Single Of The Day: Webb Pierce “The Good Lord Giveth (And Uncle Sam Taketh Away” The last charge up the chart for Webb Pierce

Webb Pierce "The Good Lord Giveth (And Uncle Sam Taketh Away)"

One of the last chart singles for Webb Pierce.

Webb Pierce is truly one of the all-time legends in country music. Between 1952 and 1971, his name was seldom out of the country music top 40.  However, by 1975, times had changed. 8 years had passed since Webb had seen any top 10. He had changed labels, leaving MCA for Plantation. If you heard Webb on the radio, generally it was one of his gold titles. Not too many stations were spinning his new releases.

But in 1975, Webb made one final, brief charge up the charts with a record that for a short time, looked like it might bring him back into the top 20.

“The Good Lord Giveth (And Uncle Same Taketh Away)”, Webb’s first release on Plantation, came in October, 1975. The spirited novelty-ish song began gaining some momentum on the Cashbox chart, debuting on the country chart in late November, then climbing into the country top 40 in January, 1976, peaking at 32. On Billboard, it’s success was more limited, mustering only a peak of 57. It would turn out to be Webb’s final appearance in the country top 40 of any chart; Cashbox, Billboard, Radio and Records, Record World, Gavin.

Every Wednesday on our Instagram account (link at the bottom), we have what we call a “Webb Wednesday”, where I post a photo of a Webb Pierce record. Join me on Instagram and check out all of our cool pics. Many are music-related, but you’ll find a variety of subjects covered, there.

Mike The Country MusicologistMike 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.

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