The Collaboration of Kitty Wells and Red Foley
Kitty Wells and Red Foley collaborated together in the 50’s for their first album together, Kitty Wells’ and Red Foley’s Golden Favorites. Their album did not make it to the Billboard charts. However, they have charted three singles on their album (“One by One,” “As Long As I Live,” “You and Me”). “One by One” reached No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart. In addition, “As Long As I Live” placed at No. 3 on the country chart. The following year, another song from their album reached No. 3 on the chart, “You and Me.”
“One By One” is a song recorded by Kitty Wells and Red Foley in the 1950’s. They made the song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country chart.
Wells and Foley worked together again in 1967 for their album Together Again. They made their album reached No. 24 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Moreover, three singles from their album secured a spot on the chart. “Happiness Means You” entered the chart at No. 43. In addition, “Living as Strangers,” another song from their album placed at No. 63. “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You” secured a spot on the Billboard country chart at No. 74.
“One By One”
Today, we listen to Kitty Wells and Red Foley’s first and only No. 1 song together, “One By One.” The song tells a story of a person who expresses how he/she felt when the person they love left them. The narrator of the song seems to be extremely hurt by her lover. Her lover lied to her and broke all the promises they made together. Now, she is left alone in a situation she has to fix all by herself.
“My plans and hopes have tumbled down
My castle of dreams plunged to the ground
How can you face me after what you’ve done.”
Moreover, she constantly thinks how come he is able to sleep well at night or look at her like nothing happened. This thought bothers her a lot.
“You’ve shattered my dreams one by one….. How can you go to sleep at night
Don’t know memories make you long for daylight.”
This is one of Kitty Wells and Red Foley’s duet together. Wells’ voice perfectly fits with this song, none of them overpower each other. The simplicity of the songs’ melody coupled with the lyrics made the song worth remembering.
Here’s Kitty Wells and Red Foley joined together to make one stunning country classic song.
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