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Dan Beller-McKenna


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Durham, New Hampshire, USA
Post Posted 19 May 2018 5:07 am     Reply with quote

Does anybody have a hard-and-fast citation of when or where Harlan Howard gave this description of country music? I find a thousand references to him having said this, but not a single one saying when, where, to whom, etc. I'd like to cite it in a publication.

Thanks!
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Donny Hinson


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Glen Burnie, Md. U.S.A.
Post Posted 1 Jun 2018 8:02 am     Reply with quote

Dan, a little searching reveals there are really three similar quotes that are generally associated with Harlan Howard:

Quote:
Country music is three chords and the truth.


Quote:
All you need to write a country song is three chords and the truth.


Quote:
Country music ain't nothin' but three chords and the truth.


Interestingly enough, I have a lot of books about the history and the stars of country music, and none of them even mention the quote.
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Dan Beller-McKenna


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Durham, New Hampshire, USA
Post Posted 1 Jun 2018 4:55 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks,Donny. I'm starting to think it was a phrase he uttered (probably often) that people associated with him, and that there is no published quote to cite.
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Brian Henry


Post Posted 1 Jun 2018 5:00 pm     Reply with quote

Here is an example of three chords and the truth

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=x48-Tt0G6ts
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