Everyone knows the song “Save the Last Dance for Me” for it’s a classic song. People request this song most of the time when there’s a gathering. It was written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, and it was originally performed by The Drifters in 1960. “Save the Last Dance for Me” was an R&B classic. Cover versions of this song were released by various artists such as Michael Buble, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Dalida. Each of this version has its own unique style that people will appreciate. Their own way of delivering the song will make you easily recognize which artist is singing.
Emmylou Harris who is best known for her song “Beneath Still Waters” recorded the song “Save the Last Dance for Me” for her album Blue Kentucky Girl. Harris obtains more recognition from this album of hers. It’s an album that contains more of traditional country songs than that of what she used to perform. Her album won the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1979. Blue Kentucky Girl included works of Willie Nelson and Gram Parson. It also featured the song “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues” with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt. “Save the Last Dance for Me” is the No. 5 track in her album.
Emmylou Harris Turns it to Country
The “Save the Last Dance for Me” version of Emmylou Harris is not the same one as what you know, she turned the song into her own signature style. Harris made the classic R&B of The Drifters into a country classic style that will make you love it. Her version of the song made it peak at No. 4 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs in 1979. Furthermore, her version remained for 14 weeks on the chart.
Dolly Parton’s Version
Dolly Parton also made a version of this song, and well, she did a great job too. Her version of this classic song peaked at No. 3 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 1984. Parton’s version also crossover to the US Billboard Adult Contemporary Charts at No. 12.
Whoever’s version the song is, it’s always a good song to dance with and listen to.
Emmylou Harris, save the last dance for me