This week in 1968: Sirhan Sirhan pleaded not guilty to the Robert F. Kennedy murder; Mariner 6 data showed that the Mars atmosphere was much different than earth's; 400 people were killed in an earthquake in Manila; and a singer from Houston, Texas, had his 3rd hit record.
Believe it or not, a lot of hit songs have been written in basements, and according to Hank Cochran, Johnny Bush's 1968 top ten, "Undo the Right" was one of those basement written tunes.
Hank commented, "Willie Nelson and I wrote that song at his house in Ridgetop, Tennessee. Now I don't remember if the idea for the song was Willie's or mine, but we wrote several songs that night and I remember that song because we cut it with Johnny Bush way back yonder. I think it was one of his records on Stop Records. So that song came out of Willie Nelson's basement. I'd go out to his house, we'd go down to the basement and sit there and drink wine and write songs. I think we wrote some pretty good songs down there and that was one of them."
Johnny Bush's Stop Records single "Undo the Right" came on the country music charts Aug. 3, 1968 and peaked at No. 10.
It was his third charted song and was on the charts for 16 weeks.
Johnny Bush, born John Bush Shin III in Houston, Texas in 1935, placed 24 songs on the country music charts between 1967 and 1981.
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Doug Davis & The Good Ole Boys will perform at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9 at Windsor Cottage.