Country music has its arms wide open. Not only has the genre flourished with infusions of rock, pop and even rap in its own artists' songs, but it has also catapulted rock, pop and rap singers to the top of the country charts themselves ... with a little help from their country friends.
In 1963, Buck Owens topped the country charts with 'Act Naturally,' which opened with the prophetic line, "They're gonna put me in the movies." But decades before that tune (later covered by the Beatles) was a hit, country stars were already trading the concert stage for the sound stage.
In the 1995 comedy film 'Clueless,' lead character Cher (Alicia Silverstone) offers this little nugget of wisdom: "It is one thing to spark up a doobie and get laced at parties, but it is quite another to be fried all day."
To the outside world, country music may be all cheating songs, heartbreak songs and songs about trucks, but any country music fan will tell you that we have plenty of good-time songs, too. And not just good times at a bar or a rodeo or a fishin' hole -- we also love a good time at the beach.
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