We don’t write about football very much on this blog, but once in a while I notice a subject that’s overlooked elsewhere and decide to fill it in. It began when I read this excellent, but sad article about Vince Lombardi’s 60s Packers and their declining health. Afterward, I wondered how many of these men played on all 5 NFL Championship teams between 1961 and 1967 and couldn’t find the answer anywhere, so I did some research on my own and came up with this. 14 players not including coaches, who are slightly harder to track down, though we can obviously include Head Coach Vince Lombardi and Defensive Coordinator Phil Bengtson. In this era of free agency, that a core of 14 ballplayers stayed together for 7 seasons and won 5 Championships including the first two Super Bowls is a real nostalgia kick.
Bart Starr Quarterback
Elijah Pitts Running Back
Boyd Dowler Wide Receiver
Max McGee Wide Receiver
Fuzzy Thurston Left Guard
Bob Skoronski Left Tackle
Jerry Kramer Right Guard
Forrest Gregg Right Tackle
Willie Davis Left Defensive End
Ron Kostelnik Left Defensive Tackle
Henry Jordan Right Defensive Tackle
Ray Nitschke Middle Linebacker
Herb Adderley Left Cornerback
Willie Wood Right Safety
And let’s not forget Running Backs Jim Taylor and Paul Hornung who played on the first four championship teams in Green Bay. Marv Fleming Tight End played on 3 Championship teams in Green Bay and 2 more in Miami in 1972 and 1973.
Herb Adderley earned a 6th with the Dallas Cowboys in 1971.
Thanks to ProFootballReference.com for their invaluable resource and research.
1966 Green Bay Packers Team Photo
Country, Pop, Retro, She & Him qualify on every level. An oddly commercial duo that feels like they fell out of the Chet Atkins Sound by way of a Brian Wilson recording session. Zooey Deschanel (vocals, piano, ukulele) and M. Ward. Strange but true, kind of like a Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. There’s a real Loretta-Tammy-Skeeter twang in her voice. Gotta love it.
The Civil Wars, featuring Joy Williams and John Paul White, a wonderful duo that broke up way too soon. Live in New Orleans in a wonderful Full Concert. Classic Country Music, in my book, they qualify.
Lynn Anderson – Rose Garden – Was she Pop, was she Country? She was good, that’s all I know. Anderson debuted in 1966, at the age of 19, and had her first hit with Ride, Ride, Ride. After a series of Top-10 hit singles on the country charts during the late 1960s, Anderson went on to sign with Columbia Records in 1970. Under Columbia, she had her most successful string of hits. Her signature song, “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden,” remains one of the biggest selling country crossover hits of all time. In addition to being a mega country hit, the song also went to No. 3 on the Billboard Pop Chart and reached the top of the charts in several countries around the globe, an unprecedented achievement at the time. CMT ranks “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden” at No. 83 on its list of the “100 Greatest Songs in Country Music History.”
Loretta Lynn – Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ with screwin’ on your mind, er, I mean lovin’… Yeah, we know what you meant Loretta. Gotta love her. No bullshit in Loretta’s songs. Watch for Bill Monroe backing up Loretta. Far out. The album of the same name was first Gold Record by a female Country Artist.
This song played endlessly back in 1972-73. Wow. Donna Fargo, an interesting lady. In 1972, one of Fargo’s self-penned songs, “The Happiest Girl In the Whole USA” was picked up by Dot Records. Fargo was then signed to the label, and the single was released the same year. She was one of the few female country singers to write her own material at the time, and one of the few country singers to cross over to the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart in a big way, which she did in 1972 with “The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.” (number 11). The song peaked at No. 1 on the country music chart. An album of the same name was released following the song’s success. The album was certified gold by the R.I.A.A. in early 1973, selling over 500,000 copies. The follow-up single, “Funny Face,” also peaked at No. 1 on the country chart, and became a bigger pop hit than her previous single, peaking at No. 5. Both singles were certified gold by the end of the year.
Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge ~ Help Me Make It Through The Night Live 1972. A lovely song, seemingly designed for a duet, though this is the only one of significance I can find.
Dolly Parton has at time seemed a parody of a Country singer, due mainly to the outlandish hair and Betty Boop persona, but in reality, she’s one of the Country Music’s most amazing songwriters as well performers. Here’s her classic song Jolene.
What, you say Cher’s Gypsys Tramps And Thieves wasn’t a Country song? Maybe not by 1970s standards, but these days it sounds more Country than Country. Anyway, we’ve decided to add it to our Women of Country Music Blog. Listen to the story behind the song. Maybe it was intended as more Country than you think.
“Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves” was the first single from Cher’s 1971 eponymous album Cher. The album was subsequently renamed and re-released as Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves after the success of the single. The song was written by songwriter Bob Stone as a story-song called “Gypsys, Tramps and White Trash“. Producer Snuff Garrett advised that the title be changed and Stone then changed it to “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves”.