Here's the Answer

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Here's the Answer
Skeeter Davis-Here's the Answer.jpg
Studio album by Skeeter Davis
Released January 1961
Recorded May 13, 1960 – December 1960
Genre Country, Nashville Sound
Label RCA Victor
Producer Chet Atkins
Skeeter Davis chronology
I'll Sing You a Song and Harmonize Too
(1959)I'll Sing You a Song and Harmonize Too1959
Here's the Answer
Porter Wagoner and Skeeter Davis Sing Duets
(1962)Porter Wagoner and Skeeter Davis Sing Duets1962
Singles from Here's the Answer
  1. ""(I Can't Help You) I'm Falling Too""
    Released: July 1960
  2. ""My Last Date (With You)""
    Released: December 1960

Here's the Answer is the second studio album by American country artist Skeeter Davis. The album was released in January 1961 on RCA Victor Records and was produced by Chet Atkins. The album consisted of cover versions of hit singles by country artists and answer songs to the hits.

Background and content[edit]

Here's the Answer was recorded at the RCA Victor Studio in Nashville, Tennessee, United States in three sessions. The first session took place May 13, 1960, followed by a session October 11, and then ending in December of that year. Like Davis' previous release, she harmonized with herself on the recordings in order to give her voice and the production a fuller sound.[1] The album consisted of cover versions of major hit singles by country artists on the RCA Victor label, followed by Davis' answer song to the hit. It included the original versions of hits by artists such as Jim Reeves' "He'll Have to Go", Floyd Cramer's "Last Date", and Hank Locklin's "Please Help Me, I'm Falling". In response, Davis' sings the answer songs, "He'll Have to Stay", "My Last Date (With You)", and "(I Can't Help You) I'm Falling Too". Richie Unterberger of Allmusic called the concept behind the album to be "hokey". Unterberger explained that half of the album wasn't "Davis at all", but instead the original versions of the song by the original artists are included. Unterberger gave the release only two out of five stars, stating, "It gets really ridiculous when Davis sings an answer song ("My Last Date") to Floyd Cramer's instrumental hit "Last Date." Davis' songs are okay mainstream country/pop; a couple of them ("(I Can't Help You) I'm Falling Too" and "My Last Date") were even Top 40 pop hits. But alternating her tracks bang-bang with hits by various other male country stars makes for a rather herky-jerky listening experience."[2]

Here's the Answer was released as an LP record, and contained six songs on each side of the record.[3] The album was reissued on a compact disc in the mid 1990s and added the four additional bonus tracks Davis recorded as duets with Bobby Bare and Porter Wagoner in the 1960s; "A Little Bitty Tear" with Porter Wagoner, "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You" with Porter Wagoner, "A Dear John Letter" with Bobby Bare, and "We'll Sing in the Sunshine" with Bobby Bare.[2]


Here's the Answer spawned two singles in 1960. The first single released was Davis' response to Hank Locklin's "Please Help Me, I'm Falling" called, "(I Can't Help You) I'm Falling Too". The single was released in July 1960 and peaked for three weeks at #2 on the Billboard Magazine Hot Country Songs chart and became her first single to cross over to the Billboard Hot 100, reaching #39. The second single was released in December 1960 called, "My Last Date (With You)". The song reached #5 on the Billboard Magazine Hot Country Songs, while also reaching the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961.[4] The songs became her second and third Top 10 hits as a solo artist. Here's the Answer was officially released in January 1961, but did not chart any Billboard list.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Artist performingLength
1."He'll Have to Go"Joe Allison, Audrey AllisonJim Reeves2:22
2."He'll Have to Stay"Allison, Allison, Charles GreanSkeeter Davis2:25
3."Last Date"Floyd CramerFloyd Cramer2:28
4."My Last Date (With You)"Boudleaux Bryant, Cramer, Skeeter DavisSkeeter Davis2:33
5."Tell Laura I Love Her"Jeff Barry, Ben RaleighRay Peterson2:58
6."Tell Tommy I Miss Him"Barry, RaleighSkeeter Davis2:26
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Artist performingLength
1."Please Help Me, I'm Falling"Hal Blair, Don RobertsonHank Locklin2:23
2."(I Can't Help You) I'm Falling Too"Blair, Robertson, DavisSkeeter Davis2:25
3."I Really Don't Want to Know"Howard Barnes, RobertsonEddy Arnold2:47
4."I Really Want You to Know"Barnes, Robertson, DavisSkeeter Davis2:28
5."Just One Time"Don GibsonDon Gibson2:45
6."I Want to See You Too (Just One Time)"Gibson, DavisSkeeter Davis2:22
Bonus tracks on reissued version
No.TitleWriter(s)Artist performingLength
13."A Little Bitty Tear"Hank CochranSkeeter Davis and Porter Wagoner2:07
14."Have I Told You Lately That I Love You"Scotty WisemanSkeeter Davis and Porter Wagoner2:33
15."A Dear John Letter"Billy Barton, Fuzzy Owen, Louis TalleyBobby Bare and Skeeter Davis1:55
16."We'll Sing in the Sunshine"Gale GarnettBobby Bare and Skeeter Davis2:21


Sales chart positions[edit]

Year Song Peak chart positions[4]
US Country US
1960 "(I Can't Help You) I'm Falling Too" 2 39
"My Last Date (With You)" 5 26


  1. ^ Coyne, Kevin John (23 May 2008). "100 Greatest Women- Skeeter Davis (#44)". Country Universe. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
  2. ^ a b Unterberger, Richie. "Here's the Answer > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
  3. ^ "Here's the Answer by Skeeter Davis". Rate Your Music. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Here's the Anser singles positions". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 February 2010.