August 9 — I JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND, Ann-Margret (1962)

6C48E53E-64B2-4132-B32C-56620B166B59In the late 1950s, Mel Tillis saw Charlie McCoy playing in a rock ‘n roll band in South Florida, and encouraged him to move to Nashville. Soon, McCoy was one of the most sought-after studio musicians in town — even though he didn’t know exactly what a studio musician did. He played virtually every instrument, but was primarily known as a harmonica player. McCoy has played with everyone from Elvis to Dylan to George Jones (“a total of four plunging, melancholic notes” on “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” according to the NPR podcast I heard this morning), and from Ann-Margret (pictured) to ’90s oddballs Ween.



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