Hello Darlin' (song)

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"Hello Darlin'"
Single by Conway Twitty
from the album Hello Darlin'
B-side "Girl at the Bar"
Released March 23, 1970
Format 7"
Recorded November 18, 1969
Genre Country
Length 2:26
Label Decca 32661
Writer(s) Conway Twitty
Producer(s) Owen Bradley
Conway Twitty singles chronology
"That's When She Started to Stop Loving You"
(1970)
"Hello Darlin'"
(1970)
"Fifteen Years Ago"
(1970)

"Hello Darlin'" is the title of a song written and recorded by American country music artist Conway Twitty. It was released in March 1970 as the first single and title track from the album Hello Darlin. The song became Twitty's fourth No. 1 song on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart that summer. The song spent four weeks atop the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, and was named the No. 1 song of 1970. Aside from being Twitty's standard concert opener, the song became a country standard as well as his signature song. It was inspired as a ballad to his long time singing partner, Loretta Lynn, and often mentioned on performances when she was on stage with Conway.

Background and writing[edit]

During Twitty's lifetime, two songs became closely associated with him: "It's Only Make Believe" and "Hello Darlin'." The latter song would become the song Twitty used to open his concerts.

While recording the song in 1969, Twitty sang the opening lines, but for some reason it didn't work. Record producer Owen Bradley suggested speaking the lines: "Hello darlin', nice to see you." The result was a hook that made the song instantly recognizable to fans.[1]

Content[edit]

"Hello Darlin'" is about a man who runs into an old flame and, after acknowledging to her "You're just as lovely as you used to be," tries to put up his bravado by saying he's getting along fine without her, "except," he admits, "I can't sleep, and I cry all night 'til dawn." He then details his deep sorrow for his mistakes that led to the breakup of their relationship, then - after sharing an embrace "just for old time's sake" - bids her well. Before the two part, he says that if she would forgive him, he'll be waiting for her.

Cover versions[edit]

A cover version of "Hello Darlin'" was recorded in 1993 by George Jones as a track on his 1993 album, High Tech Redneck, and was considered to be part of Jones' tribute to Twitty (who had died earlier in the year). Jones also recorded a cover version in 1972.

Among the artists recording cover versions were Lynn Anderson, Bobby Bare, Wanda Jackson, Jason Molina, Roly Daniels, Daniel O'Donnell, Stu Phillips, Charlie Rich, and Charley Pride.[2]

In popular culture[edit]

A video clip of Twitty singing "Hello Darlin'" on the television show Hee Haw was used at the end of the Family Guy episode "Peter's Daughter."

"Privet Radost"[edit]

On July 17, 1975, "Hello Darlin'" was played and broadcast to a worldwide audience as part of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. Actually, it was a Russian language version of the song. Called "Privet Radost," the song — commissioned by the Apollo crew — was played by the American astronauts to Russian cosmonauts (of the Soyuz crew) as "a gesture of goodwill." Twitty worked with a language professor from the University of Oklahoma to record the phonetic Russian version of the song.[3]

"Privet Radost" - released as a special edition single in 1975, although it did not chart - is available on The Conway Twitty Collection box set.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1970) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 60
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification
(sales thresholds)
United States Gold [4]
Preceded by
"My Love"
by Sonny James
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

June 6-June 27, 1970
Succeeded by
"He Loves Me All the Way"
by Tammy Wynette
Preceded by
"My Life (Throw it Away If I Want To)"
by Bill Anderson
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single of the year

1970
Succeeded by
"Easy Loving"
by Freddie Hart

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oermann, Robert K. "The Conway Twitty Collection," liner notes (booklet included with The Conway Twitty Collection 4-disc set). MCA Special Products, 1994).
  2. ^ [1][dead link] "Hello Darlin'," Allmusic.
  3. ^ Oermann.
  4. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 

Sources[edit]

  • Whitburn, Joel, "Top Country Songs: 1944-2005," 2006.

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