“Enjoy every sandwich.”

b. January 24, 1947.
Of them all, I miss him most.


Legendary Songwriter David Olney Dies While Performing Onstage 

Townes Van Zandt once praised Olney by saying, “Any time anyone asks me who my favorite music writers are… I say Mozart, Lightnin Hopkins, Bob Dylan and Dave Olney. Dave Olney is one of the best songwriters I’ve ever heard – and that’s true. I mean that from my heart,”

Source: Legendary Songwriter David Olney Dies While Performing Onstage | Saving Country Music

January 1

If you’re a hardcore Americana/Country fan, the day is kind of melancholy.

Townes Van Zandt, one of the greatest songwriters of his generation and a long-suffering alcoholic, died of a cardiac arrhythmia after hip surgery at age 52.

And, the man who many consider the most significant singer/songwriter of the 20th Century and one of the most important country music artists of all time — Hank Williams — died of a heart attack brought on by a lethal cocktail of pills and alcohol aged 29.

Thirty-five of his singles (five released posthumously) were placed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, 11 of which ranked at No.1, including ‘Cold, Cold Heart,’ ‘Hey, Good Lookin’, ‘I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive,’ and ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart.’ During his last years Williams’s consumption of alcohol, morphine and painkillers severely compromised his professional life.

So, while you’re recovering today, play some Townes and Hank and listen to the words.


b. December 7, 1942 …

Yes you are the only song, the only song I need
You’re my laughter and you’re my lonely song

You’re the harvest and you’re the seed
And you’re my first and my final song

For you own me indeed
Oh yes, after all is said and done
You’re the one song that I need

Harry Chapin, You’re The Only Song