This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: “Heartaches of a Fool,” featuring two songs performed by Willie Nelson, airs on Sept. 22, 1978

  1. HEARTACHES OF A FOOL
    Original Air Date:
    September 22, 1978
    Synopsis. Country-western recording star Charlie Strayhorn is beset with financial and personal problems: production on his new album has been delayed; he has tax troubles; and his marriage is ending. The only thing Charlie has going for him is the popular brand of smoked sausages that bears his name—but even that’s a fraud. Charlie doesn’t realize that his unscrupulous business partner, Clement Chen, has been circumventing the FDA and the Teamsters by producing the sausages in Mexico and arranging for non-union transportation of the product into the United States. Rocky becomes victimized by Chen’s operation after he innocently agrees to pick up a load of the sausages in San Diego. Rocky not only has his truck overturned and destroyed by two men, but loses his drivers license and has his union pension and medical benefits suspended. After Rockford confronts Charlie with the truth about his sausage company, the singer helps the private eye investigate the matter.

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