Fancy Free (The Oak Ridge Boys album)

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Fancy Free
Studio album by The Oak Ridge Boys
Released March 26, 1981
Genre Country
Length 34:58
Label MCA (5209)
Producer Ron Chancey
The Oak Ridge Boys chronology
Greatest Hits
(October 30, 1980)
Fancy Free
(March 26, 1981)
Bobbie Sue
(February 10, 1982)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Fancy Free was the fifth studio album by the Oak Ridge Boys. It was released on March 26, 1981. It featured the groups biggest hit "Elvira". "Somewhere in the Night" was covered by Sawyer Brown in 1987 from their album of the same name. The title of the album was suggested by longtime Oak Ridge Boys personal assistant Charles Daunis, and he is thanked for this contribution in the liner notes.

The album is certified double platinum by the RIAA. It was also one of the first albums ever to achieve multi-platinum certification in the US, achieving the certification on October 12, 1984.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Elvira" (Dallas Frazier) - 3:52
  2. "Somewhere in the Night" (Don Cook, Rafe VanHoy) - 3:30
  3. "She's Gone to L.A. Again" (Mickey Clark) - 3:00
  4. "When I'm With You" (Mitch Humphries, Jerry Michael) - 3:50
  5. "Another Dream Just Came True" (Don Schlitz) - 2:54
  6. "(I'm Settin') Fancy Free" (Roy August, Jimbeau Hinson) - 3:49
  7. "Dream of Me" (Buddy Cannon, Jimmy Darrell, Raleigh Squires) - 2:58
  8. "When Love Calls You" (Michael Foster) - 4:14
  9. "How Long Has It Been" (Foster, Marshall Morgan) - 3:42
  10. "I Would Crawl All the Way (To the River)" (Bucky Jones, Curly Putman, Dan Wilson) - 4:45

Personnel[edit]

The Oak Ridge Boys[edit]

The Band[edit]

  • Drums, Percussion: Kenneth A. Buttrey, Jerry Carrigan
  • Bass: John C. Williams
  • Acoustic & Electric Guitars: Barry Burton, James Capps, Chip Young, Billy Sanford, Reggie Young
  • Steel: Weldon Myrick
  • Keyboards: Ron Oates
  • Banjo: Bobby Thompson
  • Trumpet: Harrison Calloway, Jr.
  • Trombone: Charles Rose
  • Saxophone: Ronnie Eades, Harvey Thompson
  • Oboe: Bobby G. Taylor
  • Strings: John David Boyle, Marvin Chantry, Roy Christensen, Connie Ellison, Carl Gorodetzky, Lennie Haight, Sheldon Kurland, Dennis Molchan, Samuel Terranova, Gary VanOsdale, Stephanie Woolf
  • String Arrangements: D. Bergen White

Production[edit]

  • Produced By Ron Chancey
  • Engineers: Les Ladd
  • Assistant Engineers: Steve Ham, Bob Krusen, Russ Martin, Steve Melton
  • Mastering: Hank Williams

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 14
Canadian RPM Top Albums 46

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US US AC CAN Country CAN CAN AC
1981 "Elvira" 1 5 8 1 26 13
"(I'm Settin') Fancy Free" 1 104 17 2

Notes[edit]

Preceded by
Feels So Right by Alabama
Feels So Right by Alabama
Feels So Right by Alabama
Top Country Albums number-one album
July 18, 1981
August 1, 1981
August 15, 1981
Succeeded by
Feels So Right by Alabama
Feels So Right by Alabama
Feels So Right by Alabama