A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock ‘N Roll

If you are of a certain age you may recall the title is from a song used by Donny & Marie Osmond on their TV show in the mid 70’s. It was originally written as a love song by Marty Cooper, however after some editing it became the signature song for the brother and sister.

Today I am not talking about the song, or any member of the talented Osmond Family for that matter but the title seemed to fit. When I started to write this post the song title just came to me, as I am talking about the relationship between Country Music and Rock Music, I could not have come up with a better title. First, I will discuss a very brief overview of each genres history and then some of the many early connections between the two. Just a reminder that you can check out my past posts on The History of Rock and Roll, The Delta Blues and many others for more connections.

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George and Tammy

There’s a limited series due out December 4 about this dynamic duo of Country Music Superstars. Based on what I know about the time the two spent together, if done right the audience is in for a wild ride. If you watch this trailer it appears to be just that, this pair was full of magic and major league madness.

Both Tammy Wynette and George Jones are legends in County Music and as solo artists. Together they made music like few others could. Have a listen to “Golden Ring” a song they performed together after a tumultuous divorce.

They had several other great songs together but their individual fame, fortune and lifestyle created a clash for the ages.

Watch the above clip of “We’re Gonna Hold On” and you can see the chemistry that made the pair irresistibly captivating.

As much as they wanted “to go together” fans wanted it too. Some things are just not meant to last, but what a legacy.