For the Good Times (song)

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"For the Good Times"
Single by Bill Nash
Released 1968
Genre Country
Label Smash
Songwriter(s) Kris Kristofferson
Producer(s) Jerry Kennedy
"For the Good Times"
Single by Ray Price
from the album For the Good Times
B-side "Grazin' in Greener Pastures"
Released June 1970
Genre Country
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Kris Kristofferson
Producer(s) Don Law
Frank Jones
Ray Price singles chronology
"You Wouldn't Know Love"
"For the Good Times"
"I Won't Mention It Again"

"You Wouldn't Know Love"
"For the Good Times"
"I Won't Mention It Again"

"For the Good Times" is a song written by Kris Kristofferson that appeared on his debut album Kristofferson. He wrote the first verse and chorus in 1968 while driving from Nashville to the Gulf of Mexico; an early recording of the song was by Bill Nash on Smash Records.[1][2]

In 1970 Ray Price recorded a version of the song which topped the US country music chart[3] and was awarded "Song of the Year" by the Academy of Country Music. "For the Good Times" was Price's fifth #1 single and spent 19 weeks on the chart.[4] "For the Good Times" crossed over onto the pop chart peaking at number eleven, becoming Ray Price's only release to hit the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100.[5] Originally Price's label, Columbia Records, released the song as the "B" side of the single, but switched to promoting "For the Good Times" after Wayne Newton recorded his own version of the tune. The flip side, "Grazin' in Greener Pastures," did receive credit on the country music chart.[2] This version was featured in television commercials promoting ESPN's coverage of the 2014–15 College Football Playoff.[6][7]

In the UK, in 1973, a version by Perry Como spent 27 weeks on the UK Singles Chart peaking at #7 in the week beginning August 25.[8]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1970) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 11
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 10
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2
Canadian RPM Top Singles 13
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 10
Australian Go-Set Charts 39

Other versions[edit]

The song has been recorded by many artists, including:

Awards and accolades[edit]


In 2014, Rolling Stone named Ray Price's recording number 18 on its "40 Saddest Country Songs of All Time".[10]


  1. ^ "For the good times". Retrieved 2016-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b Roland, Tom, "The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits" (Billboard Books, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 1991 (ISBN 0-82-307553-2), p. 43.
  3. ^ "For the Good Times (song by Ray Price) ••• Music VF, US & UK hits charts". 1970-08-29. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 275. 
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 505. 
  6. ^ "Ray Price’s 'For the Good Times' Plays in ESPN Commercial" – KMOO-FM 99.9.
  7. ^ ESPN television commercial promoting 2014–15 College Football Playoff telecasts, courtesy of YouTube.
  8. ^ "PERRY COMO | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  9. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Would You Take Another Chance on Me? - Jerry Lee Lewis | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  10. ^ Kreps, Daniel; Menoci, David; Ryan, Linda; Harvilla, Rob; Murray, Nick; Drell, Cady; Powell, Mike; Moss, Marissa R; Harris, Keith; Fisher, Reed (September 26, 2014). "40 Saddest Country Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone.