How I Got to Memphis

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"How I Got to Memphis"
Single by Bobby Bare
from the album This Is Bare Country
B-side "It's Freezing in El Paso"[1]
Released August 1970
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Length 2:31
Label Mercury
Writer(s) Tom T. Hall
Producer(s) Jerry Kennedy
Bobby Bare singles chronology
"Your Husband, My Wife"
"How I Got to Memphis"
"Come Sundown"

"How I Got to Memphis" is the shortened title used by American country music singer Bobby Bare, of a song whose full title is: "That's How I Got to Memphis" written by Tom T. Hall and which appears on his 1969 album: 'Ballad Of Forty Dollars & His Other Great Songs'. Bobby Bare's album This Is Bare Country was released in August 1970 and this track was taken from it as a single. Other performers of this song use the full title: That's How I Got to Memphis.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

An uncredited review in Billboard called the song "potent Tom T. Hall material, delivered in one of Bare's finest performances."[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Bobby Bare's version spent 16 weeks on the Hot Country Songs charts, peaking at number 3.[1]

Chart (1970) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 3
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 22

Deryl Dodd version[edit]

"That's How I Got to Memphis"
Single by Deryl Dodd
from the album One Ride in Vegas
Released November 9, 1996
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:14
Label Columbia
Producer(s) Blake Chancey, Chip Young
Deryl Dodd singles chronology
"Friends Don't Drive Friends…"
"That's How I Got to Memphis"
"Movin' Out to the Country"

In late 1996, Deryl Dodd covered the song for his debut album One Ride in Vegas. The song was the album's second single. In place of a b-side, the single release contained album snippets.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Don Yates of Country Standard Time called Dodd's version of the song "impassioned".[5]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Marc Ball and premiered in 1996.

Chart performance[edit]

Dodd's version charted on Hot Country Songs for 20 weeks, peaking at number 36 in early 1997.[4]

Chart (1996–97) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 38
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 36

Other versions[edit]

Bill Haley And The Comets covered the song as a single in 1969 on United Artists.

Lee Hazlewood covered the song on his 1976 Album "20th Century Lee".[8]

Eddy Mitchell covered the song in 1976.

Rosanne Cash covered the song on her 1982 album Somewhere in the Stars.

Buddy Miller covered the song on his 1995 album Your Love and Other Lies.

Solomon Burke covered the song on his 2006 album Nashville.

Joe Pernice covered the song on his 2009 album It Feels So Good When I Stop

Natural Child covered the song on their 2012 album For the Love of the Game

The Avett Brothers covered the song in the 2013 concert film Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis

Jeff Daniels and John Gallagher, Jr. performed the song in the series finale of The Newsroom, titled "What Kind of Day Has It Been."

Whitey Morgan and the 78's cover this song on their 2015 album, Sonic Ranch.


  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 42–43. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ "Album reviews". Billboard: 20. August 8, 1970. 
  3. ^ "Singles". Billboard: 72. July 18, 1970. 
  4. ^ a b Whitburn, pp. 127-28
  5. ^ Yates, Don. "One Ride in Vegas review". Country Standard Time. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 9897." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. March 3, 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  7. ^ "Deryl Dodd Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Deryl Dodd.
  8. ^ Discogs  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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