“Song, song of the south. Sweet potato pie and I shut my mouth.” Were these lyrics sung by the band Alabama banned? There’s an interesting backstory here. Let’s dig into it!
We didn’t realize this, but several versions of Song of the South exist. Bob McDill wrote the lyrics for them all. You may not be familiar with McDill. But you surely know the artists who sang his songs – Waylon Jennings, Anne Murray, and Joe Cocker, for example. Bob’s career spanned three decades. He either wrote or co-wrote no fewer than 31 number one songs on Billboard’s Country Music charts. Impressive.