Category:Rodney Crowell songs
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The following 27 pages are in this category, out of 27 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 27 pages are in this category, out of 27 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Rodney Crowell – Rodney Crowell is an American musician, known primarily for his work as a singer and songwriter in country music. Crowell has had five number one singles on Hot Country Songs and he has also written songs and produced for other artists. He was influenced by songwriters Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt, Crowell played guitar and sang for three years in Emmylou Harris Hot Band. He has won two Grammy Awards in his career, one in 1990 for Best Country Song for the song After All This Time, Crowell was born on August 7,1950 in Crosby, Texas, to James Walter Crowell and Addie Cauzette Willoughby. He had come from a family, with one grandfather being a church choir leader. His grandmother played guitar and his father sang semi-professionally at bars, at age 11, he starting playing drums in his fathers band. In his teen years, he played in garage rock bands in Houston. In August 1972 he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in search of a musical career and he later met and befriended fellow songwriter Guy Clark, who became a major influence on his songwriting and vice versa. While there, he said, I got a real cold splash in the face of what songwriting is about. I started filling my mind with as many symbols and images as I could, I got real hungry to have something to contribute. Emmylou Harris had recorded one of Crowells songs, Bluebird Wine, on her Pieces of the Sky album and made a request to meet him. After he sat in with Emmylou at her gig at the Armadillo World Headquarters in early January 1975, she asked him to play guitar in her backing band. He accepted and left the day to join Emmylou in Los Angeles. In 1977 as a project, he formed a musical group, The Cherry Bombs, together with Vince Gill, Tony Brown. One year later, he signed a deal with Warner Bros. Records and in late 1978, released his debut album. His debut album, as well his following two albums, But What Will the Neighbors Think and Rodney Crowell, were not commercially successful despite garnering a cult following. Crowell himself criticized his debut album for not translating onto vinyl the same clarity and his single Ashes by Now from But What Will the Neighbors Think reached No.37 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1981. Though he had several country hits by artists covering his songs
2. I Walk the Line – I Walk the Line is a song written and recorded in 1956 by Johnny Cash. After three attempts with moderate ratings, it became Cashs first number one hit on the Billboard charts. It reached number 17 on the US pop charts and it remained on the record charts for over 43 weeks, and sold over 2 million copies. It has also used on many LPs released from Sun Records, such as With His Hot and Blue Guitar, Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous. It was the song for a 1970 film starring Gregory Peck. The unique chord progression for the song was inspired by backwards playback of guitar runs on Cashs tape recorder while he was in the Air Force stationed in Germany. Later in an interview, Cash stated, “I wrote the song backstage one night in 1956 in Gladewater. I was newly married at the time, and I suppose I was laying out my pledge of devotion, after the writing of the song Cash had a discussion with fellow performer Carl Perkins who encouraged him to adopt I Walk the Line as the song title. Cash originally intended the song as a ballad, but producer Sam Phillips preferred a faster arrangement. Once while performing the song on his TV show, Cash told the audience, the humming was necessary since the song required Cash to change keys several times while singing it. The songs lyrics refer to marital fidelity, personal responsibility, and avoiding temptation, the song was originally recorded at Sun Studio on April 2,1956, and was released on May 1. It spent six weeks at the top spot on the U. S. country Juke Box charts that summer, one week on the C&W Jockey charts, I Walk the Line crossed over and reached number 19 on the pop music charts. It was performed with the help of Marshall Grant and Luther Perkins, Cash and his wife, Vivian, were living in Memphis, Tennessee, at the time. Cash became the front man for the group and precipitated the introduction of the group to Sam Phillips of Sun Records, in 1955 they began recording under the Sun label. The song was re-recorded four times during Cashs career. In 1964 for the I Walk the Line album, again in 1969 for the At San Quentin album, in 1970 for the I Walk the Line soundtrack, and finally in 1988 for the Classic Cash, Hall of Fame Series album. The song is simple and like most Cash songs, the lyrics tell more of a story than the music conveys. It is based upon the boom-chicka-boom or freight train rhythm common in many of Cashs songs, in the original recording of the song, there is a key change between each of the five verses, and Cash hums the new root note before singing each verse
3. Queen of Hearts (Hank DeVito song) – It was released as a single and reached No.11 in the UK that year. Then I brought it to Richard Landis when we started the Juice album. He wasn’t convinced at that point that it was a breakout song, while it was still at No. 2, Queen of Hearts was certified Gold for domestic sales of one million units and her recording of the song earned Newton earned a 1982 Grammy nomination for Best Female Vocalist, Country and Western category, Queen of Hearts having been a No.14 country hit. Newton re-recorded Queen of Hearts for her 1998 album The Trouble With Angels, in 1997, a live version by Dave Edmunds was released on his compilation album Rockin. It also appears as source music in the first episode of The Americans, in 1982, Austrian artist Nickerbocker released the German rendering Puppe which reached #3 in Austria
