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"The Best Of Freddie Hart"
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Year of Release: 1997
The First Time
Bless Your Heart
If You Can't Feel It
(It Ain't There)
Super Kind Of Woman
My Hang Up Is You
Got The All Overs
(All Over Me)
Trip To Heaven
My Woman's Man
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"The Best Of Freddie Hart"
Six #1 Country songs, three #1 Country albums... Unfortunately, I did not remember the music of Freddie Hart while growing up, in the heyday of
such Country legends as Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, and George Jones. Freddie Hart was most popular in the early 1970s. As I was researching
the #1 songs of Country, his music easily fitted the popularity of the legends mentioned. His hits - "Easy Loving," "My Hang-Up Is You," "Bless
Your Heart," "Got The All-Overs For You," "Super Kind Of Woman," "Trip To Heaven" all reached #1, from 1971-1973.
One thing that stood out in Hart's voice is what I call the "whining." This was heard in Garth Brooks singing, yet Brooks took it to a more popular
level, as he would be much more popular than Hart. THere is a definite "whine" in Hart's voice in many of the songs on this Best Of. Most notably,
his "whining" was emphasized at the end of his singing sentences.
Out of the ten songs, only one doesn't really have the "whining," and that would be the opening track, "The First Time." Yet with the "whine,"
"If You Can't Feel It (It Ain't There)" is just an "ok song." The last two songs, "The Want-To's" and "My Woman's Man" are good
tracks. The remaining eight songs were all of the #1 songs mentioned.
As mentioned, I was never familiar with Freddie Hart's music while growing up. In 1951 he had joined Lefty Frizzell's band. He began his singing career in 1953.
By 1955, he had written songs recorded by other artists, such as Carl Smith, Patsy Cline, George Jones, and Porter wagoner. He had his first hit in 1959, and
continued his hit records up to 1960 on Columbia Records. In 1965, he moved to Kapp Records and had hit records from 1965 to 1968. He re-signed with Columbia in
1969, and became part of Buck Owens' "Bakerfield Sound" as he would work with Owens' songwriting and management company. From there to 1975, he would achieve his
most biggest success, with six #1 hits and three #1 albums. Towards the end of the 1970s, his hit strek still continued. In 1980 he moved to Sunbird Records,
and had few top hits until 1981. By the mid-1980s his popularity had started to fade, having minor hits on labels El Dorado and 5th Avenue REcords. Hit last hit
was in 1987. In the 2000 decade, he had switched to Gospel music, and released various albums of this genre. He continues to perform at music festivals, universities,
churches and industry events.
The #1 hits on The Best Of Freddie Hart are the standouts. His biggest hit was "Easy Loving." It's easy to see and hear how these songs were
popular, as they were huge hits for Hart, and making him a popular artist. Sure, he may not have been as popular as Cash, Haggard, Nelson, Jones, and so many more
to mention, yet his music was remembered by those who did remember him, and hearing his music regularly on the radio in the 1970s. Discover the music of Freddie Hart,
and you'll easily hear another good popular artist to add to your Country collection.
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