“LOOK AT US” – By Des Kelly

Vincent Grant Gill, known world-wide as Vince Gill, is quite certainly on the apex of my “Country” hill of entertainers, born in America on the 12th of April, 1957, quite possibly started playing his guitar at a young age, started “composing” Country love songs, in his teens, and, even with tough competition, started his recording career when he was 21 years old, by which time,  he had also become a multi-instrumentalist, working solidly with his Country Rock Band “Pure Prairie League”during the 1970’s & later, as a “solo” Artiste, much in demand, both as a vocalist, duet singer & instrumentalist, backing many other “Greats” of that particular era. Vince Gill was an American, & my brief introduction (above), only goes to show how GOOD one has to be, in order to be recognized in Nashville, the “Country-Capital” of the World.

Just like someone else, I personally know, Vince wrote this beautiful song “Look at us” as a tribute to his wife Janis, but unfortunately, this marriage broke down, leaving Vince to sing it as a duet with his new love, Amy Lee Grant.

This duet would have to be on a par with the love songs of George Jones and wife, Tammy Wynette (rest in peace, both of you) & sung with sooo much feeling, music lovers would want to listen to it repeatedly. Although his new wife Amy is also an extremely talented vocalist, the actual harmony singer on this song with Vince, released in September 1991, was Patty Loveless.

To give further credit, where credit is due, “Look at us” was co-written by Max.D.Barnes, the “Crying-pedal-steel” guitar sounds which Vince himself praised to the skies, was played by John Hughey, and finally, a “cover version” by your’s truly, was recorded in Melbourne a few years ago, but although I did it as a tribute to Vince, there was no way that I could sing it in his “key” so, because I loved the song so much, I recorded it, a full octave lower. The song is featured on my eLanka recordings, & where 3 complete sets of CD’s are now available ” Especially for you” , more sets will follow in the near future (God willing, of course).

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“THIS IS LIFE”.- By Des Kelly

Both of them started their lives never dreaming of the “Stardom” that was to come their way. Tammy Wynette and George Jones, their names would have to be known by ex-Lankans & others, even “settled-down” at the moment, at the centre of the Arctic Circle, so very famous, are they. Both started far from affluence, George, having to join the Marines to “help” a large, but impoverished family, Tammy, actually picking cotton as a very young girl, prompting her to always keep a bowl of cotton-wool in her home, even after stardom.

     As I have always said (& written), the term “this is life”

could not be better said (or sung), in anything but Country Music. The harshest critics of this music will have to agree that Country music, especially by these two, will bring tears into the eyes of the listener, whenever or wherever they hear it.

     Both Tammy, and George, rate in the top 3 of my favourite “Stars”. Both have voices that come forth with such “feeling & warmth”, it seems impossible for either to sing a “bad song”. Both of them look good as they do their thing, both of them reached the top rung of the “showbiz” ladder.

Tammy Wynette, whose “Stand by your man”(hit), should have taught her a lesson, but really did not, as she stood by 5 husbands & George Jones was one of them. She died tragically at the young age of 55, most of those years spent in pain, both physically & mentally. I will present my eLanka readers with more “clips” of Tammy’s solo performances as we remember them. Tammy, rest in peace now. I loved you, as did George & thousands of other Country Music lovers.

     George Jones, being a Marine of the U.S. was just about the only period of time when he had some discipline drilled into him, however, he was always a rebel at heart. Later on, he was acclaimed as the ultimate ” singer” of Country Music. Nicknames such as ” Possum” & “No-show” Jones did nothing to deter him from singing every lyric of every song he ever sang, as if was truly saying “THIS IS LIFE”.

George Jones died at 81 years of age, but I will never forget you, your songs & the way you sang them. R.I.P. George Jones, one of the greatest “Country Stars” of all time.


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“THIS IS LIFE” – By Des Kelly

Both of them started their lives never dreaming of the “Stardom” that was to come their way. Tammy Wynette and George Jones, their names would have to be known by ex-Lankans & others, even “settled-down” at the moment, at the centre of the Arctic Circle, so very famous, are they. Both started far from affluence, George, having to join the Marines to “help” a large, but impoverished family, Tammy, actually picking cotton as a very young girl, prompting her to always keep a bowl of cotton-wool in her home, even after stardom.

     As I have always said (& written), the term “this is life” could not be better said (or sung), in anything but Country Music. The harshest critics of this music will have to agree that Country music, especially by these two, will bring tears into the eyes of the listener, whenever or wherever they hear it.


     Both Tammy, and George, rate in the top 3 of my favourite “Stars”. Both have voices that come forth with such “feeling & warmth”, it seems impossible for either to sing a “bad song”. Both of them look good as they do their thing, both of them reached the top rung of the “showbiz” ladder.
Tammy Wynette, whose “Stand by your man”(hit), should have taught her a lesson, but really did not, as she stood by 5 husbands & George Jones was one of them. She died tragically at the young age of 55, most of those years spent in pain, both physically & mentally. I will present my eLanka readers with more “clips” of Tammy’s solo performances as we remember them. Tammy, rest in peace now. I loved you, as did George & thousands of other Country Music lovers.
     George Jones, being a Marine of the U.S. was just about the only period of time when he had some discipline drilled into him, however, he was always a rebel at heart. Later on, he was acclaimed as the ultimate ” singer” of Country Music. Nicknames such as ” Possum” & “No-show” Jones did nothing to deter him from singing every lyric of every song he ever sang, as if was truly saying “THIS IS LIFE”.

