January 28

Emmylou Harris’ Back to Back Success with Luxury Liner


In 1975, Emmylou Harris released her third album Elite Hotel. It was a groundbreaking success for her career. Elite Hotel became her first album to reach number one on the US Billboard Top Country Albums chart. In addition, it was her first album to be certified as silver in the UK. This became her defining moment. Now, how can she top this album of hers?

black and white photo of emmylou harris with her guitar
Photo Credit: Emmylou Harris/ Official Facebook Page

Luxury Liner

Not far apart from her 1975 album, Harris again made it to the top of the chart. It was a surprise as she released her album Luxury Liner the following year, it gained a huge success as Elite Hotel. It even secured a higher spot on the Billboard 200 than her previous album.

The Songs in the Album

In Harris’ album, she covered some songs such as “Pancho and Lefty” by Townes Van Zandt, “Making Believe” by Kitty Wells, and “(You Never Can Tell) C’est La Vie” by Chuck Berry. Harris collaborated with other artists to record two singles in her album. She recorded “Hello Stranger” with Nicolette Larson and “Night Flyer” with Delia Bell.”

Chart Performance of Her Singles

Only two songs from Luxury Liner were released as a single. “(You Never Can Tell) C’est La Vie” reached number six on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. In Addition, it placed at number four on the Canadian chart. Another single she released from her album was “Making Believe.” The song placed at number eight on the country chart, and number one on the Canadian country chart.

Harris’ songs weren’t as successful as her songs from her previous album. In Elite Hotel, Harris scored two number ones on the chart.


  1. “Luxury Liner”
  2. “Pancho and Lefty”
  3. “Making Believe”
  4. “You’re Supposed to Be Feeling Good”
  5. “I’ll Be Your San Antone Rose”
  6. “(You Never Can Tell) C’est La Vie”
  7. “When I Stop Dreaming”
  8. “Hello Stranger”
  9. “She”
  10. “Tulsa Queen”
  11. “Me and Willie”
  12. “Night Flyer”

Check out this number one album by Emmylou Harris, and tell us which you prefer her Elite Hotel album or Luxury Liner?



Elite Hotel, Emmylou Harris, Luxury Liner

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