Here's the Answer

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Here's the Answer
Studio album by Skeeter Davis
Released January 1961
Recorded May 13, 1960 – December 1960
Genre Country, Nashville Sound
Label RCA Victor
Producer Chet Atkins
Skeeter Davis chronology
I'll Sing You a Song and Harmonize Too
(1959)
Here's the Answer
(1961)
Porter Wagoner and Skeeter Davis Sing Duets
(1962)
Singles from Here's the Answer
  1. ""(I Can't Help You) I'm Falling Too""
    Released: July 1960
  2. ""My Last Date (With You)""
    Released: December 1960

Here's the Answer is the second studio album by American country artist Skeeter Davis. The album was released in January 1961 on RCA Victor Records and was produced by Chet Atkins. The album consisted of cover versions of hit singles by country artists and answer songs to the hits.

Background and content[edit]

Here's the Answer was recorded at the RCA Victor Studio in Nashville, Tennessee, United States in three sessions. The first session took place May 13, 1960, followed by a session October 11, and then ending in December of that year. Like Davis' previous release, she harmonized with herself on the recordings in order to give her voice and the production a fuller sound.[1] The album consisted of cover versions of major hit singles by country artists on the RCA Victor label, followed by Davis' answer song to the hit. It included the original versions of hits by artists such as Jim Reeves' "He'll Have to Go", Floyd Cramer's "Last Date", and Hank Locklin's "Please Help Me, I'm Falling". In response, Davis' sings the answer songs, "He'll Have to Stay", "My Last Date (With You)", and "(I Can't Help You) I'm Falling Too". Richie Unterberger of Allmusic called the concept behind the album to be "hokey". Unterberger explained that half of the album wasn't "Davis at all", but instead the original versions of the song by the original artists are included. Unterberger gave the release only two out of five stars, stating, "It gets really ridiculous when Davis sings an answer song ("My Last Date") to Floyd Cramer's instrumental hit "Last Date." Davis' songs are okay mainstream country/pop; a couple of them ("(I Can't Help You) I'm Falling Too" and "My Last Date") were even Top 40 pop hits. But alternating her tracks bang-bang with hits by various other male country stars makes for a rather herky-jerky listening experience."[2]

Here's the Answer was released as an LP record, and contained six songs on each side of the record.[3] The album was reissued on a compact disc in the mid 1990s and added the four additional bonus tracks Davis recorded as duets with Bobby Bare and Porter Wagoner in the 1960s; "A Little Bitty Tear" with Porter Wagoner, "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You" with Porter Wagoner, "A Dear John Letter" with Bobby Bare, and "We'll Sing in the Sunshine" with Bobby Bare.[2]

Release[edit]

Here's the Answer spawned two singles in 1960. The first single released was Davis' response to Hank Locklin's "Please Help Me, I'm Falling" called, "(I Can't Help You) I'm Falling Too". The single was released in July 1960 and peaked for three weeks at #2 on the Billboard Magazine Hot Country Songs chart and became her first single to cross over to the Billboard Hot 100, reaching #39. The second single was released in December 1960 called, "My Last Date (With You)". The song reached #5 on the Billboard Magazine Hot Country Songs, while also reaching the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961.[4] The songs became her second and third Top 10 hits as a solo artist. Here's the Answer was officially released in January 1961, but did chart any Billboard list.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
Track Song Title Writer(s) Artist Performing Length
1 "He'll Have to Go" Joe Allison, Audrey Allison Jim Reeves 2:22
2 "He'll Have to Stay" Allison, Allison, Charles Grean Skeeter Davis 2:25
3 "Last Date" Floyd Cramer Floyd Cramer 2:28
4 "My Last Date (With You)" Boudleaux Bryant, Cramer, Skeeter Davis Skeeter Davis 2:33
5 "Tell Laura I Love Her" Jeff Barry, Ben Raleigh Ray Peterson 2:58
6 "Tell Tommy I Miss Him" Barry, Raleigh Skeeter Davis 2:26
Side two
Track Song Title Writer(s) Artist Performing Length
7 "Please Help Me, I'm Falling" Hal Blair, Don Robertson Hank Locklin 2:23
8 "(I Can't Help You) I'm Falling Too" Blair, Robertson, Davis Skeeter Davis 2:25
9 "I Really Don't Want to Know" Howard Barnes, Robertson Eddy Arnold 2:47
10 "I Really Want You to Know" Barnes, Robertson, Davis Skeeter Davis 2:28
11 "Just One Time" Don Gibson Don Gibson 2:45
12 "I Want to See You Too (Just One Time)" Gibson, Davis Skeeter Davis 2:22
Bonus tracks on reissued version
Track Song Title Writer(s) Artist Performing Length
13 "A Little Bitty Tear" Hank Cochran Skeeter Davis and Porter Wagoner 2:07
14 "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You" Scotty Wiseman Skeeter Davis and Porter Wagoner 2:33
15 "A Dear John Letter" Billy Barton, Fuzzy Owen, Louis Talley Bobby Bare and Skeeter Davis 1:55
16 "We'll Sing in the Sunshine" Gale Garnett Bobby Bare and Skeeter Davis 2:21

Personnel[edit]

Sales chart positions[edit]

Singles
Year Song Peak chart positions[4]
US Country US
1960 "(I Can't Help You) I'm Falling Too" 2 39
"My Last Date (With You)" 5 26

References[edit]

  1. ^ Coyne, Kevin John (23 May 2008). "100 Greatest Women- Skeeter Davis (#44)". Country Universe. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Unterberger, Richie. "Here's the Answer > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Here's the Answer by Skeeter Davis". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Here's the Anser singles positions". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 February 2010.