This Day in Country Music: The Perfect Country and Western Song

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On this day in 1974, some 40 years ago, David Allan Coe recorded what has been called the perfect country song, “You Never Even Called Me By Name.”

Written by John Prine and Steve Goodman, the song was Coe’s first Top 10 hit and peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard charts.

Legend has it that Goodman told Coe it was the perfect country and western song, but Coe denied that attribution because it lacked a reference to his mama, a train, prison or drinkin’. So, the last verse was written. And history was made. To make it even more historical the song references legends, Waylon Jennings, Charlie Pride and Merle Haggard.

To this day, it’s hard to sing “let me” without a chorus of echoes.

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