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Classic Rewind: Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton – ‘Yours Love’

One response to “Classic Rewind: Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton – ‘Yours Love’

  1. Ken August 16, 2016 at 11:41 am

    When a song is selected for a remake usually several years have passed after it first hit unless it’s a song that was “borrowed” from a different musical genre [But You Know I Love You, Me & You And A Dog Named Boo, Afternoon Delight] During the 1960’s Harlan Howard saw two of his songs hit the top ten twice within just a couple of months. “I Don’t Believe I’ll Fall In Love Today” was a top 5 hit for Warren Smith in late October 1960. Ray Price’s re-titled version “I Wish I Could Fall In Love Today” peaked at #5 in early December 1960. At the end of the decade Harlan repeated that success with “Yours Love.” Waylon Jennings recorded the song on April 16, 1968. Released as an RCA Victor single late that year it charted in mid-November and peaked at #5 in February 1969. Porter & Dolly recorded their version on December 20, 1968 as Waylon’s single was already inside the top 20. Their RCA Victor single entered the Billboard survey on March 8, 1969 at #42 with Waylon’s version was just three notches ahead of them at #39 on it’s way back down the chart. Their duet ultimately climbed to #9 on May 10, 1969.

    It was extremely unusual for the same song to be released within such a narrow time frame by two artists from the same record label. Even more remarkable that both singles became hits. I’ve never heard a rationale for RCA choosing to follow Waylon’s version so closely. Both singles became hits but Porter & Dolly’s excellent duet may have fared better than #9 had RCA held it back for another year or two. I have always loved both versions because it’s a superb song and the performances are flawless.

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