Today in Country Music, July 31, featuring "Blue" by LeAnn Rimes
Today in Country Music, July 31.
On this day in 2011, Toby Keith was recuperating from laryngitis and he posted a tweet saying, "laryngitis & doc's advice forced me to cancel my show at BVJ. Hate that I had to do that. Thx to Ronnie Dunn 4 extending his set & thanks to u all 4 ur get well messages."
Today in 2008, Taylor Swift denied rumors she was dating Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers… turns out they were dating and it resulted in a very public breakup.
Toby Keith sang for president George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush as part of the PBS special In Performance At The White House in 2001.
And on this day in 1996, Leann Rimes held the #1 spot on the singles chart with "Blue."
"Blue" was written in 1956 and recorded in 1958 by Bill Mack, songwriter-country artist and country radio disc jockey. It has since been covered by several artists, including LeAnn Rimes whose 1996 version became a hit. The song won Mack the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Country Song and is included on the CMT list of the top 100 country songs of all time. Contrary to popular opinion, Mack has denied that Patsy Cline was his inspiration for writing the song. "Nothing inspired me to write the song. I was living in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1956 and was simply strumming on the guitar in my den. Suddenly, the lyrics and melody came to me in a matter of minutes. Jackie, my wife at the time, rushed into the den and said, 'I love that song you were singing! Where did you find it?' I replied, I just wrote it.'"
"Blue" is a heartache ballad about a lonely woman who is wondering why her lover can't be blue or lonely over her. However she later realizes, that words her lover had whispered were only lies:
Oh, so lonesome for you
Why can't you be blue over me?"