I know I’ve said this here before and here I am saying it again, but during the 1960’s and early 1970’s, I met a lot of Country Music entertainers. You all know the reason why, so I won’t be getting into that.
There were some people I didn’t meet that I wish I had and one of them is Arlene Harden. She was known as a singer’s singer which kind of means she didn’t sell a lot of records. She’s more or less like Con Hunley who I wrote about last month.
Besides going it alone as a solo artist, Arlene was also part of the Harden Trio which had one hit record in 1966 called “Tippy Toeing,” That got to #10 on the Billboard Charts—the only hit record they ever had.
Arlene never had a single record that made it into the top ten—not one. I don’t get that at all. Again, a singer’s singer.
The clip down below is one of my favorite songs of hers. When I first heard “A Special Day,” which was released in 1972, I felt goose bumps. In my head and also in my heart, I thought this would finally be her big break out song. I wanted Arlene to finally “arrive.”
Arriving didn’t happen. “A Special Day” only got to #29 on the Billboard Country Music Charts. The general Country Music public was wrong then and they’re still wrong today. It was and is a great song sung by a great singer.
The clip down below sounds very much like the actual record. I think the clip is from “Hee Haw,” but don’t hold me to it.
I should be back here on Thursday, but don’t hold me to that either.
(Photo from lastfm.com)