(I'd Be) A Legend in My Time

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"(I'd Be) A Legend in My Time"
(I'd Be) A Legend in My Time - Ronnie Milsap.jpg
Single by Ronnie Milsap
from the album A Legend in My Time
B-side "The Biggest Lie"
Released November 30, 1974
Genre Country
Length 2:55
Label RCA
Songwriter(s) Don Gibson
Producer(s) Tom Collins, Jack D. Johnson
Ronnie Milsap singles chronology
"Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends"
(1974)
"(I'd Be) A Legend in My Time"
(1974)
"Too Late to Worry, Too Blue to Cry"
(1975)
"Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends"
(1974)
"(I'd Be) A Legend in My Time"
(1974)
"Too Late to Worry, Too Blue to Cry"
(1975)

"(I'd Be) A Legend in My Time" is a song written and recorded by Don Gibson in 1960. It appeared as the B-side of his hit "Far Far Away", from the album Sweet Dreams. Gibson re-recorded the song on the 1972 album Country Green.

Frequently covered, the song is usually titled without the parenthetical lead. Versions have been recorded by Connie Francis, Johnny Cash (on the album American V: A Hundred Highways), Waylon Jennings, B. B. King, Timi Yuro, and Frank Ifield, among others.

Roy Orbison covered the track for his 1961 album Lonely and Blue, and recorded a second later version which was featured on his 1967 tribute album to Gibson, Roy Orbison Sings Don Gibson. A 1973 rendition by Sammy Davis Jr. became an Adult Contemporary charts, reaching #33 in Canada[1] and #29 U.S.[2]

The song was recorded by Ronnie Milsap and released in November 1974 as the lead single from his album A Legend in My Time. This was Milsap's sixth country hit and his third number one. The single stayed at number one for a single week and spent a total of ten weeks within the top 40.[3] Milsap's recording altered the song from its original 3/4 time signature to a 4/4 time signature.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1974-75) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ RPM Adult Contemporary, May 19, 1973
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 67. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 232. 
  4. ^ Rich, Kienzle (2004). Ultimate Ronnie Milsap (CD booklet). Ronnie Milsap. RCA Records. 82876. 
  5. ^ "Ronnie Milsap Chart History (Hot Country Songs)" Billboard.
Preceded by
"Kentucky Gambler"
by Merle Haggard
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

January 25, 1975
Succeeded by
"City Lights"
by Mickey Gilley
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

February 15, 1975
Succeeded by
"Then Who Am I"
by Charley Pride