There’s still hope for the old tune entitled “Any Time” to shine anew long after it stayed unknown to the listening public. That’s after an artist came out to prove that the song isn’t destined to be kept from the public’s ears. Accordingly, this talented fellow brought the song to life and made the public fall in love with the tune over and over again. That someone we’re referring to is no other than the legendary country music singer Eddy Arnold.
Before Arnold emerged as an innovator of the Nashville sound, he was already an established performer scoring at least 50 Top 10 singles on the charts. In 1948 alone, Arnold placed a total of nine singles in the Top 10, five of which reached No. 1. One of this five was the song “Any Time.” Interestingly, Arnold came to record the song only after 27 years since it was written.
A 1921 Song
“Any Time” was one of the country tunes ever created in the early 1920s. Herbert “Happy” Lawson penned it and became available to the public in 1921. The American minstrel show performer Emmett Miller first recorded it in 1924. He was little known today but he became a major influence on many country music singers including Jimmy Rodgers, Hank Williams, and Bob Wills. In 1925, Lawson recorded his version of his self-penned song accompanying himself on ukulele.
In 1948, almost three decades after the song was written, “Any Time” began to shine. On this year, two versions of the song turned successful securing spots on the charts. The Western music artist Foy Willing and His Riders of the Purple Sage released a cover of the song that became a Top 20 country hit. Specifically, the record peaked at No. 13 on the U.S. country chart. However, a more successful version of the song came out shortly after. Eddy Arnold took the song atop the country chart and made it a Top 20 pop hit.
Listen to Arnold’s recording of the song below.
After Arnold, another artist almost brought the song to No. 1 for the second time in 1951. The American actor and singer Eddie Fisher recorded the song, and his version reached No. 2 in the U.S. Patsy Cline, and The Osmond Brothers also released their covers which both entered the Top 100 of the country chart peaking at No. 73 and 54, respectively. Below is Eddie Fisher’s version of “Any Time.”
Any Time, Eddie Fisher, Eddy Arnold, Herbert “Happy” Lawson