The Best Of The Hickory Records Years (1970–1978)
Release date: April 6, 2018
Most comprehensive collection of Gibson’s time at Hickory Records, features the #1 Country Hit, “Woman (Sensuous Woman).”
By 1970 when Don Gibson signed to Hickory Records, he was already a weathered music industry veteran, successful songwriter and performer. Despite enormous success on the charts, he sent 22 songs into the Top Ten between 1956 and 1974, by the end of the ’60s Don’s album sales were dwindling. Gibson signed to Hickory at the invitation of Wesley Rose who had first signed Don to a publishing deal at Acuff-Rose in 1955. With Rose in the producer chair, Gibson was ready for a second act.
His first album for the label was an all covers affair, no Gibson original compositions. Perhaps it was a way to ease into the new label home. His next album however, yielded two top twenty singles, one of them, “Don’t Take All Your Loving” was once again, a Don Gibson original. All totaled up, Don’s Hickory years got him back in the game, sending 38 singles onto the US Country Charts (9 albums charted as well), landing 22 in the Top Ten and one hitting the top spot, “Woman (Sensuous Woman).”
We’ve collected 20 of those US Country Chart Hits here on The Best Of The Hickory Years and added five other key tracks to make this the most comprehensive overview of Don Gibson’s Hickory Recordings. In 1973 Don was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and in 2001 the Country Music Hall of Fame added him to their ranks as well. To date over 700 artists have recorded his song, “Sweet Dreams” and it’s only one of the standards from the pen of Don Gibson.
From the liner notes:
Most of the attention he receives today is focused on his exceptional songwriting catalog and his incredible achievements on RCA Victor. He deserves these accolades, to be sure, though they are only part of the story. The Best Of The Hickory Years (1970–1978) brings back an important decade in Don Gibson’s impressive legacy.—Craig Shelburne
Games People Play Don’t Take All Your Loving Pretending Everyday A Perfect Mountain Guess Away The Blues Having Second Thought (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle Country Green Far Far Away Woman (Sensuous Woman) Is This The Best I’m Gonna Feel If You’re Goin’ Girl Touch The Morning Snap Your Fingers One Day At A Time Bring Back Your Love To Me I’ll Sing For You There She Goes (I Wish Her Well) What’s Happened To Me Praying Hands I’m All Wrapped Up In You If You Ever Get To Houston (Look Me Down) Starting All Over Again The Fool Any Day Now