It's Four in the Morning

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"It's Four in the Morning"
Hello Walls - Faron Young.jpg
Single by Faron Young
from the album It's Four in the Morning
B-side"It's Not the Miles"
ReleasedNovember 1971 (U.S.)
Format7-inch
Recorded1971
GenreCountry
LabelMercury
Songwriter(s)Jerry Chesnut
Producer(s)Jerry Kennedy
Faron Young singles chronology
"Leaving and Saying Goodbye"
(1971)
"It's Four in the Morning"
(1971)
"This Little Girl of Mine"
(1972)

"It's Four in the Morning" (also known as "Four in the Morning") is a song made famous by country music singer Faron Young. Released in 1971, the song was his first No. 1 hit single on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart since 1961's "Hello Walls."[1] The song was written by Jerry Chesnut.[1]

The song was the title track to his 1971 album and became one of his best-known hits, it was also a major smash in the UK, somewhat rare for a country song, peaking at No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart in September 1972 [1], as well as charting in the Top Ten (#9) in Australia, during late August 1972.

Its pop-crossover impact at home was far more minor, barely scraping the bottom of the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 92 (it was Young's last appearance on the Hot 100). It sold over 500,000 copies in the UK, and 750,000 in North America by early 1973, earning Young a gold disc awarded by the RIAA.[1]

"It's Four in the Morning" has also sealed a place in country music history. A live performance video clip of Young singing the song was the first music video to air on CMT when the cable television channel first launched on March 5, 1983 as CMTV.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1971-72) Peak
position
Australian Go-Set Top 40 9
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Irish Singles Chart 4
New Zealand (Listener)[2] 2
U.K. Singles Chart 3
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 92
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 1

Cover versions[edit]

The song was covered by Tom Jones on his 1985 album Tender Loving Care, his version peaked at number 36 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1986.[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 114. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  2. ^ Flavour of New Zealand, 27 November 1972
  3. ^ "Faron Young Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  4. ^ "Faron Young Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Hot Country Songs 1944–2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 175. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8.

References[edit]

  • Roland, Tom, "The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits" (Billboard Books, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 1991, p. 63f (ISBN 0-82-307553-2).

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