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End of the World - HQ File - Version of a Skeeter Davis Classic

Hessen Riff on March 09, 2013 06:59

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    Written by Arthur Kent and lyricist Sylvia Dee — the latter drew on her sorrow on her father's death to write the song. Skeeter Davis recorded her version on June 8 1962 at the RCA Victor Studio in Nashville: the session, produced by Chet Atkins, also featured piano virtuoso Floyd Cramer. Released by RCA Records in December 1962, "The End of the World" reached its greatest success in March 1963, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart, number two on the Billboard country singles chart[1] (Davis was a country music vocalist and the record was a crossover music success), and number one on Billboard's easy listening chart. The record also was a number four hit on Billboard's rhythm and blues chart,[2] making Davis one of the very few white female vocalists to enjoy a top ten record on that chart. Davis' four-chart top-ten accomplishment has never been duplicated by any other artist in the history of the Billboard charts.[citation needed] Although Ruby & the Romantics' hit "Our Day Will Come" kept "The End of the World" from hitting number one on the pop chart, the song's popularity and chart history earned it the number three place on Billboard's list of the year's 20 biggest hits. Davis' recording of "The End of the World" has long been considered one of the foremost examples of the Nashville Sound of the 1960s - smooth vocals and a slick, sophisticated production appealing to audiences far beyond the traditional country music audience. The song was played at Chet Atkins' funeral in 2001 in an instrumental performance by Marty Stuart and later, Davis' recording was broadcast over the speakers of her 2004 funeral at the Ryman Auditorium. Also a most popular cover song later for Peter Noone and Herman's Hermits, another successful 60's Brit Invasion Band from Manchester, England. Source: Wikipedia


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