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Classic Rewind: Conway Twitty – ‘The Grandest Lady Of Them All’

4 responses to “Classic Rewind: Conway Twitty – ‘The Grandest Lady Of Them All’

  1. Paul W Dennis November 25, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Other than some “cash-in” singles released by MGM and MCA that were released after Conway had left the label, this was the only single for Conway that failed to reach the top ten for the period between 1968 and 1985

    • Razor X November 26, 2017 at 9:27 am

      I read that there was some resistance from some radio stations who felt it was promoting a rival (WSM).

      • Paul W Dennis November 26, 2017 at 11:18 am

        That’s also what I heard

        • Ken November 26, 2017 at 2:06 pm

          Some radio stations took issue with that song but as I recall it was not because it promoted WSM but rather because it promoted the Grand Ole Opry. During that era the Opry was viewed as an anachronism by many country stations that were attempting to create a more contemporary image for country music. Newer artists like Ronnie Milsap, Crystal Gayle and Willie Nelson were broadening the base so a song promoting a venue associated mainly with vintage acts like Roy Acuff , Ernest Tubb, Hank Snow, etc. was not viewed in positive way by some radio programmers. Country stations in the larger cities were most adverse to the song.

          My specific memory of that song is that I was surprised that it was issued as a single. Conway’s previous release “Georgia Keeps Pulling On My Ring” was not one of his stronger releases (#3 in late 1977) so I had anticipated a strong follow-up. But like “Georgia,” “Grandest Lady” also has a rather plodding melody. The lyrics targeted long-time country fans that had an affinity for the artists and music of the past. Of the Conway singles that I played in that era it was definitively one of the least requested. We did not move the song into our oldie rotation after it left our current playlist. It peaked in Billboard at #16.

          Conway personally loved the song (written by Mel McDaniel & Bob Morrison) and continued to include it in his live shows for many years. Mel McDaniel recorded the song for his 1978 Capitol album “Mello” and released it as the B side of his single “Bordertown Woman.”

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