4. Ashes by Now – Ashes by Now is a song written by Rodney Crowell. It has since recorded several by times by various musical artists in the country music format. The song was first recorded by Crowell himself, eventually releasing it as a single in 1980 and it was notably covered by Lee Ann Womack in 2000 and her version became the most commercially successful after also being issued as a single. Crowell originally recorded Ashes by Now in January 1978 in Los Angeles, the recording session featured musician Ricky Skaggs playing the fiddle, among other prominent session musicians of the period. Before its release as a single, it served as the b-side to his 1978 single Elvira, the song was later re-released in April 1980 as the A-side single via Warner Bros. The song became a chart hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles. The album was included on Crowells 1980 studio album But What Will the Neighbors Think, the song was covered by Crowells fellow collaborator Emmylou Harris on her 1981 album Evangeline. Wade Jessen of Billboard wrote, The Earnhardt tragedy may have played a role in a decline in plays of Womacks Ashes by Now. Editors at The Toronto Sun wrote, A thorough makeover of the Rodney Crowell classic, from one of the rare albums with the power to unite staunch old-timers. Editors at Billboard wrote, The inventive percussion that opens this terrific single is just the beginning of the magic that producer Mark Wright, one listen to this great single and its obvious the song is sure to throw fuel on the fire. A music video was created for Lee Ann Womacks version of the song, in the October 21,2000 issue of Billboard, Ashes by Now debuted at number 49
5. An American Dream (song) – An American Dream is a song written by Rodney Crowell. He recorded it under the title Voilá, An American Dream on his 1978 album Aint Living Long Like This and it was later recorded by American country music group Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. It was released in November 1979 as the single and title track from the album An American Dream. The song reached number 58 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Bands version features a backing vocal from Linda Ronstadt. The labels on some of the 45 rpm records were reversed, so that An American Dream was labeled Take Me Back,7 single - North America An American Dream -3,50 Take Me Back -3,01
6. Elvira (song) – Elvira is a song written by Dallas Frazier which became a famous country and pop hit by The Oak Ridge Boys in 1981, now considered one of their signature songs. Songwriter Dallas Frazier wrote Elvira in 1966 and included it as the track of an album he released that year. The title of the song was inspired not by the name of a woman, the songs chorus bears a resemblance to the song Searchin written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and recorded famously by the Coasters. Fraziers version peaked at #72 on the Billboard Hot 100, a number of other artists recorded the song through the years with varying degrees of success, most notably Kenny Rogers and the First Edition. Rogers version appeared on the album Somethings Burning, which reached the top 30 of the Billboard 200, in 1978, alternative country recording artist Rodney Crowell recorded his cover of Elvira. While Crowells version was only a minor hit, it did have its fans—most notably The Oak Ridge Boys. In 1980, when the band began planning for their upcoming album Fancy Free, the Oak Ridge Boys already had a very successful career by 1981. They had five albums to their credits, with one Greatest Hits collection about to go platinum. Most of their hits had reached number one in Billboard or CashBox, however, they were still looking for that one song that really defined them. In May 1979, William Lee Golden told People magazine, Inevitably our music will cross all borders, someday were going to run across something that everybody will like at the same time. When THAT happens, well have made it, Elvira proved to be that song. Released in March 1981 with Joe Bonsall on lead vocals, Elvira quickly climbed the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, and over Memorial Day weekend it became the groups fourth no.1 country hit. Their rendition—which included bass singer Richard Sterbans deep-voiced vocal solo on the chorus —was also their biggest pop hit, the single version fades out after the first key change, more than a minute earlier than the album version. In 2015, the Oak Ridge Boys recorded the song with a cappella group Home Free on their album Country Evolution, works cited Whitburn, Joel, Top Country Songs, 1944–2005,2006. Whitburn, Joel, Top Pop Singles, 1955–2006,2007
7. Lovin' All Night – Lovin All Night is a song written and performed by American country music artist Rodney Crowell. It was released in March 1992 as the first single from his album Life Is Messy, the song peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart. Alanna Nash of Entertainment Weekly described the song as randy and celebrat his new sexual freedom following his divorce from Rosanne Cash, Lovin All Night spent 20 weeks on Hot Country Songs, peaking at number 10. It was Crowells last Top 10 hit on that chart, patty Loveless included a version of the song on her eighth album with Epic Records, On Your Way Home, her thirteenth album of original music overall. The single was released in 2003 and it was the first single released from the album. According to Loveless. On the Down From The Mountain tour last year, Rodney was hosting the show, and he would perform it. We were having the best time of our lives out there, and we were in Roanoke, Virginia and he asked me to come out and perform with him, and I couldnt refuse him. Later, when I was in the process of reviewing material for the new album, I remembered the night in Roanoke and I asked my producer if we could contract Rodney, so, thats how it came about how I recorded Lovin All Night. The song charted for 20 weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart, lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
