Today, I started loving Bonnie Owens & Merle Haggard's "Today I Started Loving You Again" all over again. It really is one of the most perfect unrequited love songs ever written. I have to admit that my favorite version of this song is not available on vinyl. It's from 2003 by Texas soul-blues artist Miss Lavelle White. It's definitely worth a few listens.
For the purposes of this blog though (I have vowed to stick strictly to recordings available on vinyl), I'll be featuring the more uptempo version by Bettye Swann. Still excellent. She actually released a couple of versions of this song, but this is the one I prefer.
I think it's fair to say that this song is one of the primary reasons I started to dive deeper into classic country in the first place. It's so exquisite, I just needed to hear more and more. I never get tired of this song, whether it's Merle's version, or Sammi Smith, or Miss Lavelle, or anybody. It's just that good. It's the reason I stood and stared at the written words in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville for a good 2 solid minutes. To see this masterpiece in Bonnie Owens' handwriting, it was like viewing a classic painting in an art gallery. Truly a wonder to behold.
Happy Birthday Merle!
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I'm excited to highlight some of my favorite records in a variety of genres (soul, R&B, classic country, rockabilly, oldies, garage rock, etc). These won't all necessarily be "dance" records per se. They will all be records that I believe deserve a special listen. I simply love good music, rare or not. Hopefully you will spend some time here and love music right along with me! Lets give this a shot!