For me, singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open into the light, out of the darkness.
I was singing a lot of waltzes. And I was with Jerry Kennedy, my producer, and he was playing me some songs, and he said, hey, I want to play you this song that I'm going to get Jackie Ward to record.
And I was mischievous. I was always into something. So when I got good attention from the singing, I knew that was probably where I needed to land.
I had lots of breaks. I guess the one that got my foot in the door was singing the National Anthem at the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City in '74.
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