8. Making Memories of Us – Making Memories of Us is a song written by American country music artist Rodney Crowell that has been recorded by several artists. The first version was recorded by American country music artist Tracy Byrd on his 2003 album The Truth About Men, One year later, Crowell and Vince Gill recorded the song as members of The Notorious Cherry Bombs, a side project comprising former members of Crowells backing band. The third version of song was recorded by Australian country music artist Keith Urban on his 2004 album Be Here. Urbans rendition was a Number One hit for him on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, the music video is in black-and-white, and was directed by Chris Hicky and premiered in early 2005. Making Memories of Us debuted at number 55 on the U. S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart for the week of March 19,2005, for the Hot Country Songs chart published June 4,2005, the songs second week at No. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
9. Please Remember Me – Please Remember Me is a song co-written by American country music artists Rodney Crowell and Will Jennings. Originally recorded by Crowell on his 1995 album Jewel of the South, crowells version of the song peaked at number 69 on the Billboard country charts upon its release. A later version was released by Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt, four years after the release of his own version, Crowell selected several songs which he recommended to record producer Byron Gallimore. Eventually, Please Remember Me made its way to Tim McGraw, Released that year as the first single from that album, McGraws rendition reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts, a position that it held for five weeks. The song was also McGraws biggest solo hit on the Billboard Hot 100, McGraws rendition features Patty Loveless on harmony vocals. Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, calling it a lush and she goes on to say that he is surprisingly effective on this pop-side release as he is usually best with traditional material. She finishes the review by saying that McGraw seems to a vocal maturity. Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song an A grade, calling it a lush and gorgeous ballad that is elevated by a Patty Loveless harmony vocal. He goes on to say that McGraws pleading performance gives the song its urgency, Billboard Hot Country Single & Tracks for the week of March 20,1999. The Swedish country music-inspired dansband Lasse Stefanz recorded a Swedish version called Tänk På Mig Ibland on their 1996 album Dig Ska Jag Älskar and it was covered by John Barrowman on his 2007 album Another Side. American Idol season 10 winner Scotty McCreery covered this song to be used as the song on the 11th season of American Idol. It was released on March 8,2012, performed by Danielle Bradbery on Season 4 of The Voice, Released, Jun 11,2013. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
10. Shame on the Moon – Shame on the Moon is a song written by Rodney Crowell and first recorded for his eponymous 1981 album. It was subsequently covered by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, glenn Frey joins Seger on background harmony vocals on the song. The song spent four weeks at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart and topped the adult contemporary chart, the song also went to number 15 on the country chart in early 1983, marking Segers only Top 40 entry on that chart. Tanya Tucker also covered the song, for her 1983 album Changes, Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, saying that his trademark acoustic guitar sets the tone, followed by an easygoing vocal and loping rhythm. List of number-one adult contemporary singles of 1983
11. Song for the Life – Song for the Life is the title of a country music song written by American singer Rodney Crowell. Crowell first recorded the song in 1978 on his debut album Aint Living Long Like This, and since then, one version, recorded by Alan Jackson, was released as a single in 1995, and was a Top Ten country hit for him that year. The first version of Song for the Life was recorded by The Seldom Scene on their 1976 album The New Seldom Scene Album, singer/songwriter Jonathan Edwards also recorded the song on his 1976 release Rockin Chair produced by Brian Ahern. The following year Rodney Crowell put it on his 1977 debut album Aint Living Long Like This, with backing vocals from Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, matteas version of the song was the b-side to her 1987 single Youre the Power. Alison Krauss recorded the song on her album with Union Station in 1987. A version was recorded by The Waterboys for their album Room to Roam in 1990. Alan Jackson recorded it for his 1994 album Who I Am, Jackson was the only artist to release his rendition as a single, doing so in early 1995 and reaching Top Ten on the country charts with it. Jacksons rendition of the song is backed by steel-string acoustic guitar and piano, with electric guitar. Ron Young of the San Antonio Express-News said that although it pales next to Jerry Jeff Walkers, its a good attempt, jacksons rendition debuted at number 73 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts dated for February 11,1995. It peaked at number 6 on the week of May 6, lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics