Thursday, June 17, 2010

Holy Red Foley!

It's country singer Red Foley's birthday -- he would have been 100 years old today.  Red had an impressive string of hits in his day, including "Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy," "Birmingham Bounce" and "Smoke on the Water."

No, not THAT "Smoke on the Water." Red's song was a patriotic tune recorded during World War II that forecast the demise of Hitler, Mussolini and Hirohito. It was No. 1 on the Folk chart for 13 weeks in 1944 and no doubt hastened the end of the conflict.

The song we're sharing today however is the gospel favorite "Peace in the Valley," which Red sang at the funeral of Hank Williams.

Red died in 1967, just a year after being elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.