The other day I was playing a cd of some Rod Stewart songs. In past times Stewart has done some great work with the old standards. But he also had a very successful cut on the Cat Stevens song, “The First Cut Is the Deepest.” The song, the lyrics have to do with the first love in a girl or boys life.
You ever think about all the songs that have been written about first relationships. Sinatra did a classic on “I’ll Never Love Again.” By way there is great history on how that song came to be written. I'll save that for a later time.
The other day I saw Sonny James. Sonny was a very successful singer, songwriter, performer and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Now he's retired and living here in Nashville. A very nice and well respected man. His first hit was a song made popular in the mid-1950s’ called “Young Love.”
In the early 1970s’ I was standing in a church foyer waiting for service to begin and who should walk in but Sonny James. No one else recognized him. When the service was over I was standing near the exit. I approached Sonny as he was leaving and said to him, “I’ll see you at the show this afternoon.” Shaking my hand he replied, “You going to the show?” “Yes,” I replied. “Do you know the location where the show is scheduled?” I told him I did and then he asks, “Would you want to go with me now?” To make a long story short, I did. I spent about few hours with him, some of that time the two of us sitting and talking in his dressing room. He could not have been nicer. Also, on the bill that afternoon was Johnny Paycheck, Mel Tillis and Barbara Mandrel. Quite a show and a day I will never forget.
There’s only one love and I know I’ve found mine.
I guess the question might be............ do we ever cross their mind?
July 5, 2013