Bonaparte's Retreat (Pee Wee King song)

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"Bonaparte's Retreat"
Single by Glen Campbell
from the album Houston (I'm Comin' to See You)
B-side "Too Many Mornings"
Released July 15, 1974
Genre Country
Length 2:48
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Pee Wee King
Producer(s) Jimmy Bowen
Glen Campbell singles chronology
"Houston (I'm Comin' to See You)"
"Bonaparte's Retreat"
"It's a Sin When You Love Somebody"

"Bonaparte's Retreat" is a song written by American country music artist Pee Wee King. Various versions of the melody themes exist as traditional fiddle tunes dating back to before the turn of the 20th Century, and probably well before that. King's version was released as a single in 1950 and peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. Kay Starr recorded the song[1] later in 1950. Her version peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Glen Campbell then covered the song for his 1974 album Houston (I'm Comin' to See You). It was released in July 1974 as the album's second single. Campbell's version peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.[2] It also reached number 1 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada.[3] Willie Nelson also covered the song as a bonus track on the reissue of his 1975 concept album Red Headed Stranger. In addition, the song was covered by Michael Nesmith and the Second National Band's album Tantamount to Treason Vol. 1.

Chart performance[edit]

Pee Wee King[edit]

Chart (1950) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 10

Kay Starr[edit]

Chart (1950) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 4

Glen Campbell[edit]

Chart (1974) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 42
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1


  1. ^ Kay Starr interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969)
  2. ^ "Glen Campbell singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "RPM Country Singles for October 19, 1974". RPM. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
Preceded by
"I Love My Friend"
by Charlie Rich
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

October 19, 1974
Succeeded by
"I See the Want To in Your Eyes"
by Conway Twitty