For anyone lucky enough to be listening to the amazing country music back in the mid-1990s, you probably fell in love with John Michael Montgomery’s massive country hit “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident).” Millions of people listened to the song and kept it at the top of Billboard’s Hot Country Singles and Tracks for the entirety of 1995. And thousands tried to memorize the fast-talking song.
If you don’t remember, the tongue-twister chorus blurted out the words faster than an auctioneer in Texas. And everyone loved it!
Check out the light-hearted official video for the song. Because it told a great story, the music video helped propel Montgomery’s “Sold” to heights that no critic ever expected. But critics are often wrong and don’t truly understand popular perception.
While the video is only about 4-minutes long, it has become a staple in the country music community. As you may or may not remember, the video opens at a cattle auction with the fast-talking auctioneer shouting out numbers as various ranchers raise and lower their hands to place their bids.
Soon, the bluegrass music picks up and John Michael appears on screen sitting among the ranchers.
While everyone else at the auction is preoccupied with the cattle, John Michael sees something even better that he wants – the video’s leading lady. Compared to everyone else present, the young blonde cowgirl is easy on the eyes.
As the camera kept making closeup shots of the “Pretty Lady” it became clear why he was enamored with her. She had great legs and class and it became clear that John Michael would not be going home with any cattle after this auction. He was busy daydreaming about her.
And when he got a better look at her “ruby red lips, blonde hair and blue eyes,” he was smitten. Check out the video to watch the light-hearted romance play out before your eyes.
While it might be hard to fathom, “Sold” may have come out more than 20 years ago, but it is still popular – especially among the younger generation. Those watching it on YouTube have racked up more than 1.9 million views and shared hundreds of comments, including:
“The lady was gorgeous… and she could dance!” wrote DougCameraman.
“When I first went to an auction I was scared if I moved my hands I would end up bidding on something. Of course it never happened but in a moment of pure genius I bid against myself ya they had some fun with that,” recalled Russell Oriely.
Kirsti Goble wrote, “I was in Grundy County, TN today and this song was the first thing that hit my mind. I used to love this song as a kid so it was nice to share it with my own.”
Some city people just cannot understand country music…
“country has gone nowhere but in the same direction, it’s always been in. and if it weren’t for alcohol themed lyrics the country genre wouldn’t even exist. alcohol has been a theme in country since back before my mom and dad were born,” wrote Brittany B who was born in 1993.
Did you remember “Sold” when it came out? Did you buy the album or single?
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