Hello Darlin' (song)
|Single by Conway Twitty|
|from the album Hello Darlin'|
|B-side||"Girl at the Bar"|
|Released||March 23, 1970|
|Recorded||November 18, 1969|
|Conway Twitty singles chronology|
"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
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.
"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.
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.
In popular culture
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.
"Privet Radost" - released as a special edition single in 1975, although it did not chart - is available on The Conway Twitty Collection box set.
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||60|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||2|
|United States||Gold |
by Sonny James
|Billboard Hot Country Singles
June 6-June 27, 1970
"He Loves Me All the Way"
by Tammy Wynette
"My Life (Throw it Away If I Want To)"
by Bill Anderson
|Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single of the year
by Freddie Hart
- Whitburn, Joel, "Top Country Songs: 1944-2005," 2006.