Ricky Nelson wrote “Garden Party” after he was booed at a Rock ‘n Roll Revival concert in 1971 at Madison Square Garden that featured him as well as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, and others. The song went to #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the fall of 1972 and was his last song to hit the Top 40.
“In the Misty Moonlight” was written by Cindy Walker and became a hit for Jerry Wallace in 1964 (#19 on the Billboard Top 100). Dean Martin’s single in 1967 went to #1 on the Easy Listening chart and #46 on the Hot 100. It’s been recorded by many other artists as well, and one of my favorites was the Skeeter Davis and Bobby Bare duet.
Songwriter Cindy Walker (1918-2006) had Top 10 hits that spanned five decades, and she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997. More than 500 of her songs have been recorded by country and pop artists, and her songs have made the Top 40 charts more than 400 times.
Kris Kristofferson has written and recorded some amazing songs in his career, but none has been as popular as “Why Me” (or “Why Me Lord”), his country gospel song that hit #1 on the country chart in 1973 and peaked at #16 on the Hot 100 chart, staying on the Hot 100 for 38 weeks that year. It’s been recorded by dozens of artists since, including Elvis Presley, George Jones, and Willie Nelson.
It’s in 3/4 time and I recorded it as a simple strum-along in the key of G.
A favorite of ukulele players, “Let’s Talk Dirty in Hawaiian” is from John Prine’s 1986 album, German Afternoons.
Alan Jackson has had 35 #1 country hits and has sold over 75 million records. This song is from his album “Who I am” and it’s not one of his top hits, but it’s always been a favorite of mine so here it is. It’s in the key of G in 4/4 time with easy chords so it should be a good song to strum along with.
“My Darlin’ Hometown” is a beautiful little tune from John Prine’s 2005 album, “Fair & Square.” I just did a simple strum in 3/4 time in the key of F.