Most people in Ann Arbor missed out on a show full of real live Country and Western music Sunday night. The reason, nobody knew that Conway Twitty, Sonny James and the Southern Gentlemen, and Homer and Jethro, along with Nat Stuckey, Linda Morgan, and The Sweet Things were playing in The University Events Building. This was because all advertising was done on small country radio stations.
Unless you're a country music freek, most of those names mean absolutely nothing to you. You may remember Homer and Jethro from Kellogg's Corn Flake ads, and maybe you even remember "It's Only Make Believe!" by Conway Twitty from 1958, but that's probably about it. R was all there Sunday night, though.
Country music had been knocked around a lot for being sexist, or and it is true that myself and the woman I was with did find Homer and Jethro's jokes and routines to be vulgar and sexist. The music, however, was really killer country music, played by some of the best bands around. It's really a shame that the honks don't truly appreciate their own music. They sat stiff in their seats, while we bounced and boogied to some real good time country music.