1958 was a great one for Faron Young and country music. In country music, it was a year that gave us many great classics. Among the artists scoring big hits; Johnny Cash, Carl Smith, The Everly Brothers, Kitty Wells, Don Gibson, Hank Snow, and Marty Robbins, among others. Several crossover acts also made an impact; Sheb Wooley, Ricky Nelson, Jimmie Rodgers, and Buddy Holly, most notably. For Faron Young, 1958 gave him one of the summer’s biggest hits.
“Alone With You” was a song that featured the pen work of a young, future singing star Roy Drusky. Roy co-wrote the song with Lester Vanadore. Faron is also listed as a co-writer, but I don’t know whether he actually helped write it, or was given credit as part of an agreement to record the song. That was a fairly common practice, back in the day.
Released in May, “Alone With You” took about a month to catch on with country radio and the country music audience. It debuted in Billboard in late June, while debuting in July on Cashbox. Once on the market, it quickly raced up both charts. On Billboard, it became Faron Young’s first #1 hit, topping the Disc Jockey charts for 13 weeks, while making the runner-up position on both Billboard’s Best-Seller list, as well as Cashbox’s chart.
And, as was common, back in the day, the flip side also got into the action, as well. “Everytime I’m Kissing You” also made appearances in both Billboard’s and Cashbox’s charts.
In retrospect, “Alone With You” helped solidify Faron Young’s place as a top country music star in the late 1950’s. Like several other country artists, Faron’s career was hurt by the onset of rock ‘n’ roll; he had scored only 2 top 10 hits during the past 2 years (after the success of “Sweet Dreams”), and the 2nd of those had come over a year earlier. Following this hit, Faron ended the year in the top ten, again, with “That’s The Way I Feel”. After that, Faron Young would be regularly in, or near the top ten in country music, through 1974.
Mike the Country Musicologist is a lifelong music and radio fanatic, lover of vintage agriculture, and big sports fan, including the Colts, Reds, Hurricanes, Pacers, Purdue & Butler Universities. He has collected records since childhood, and focuses on classic country and top 40 oldies music. He convinced Vincennes University to give him an Associate’s Degree in broadcasting. He’s worked for several stations in Indiana and North Carolina. Be sure to follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.