Mr. Songwriter

Mr. Songwriter – Harlan Howard

We’ll be honoring the songwriting prowess of Harlan Howard this week on Deeper Roots. A country songwriter and performer whose career spanned six decades and wrote some of the classic songs of the Golden Age, turning formula into phrasing and stories of true life as he saw it. After a few minor successes, his song Pick Me Up on Your Way Down became a No. 2 hit for Charlie Walker in 1958 and Heartaches by the Number for Ray Price the following year,his name appeared at the forefront of songwriting talent of the time. His songs were performed by everyone from Merle Haggard to The Kingston Trio and Johnny Cash and Ray Charles. This week’s show will feature songs written by Harlan Howard and we’ll get to hear him perform many of his own. He  coined the oft-quoted phrase “Three chords and the truth”. Tune in for the festivities.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Porter Wagoner Harlan Howard Medley 1964-1965 (Warped 6508) Amazon
3Charlie Walker Pick Me Up On Your Way Down Columbia Country Classics Volume 2: Honky Tonk Heroes Amazon
4Rodney Crowell Above And Beyond (The Call Of Love) Playlist: The Very Best Of Rodney Crowell Amazon
5Bobby Bare The Streets Of Baltimore The Essential Bobby Bare Amazon
6Kingston Trio Everglades Made In The USA Amazon
7Waylon Jennings Nashville Rebel Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line: The RCA Years Disc 1 Amazon
8Brenda Lee Too Many Rivers The Brenda Lee Story: Her Greatest Hits Amazon
9Patsy Cline I Fall To Pieces Lifetime Of Romance: Falling In Love [Disc 2] Amazon
10Patsy Cline He Called Me Baby 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection – Classic Patsy Cline Amazon
11Tennessee Ernie Ford She Called Me Baby Masters 1949-1976 [Disc 3] Amazon
12George Jones You Comb Her Hair The Best Of George Jones: 1955-1967 Amazon
13Ray Charles Busted Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection Disc 3 Amazon
14Joe Simon The Chokin' Kind The Soul Story, Vol. 1 [Disc 1] Amazon
15Buck Owens Sweet Thing The Other Side of Bakersfield, Vol. 1; 1950s & 60s Boppers and Rockers from 'Nashville West' Amazon
16Derailers I Don't Believe I'll Fall In Love (Today) Reverb Deluxe Amazon
17Wynn Stewart Heartaches For A Dime Come On – Gonna Shake This Shack Amazon
18Buck Owens I've Got A Tiger By The Tail (Original Mono Single Version) Buck 'Em: The Music Of Buck Owens (1955-1967) Amazon
19Harlan Howard I Can't Stand It 1959-1963 Amazon
20Harlan Howard My Baby's His Baby Now 1959-1963 Amazon
21Al Brumley Someone's Gonna Get Hurt The Other Side of Bakersfield, Vol. 1; 1950s & 60s Boppers and Rockers from 'Nashville West' Amazon
22Ray Price Heartaches By The Number Columbia Country Classics Volume 2: Honky Tonk Heroes Amazon
23Guy Mitchell Heartaches by the Number Your Hit Parade -1959 Amazon
24Burl Ives Call Me Mr. In-Between [Single Version] 20th Century Masters :The Millennium Collection: Best of Burl Ives Amazon
25Patsy Cline Foolin' Around Patsy Cline Story Amazon
26The Collins Kids Soda Poppin' Around Hop, Skip & Jump [Disc 1] Amazon
27Waylon Jennings Green River Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line: The RCA Years Disc 1 Amazon
28Johnny Cash The Wall The Essential Johnny Cash 1955-1983 Disc 2 Amazon
29Jan Howard Evil on Your Mind Decca Country Classics 1934-1973 Amazon
30Lefty Frizzell She's Gone, Gone, Gone Look What Thoughts Will Do Amazon
31Emmylou Harris/George Jones All Fall Down Friends in High Places Amazon
32Jim Reeves I Won't Forget You Essential Jim Reeves Amazon
33Harlan Howard Be Just a Little Meaner 1959-1963 Amazon
34Rosanne Cash Featuring Elvis Costello Heartaches By The Number (Feat. Elvis Costello) The List Amazon
35Waylon Jennings The Chokin' Kind The Essential Waylon Jennings [2007] Disc 1 Amazon
36The Little Willies Streets Of Baltimore The Little Willies Amazon
37The Tractors Pick Me Up on Your Way Down Trade Union Amazon

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