Skeeter Davis discography

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Skeeter Davis discography
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A trade ad for Skeeter Davis' single "What Am I Gonna Do Without You", October 1964.
Studio albums 31
Compilation albums 15
Singles 57
B-sides 2
Tribute albums 4
Collaborative albums 5
Singles with other artists 4

The discography of Skeeter Davis, an American country artist, consists of thirty-one studio albums, fifteen compilation albums, four tribute/cover albums, five collaborative albums, fifty-seven singles, two charting b-sides, and four singles with other artists.

Born Mary Frances Penick, she was first a member of the country music pair the Davis Sisters. In 1956 Davis disbanded the group following the death of her co-member Betty Jack Davis. She began a solo career the following year, releasing her first single in 1957 for RCA Victor. Her first charting single (and first major hit) came a year later with "Lost to a Geisha Girl", an answer song to a Hank Locklin hit. Her 1959 single "Set Him Free" reached the top five on the Billboard Country Songs chart, becoming her first top-ten hit.[1] The single spawned her first studio album I'll Sing You a Song and Harmonize Too (1959) that consisted of Davis singing her own harmony parts.[2] Between 1959 and 1962, Davis had a series of top-ten and twenty hits on the Billboard Country Songs chart including "(I Can't Help You) I'm Falling Too" (1960), "My Last Date (With You)" (1961), and "Where I Ought to Be" (1962).[3] Some of these latter recordings were answer songs to popular country recordings of the time, prompting the release of her second studio effort Here's the Answer (1961).[4] It was in 1963 that Davis' most successful single was released entitled "The End of the World".[2] The song reached number two on both the Billboard country songs chart and the Hot 100. It did however top the adult contemporary chart. The single also reached the top-twenty in the United Kingdom, Davis' first entry there. An album featuring the song reached the Billboard 200 list in 1963.[1] Becoming one of the few country pop artists, she continued releasing crossover singles over the next several years. This included "I Can't Stay Mad at You" which became her second top-ten Hot 100 hit in 1963.[3] During this time, more studio albums by Davis were released, including an album of duets with both Porter Wagoner and Bobby Bare.[2] A cover album of standards as well as a tribute album of Buddy Holly material was released during this period.[1] Her 1963 studio release Cloudy, with Occasional Tears reached number eleven on the Top Country Albums chart and her 1966 release My Heart's in the Country reached number fourteen.[3]

After a series of minor country hits, her 1967 singles "Fuel to the Flame" (co-written by Dolly Parton) and "What Does It Take (To Keep a Man Like You Satisfied)" both became major hits. The latter peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and an album of the same reached number seventeen on the Top Country Albums list. In 1968, Davis released a cover album of Flatt and Scruggs music entitled I Love Flatt and Scruggs which reached the top-forty on the country albums chart.[3] In 1969, "I'm a Lover (Not a Fighter)" was a top-ten Billboard country hit, followed by the top-thirty track "Bus Fare to Kentucky" and a minor hit with George Hamilton IV followed soon after.[1] Her studio album It's Hard to Be a Woman (1970) addressed the feminist movement.[2] In 1972 cover of "One Tin Soldier" was a top-ten hit on the Canadian RPM country and adult contemporary charts. The same year, she released a tribute album to Dolly Parton entitled Skeeter Sings Dolly, which peaked on the country albums list.[2][3] In 1973, "I Can't Believe That It's All Over" became Davis' final major hit and an album of the same name became her final charting album.[1][3] In 1976 she recorded for Mercury Records, where her single "I Love Us" became her final chart appearance.[1] In the early 1980s, Davis released two new studio albums and also toured Europe and Asia. In 1985 the country rock band NRBQ recorded a duet album with Davis entitled, She Sings They Play, released on Red Rooster Records. The release received critical acclaim.[2] At the end of the 1980s, Davis released her final studio album You Were Made for Me, a duets release with Norwegian country artist Teddy Nelson.[5]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

1950s and 1960s studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart
positions
US
Country

