August 03, 2010

Charlie Rich - Behind Closed Doors

"The Silver Fox"

His destructive personal behavior famously culminated at the CMA awards ceremony for 1975, when he presented the award for Entertainer of the Year, while visibly intoxicated. Instead of reading the name of the winner, who happened to be John Denver, he set fire to the envelope with a cigarette lighter, before announcing the award had gone to "My friend Mr. John Denver." Some considered it an act of rebellion against the Music Row-controlled Nashville Sound.


screeny said...

Ooooh thanks for reminding me of this particular earwig, the best country paean to masculine insecurity ever.

Lemmy Caution said...

That's a bold statement! In a genre that is chock full of those types of tunes.