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"20 Greatest Hits"
© MCA Records
Year of Release: 1987
Rose Colored Glasses
Lady Lay Down
Backside Of Thirty
Before My Time
Friday Night Blues
She Can't Say That
What I Had With You
Miss Emily's Picture
Nothing Behind You
Nothing In Sight
I Don't Remember
I'm Only In It
For The Love
In My Eyes
As Long As I'm
Rockin' With You
Years After You
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"20 Greatest Hits"
As my interest in Country music was growing, I was reading the book
entitled The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits by Tom Roland,
© Billboard Books, 1991. The book covered the country number songs from
January, 1968, and ending in December, 1989. It was interesting to view all
of these songs, since my interest in #1 songs on the Billboard Pop Charts is
one of many features on the WSVNRadio website.
John Conlee had 7 number one songs, from 1979 to 1986. Six of them are on
his 20 Greatest Hits: "Lady Lay Down," "Backside
Of Thirty," "Common Man," "I'm Only In It For The Love," "In My Eyes," and
"As Long As I'm Rockin' With You." His last #1 song, "Got My Heart
Set On You" is not on this release.
The opening track is a great traditional standard country song, "Rose
Colored Glasses." The music is definitely standard country, likewise
Conlee's voice. Likewise, "Lady Lay Down" is a great ballad, and
"Backside Of Thirty" can be compared to the later country years of Jerry
Lee Lewis. "Before My Time" and "Friday Night Blues" are
very enjoyable laid-back country tunes, "She Can't Say That Anymore" has
a pop/country atmosphere, and "What I Had With You" is another great
"Miss Emily's Picture" and "I Don't Remember Loving You" have
the common traditional country style, and his remake of the Ray Charles/Johnny
Cash "Busted" has a nice country boogie-woogie style. "Nothing
Behind You, Nothing In Sight" is another great laid-back country ballad.
"Common Man" is my favorite, as it was the #1 song on my birthday in
1983. "I'm Only In It For The Love" is a song that brings back memories,
one of those songs you say to yourself, "Oh! I remember that one!"
"In My Eyes" is another great country ballad. "As Long As I'm
Rockin' With You" from start to finish, great country sound, as songs like
these just aren't heard much anymore. The remaining tunes "Way Back,"
"Years After You," "Blue Highway," "Old School" and "Working Man,"
are all very enjoyable laid-back country-styled tunes, and can even be mixed
with today's country, especially "Working Man" being compared to the
laid-back songs by Alan Jackson.
Laid-back traditional country best describes John Conlee. His name may not
be as popular as say, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Toby Keith and the likes,
yet his music is from the old school of country, and we often wonder what Mr.
Conlee is doing these days. His music is definitely country, and truly
enjoyable by country fans, old and new alike.
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