She's All I Got

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"She's All I Got"
Single by Freddie North
from the album Friend
Released 1971
Genre R&B
Length 2:45
Label Mankind
Writer(s) Gary U.S. Bonds, Jerry Williams, Jr.
Producer(s) Jerry Williams, Jr.
Freddie North singles chronology
"She's All I Got"
"You and Me (Together Forever)"

"She's All I Got" is a song written by Gary U.S. Bonds and Jerry Williams, Jr. in which the male narrator pleads to someone else not to take away his lover. It has been recorded by several artists. The first version, released in 1971 by Freddie North, was a Top 40 U.S. pop hit, and a version by Johnny Paycheck was a number 2 U.S. country hit that same year. A second country music version was released on Conway Twitty's 1972 Decca LP I Can't See Me Without You. There was also a version titled "He's All I Got" that was on Tanya Tucker's 1972 album Delta Dawn. Yet another cover titled "Don't Take Her She's All I've Got" was released by Tracy Byrd, whose version reached number 4 on the U.S. and Canadian country singles charts.

Freddie North version[edit]

Freddie North was the first artist to record the song, doing so on his album Friend. The only single from this album, it peaked at number 39 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 10 on Black Singles (now Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs). It was the only chart single of North's career.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1971) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 39
U.S. Billboard Black Singles 10

Johnny Paycheck version[edit]

"She's All I Got"
Single by Johnny Paycheck
from the album She's All I Got
B-side "You Touched My Life"[2]
Released 1971
Genre Country
Length 2:54
Label Epic
Producer(s) Billy Sherrill
Johnny Paycheck singles chronology
"She's All I Got"
"Someone to Give My Love To"

Johnny Paycheck's version was released in 1971 from his album of the same name. The song spent nineteen weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart, reaching a peak of number 2. It was also a number 91 single on the Billboard Hot 100, his only entry there.[2]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1971) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 91
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2

Tracy Byrd version[edit]

"Don't Take Her She's All I Got"
Single by Tracy Byrd
from the album Big Love
B-side "I Love You, That's All"[3]
Released January 27, 1997
Genre Country
Length 3:26
Label MCA Nashville
Producer(s) Tony Brown
Tracy Byrd singles chronology
"Big Love"
"Don't Take Her She's All I Got"
"Don't Love Make a Diamond Shine"

Tracy Byrd's version, retitled "Don't Take Her She's All I Got", is the second single released from his 1996 album Big Love. It peaked at number 4 on both the U.S. and Canadian country singles charts in 1997.

Critical reception[edit]

The single received a positive review in Billboard which praised Byrd's vocal similarities to Paycheck, and said that "Longtime fans will love hearing it again, and younger listeners will welcome Byrd's introducing them to this country classic."[4]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 4
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 4

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[7] 48
US Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 37


  1. ^ "Freddie North singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  2. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 319. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, p. 73
  4. ^ "Reviews". Billboard 109 (4): 60. 25 January 1997. 
  5. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 3187." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. April 21, 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  6. ^ "Tracy Byrd Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Tracy Byrd.
  7. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1997". RPM. December 15, 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Best of 1997: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013.