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Rocky Mountain High

Rocky Mountain High is said to be inspired by John Denver’s move to Aspen, Colorado. Denver is said to love the state and the beautiful mountains there. He began writing the song during the Perseid Meteor Shower which occurs each August. Denver stated in interviews that the inspiration quickly struck him while camping with friends. Read More

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California Dreamin’

California Dreamin’ was written by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips when they were living in New York. In 1963, John Phillips dreamed about the song. Upon waking, he shook his wife, Michelle, awake and together the couple wrote the songs. At the time, the couple were members of “The New Journeymen”, a folk group. This Read More

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Little Rock

One of the more popular songs about Arkansas is the 1994 country song, Little Rock. The song focuses on an alcoholic man striving to put his life back together in Little Rock, Arkansas. Wal-Mart, which was founded in Little Rock, Arkansas, is also mentioned. The song was written by Tom Douglas and recorded and released Read More

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The Arizona Waltz

The name Arizona was first used by Spanish explorers when they referred to “the little spring”. The term was used by a mining company which brought it to the attention of the public. From there it came to represent the entire territory that was located in the southwest between Texas and California. The Arizona Waltz Read More

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North to Alaska

North to Alaska was a hit song of the 1960’s. The song was written by Mike Phillips. In 1960, Johnny Horton sang the song in the movie, also named North to Alaska . Horton sang the song over the opening titles of the movie. The song North to Alaska topped the Billboard Magazine’s Country Singles Read More

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Sweet Home Alabama

We are beginning a new series this year on songs about the states.    Some of the songs will be the official state songs and other selections will be popular songs about that particular state.   I hope you enjoy!   Sweet Home Alabama When thinking about songs concerning the states, Sweet Home Alabama is Read More

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Song Story: Moonlight in Vermont

Moonlight in Vermont is a popular song about the state of Vermont. The song was published in 1944 by John Blackburn {wrote lyrics} and Karl Suessdorf {wrote music}. Margaret Whiting introduced the song in 1944. John Blackburn, the lyricist, has been quoted as saying, “After completing the first 12 bars of the lyric, I realized Read More

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Song Story: Carolina Moon

Carolina Moon is a popular song written by Joe Burke and Benny Davis in 1924. Gene Austin first recorded the song in 1928, in which it spent seven weeks at #1. In 1958, Connie Francis father recommended she record the song Carolina Moon.  She spent six weeks #1 on the UK Singles Chart. Others to Read More

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Song Story: Blue Moon of Kentucky

Blue Moon of Kentucky was written in 1946 by Bill Monroe, a bluegrass musician.  Bill Monroe recorded the song and released it in early 1947.  The popularity of the song spread and it became a huge hit. Elvis Presley recorded the song with Sun Records in 1954.  Scotty Moore recalled, “We all of us knew Read More

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Carolina in the Morning

The song Carolina in the Morning was running through my mind and since I live in Carolina, I thought it would be great to explore this song. The song was written by Gus Kahn and Walter Donaldson. The original lyrics, which were published in 1922 by Jerome H. Remick &  Co., are now in the Read More