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Opportunity knocked again, part 3


September 17, 2021

By As we have seen, Wayne Carson’s songwriting career was originally unsuccessful after his move from Colorado to Nashville, Tennessee. Things changed, however, in 1966 when Eddie Arnold recorded “Somebody Like Me” and it became a No. 1 hit on Billboard Magazine’s country music charts.

Several more successes followed in 1967, the greatest of which came from that one sentence Wayne’s father had written for his son years earlier. What he wrote was: “Give me a ticket for an airplane.”

Wayne took that line and created “The Letter,” which became his biggest hit as a solo writer...

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