The Complete United Artists Solo Singles
Available February 12, 2013
From the King of Country Music, 32 A & B sides of Hardcore ’60s Honky Tonk
“Country music is like a religion to me!” George Jones once told liner notes author Holly George-Warren, and listening to this collection of the great singer’s United Artists singles from 1962-1966 will make a believer out of you. The diversity of material is astounding. You hear Jones master all the flavors of vintage country: lovelorn ballads, inspirational gospel, uptempo honky-tonk, humorous novelty numbers, old-timey murder ballads—even holiday and Western songs.
United Artists was the third home for George Jones’ output since his 1954 debut on the Starday label in his native Texas. His manager and producer Harold “Pappy” Daily signed him to United Artists (UA) following a stint at Mercury, where he scored his first #1 hit, “White Lightning,” in 1959, followed by 1961’s “Tender Years.” Most of the UA recordings transpired in Nashville, with Jones backed by Music City’s A-team: guitarist Grady Martin, bassist Bob Moore, drummer Buddy Harman, pianist Pig Robbins, and Hal Rugg on steel guitar, Tommy Jackson on fiddle, and Kelso Herston on electric 6-string bass. The Jordanaires provided the background choruses, part of the Nashville Sound that Jones adopted for his hardcore country.
Right out of the box at UA, Jones hit the jackpot again with his third chart-topper, “She Thinks I Still Care” backed with the gorgeous ballad, “Sometimes You Just Can’t Win,” also a hit. Both sides of the plaintive single pointed the way to the kind of material that in Jones’ hands would become his signature style, leading to such landmark recordings as 1980’s “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”
“She Thinks I Still Care” almost didn’t get cut, however. It was penned by Dickey Lee, the Texas songwriter that later that year had a #6 pop hit with Barry Mann and Larry Koblerhe’s “Patches.” Songwriter and producer Jack Clement, who’d left Memphis’ Sun Records behind to operate Gulf Coast Recording Studio in Beaumont, Texas, pitched it to Jones. But it wasn’t an easy sale for Clement, whose publishing company handled the song. George told him, “I don’t think I like it too much. It’s got too damn many ‘just becauses’ in it. Clement tweaked it, making it a bit more country, according to Bob Allen, who recounts the story in his 1984 Jones biography. “After [Clement] agreed to relinquish half the publishing royalties to George and the hard-bargaining Pappy Daily, George finally relented and recorded it,” writes Allen. Soon after its release, “She Thinks I Still Care” lodged at the top of Billboard’s C&W chart for six weeks. By year’s end, the smash had been chosen 1962’s “Favorite Country Music Single” by the nation’s DJs in Billboard’s annual poll.
2. SOMETIMES YOU JUST CAN’T WIN
3. BEACON IN THE NIGHT
4. HE MADE ME FREE
5. OPEN PIT MINE
7. HE’S SO GOOD TO ME
8. MAGIC VALLEY
9. A GIRL I USED TO KNOW
10. BIG FOOL OF THE YEAR
11. NOT WHAT I HAD IN MIND
12. I SAW ME
13. LONELY CHRISTMAS CALL
14. MY MOM AND SANTA CLAUS
(TWISTIN’ SANTA CLAUS)
15. YOU COMB HER HAIR
16. AIN’T IT FUNNY WHAT
A FOOL WILL DO
17. YOUR HEART TURNED LEFT
(AND I WAS ON THE RIGHT)
18. MY TEARS ARE OVERDUE
19. SOMETHING I DREAMED
20. WHERE DOES A LITTLE
TEAR COME FROM
21. THE RACE IS ON
22. SHE’S LONESOME AGAIN
23. LEAST OF ALL
24. BROWN TO BLUE
25. WRONG NUMBER
26. THE OLD, OLD HOUSE
27. WHAT’S MONEY
28. I GET LONELY IN A HURRY
29. WORLD’S WORST LOVER
30. I CAN’T CHANGE OVERNIGHT
31. BEST GUITAR PICKER
32. A GOOD OLD FASHIONED CRY
United Artists Rarities
Available in record stores only on Record Store Day/Black Friday, November 23, 2012
Unique 10″ vinyl EP in a beautiful picture sleeve!
Vinyl debut for all 6 tracks, all unissued in their time!
George Jones had two record label homes prior to signing with United Artists in 1962, and though his time at the label was a short four years, the partnership produced several country standards and chart topping hits like “She Thinks I Still Care” (his third number one hit) and “The Race Is On.” From his early Starday recordings in the late ’50s to recordings released within the past few years, Jones has build a legacy nearly unparalleled in country music. In the spring of 2013, Omnivore Recordings will collect all of Jones’ United Artists solo singles on one CD, The Complete United Artist Solo Singles. 2013 will also see Jones’ farewell tour, The Grand Tour.
Six United Artists-era rarities will grace a new 10″ E.P. on November 6th that will be released in advance of the new CD. The E.P. contains songs never released back in the day, and alternate versions of well-known tunes, including two rare duets with Melba Montgomery.
10″ E.P. Track List:
1. LET’S GO HOME Recorded January 16, 1964 – originally unissued outtake
2. I SAW ME Recorded March 13, 1962 – originally unissued version
3. WILL THERE EVER BE ANOTHER (George Jones & Melba Montgomery) Recorded January 14, 1964 – originally unissued take
1. IS THIS HOW A BROKEN HEART DIES Recorded January 16, 1964 – originally unissued outtake
2. WOULDN’T IT BE SOMETHING Recorded January 16, 1964 – originally unissued outtake
3. ALABAMA (George Jones & Melba Montgomery) Recorded May 24, 1963 – originally unissued outtake
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