"An hour ago he took his last breath surrounded by family and friends." Mr.
Haggard's early life was the stuff of a country music song written by Merle Haggard.
On July 6th 1973, the Stories performed "Brother Louie" on the NBC-TV program 'The Midnight Special'...
One month earlier on June 17th, 1973 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #83; and on August 19th, 1973 it peaked at #1 (for 2 weeks) and spent 18 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 8 of those 18 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
There is a significant difference between Hot Chocolate's version and the Stories' version.
The "View Lyrics" link on this page takes you to the Stories version.
"It may never see a bullet in a Billboard magazine, but then I've never been the kind to go out chasin' smokin' guns," he sings atop a pedal steel and drums-driven melody made for two-stepping. Pardi wants to be played on country radio just as much as any Luke, Blake or Jason, and he delivers high-energy country with just enough rock & roll to fit in. " exclaims Pardi, ruminating on country music's wide-open sonic doors.
That's why in the spoken part, you hear her father saying "... Then later, in the Hot Chocolate version, Louie takers her home to meet his parents."A week ago, Dad told us he was going to pass on his birthday, and he wasn't wrong," Mr.Haggard's son Ben, who played in his father's band, posted on Facebook Wednesday.He also released one studio album each through Monument Records, Broken Bow Records, and Rounder Records.Among his albums, 1993's Honky Tonk Attitude and 1994's Third Rock from the Sun are certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America; 1992's Regular Joe and 1995's Life's So Funny are both certified gold.