[6]
US
[6]
I'll Sing You a Song and Harmonize Too
Here's the Answer
  • Release date: January 1961
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Formats: Vinyl, CD, music download
Skeeter Davis Sings The End of the World
  • Release date: March 1963
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Formats: Vinyl
61
Cloudy, with Occasional Tears
  • Release date: October 1963
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Formats: Vinyl
11
Let Me Get Close to You
  • Release date: October 1964
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Formats: Vinyl, music download
Written by the Stars
  • Release date: March 1965
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Formats: Vinyl, music download
Skeeter Davis Sings Standards
  • Release date: November 1965
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Formats: Vinyl, CD
Singin' in the Summer Sun
  • Release date: May 1966
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Formats: Vinyl
My Heart's in the Country
  • Release date: November 1966
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Formats: Vinyl
14
Hand in Hand with Jesus
  • Release date: May 1967
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Formats: Vinyl
Skeeter Davis Sings Buddy Holly
  • Release date: June 1967
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Formats: Vinyl, CD
What Does It Take
(To Keep a Man Like You Satisfied)
  • Release date: October 1967
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Formats: Vinyl
17
Why So Lonely
  • Release date: March 1968
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Formats: Vinyl
33
I Love Flatt and Scruggs
  • Release date: August 1968
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Formats: Vinyl
39
The Closest Thing to Love
  • Release date: February 1969
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Formats: Vinyl
Maryfrances
  • Release date: August 1969
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Formats: Vinyl
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1970s and 1980s studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak
chart
positions
US Country
[6]
A Place in the Country
  • Release date: March 1970
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Formats: Vinyl
It's Hard to Be a Woman
  • Release date: August 1970
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Formats: Vinyl
Skeeter
  • Release date: March 1971
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Formats: Vinyl
Love Takes a Lot of My Time
  • Release date: August 1971
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Formats: Vinyl
Bring It on Home
  • Release date: January 1972
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Formats: Vinyl
Skeeter Sings Dolly
  • Release date: June 1972
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Formats: Vinyl, CD
45
The Hillbilly Singer
  • Release date: January 1973
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Formats: Vinyl
I Can't Believe That It's All Over
  • Release date: September 1973
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Formats: Vinyl
25
Live Wire
  • Release date: 1982
  • Label: 51 West
  • Formats: Vinyl
Heart Strings
  • Release date: 1983
  • Label: Tudor
  • Formats: Vinyl
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Collaborative albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak
chart
positions
US Country
[6]
Porter Wagoner and Skeeter Davis Sing Duets
(with Porter Wagoner)
  • Release date: May 1962
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Formats: Vinyl, CD, music download
Tunes for Two
(with Bobby Bare)
  • Release date: February 1965
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Formats: Vinyl
8
Your Husband, My Wife
(with Bobby Bare)
  • Release date: March 1970
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Formats: Vinyl
She Sings, They Play
(with NRBQ)
You Were Made for Me
(with Teddy Nelson)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilation albums[edit]

1960s and 1970s compilation albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak
chart
positions
US Country
[6]
I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know
  • Release date: April 1964
  • Label: RCA Camden
  • Formats: Vinyl
The Best of Skeeter Davis
  • Release date: January 1965
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Formats: Vinyl
Blueberry Hill
  • Release date: July 1965
  • Label: RCA Camden
  • Formats: Vinyl
Easy to Love
  • Release date: 1970
  • Label: RCA Camden
  • Formats: Vinyl
Foggy Mountain Top
  • Release date: September 1971
  • Label: RCA Camden
  • Formats: Vinyl
The End of the World
  • Release date: December 1972
  • Label: RCA Camden
  • Formats: Vinyl
The Best of Skeeter Davis, Vol. 2
  • Release date: June 1973
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Formats: Vinyl
48
He Wakes Me with a Kiss
  • Release date: 1974
  • Label: RCA Camden
  • Formats: Vinyl
The Versatile Skeeter Davis
Best of the Best
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1990s and 2000s compilation albums[edit]

List of albums, with no available chart positions
Title Album details
The Essential Skeeter Davis
  • Release date: March 28, 1995
  • Label: RCA Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
Skeeter Davis Best Collection
RCA Country Legends: Skeeter Davis
  • Release date: September 25, 2001
  • Label: Buddah Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
The Pop Hits Collection
  • Release date: August 26, 2003
  • Label: Taragon Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
The Pop Hits Collection, Volume Two
  • Release date: August 15, 2006
  • Label: Taragon Records
  • Formats: CD

Singles[edit]

