Greetings from Asheville, where the good music lives on the turntable. Today’s Classic 45 comes from the discography of one of country music’s all-time top vocalists, Tammy Wynette.
By 1970, Tammy Wynette was already one of the genre’s top female vocalists; on the same level as Loretta Lynn. Tammy’s rise was almost meteoric; she had only been recording since 1966. Yet by the Spring of 1970, she had already appeared eleven times on Billboard’s country charts. Nine of those appearances resulting in top ten hits. Seven had hit #1.
April 1970, Tammy and her label, Epic Records, were ready to ship a new single. She was coming off her first hit of the year (and the decade), “I’ll See Him Through”, which had just missed #1 in both Billboard and Cashbox. The next single release was a song titled, “He Loves Me All the Way”. This fast-paced speaker boomer marked a different direction for Tammy Wynette. Following her debut hit, the equally booming “Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad” in 1967, her hit list had been a consistent stream of slow-to-medium ballads. “He Loves Me All the Way” indeed has some similarities in sound to her first hit.
Billy Sherrill co-wrote the song with Norro Wilson and Carmol Taylor. Billy also produced the session in February of that year. Several prominent session musicians took part in the recording, including Charlie McCoy, Pete Drake, and Roy Huskey Jr. The legendary Jordanaires are heard in the background.
The single debuted in both Billboard and Cashbox in late May, and by July, was topping both charts. The single hit the top of Cashbox, first, on June 27th. It topped their chart for two weeks. The climb in Billboard was a bit slower, as it wasn’t until July 4th, when it hit number one, but spent three weeks on top.
“He Loves Me All the Way” gave Tammy Wynette her eighth #1 on both charts. Besides it’s single availability, it was also included on her album, Tammy’s Touch.
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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.