Today in Country Music March 28 featuring Seven Spanish Angels - Willie Neslon and Ray Charles
Today in Country Music March 28 featuring “Seven Spanish Angels” with Willie Nelson and Ray Charles.
On this day in 2011, in the middle of wrapping up the European leg of her "Speak Now World Tour," Taylor Swift posted on twitter a photo of her guitar, and a pen and paper on her bed in a Dublin, Ireland hotel room.
Today in 2006, Martina Mcbride, Lee Ann Womack and Naomi Judd appeared on Larry King Live to talk about country music’s history being honored at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Happy birthday to Reba Mcentire ... The ACM host was born in Oklahoma and blows out 57 candles today. You can see her and Blake Shelton co-host the ACM Awards Sunday night in Las Vegas live on CBS.
And on this day in 1985 Ray Charles' duet with Willie Nelson, "Seven Spanish Angels," was the #1 song in the in the country.
The song "Seven Spanish Angels," is about a Mexican outlaw and his beautiful girlfriend who are trying to outrun a posse. When they are finally cornered and exhausted from running, they decide to fight the approaching lawmen with gunfire.
Before the final gunfight, the two embrace passionately, promising each other that God will spare them and they will eventually be in a better place. The gunfight then commences, with the outlaw firing upon the squadron. He is immediately shot and killed, prompting his distraught girlfriend to pick up his rifle from his hand. She tearfully prays, "Father, please forgive me; I can't make it without my man." Even though she is well aware there is no ammunition in the barrel, she points it at the lawmen and is then shot dead.
After each fatal shooting, seven Spanish angels gather (presumably in Heaven) to pray for "the lovers in the Valley of the Gun." After the gunfights end and the smoke clears, "there was thunder from the throne" and the angels proceed to take "another angel home."
(In the song, Charles sings the first verse, about the man's part of the battle. Nelson takes the second verse, where the woman engages in the battle on her now-deceased boyfriend's behalf.)