Briefly, in the '70s and '80s, the pop-influenced Countrypolitan style dominated not only country music charts but pop music as well. Johnny Duncan had three #1 singles in the late '70's and several other top tens. However, like most of the artists from the tail-end of the Countrypolitan era, he dropped completely off the charts when the neotraditionalist sound exploded thanks to some guy who's now considered the greatest country singer and performer of all time.
However, considering Duncan was one of the most popular artists in mainstream country for a few years right when I was old enough to pay attention, he was one of a handful of artists who grabbed my attention and defined my early taste in music, such as it was.
Many of Johnny Duncan's songs not only connect thematically, but sequentially. This isn't really surprising considering the narrative themes employed by country music at the time, but Duncan's distinct interpretation of the Countrypolitan sound set his songs apart to start with. It also helped that Duncan was the most frequent partner of the Queen of Collaborations and Country Music's #1 Bridesmaid, Janie Fricke. For instance, listen to Stranger followed by Thinkin' of a Rendezvous:
You can stick She Can Put Her Shoes Under My Bed and It Couldn't Have Been Any Better directly between those two songs and just fill the story out a bit. Like everyone else in the '70s and '80s, Duncan's songs were obsessed with cheating, although he left divorce to other artists. However, my favorite Duncan was Jo and the Cowboy, which goes back to the beginning. You can throw it into that story sequence, but only with some imagination.
I've been waiting for signs that Countrypolitan is coming back into vogue, but I suspect it's a genre that's dead and gone. As a musical genre, it was largely appreciated only by a subset of GenX. In fact, there was an extremely small effort to revive the sound about ten years ago (right on schedule) by such popular acts as Lambchop and HEM. While the influences were there to some extent, both bands moved on quickly. At the time, Countrypolitan, at least the last few years of it, was derided by "classic country" and "country/western" fans for its Nashville Sound influences and pop sensibilities. Country music seems to have always had a strong instinct to launch the successful crossover artist to great heights and just as quickly abandon them in shame. It's a shame there's never been any real move to embrace those country artists who fell before George Straight's mighty acoustic guitar and traditional style.
This didn't make significant headlines, so I missed it at the time: The Lost Franklin Expedition ship was identified as HMS Erebus, Sir John Franklin's command ship. The bell was recovered before shutting down dives for the winter. The historical record that exists from the men who lived in the arctic for a few years following the ships' abandonment indicates that HMS Erebus and HMS Terror were abandoned near each other, although Erebus was more likely to sink sooner. Unverified eyewitness accounts from Inuit have suggested both that the ships stayed to together in the ice for a few years and also that at least one sunk and left the other on the surface for anywhere from five to ten years, or possibly longer. There is at least one account of an Inuit recounting visits to a sole ship, with access to the interior granted through a large hole in the side. Descriptions of the contents of the ship matched what would have been found on HMS Terror.