Remembering the hits

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Who Drinks My Beer When I’m Gone?- Gary Buck had a role in helping The Mercey Brothers enjoy a No. 1 hit in 1969 for this song. Buck directed the group to Happy Wilson at Central Songs Publishing in Nashville. Who Drinks My Beer When I’m Gone came from that connection.

You would look for some of their songs that you liked and that was a song that we liked,” said Mercey.

Hello Mom-The Mercey Brothers found material first presented to them by Terry Carisse and Bruce Rawlins to be “too folky” when they first met the songwriters in Brockville. Carisse and Rawlins returned with songs better suited for The Mercey Brothers when the band returned to the community, including Hello Mom, Who Wrote the Words and Kentucky Turn Your Back.

Just great songs that were really No. 1 songs for The Mercey Brothers,” said Mercey.

Hello Mom was No. 1 in Canada in 1971.

Whistle on the River-Recorded by The Mercey Brothers during their first recording session in Nashville in 1966. Don Cochrane and Doug Ballard also penned Who Drinks My Beer When I’m Gone?

Old Bill Jones-A No. 1 hit for The Mercey Brothers in 1967.

I think it did really well for us,” said Mercey. “It had a good story.”

My Song for You – Mercey kept his wife, June, in mind when composing this song.

It didn’t take too long to write,” he said. “Sometimes a song you write comes together fast, then others songs may take days or weeks to complete. That one only took a few hours.”


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