Saturday, September 20, 2014

Saturday afternoon toons: In my time of need

Forty-one years ago yesterday, morphine and tequila did to rock legend Gram Parsons what it will often tend to do to people who are subsequently referred to as "legends." Based on a drunken pact Parsons had made with his manager sometime earlier, the manager and a roadie borrowed a hearse with no plates, stole Parsons' body, drove it to Joshua Tree National Park in the Mojave Desert, doused it with five gallons of gasoline, and burned it. Because that's how rock worked in those days.

And if you followed that link to the end of the obituary, you'll know what this song is doing here:

Note: Thirty-six years ago tomorrow, Jeannie C. Reilly made pop music history by landing at Number 1 on both Billboard's Country chart and its Pop chart at the same time – the first time a female artist had done so – with "Harper Valley PTA." I thought about giving her a dedication today, but I realized I really can't stand that song.

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