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Classic Rewind: Faron Young – ‘Sweet Dreams’

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3 responses to “Classic Rewind: Faron Young – ‘Sweet Dreams’

  1. Ken April 15, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    “Sweet Dreams” was written by Don Gibson who recorded it at his first session for MGM Records in Sept. 1955. Released as Don’s second MGM single in early 1956 it failed to make the Billboard chart at that time. But the song caught the attention of Webb Pierce who believed it would be a good song for his friend Faron Young. Faron took Webb’s suggestion and recorded it in late April 1956. The Capitol single peaked at #2 in July. That summer as Faron’s record was climbing the chart MGM once again promoted Don Gibson’s single and garnered enough airplay to chart it for one week in early August at #9 on the Disc Jockey survey. Given the timing it could be said that Don Gibson covered Faron Young’s version of his own song.

    Don Gibson recorded a new version for RCA Victor in 1960. Issued as a single late that year the record climbed to #6 in January 1961. Released as a single after her tragic death Patsy Cline’s iconic recording returned the song to the top five in mid-1963. Emmylou Harris had the only #1 hit with the song in 1976. Reba McEntire charted a Mercury single in 1979. Though the record only went to #19 Reba became well known for it because for many years she closed her concerts with a wonderful a capella version.

    “Sweet Dreams” definitely made some sweet money for Don Gibson.

  2. luckyoldsun April 16, 2016 at 12:10 am

    Which two Country Music H-o-F’ers were born within 1 day and 200 miles of each other?

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