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Classic Rewind: Barbara Fairchild – ‘Tip Of My Fingers’

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2 responses to “Classic Rewind: Barbara Fairchild – ‘Tip Of My Fingers’

  1. Luckyoldsun May 3, 2017 at 2:59 am

    I don’t think this Bill Anderson song was ever a HUGE hit, but it seemed that everybody (including Dean Martin in the pop world) recorded the song and did pretty well with it. (I never heard Barbara Fairchild’s version.)
    In the late ’90s. on his “Fine Wine” CD, Bill Anderson managed to bring together the five artists who had had the most prominent recordings the song to make one more joint version: Featured were Anderson himself, Roy Clark, Eddy Arnold, Jean Shepard, and Steve Wariner, who took the song into the top 10 in the Garth era.
    Anderson wrote the song as “Tip of My Fingers,” and that’s how most of the artists who did the song in the ’60s recorded it, but Clark, Shepard and Wariner all sang it as “Tips.”
    http://www.countrynoise.net/bill-anderson/fine-wine/the-tips-of-my-fingers-roy-clark-eddy-arnold-steve-wariner-jean-shepard/

  2. Ken May 3, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Although no version of that song ever made it to #1 the aggregate effect of reaching the upper tier of the charts five times makes it pretty huge in my book. I cannot think of another song that has been so successful with charted versions spread over 32 years. The net effect is that it kept the song in front of audiences and on the radio for a sustained period of time making it one of the most familiar country classics.

    My favorite is the 1966 Eddy Arnold recording with the Bill Walker orchestra.

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