'Til I Can Make It on My Own

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"'Til I Can Make It on My Own"
Single by Tammy Wynette
from the album 'Til I Can Make It on My Own
B-side "Love Is Something Good for Everybody"
Released January 1976
Format 7"
Recorded December 15, 1975
Columbia Recording Studio
Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Country
Length 3:02
Label Epic 8-50196
Writer(s) George Richey, Billy Sherrill and Tammy Wynette
Producer(s) Billy Sherrill
Tammy Wynette singles chronology
"I Still Believe in Fairy Tales"
(1975)
"'Til I Can Make It on My Own"
(1976)
"Golden Ring" (with George Jones)
(1976)
"'Til I Can Make It on My Own"
Single by Kenny Rogers and Dottie West
from the album Classics
Released 1979
Genre Country
Label Liberty
Producer(s) Larry Butler
Kenny Rogers singles chronology
"She Believes in Me"
(1979)
"'Til I Can Make It on My Own"
(1979)
"You Decorated My Life"
(1979)
Dottie West singles chronology
"All I Ever Need Is You"
(1979)
"'Til I Can Make It on My Own"
(1979)
"You Pick Me Up (And Put Me Down)"
(1979)

"'Til I Can Make It on My Own" is a song co-written and first recorded by American country music artist Tammy Wynette. It was released in January 1976 as the first single and title track from the Til I Can Make It on My Own. The song would become Tammy Wynette's fifteenth number one on the country charts. The single stayed at number one for one week and spent a total of eleven weeks on the country charts.[1] Wynette noted on multiple occasions that the song was her personal favourite of all that she had written or recorded, and it would remain a staple of her concerts for the remainder of her career. [1] Wynette wrote the song with George Richey and Billy Sherrill.

Cover versions[edit]

Kenny Rogers and Dottie West released their own version in 1979 and took it up to #3 on the country charts. It was also covered by Billy Gilman on his 2000 album One Voice and by Martina McBride in 2005 on her Timeless album. Lulu Roman (of Hee Haw fame) released a cover on her 2013 album At Last featuring Georgette Jones (daughter of Tammy Wynette and George Jones) on harmony vocals. Georgette then released an album with this as the title track in 2013.

Chart performance[edit]

Tammy Wynette[edit]

Chart (1976) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 84
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 41
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 37

Kenny Rogers and Dottie West[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 3
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 400. 
Preceded by
"You'll Lose a Good Thing"
by Freddy Fender
Billboard Hot Country Singles number-one single
(Tammy Wynette version)

April 10, 1976
Succeeded by
"Drinkin' My Baby (Off My Mind)"
by Eddie Rabbitt
Preceded by
"If I Let Her Come In"
by Ray Griff
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
(Tammy Wynette version)

May 1, 1976
Preceded by
"The Devil Went Down to Georgia"
by Charlie Daniels
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
(Kenny Rogers and Dottie West version)

September 22, 1979
Succeeded by
"Heartbreak Hotel"
by Willie Nelson and Leon Russell