Classic Country Music: The Songwriters
The year is 1979. Country Music star T. G. Shepard has had 8 Top 10 country music hit’s, including a pair of #1′s ( ‘Devil In The Bottle’ and ‘Tryin’ To Beat The Mornin’ Home’). He was about to have his third.
The history of country music is filled with great cheatin’ songs. And in ’79, T.G. had one of the all-time best.
‘Last Cheater’s Waltz’.
And while T.G. Shepard had the beautiful voice to bring this standard to the top of the national chart’s, he didn’t write it.
The guy who did has had over 1,000 of his songs recorded by artist’s in multiple musical styles.
His name is Sonny Throckmorton.
Not familiar with the name? Probably not, but you may have heard of some of his songs. Here’s a very partial (perhaps minor) list of the songs you’ve sung to that were written or co-written by Sonny Throckmorton:
Friday Night Blues (John Conlee), Trying To Love Two Women (Oak Ridge Boys), Thinkin’ Of A Rendezvous (Johnny Duncan), The Cowboy Rides Away (George Strait), Why Not Me (Judds), If We’re Not Back In Love By Monday and The Way I Am (Merle Haggard), Stand Up (Mel McDaniel), and on and on and on.
Inducted into the Nashville songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985, Sonny in 72 years old, retired in Texas and, hopefully, still putting that magical songwriters pen to paper.