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Classic Rewind: Willie Nelson – ‘My Window Faces The South’

3 responses to “Classic Rewind: Willie Nelson – ‘My Window Faces The South’

  1. Ken Johnson October 4, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Great example of why Willie didn’t really catch on with country fans during the 1960’s. Singing around the melody rather than on it was not familiar territory for country fans who thought that Willie’s style was odd. I remember my mom & dad watching Willie around that time and commenting about how “he can’t sing.”

  2. Paul W Dennis October 6, 2013 at 5:32 am

    True, although I always like his singing style. Of course I am more attuned to jazz than many country music fans and it always struck me that if he had been marketed as a jazz singer he might have found acceptance in that market much like did Mose Allison

    Singer-songwriter Lou Rochelle does the best job I’ve ever heard on this song. Curiously, this song was co-written by Mitchell Parrish of “Stardust” fame and started out as a pop song of sorts ( I have Fats Waller and Phil Harris recordings of the song) but gravitated into western swing via Bob Wills’

    • Ken Johnson October 6, 2013 at 1:29 pm

      Check out this smokin’ Sammi Smith version. Released as a single in early 1976 (peaked at #51) from her “Today I Started Loving You Again” Mega LP. It’s my favorite version of this song and features amazing solos by Wade Ray, Hal Rugg & Jimmy Capps. Sammi seems to borrow a bit from Willie’s vocal treatment. Enjoy!

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