George Jones died at 81 years of age, but I will never forget you, your songs & the way you sang them. R.I.P. George Jones, one of the greatest “Country Stars” of all time.
 
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“JESSIE, EMMY, RITA & TAMMY” by Des Kelly

Four of the lovliest “cuties of Country”, would be an apt description of my “story” for on-line readers and “members” of eLanka, now numbering over 20.000, who happily receive a regular “newsletter” via e’mail, every week. We, of eLanka strive to bring all you readers out there”something different”, in that there is far too much “doom & gloom”now effecting the “Public”via television that seems to get some sort of morbid pleasure in bringing us “Breaking News” that is all bad, sad, & downright-depressing, leaving “good news” to a bare minimum. 

     As the editor of eLanka, I feel that it is my duty to try and change this “scenario”, & so, with a vast experience in “good-music”, I do my very best in providing “only the best””music-clips” (Catholic, though they are), to “start off the day”, if you like, with the ONLY thing that speaks all languages, so, if MUSIC be the food of love, play on.

     As our readers will know, I have been “featuring”favourites of the top (male)”Country-Music” STARS, in people such as Merle Haggard, Ray Price, Hank Williams (Snr.), Marty Robbins & others. I do make the special effort of choosing the best “clip” to my way of thinking, and believe me readers, there have been many “editions”of these self-same “songs” recorded by these people, but, what about the “female-Stars’,?, you ask. 

Well, let us take “JESSI” for a start, and what a way to start?, beautiful, talented, PLUS 2 Song-Clips from a lady that ANY MAN would be proud to call “wife”. 

     “EMMY” or Emmylou Harris. Again, talented, beautiful to the extreme, instrumentalist, she also plays guitar as she sings & “enhances” any band she works with. Please listen to 2 Song-Clips from this lady as well (2 of the best songs).

     “RITA”, so many beautiful women named Rita, but this one is Rita Coolidge, singer, songwriter, could have possibly been a “model”, but chose Country Music instead. Once again, 2 Song-Clips from Rita, for your listening pleasure.

     “TAMMY” or Tammy Wynette, the wife (twice) of George Jones, female singer/songwriter of repute, beautiful as well, but the only one to have “passed-on”, at the time of this writing. R.I.P. Tammy. (2 Song-Clips (solo) from Tammy, too.

     There will, of course, be many more. “Music-Clips”, already featured on “You-tube”, but especially chosen by “your’s truly”for the listening pleasure of eLanka members, so why don’t YOU become a member?. It is as easy as googling eLanka, contacting Neil Jayasekera & he will do the rest. We, at eLanka do NOT infrnge on any copyright, with regards to our Song-Clips, as a matter of fact, there is absolutely no financial gain, while these “Stars” receive added publicity, publicity which they fully deserve.

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“THE JONES’ BOY” – By Des Kelly

Hot on the heels of Ray Price, is another confirmed favourite of mine, incidentally, the favourite of millions of Country Music Fans, throughout this planet, the name of George Jones stands out like a beacon, and yet, there was not “much” of this Music Legend, nicknamed “the possum” for this very reason. A “little guy”, huge “rebel” & “Super-Star”, served in the American Marines, making it obvious to those around him, that here was another “classic Country Star, in the making, and proving, beyond doubt that this was the case indeed.

In an Era when there were so many Country Music Geniuses to contend with, it must have been something of a nightmare to try to figure out which songs to record, in order to have a “hit”in the business known as “Country”. American Country Music has always been noted for being far ahead of all others, not because it is BETTER, but simply because it is “better-presented”, has far more ” followers”, perhaps, because, even TODAY, they have more Radio-Stations, State-wide that “play Country-Music 24/7.

At the same time, when “Stars” of the calibre of Gene Watson, another of my top-favourites, was struggling to reach the top rungs of the “Country-ladder” of fame (he was 70 years old, singing like an angel, with the devil on his back), one does tend to wonder what it is all about.

Back to George Jones. He proved that it didn’t matter what size you were, it didn’t matter that you loved your liquor with a vengeance, it didn’t matter how many times you got married (& he was an absolute “sucker for punishment”, God bless him, George Jones went on to prove that, when he died at 82, EVERYONE knew that George Jones, Country Music Star, had passed-on. No more, would the “Possum” have to “ride” on his motorised lawn-mower, into Town, to buy his “drinks”, after the wife, at the time,(2nd time), had to hide the keys of his famous “Corvette”to try and stop George from getting to the liquor store.

Tammy Wynette tried and failed, other wives tried & failed, but the JONES’ BOY always did what he wanted to do, and that was that!.

Here he is, Ladies & Gentlemen, the “Possum” George Jones

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