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October 16

The Story of “There Goes My Everything” by Jack Greene

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The Story of “There Goes My Everything” by Jack Greene 1

The song “There Goes My Everything” was written by Dallas Frazier. He was just 12 years old in 1952 when he won a talent contest and a country performer named Ferlin Husky was impressed with him. Husky was so impressed, he took Frazier to a summer tour.  While in his teens, Frazier put together a band and became well-known on the West Coast while performing on Cliffie Stone’s “Hometown Jamboree” television show.  Unfortunately for both the group and Frazier couldn’t assemble a follow-up. Within three years, Frazier had drifted up the coast to Portland, Oregon and left the music business. He had gotten married and was getting on with life in the real world. He wasn’t pursuing music at all when Ferlin Husky came through town on a tour and Dallas went to see him, just to visit with an old friend, nothing more. During the visit, Husky, who was famous for three of country music’s all-time biggest hits, “A Dear John Letter” (1953), “Gone” (1957) and “On The Wings Of A Dove” (1960). Husky urged Dallas to get back in the music business.

Immediately upon his arrival in Music City, Frazier started working long hours putting words and music together. In the case of what was to become his greatest writing achievement, that inspiration came from his mentor. The idea for “There Goes My Everything” came from Ferlin Husky’s life story. He had just gone through a painful divorce and was obviously distraught about it. As Frazier thought about what he must be feeling, the song came together very quickly. To Dallas, its lyrics seemed to just fall out of the air. Frazier played “There Goes My Everything” for Husky at his first opportunity. The singer was very proud of his protégé’s efforts and considered it a great song, but maybe because it hit so close to home, Ferlin quickly decided not to consider releasing it as a single. However, he did agree to record the song later and include it on an upcoming album, demonstrating that the faith Husky had placed in Frazier was well deserved.

Three years passed before a former construction worker noticed the old Husky album cut. Jack Greene was a one-time drummer and guitar player with Ernest Tubb’s “Texas Troubadours,” and it was Tubb himself who had inspired Greene to try his hand as a singer, even helping him land a recording contract with Decca Records. Still, even with the legendary Tubb’s backing, until late 1966 Jack had spent a total of just seven weeks on the chart. However, that was about to change in a big way, as Greene prepared to record his version of Ferlin Husky’s obscure album cut. Jack’s rendition of “There Goes My Everything” raced to #1 on Billboard’s country singles chart and remained there for seven weeks. The record was so big that it reached a respectable #65 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart. Less than a year after the all-but-unknown Jack Greene cut the Frazier tune, he would win the Country Music Association’s “Male Vocalist of the Year” award, join the Grand Ole Opry, and become one of the era’s most consistent hit-makers. “There Goes My Everything” swept the 1967 CMA awards, winning three of the majors: song, single and album of the year.


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