Oh Lonesome Me

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"Oh Lonesome Me"
Single by Don Gibson
from the album Oh Lonesome Me
B-side"I Can't Stop Loving You"
WrittenJune 7, 1957 (1957-06-07)[1][2]
PublishedFebruary 17, 1958 Acuff-Rose Publications, Inc.[3]
ReleasedDecember 1957 (1957-12)
RecordedDecember 3, 1957 (1957-12-03)[4]
StudioRCA Studio B, Nashville, TN
GenreCountry
Length2:26
LabelRCA Victor
Songwriter(s)Don Gibson
Producer(s)Chet Atkins
Don Gibson singles chronology
"Sweet Dreams"
(1956)
"Oh Lonesome Me"
(1957)
"Blue Blue Day"
(1958)
"Oh Lonesome Me"
Single by The Kentucky Headhunters
from the album Pickin' on Nashville
B-side"My Daddy Was a Milkman"
ReleasedMay 1990
GenreCountry rock, rockabilly, rock and roll, southern rock
Length3:12
LabelMercury
Songwriter(s)Don Gibson
Producer(s)The Kentucky Headhunters
The Kentucky Headhunters singles chronology
"Dumas Walker"
(1990)
"Oh Lonesome Me"
(1990)
"Rock 'n' Roll Angel"
(1990)

"Oh Lonesome Me" is a popular song written and recorded in December 1957 by Don Gibson with Chet Atkins[5] producing it for RCA Victor in Nashville. Released in 1958, the song topped the country chart for eight non-consecutive weeks. On what became the Billboard Hot 100, it peaked at No. 7. It was Gibson's only Top 10 hit on the pop chart.[6] Its B-side was "I Can't Stop Loving You", which peaked at No. 7 on the C&W Jockey charts and became a standard song about unrequited love.[7] The vocal backings on both songs were provided by the Jordanaires.

The Kentucky Headhunters version[edit]

The song was covered by The Kentucky Headhunters in 1990. Their version went to number 8, which was the band's highest-peaking single.[8]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[9] 19
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[10] 8

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[11] 73

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Staff 11/18/2003, CMT com. "Acclaimed Songwriter Don Gibson Dies". CMT News. Archived from the original on 2021-09-09. Retrieved 2021-09-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "Card .0786". vcc.copyright.gov. Archived from the original on 2021-09-08. Retrieved 2021-09-09.
  4. ^ "78/45 Singles - Don Gibson Discography". patsyclinediscography.com. Archived from the original on 2021-08-18. Retrieved 2021-09-09.
  5. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 10 - Tennessee Firebird: American country music before and after Elvis. [Part 2]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 157. ISBN 978-0-89820-177-2.
  7. ^ Gillett, Charlie (1996). The Sound of the City: The Rise of Rock and Roll ((2nd Ed.) ed.). New York, N.Y.: Da Capo Press. pp. 108–109. ISBN 978-0-306-80683-4.
  8. ^ Whitburn, p. 223
  9. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 7997." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. August 18, 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  10. ^ "The Kentucky Headhunters Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Best of 1990: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1990. Archived from the original on December 11, 2007. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  12. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs. 1959. Archived from the original on 2024-05-03. Retrieved 2020-08-15. Retrieved August 15, 2020
  13. ^ Whitburn, p. 84
  14. ^ "Official Charts - Home of the Official UK Top 40 Charts". Officialcharts.com. Archived from the original on 28 January 2002. Retrieved 27 April 2021.
  15. ^ "it's been nice | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Archived from the original on 3 May 2024. Retrieved 27 April 2021.
  16. ^ Whitburn, p. 203