Born to Sing (Connie Smith album)

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Born to Sing
Studio album by Connie Smith
Released September 1966
Recorded April 7, 1966 – May 11, 1966
Genre Country
Label RCA Victor
Producer Bob Ferguson
Connie Smith chronology
Connie Smith Sings Great Sacred Songs
(1966)
Born to Sing
(1966)
Downtown Country
(1967)
Singles from Born to Sing
  1. "Ain't Had No Lovin'"
    Released: May 1966
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Born to Sing is the fifth studio album by American country music artist, Connie Smith. The album was released September 1966 on RCA Victor Records and was produced by Bob Ferguson. It became her third album to peak at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, as well her final album to do so.

Background[edit]

Born to Sing contained twelve tracks, a few of which were cover versions, including Anita Bryant's "Paper Roses" and June Carter's "Go Away Stranger." It also included a song penned by Dallas Frazier, who had written many of Smith's major hits during her career. The album was released on a 12-inch vinyl LP record, with six songs included on each side of the record. The release was reviewed by Allmusic, giving it four in a half out of five stars, the same rating that was given to many of her previous releases.[2] It was Smith's final album to be released in 1966.

Release and aftermath[edit]

Born to Sing only spawned one single, "Ain't Had No Lovin'" which was released in mid 1966. The single became a major hit, peaking at #2 on Hot Country Songs that year. The album itself also charted. Released in September 1966, Born to Sing peaked at #1 in Billboard Magazine's Top Country Albums chart, becoming Smith's third and final album to peak in the top spot.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Strange" - (Curly Fox, Pat White) 2:45
  2. "Ain't Had No Lovin'" – (Dallas Frazier) 2:23
  3. "Five Fingers to Spare" – (Liz Anderson) 2:22
  4. "Paper Roses" – (Fred Spielman, Janice Torre) 2:14
  5. "My Little Corner of the World" – (Bob Hillard, Lee Pockriss) 2:43
  6. "Gone" – (Smokey Rodgers) 2:29

Side two[edit]

  1. "Go Away Stranger" – (June Carter) 2:39
  2. "I Don't Know Why I Keep Loving You" – (Fred Carter) 2:08
  3. "Born to Sing" – (Cy Coben) 2:35
  4. "Invisible Tears" – (Ned Miller, Sue Miller) 2:44
  5. "I Will" – (Dick Glasser) 2:30
  6. "Touch of Yesterday" – (Frazier, Arthur Leo Owens) 2:09

Personnel[edit]

  • Byron Bache – cello
  • Brenton Banks – violin
  • Howard Carpenter – violin
  • Jerry Carrigandrums
  • Dorothy Dillard – background vocals
  • Ray Edenton – guitar
  • Dolores Edgin – background vocals
  • Solie Fott – viola
  • Kenneth Goldsmith – violin
  • Buddy Harman – drums
  • Priscilla Hubbard – background vocals
  • Lillian Hunt – violin
  • Martin Katahn – viola
  • Shelly Kurland – violin
  • Piere Menard – violin
  • Louis Nunley – background vocals
  • Jimmy Lance – guitar
  • Len Miller – drums
  • Wayne Moss – guitar
  • Weldon Myrick – steel guitar
  • Connie Smith – lead vocals
  • Jerry Smith – piano
  • Dorothy Walker – viola
  • Pete Wade – guitar
  • Harvey Wolfe – cello
  • William Wright – background vocals

Sales chart positions[edit]

Albums
Chart (1966) Peak
position
U.S. Top Country Albums 1
Singles
Year Song Chart positions
US Country
1966 "Ain't Had No Lovin'" 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Born to Sing > Overview". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  3. ^ "Born to Sing > Charts & Award". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-09.