Released in 1963 as a country-pop song, “Make the World Go Away” was composed and conceived by country music singer-songwriter Hank Cochran. The very first version of the song was performed and recorded by Ray Price in 1963. Since its release, it has been covered by several other artists. It has then remained a country crooner standard ever since.
Accounts say that Cochran conceived the song after watching a film in 1960 while he was on a date. After the movie ended, he left the theater immediately. By the time he got home, he composed “Make the World Go Away” in just 15 minutes. The song was first handed to Ray Price and by then, has been covered by various artists.
The Song and Its Several Versions
“Make the World Go Away” was a chart-topper for several artists. Here are some of the versions of the song as covered by country music singers.
In 1963, Ray Price’s original version was included on his album Burning Memories. It placed at no. 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles while no. 100 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Eddy Arnold‘s cover entered five charts in the U.S., U.K., and Canada in 1965. It was a greater success as it scored no. 1. It went atop two Billboard charts namely, Hot Country Singles and Adult Contemporary charts. Furthermore, “Make the World Go Away” was part of the so-called Nashville Sound. With Arnold’s version, it was one of the most famous recordings in the 1960s country music. Also, it was generally considered as Eddy Arnold’s best-known song.
King of Rock & Roll Elvis Presley covered this song in 1970 as the closing track of his album Elvis Country (I’m 10,000 Years Old).
Donnie and Marie Osmond
Moreover, brother-sister duo Donnie and Marie Osmond released their version in 1975. Their version penetrated seven charts: three in the U.S., two in Canada, and one in both U.K. and Ireland. To note, it peaked at no. 71 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles. The song was recorded by the pair on the MGM album of the same title.
Another country music artist, Charly McClain, rendered her version for her second album Let Me Be Your Baby in 1977. It entered the charts at no. 73 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles.
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