Tell Me a Lie

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"Tell Me a Lie"
Tell Me a Lie - Sami Jo.jpg
Single by Sami Jo
from the album It Could Have Been Me
B-side "Stay Where You Are"
Released February 1974
Format 7" single
Recorded 1973
Genre Pop
Label MGM South
Songwriter(s) Mickey Buckins, Barbara Wyrick
Producer(s) Sonny Limbo
Sami Jo singles chronology
"Tell Me a Lie"
(1974)
"It Could Have Been Me"
(1974)

- "Tell Me a Lie"
(1974)
"It Could Have Been Me"
(1974)
"Tell Me a Lie"
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Single by Janie Fricke
from the album Love Lies
B-side "Love Have Mercy"
Released September 17, 1983
Genre Country
Length 3:35
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Mickey Buckins, Barbara Wyrick
Producer(s) Bob Montgomery
Janie Fricke singles chronology
"He's a Heartache (Looking for a Place to Happen)"
(1983)
"Tell Me a Lie"
(1983)
"Let's Stop Talkin' About It"
(1984)

"He's a Heartache (Looking for a Place to Happen)"
(1983)
"Tell Me a Lie"
(1983)
"Let's Stop Talkin' About It"
(1984)

"Tell Me a Lie" is a 1974 song by Sami Jo Cole, later covered by American country music artist Janie Fricke. The song had been originally recorded and released during the 1970s by country recording artist Lynn Anderson, it was released on Anderson's You're My Man album, which featured her number 1 hit single "You're My Man." However, because of the big success of "You're My Man", "Tell Me a Lie" was never released as a single by Anderson, probably because she had other songs that she'd wanted to release as singles. The song's co-writer, Barbara Wyrick, also recorded it.

"Tell Me a Lie" was Sami Jo's debut hit, and it became the first charting version of the song. It reached number 21 on both of the major U.S. pop charts. It also charted in Canada (#17).[1]

The song was also an Adult Contemporary hit, reaching number 14 in the U.S.[2] and number 27 in Canada.[3]

Chart history[edit]

Later versions[edit]

In 1981, Bettye LaVette recorded an R&B version of the song on Motown. It was released as the title track of her album the following year.[12]

Janie Fricke cover[edit]

In 1983, Janie Fricke picked up the song "Tell Me a Lie" as to be released as her next single in 1983. Originally included on Fricke's 1982 album It Ain't Easy, it was released in September 1983 as the first single from her album Love Lies, during this time, Fricke racked up a good amount of hits, like "It Ain't Easy Bein' Easy" and "I Need Someone to Hold Me When I Cry".

Shortly thereafter, Fricke's record producer at the time Billy Sherrill, had suggested that Fricke would record the song. Listening to Sherrill, Fricke recorded the song in 1983. By this time though, Fricke had produced a number 1 hit in 1983 called "It Ain't Easy Bein' Easy". Fricke soon released "Tell Me a Lie" as a single on the country charts that year.

By 1983, "Tell Me a Lie" was Janie Fricke's fourth number one hit on the Country charts,[13] the song and its album that it was featured on titled It Ain't Easy became very successful and became one of Fricke's signature songs. Since the song's release, it has been included in numerous multi-artist compilation albums, despite the song's pop production, as well as its success on the country charts, it did not reach the pop singles chart. In 2004, Fricke released a bluegrass album, entitled The Bluegrass Sessions, which featured remakes of Fricke's biggest hits, the album featured "Tell Me a Lie".

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1983-84) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[14] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1974-04-20. Retrieved 2018-04-01. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 121. 
  3. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1974-05-18. Retrieved 2018-04-01. 
  4. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1974-04-20. Retrieved 2018-04-01. 
  5. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1974-05-18. Retrieved 2018-04-01. 
  6. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 121. 
  8. ^ https://www.billboard.com/music/sami-jo/chart-history/country-songs/song/577599
  9. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, April 20, 1974
  10. ^ Bac-lac.gc.ca
  11. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X. 
  12. ^ Tell Me A Lie (Media notes). Bettye LaVette. Hollywood, California: Motown Record Corporation. 1982. 
  13. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 128. 
  14. ^ "Janie Fricke Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.