Here’s some fake news kindly sent in by Ken Morton at That Nashville Sound. Thanks, Ken!
Thirty two years after releasing the smash hit named in their honor, John Conlee has accidentally misplaced his rose-colored glasses. Even after a career that saw him achieving seven #1 hits and 32 charted country music singles, Conlee had no more prized personal belonging than his famous spectacles, which were last seen on December 7, 2010.
“It’s been a rude awakening spending the last three weeks without my rose-colored glasses,” Conlee said in a statement. “When I put them on last, Jimmy Carter was president… and I’ve been happily deluded ever since. These few weeks have been shocking! It turns out Bill Clinton really did have relations with that girl, Garth Brooks really never did retire, Pete Rose really bet on baseball and Enron wasn’t the investment they told me it was going to be. It’s so crazy that you’d think that next, I’m going to find out that they’re not playing my stuff on the radio anymore.”
He went on: “These rose colored glasses, that I’m looking through, showed only the beauty, because they hide all the truth. And they let me hold on to the good times, the good lines, the ones I used to hear when I held you. And they keep me from feeling so cheated, defeated, when reflections in your eyes show me a fool.” Um… okay.
In an exclusive interview with KHAT television in Nashville, Conlee is quoted as saying: “When did the world go to hell in a hand-basket?”
The glasses were last seen just outside the Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville. Anyone finding them will receive a handsome reward of a box full of vinyl records of Conlee’s last Columbia release, Fellow Travelers. If found, you can drop them off at the Grand Ole Opry House.
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