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Bobby Bare’s Country Rendition of The 1960S Folk Song “Four Strong Winds”


In 1964, a year after the original recording was released, American country singer Bobby Bare released his version of the folk song “Four Strong Winds” as part of his album Live from The Lone Star Café. 

The song was originally recorded by Ian and Sylvia, who are both known as a Canadian folk and country duo who began their career in 1959. “Four Strong Winds” is a song that talks about a couple whose relationship is starting to fall apart. At first, they hope things will eventually be okay, but as time passes, the two end up accepting that this might be the end for them. 

Since many listeners can relate to the meaning of the song, it instantly became Ian and Sylvia’s first-ever hit, with their track landing at no. 150 on the Billboard Top LPs in 1963. 

However, it didn’t receive that much success in the US musical charts. Not until Bobby Bare, a known country singer in the US, released his version of the song, that caused “Four Strong Winds” to land on multiple charts in the US. 

Country Legend Bobby Bare’s Rendition

Bobby Bare’s version was able to land the no. 3 spot on the U.S. Country Singles Chart, making “Four Strong Winds” one of Bobby Bare’s greatest hits. So this made listeners wonder how the country singer managed to make it land a spot on the US charts.

There is no doubt that his popularity and voice are definitely what captivated many, but we also can’t deny the fact that Bobby Bare’s musical style is what made global fans hooked to the tune. 

Since “Four Strong Winds” is originally known as a Folk song, Ian and Sylvia’s delivery was subtler and repetitive like most folk songs usually are. Meanwhile, in Bobby Bare’s version, he decided to tweak some of the notes to match it with his country music style. 

During the 1960s, many listeners around the globe loved listening to country music, which is why there was no doubt that Bobby Bare’s version immediately became a hit to many. 

Aside from that, compared to the original, where the main instrument used was a guitar, in Bobby Bare’s version, he decided to incorporate other instrument sounds like Dobro to give listeners that fresh and new listening experience. 

Listen to Bobby Bare’s amazing cover of “Four Strong Winds” below. 

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