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Classic Rewind: Ricky Van Shelton – ‘From A Jack To A King’

5 responses to “Classic Rewind: Ricky Van Shelton – ‘From A Jack To A King’

  1. Ken December 10, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    There’s a guy who was blessed with one of the best voices to ever sing a country song! Ricky Van Shelton did a superb job resurrecting vintage songs and making them into hits once again. “From A Jack To A King” was written and first recorded by Ned Miller. His master recording for Fabor Records was leased to Dot records in 1957 but despite their efforts it failed to even chart. Five years later thanks to a jukebox operator’s request for copies of that record Ned’s original recording was re-released on the Fabor label. The song took off at radio stations and became a huge hit for Ned peaking at #2 in March 1963. Ricky Van Shelton made it a #1 hit twenty-six years later in March 1989. Both versions are excellent.

  2. luckyoldsun December 15, 2014 at 2:46 am

    RVS plays this here a bit bouncier and more free-wheeling than the more emotional studio version.
    Who’s the old guy sitting next to Ricky? In the black jacket with the white handkerchief. He looks a bit like Roy Acuff, but this get-together might have been held after Acuff’s death.

  3. luckyoldsun December 15, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    PD
    Of course–now that you mention it!

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