‘That Georgia Sun Was Blood Red . . .’

Here’s to September! Had I not had a calendar in these past weeks, I still would have known that the ninth month was upon us: As autumn approaches, the oaks give us acorns. For the last few weeks, the yard has been studded with them, most of them falling naturally and some – we are certain – hurled down upon us by squirrels intent on mischief. And with more than thirty oak trees in the yards, the rodents have plenty of ammunition.

I’ll no doubt write more about September, but that can wait for another day when we’ve gotten deeper into the month. I thought I’d mark the beginning of the month, though, by taking a quick look at records that were at No. 91 on 9/1. I started in 1973 because that year sits about in the middle of the years that Odd, Pop and I are interested in. And we needed to go no further.

That’s because on my first try, I found a record that offers infidelity, boundary issues and violence in the American south, all in less than three minutes. From its perch at No. 91 in the Billboard Hot 100 of September 1, 1973, here’s “Blood Red and Goin’ Down” by a fourteen-year-old Tanya Tucker. The record peaked at No. 74 on the pop chart and spent one week at No. 1 on the country chart.


One Response to “‘That Georgia Sun Was Blood Red . . .’”

  1. Paco Malo says:

    Bars ‘n’ Honky Tonks
    “…. And Daddy left them both soakin’ up the sawdust on the floor …”

    Yep, fine country song — now just kill the strings, turn up that harmonica track, and blend in 'Daddy driving a pick-up from his job on the railroad' and you got a great one.

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