Sunday, August 12, 2012

Johnny Rodriguez, another post-prison country crooner

Besides the music he made, I think I like JOHNNY RODRIGUEZ for one of the classic COUNTRY MUSIC stories he represents:
The unknown who becomes a star after her emerges from prison (see also: "Lefty Frizzell," "Merle Haggard," etc.).
Texan Rodriguez was serving a jail term when music promoters discovered his talents.
By the early 1970s, he had No. 1 hits such as "You Always Come Back (To Hurting Me)" and "Ridin' My Thumb to Mexico."
Rodriguez also released one of the best covers of "Desperado," in 1977.
I've been enjoying listening to Rodriguez the past couple days. I like his classic discovery tale, too.


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