Half as Much

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"Half as Much"
Written by Curley Williams
Written 1951
Original artist Hank Williams
Recorded by Rosemary Clooney, Patsy Cline, Ray Charles, Eddy Arnold, Sharon Redd, Petula Clark, Emmylou Harris, Cake, Van Morrison
"Half as Much"
Single by Rosemary Clooney
Released 1952 (1952)
Writer(s) Curley Williams
Rosemary Clooney singles chronology
"Tenderly"
(1952)
"Half as Much"
(1952)
"Botch-a-Me"
(1952)

"Half as Much" is an American pop standard written by Curley Williams in 1951. It was first recorded by country music singer Hank Williams in 1952 and reached #2 on the Billboard Country Singles chart.[1] The same year, Rosemary Clooney recorded a hit version for Top 40 markets and Alma Cogan in the United Kingdom. Since then the song has been recorded by a number of artists including Patsy Cline (1962), Ray Charles (1962), Eddy Arnold (1964), Sharon Redd (1967), Petula Clark (1974), Emmylou Harris (1992), Cake (1998), and Van Morrison (2006).

Alma Cogan with orchestra conducted by Frank Cordell recorded it in London on August 1, 1952. It was released by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalog number B-10338.

Alberto Semprini, piano with rhythm accompaniment recorded it as the second song of the medley "Dancing to the piano (No. 18) - Part 1" along with "Here in My Heart" and "Isle of Innisfree" in London on November 11, 1952. It was released by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalog number B 10385.

Chart performance[edit]

Hank Williams version[edit]

Year Chart Position
1952 Billboard Country Singles #2

Rosemary Clooney version[edit]

Year Chart Position
1952 Billboard Pop Singles #1
1952 UK Singles Chart #3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 387.