Amarillo by Morning (song)
|"Amarillo by Morning"|
|Single by Terry Stafford|
|from the album Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose|
|B-side||"Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose"|
|Format||7" (45 rpm)|
|Terry Stafford singles chronology|
"Amarillo by Morning" is a country music song written by Terry Stafford and Paul Fraser, and recorded by Stafford in 1973. Several cover versions have since been made, including a major 1983 hit for George Strait.
Stafford recorded the song on his Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose album, released in 1973. The single was released August 2, 1973, by Atlantic Records with the Master number 26867. The single "Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose" had been previously released as an A-side 45 (Atlantic Master 26868; June 7, 1973), but due to the success of "Amarillo by Morning", the single was re-released October 4, 1973, as the A-side (Atlantic Master 26867-1 stereo and Atlantic Master 26867-2 mono), with "Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose" on the B-side. The song entered the Cash Box Country Looking Ahead chart November 3, 1973, the Cash Box Country chart on December 15, 1973, peaking at #37, the Billboard Country chart December 1, 1973, peaking at #31, the Record World Country chart December 15, 1973, peaking at #50, and Canada RPM Country chart January 26, 1974, peaking at #38.
South Texas Singer and Entertainer Clifton Jansky recorded Amarillo by Morning in November 1979 and had a regional hit in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Three years later Kelly Schoppa used Clifton Jansky's soundtrack and put the song out to Country Radio. It was released in 1982 and it hit the Texas charts. George Strait became interested in the song after he and Kelly were on the same bill for a few shows. The song has been covered by numerous artists, including rodeo champion Chris LeDoux in 1975 on his album Life as a Rodeo Man, Asleep at the Wheel and John Arthur Martinez on his 2004 album Lone Starry Night. Brazilian singer Zé Ramalho has also recorded the song.
George Strait version
|"Amarillo by Morning"|
|Single by George Strait|
|from the album Strait from the Heart|
|B-side||"Lover in Disguise"|
|Released||January 14, 1983|
|Format||7" 45 RPM|
|Recorded||April 13, 1982|
|George Strait singles chronology|
It was covered in 1983 by George Strait. It appeared on Strait's 1982 album Strait from the Heart (LP MCA 5320). It was released on MCA as a single, release number 52162. The publisher's release was January 14, 1983, and the full release came February 16, 1983. The single entered the Billboard Country chart February 12, 1983, peaking at #4.
Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song an A grade, saying that he has "finally found his niche as a performer." He goes on to say that the "simple arrangement and understated delivery are the defining elements of just about every Strait record since."
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||4|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||1|
|RPM Country Tracks
April 30, 1983
"Whatever Happened to Old-Fashioned Love"
by B. J. Thomas
The song is regularly played at rodeos. The song was named "#12 country song of all-time" by Country Music Television. Development Counsellors International and USA Today named the song one of the top ten songs about a place, number 7.
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- Countdown: The Greatest: 100 Greatest Songs - Show 1 (songs 100-76) - CMT.com
- "'New York' tops place songs" - Development Counselors International - USA Today - 9/15/2003