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Thread #150585 Message #3550262
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
17-Aug-13 - 06:36 PM
Thread Name: Obit: George Jones (12 Sep 1931-26 Apr 2013)
Subject: RE: Obit: George Jones (1931-2013)
Translation is most difficult when it comes to verbs. Articles would also have helped. When you look up "Conway Twitty the best friend a song ever had" you find lots of hits - many of them album reviews and sales sites. There is a Conway Twitty biography fan site that uses the term in a paragraph
Widely regarded by Nashville's songwriters as "the best friend a song ever had," Twitty was pitched top shelf material for the better part of two decades. Much of it he turned away, even passing eventual smash singles on to other artists. One of his many gifts, beyond the elusive art of knowing which songs would be hits, was knowing which of those songs would work for him. Of course, he was one of Music Row's best songwriters in his own right, writing 19 of his No. 1s and earning Grammy nominations for compositions including his signature song "Hello Darlin'."
So what Gio is telling us is that Larry attributed that saying to the wrong singer, and he's correct. I didn't know it, I never paid any attention to country music in general or Twitty in particular. He lost me at the name.