1950s and 1960s singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Country

[7]
US
[7]
US
AC

[7]
US R&B
[7]
CAN
Country

[8]
AUS
[9]
UK
[10]
"He Left His Heart with Me" 1957 N/A
"Lost to a Geisha Girl" 15
"Walk Softly Darling" 1958
"I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know" I'll Sing You a Song and Harmonize Too
"The Slave" N/A
"Set Him Free" 1959 5 I'll Sing You a Song and Harmonize Too
"Homebreaker" 15 N/A
"Am I That Easy to Forget" 1960 11 I'll Sing You a Song and Harmonize Too
"(I Can't Help You) I'm Falling Too" 2 39 Here's the Answer
"My Last Date (With You)" 4 26
"The Hands You're Holding Now" 1961 11 N/A
"Optimistic" 10
"Where I Ought to Be" 1962 9
"The Little Music Box" 22
"The End of the World" 2 2 1 4 32 18 Skeeter Davis Sings The End of the World
"I'm Saving My Love" 1963 9 41 13 Cloudy, with Occasional Tears
"I Can't Stay Mad at You" 14 7 2 Let Me Get Close to You
"He Says the Same Things to Me" 1964 17 47 15
"Gonna Get Along Without You Now" 8 48 15
"Let Me Get Close to You"[A] 45 106
"What Am I Gonna Do with You"[A] 38 123 I Can't Believe That It's All Over
"I Can't Help It"[A] 1965 126 Written by the Stars
"Sun Glasses"[A] 30 120 Singin' in the Summer Sun
"I Can't See Me Without You" 1966 What Does It Take (To Keep a Man Like You Satisfied)
"If I Ever Get to Heaven (I Won't See You)" My Heart's in the Country
"Goin' Down the Road (Feelin' Bad)" 36
"Fuel to the Flame" 1967 11 What Does It Take
(To Keep a Man Like You Satisfied)
"What Does It Take
(To Keep a Man Like You Satisfied)
"[A]
5 121
"Set Him Free"[B] 52
"Instinct for Survival" 1968 54 Skeeter
"There's a Fool Born Every Minute" 16 18
"Timothy" I Can't Believe That It's All Over
"The Closest Thing to Love (I've Ever Seen)" 66 The Closest Thing to Love
"Keep Baltimore Beautiful" 1969
"Teach Me to Love You" Maryfrances
"I'm a Lover (Not a Fighter)" 9 7 A Place in the Country
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1970s and 1980s singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Country

[7]
US
[7]
CAN
Country

[8]
CAN AC
[11]
"It's Hard to Be a Woman" 1970 65 It's Hard to Be a Woman
"We Need a Lot More of Jesus" 69
"Let's Get Together"
(with George Hamilton IV)
65 A Place in the Country
"Bridge Over Troubled Water" It's Hard to Be a Woman
"Bus Fare to Kentucky" 1971 21 30 Skeeter
"Love Takes a Lot of My Time" 58 Love Takes a Lot of My Time
"One Tin Soldier" 54 4 2 Bring It on Home
"Sad Situation" 1972 46 6 Skeeter
"A Hillbilly Song" 76 The Hillbilly Singer
"I Can't Believe That It's All Over"[A] 1973 12 101 11 I Can't Believe That It's All Over
"Don't Forget to Remember" 44 64 N/A
"One More Time" 1974 65
"Come Mornin'"
"I Love Us" 1976 60
"It's Love That I Feel" 1977
"The End of the World"[B] 1979 Best of the Best
"The Rose" 1980 N/A
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Collaborative singles[edit]

List of collaborative singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Country

[7]
US
[7]
CAN
Country

[12]
"A Dear John Letter"[A]
(with Bobby Bare)
1965 11 114 Tunes for Two
"For Loving You"
(with Don Bowman)
1967 72 18 N/A
"Your Husband, My Wife"
(with Bobby Bare)
1970 22 Your Husband, My Wife
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

As a featured artist[edit]

List of featured singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak
chart
positions
Album
US Country
[7]
"Chet's Tune"
(as Some of Chet's Friends)
1967 38 N/A

Charting b-sides[edit]

List of charting b-sides, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart
positions
A-Side Single
US
Country

[7]
US
[7]
"Something Precious" 1962 23 "Where I Ought to Be"
"How Much Can a Lonely Heart Stand" 1964 92 "He Says the Same Things to Me"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Skeeter Davis Biography". Oldies.com. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Coyne, Kevin John. "100 Greatest Women -- Skeeter Davis (#44)". Country Universe. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Skeeter Davis Awards > Billboard chart positions". Allmusic. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Here's the Answer > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "You Were Made for Me > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Skeeter Davis awards > Billboard chart positions (albums and songs)". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  8. ^ a b "Search results for "Skeeter Davis" under Country Singles". RPM. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Kent, David (editor) (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, New South Wales: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  10. ^ "Skeeter Davis – Peak chart positions". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Search results for "Skeeter Davis" under Adult Contemporary songs". RPM. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Search results for "Don Bowman" under Country Singles". RPM. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Skeeter Davis discography". Praguefrank's Country Music Discographies. Retrieved 6 January 2014.