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Classic Rewind: Jack Greene – ‘The Last Letter’


2 responses to “Classic Rewind: Jack Greene – ‘The Last Letter’

  1. Paul W Dennis June 30, 2016 at 7:00 am

    A great song performed by a great singer/ Although never actually released as a Jack Greene singer (he was a member of Ernest Tubb’s Texas Troubadours at the time he first recorded the song) it is one of Jack’s best remembered songs.

    Many leave off the last verse (such as Waylon Jennings and Richard McGuire) leave off the last verse thereby changing the meaning of the song entirely

  2. Ken June 30, 2016 at 9:17 am

    “The Last Letter” was released as Decca single 31627 in May 1964 billed as “Jack Greene And The Texas Troubadours.” The B side “Honey Love” was credited to “The Texas Troubadours featuring Jack Greene, Cal Smith and Leon Rhodes.” Both songs came from the 1964 LP “Ernest Tubb Presents The Texas Troubadours” [Decca 74459] spotlighting vocal and instrumental performances by E.T.’s legendary band. Though the uptempo “Honey Love” was labeled as the “A” side Jack’s emotional ballad “The Last Letter” garnered the most attention and radio airplay. That response paved the way for Greene to secure a solo contract with Decca. Though that single never charted the song remained a fan favorite throughout Greene’s career. He performed it often on his Grand Ole Opry and concert appearances. He recorded a second version of that song for his 1968 album “Love Takes Care Of Me” [Decca 75053]

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