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SCOTT TURNER'S SONG PUBLISHER'S PERSPECTIVE
A Very Special Surprise...Or Two
||In the early 60's when I was Guy Mitchell's band director and guitar player, I would often play on many recording sessions in L.A. when we were not on the road. Some of my better sessions where with Dick Pierce, the A&R head of RCA in L.A.. When Dick found out that I was headed to Nashville with Guy, he set up an appointment for me to play some of my songs for Chet Atkins, the Nashville head of RCA. Chet was very gracious towards me as I tried to sing some of my songs for him...and I sing like a rusty hinge.
Over the years, Chet and I became very close friends and, to top it all off, Dick Pierce became my boss as the head of A&R at Liberty/Imperial/United Artists Records, and he was instrumental in transferring me to Nashville to head up the country division. My office was one block away from Chet's so I'd visit him from time to time.
If I ever had a song that was industrial strength bad, I'd package it up and bring it to Chet with a note stating, "Try this with Eddy Arnold or Jim Reeves, etc." and Chet always enjoyed hearing these awful songs, and he'd say, "Bring me more", which I did.
Shortly before Chet did his Cinemax special, I received a well-written song from two writers in Chicago about Chet's (or anyone else's) father and I took it to Chet. The song is titled "I still Can't Say Goodbye". Chet probably thought it was one of the baddies...until he listened to it and he sang the song on the TV special, wearing an old fedora (that I suggested to him) and that song (and hat) became Chet's signature song in all of his concerts before he passed away.
That was pleasant surprise #1...but last week, I received a package from EMI containing a new CD on my absolute favorite country singer, none other than Merle Haggard. The CD is titled "Chicago Wind" and I though that Merle had cut "When The Wind Blows In Chicago, a song I had written with Audie Murphy and was cut by Roy Clark, Eddy Arnold and a host of other artists. But no, Merle recorded "I Still Can't Say Goodbye" and he did an incredible job. That's surprise #2.
As a music publisher, it's always a bright day when you discover that a song from your company has been recorded. This time it was two giants from the industry who supplied the surprises.
In closing, as they say "What goes around, comes around" and it's strange that it's Merle's first major label. After successful stints on other major labels, Merle is finally back home on Capitol once again. And his new CD "Chicago Wind" is one of his best ever. :->
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