I also dedicate today’s song to my great-nephew, Kelvyn Forde, who lives in Batley with his father Michael and mother, Amanda. Kelvyn is the grandson of my brother Michael Forde and his wife Denise Forde. It is Kelvyn’s birthday today. Enjoy your special day, Kelvyn. Love Great Uncle Billy and Sheila xx
The third and fourth birthday celebrants today are Linda Walsh who lives in Carrick-on-Suir, Tipperary, Ireland, and Susan Norris who lives in London, England. Enjoy your special day, ladies, and thank you for being my Facebook friends.
My song today is ‘Amarillo By Morning’. This country and western song was written by Terry Stafford and Paul Fraser. It was recorded by Stafford in 1973. Several cover versions have since been made, including a major 1983 hit for George Strait and Chris LeDoux in 1975. Members of the ‘Western Writers of America’ chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time. The single by George Strait entered the ‘Billboard Country Chart’ on February 12, 1983, and peaked at Number 4.
Today’s song is about a man going to the Amarillo rodeo.
Amarillo is in Texas and is the seat of Potter County. It is the largest city in the Texas Panhandle, and a portion of the city extends into Randall County. With an estimated population of 199,371 as of 2019, the metro population is projected to surpass 310,000 in 2020.
Amarillo was originally named Oneida and is situated in the Lliano Estacado region. The availability of the railroad and freight service provided by the ‘Fort Worth and Denver City Railroad’ contributed to the city's growth as a cattle-marketing centre in the late 19th century. The city is also known as ‘The Yellow Rose of Texas’, as the city takes its name from the Spanish word for yellow. Given its long association with the cattle and the horse market, the city is well known for its rodeo shows.
Love and peace Bill xxx