Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Worth a Second Look - 'Country' Olivia

Before Grease, British born Australian Singer Olivia Newton-John sang country music.  And it was pretty good.  Before the movies Xanadu, A Twist of Fate, Score, A Hockey Musical and a whole boat load of pop records including Totally Hot (which I love) and Physical, the songbird from down under had recorded sweet, sometimes twangy, often folksy (she covered a number of John Denver's songs, most notably Take Me Home, Country Roads) tracks on a number of country albums which earned her an Acadamy of Country Music Award, four Grammy's and numerous other accolades.  It ticked off some country music purists (because she was not 'Country American') and ONJ was the subject of great debate on whether she qualified for those country music awards...

Time may make the heart grow fonder and nostalgia may only be a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days but Country Girl ONJ music is as good as it ever was.

Country ONJ is definitely worth a second look...or listen!

Here are my top ten Olivia Newton-John Country Songs:

  1. Come On Over
  2. If You Love Me (Let Me Know)*
  3. Let Me Be There
  4. Country Girl
  5. Free The People
  6. I Honestly Love You
  7. Mary Skeffington
  8. Country Roads, Take Me Home
  9. Changes
  10. Sam
The next seven:
Every Face Tells a Story, The River's Too Wide, Hey Mr. Dreammaker, Please Mr. Please, Have You Never Been Mellow, Let It Shine, Don't Throw It All Away...

* Driving home from the farm, my dad always had the country radio on and I remember him always trying to sing the low harmony to this song.