he sounded, looked, and dressed and the enemies that he seems to have made–and I wish that someone with real knowledge about him and his era would write a serious biography of him (instead of somebody writing the twentieth Johnny Cash biogaphy to appear since his death).

        • Paul W Dennis May 23, 2013 at 5:22 am

          “…I wish that someone with real knowledge about him and his era would write a serious biography of him (instead of somebody writing the twentieth Johnny Cash biogaphy to appear since his death).”

          I culdn’t agree more

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