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Steve Ripley, the man behind The Tractors, fondly recalls how the 1958 B-movie "Country Music Holiday" helped his group get their big break. Taping an audio exchange between Ferlin Husky and Zsa Zsa Gabor, studio whiz Ripley re-edited it until it sounded like they were talking about him. "Zsa Zsa en-ters the room and she says to me, 'I hear you sing peasant music.' And I say, 'Country music, ma'am.' Then, you hear the applause of the club they're in, and Zsa Zsa asks some people at her table, 'Can he really sing?' And they say, 'Can he sing? Listen to this!'"  ...
The first time around, The Tractors sent intermittent postcards to their record company, announcing they were on the right track to finishing their debut. The Tractors were not exactly speed demons when it came to the recording process. Then again, maybe there's something to be said for that, given their ultra-catchy song that stayed on the airwaves and videos stations for a long long time, "Baby Likes to Rock It," sales of a few million and award nominations. Slow forward to 1998. Arista honchos weren't holding their breaths for a second regular album being done soon. No postcards this time from the Tulsa-based Tractors.  ...

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