Don Gibson’s Most Important Songs That Helped Country Music Go Pop
Don Gibson is certainly one of the most talented composers of his time. Don Gibson’s songs have all played their most important role in conveying to a wider audience the message of the creativity, capabilities, and capabilities of the Nashville songwriting community.
Born in Shelby, North Carolina, Don Gibson considered himself a songwriter first and a singer second. He didn’t fake the feelings of desperation and misery he so briefly captured in his best songs. It’s no surprise, then, that his influence is deep, far and wide – his songs being recorded by various music legends including Elvis Presley, Kitty Wells, Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline, Emmylou Harris and more.
That said, let’s take a look at some of Gibson’s greatest hits. Keep scrolling below!
1. Oh only me
While it may be just a country song, it has nonetheless stood the test of time – primarily because of its lyrics that capture the universal feelings of losing someone you love and the different artists who have taken it over, keeping it alive over the years.
Written by Gibson and produced by fellow genre heavyweight Chet Atkins, “Oh Lonesome Me” follows one man’s breakup and misery. Although he knows he should have fun, he doesn’t have the guts to break the blues.
2. I can’t stop loving you
Since recording and releasing this country ballad, “I Can’t Stop Loving You” has become one of the most phenomenal hits. Gibson wrote the song in 1957 while hanging out in his trailer, singing lyrics into his tape recorder.
By the time of his death in 2003, the country ballad had been recorded by over 700 artists – Ray Charles’ version being the most notable, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Conway Twitty duplicated this feat and performed the song . in his live shows, receiving a big reaction from the audience. Other artists who recorded the song were Sammi Smith, Elvis Presley, Faron Young, Frank Sinatra, Kitty Wells and more.
3. blue blue day
Another song written by Gibson, “Blue Blue Day,” followed a man’s heartbreak when he found his lover had now found someone new. He wanted to cry and die, but he couldn’t do anything.
The song reached No. 1 on the country charts, where it remained for a total of six weeks.
4. Woman (sensual woman)
Gibson also had bouts of alcohol and drug abuse — and went on hiatus. Fourteen years later, he returned stronger to the No. 1 position with “Woman (Sensuous Woman)”. The song caught the attention of country fans as it tells the story of a man having a lustful affair, repeatedly straying from his marriage just to be with the woman who bewitched him.
5. Just once
The song was one of Gibson’s biggest hits. Upon its release in 1960, the song quickly peaked at number two on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart while rising to the pop chart, ranking at number 29. Several notable artists have also recorded “Just One Time”, including Kitty Wells, Dottie West and Chet Atkins.
The song tells the story of a man’s desire to be with the woman he loves, even for a short time; however, she has now found someone new.
6. sea of sorrow
Gibson found himself describing the feelings of lost love, which he compared to being lost in a figurative sea of deeply sad emotions in this 1961 country hit song, “Sea of Heartbreak” – which has reached number two on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.
The song has several notable versions, including Johnny Cash’s for his Grammy-winning album. His daughter Rosanne Cash also covered the song as a duet with Bruce Springsteen.
seven. It’s finish
Originally released by The Everly Brothers, the song stands out as one of the few songs that features Phil Everly on lead vocals, with Don Everly doing harmony. However, “It’s All Over” did not chart in the United States.
Just over a decade later, Gibson covered the song on his I’m All Wrapped Up in You album — and arguably it’s one of his most underrated songs.
8. gold rings
Gibson teamed up with Dottie West for a country gem from “Rings of Gold,” reaching No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. It is the first of two duos involving West and Gibson to reach the top 10 of the said charts.
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