FOOTNOTES FOR COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

Mother told freelance writer James Presley in a 1970 interview that she got the idea for "My Son Calls another Man Daddy" from a short story in "Radio Mirror" magazine.


“This man’s woman left him and took his baby,” she said, “and I just thought that’d make a good tune.” Took her three days to write the song recorded by Hank Williams in 1949 on the flip side of "Long Gone Lonesome Blues" that charted for 16 consecutive weeks.


That marked the beginning of mother’s close friendship and collaboration with Williams.


“My Son Calls Another Man Daddy" is heard several times playing on the radio in Sonny Crawford’s (Timothy Bottoms) raggedy pickup truck in The Last Picture Show, a 1971 coming-of-age movie based on a Larry McMurtry novel set in a dusty, dying small North Texas town.

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