Here You Come Again
This will come as a surprise to anyone who has known me for a long time. I am well known for not being a fan of Country music. That’s not strictly true, as I did have a flirtation with the lovely Crystal Gayle at one time. Her records were undoubtedly Country, though perhaps more acceptable to the mainstream. I also quite like a couple of Glen Campbell records; ‘Wichita Lineman’, and ‘Galveston’. Other than a few retro moments, and being obsessed with Patsy Cline singing ‘Crazy’ (another post to come), I don’t usually like Country music. It is too American, often too redneck, and far too misogynistic for my taste.
Dolly Parton is one of the most enduring and successful Country artists. Her career has seemingly spanned my entire life. She has had a consistent fan base, enjoyed huge record sales, and become one of the most well-known and famous recording artists in history. As recently as last summer, she was able to headline the Glastonbury music festival here in the UK, and amaze the young audience there. She has also branched out into acting, and been well-received in many films, not least the hugely popular ‘Nine to Five.’ Her songwriting and performing talents are legendary, and her collaborations with other singers have seen her go from strength to strength, until it seems that she can do nothing wrong.
This diminutive lady, best known for her assortment of stylish wigs, and her pneumatic large breasts, is far from the usual singer that you might expect to find celebrated on this blog. Recent plastic surgery has altered her appearance, and not in a good way. She is actually six yeas older than me, and thanks to her surgeons, is beginning to look it too. However, in 1977 she attempted to record an album that would enable her to cross over from Country, to the general charts, and released ‘Here You Come Again’. It worked. The single release was a hit, and more followed. She got recognition in the Country charts as usual, but more importantly, also gained high places in the pop charts too.
I couldn’t get this track out of my head. I still can’t.