I Never Knew (What That Song Meant Before)

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I Never Knew (What That Song Meant Before)
Studio album by Connie Smith
Released August 1974
Recorded 1974
Columbia Recording Studio
(Nashville, TN)
Genre Country
Label Columbia
Producer Ray Baker
Connie Smith chronology
That's the Way Love Goes
(1974)
I Never Knew (What That Song Meant Before)
(1974)
I Got a Lot of Hurtin' Done Today/I've Got My Baby On My Mind
(1975)
Singles from I Never Knew (What That Song Meant Before)
  1. "I Never Knew (What That Song Meant Before)"
    Released: June 1974

I Never Knew (What That Song Meant Before) is the twenty fourth studio album by American country music artist, Connie Smith. The album was released in August 1974 on Columbia Records and was produced by Ray Baker. The title track became the album's lead single.

Background[edit]

I Never Knew (What That Song Meant Before) contained eleven tracks (as did her past three albums for the Columbia label), including cover versions of Harlan Howard's "The Key's in the Mailbox" and Tom T. Hall's "Never Having You."[1] The album was recorded at the Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee in 1974 and was her second and final album that was released that year. The album was issued on a 12-inch LP album, with six songs on the first side of the record and five songs on the other side of the record. The album has not been reissued since its original release on vinyl under Columbia in 1974.[2]

Release[edit]

I Never Knew (What That Song Meant Before) spawned one single, the title track. Release in June 1974, the song (written by Sanger D. Shafer) became a major hit on the Country chart in the United States, reaching #13 on the Billboard Magazine Hot Country Songs chart. The album itself also charted. Released in August 1974, I Never Knew (What That Song Meant Before) peaked at #22 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, Smith's highest-charting album since 1973's God Is Abundant.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "I Never Knew (What That Song Meant Before)" – (Sanger D. Shafer)
  2. "Them Ole Rainy Lovesick Songs (Are Hittin' Home)" – (Dallas Frazier, Arthur Leo Owens)
  3. "I Just Had You on My Mind" – (Sue Richards)
  4. "I'll Still Be Missing You" – (Warner McPherson)
  5. "Because of Yesterday" – (Cleon Dewey, Levon Dewey)
  6. "I Wish We'd All Be Ready" – (Larry Norman)

Side two[edit]

  1. "Key's in the Mailbox" – (Harlan Howard)
  2. "Letting Go" – (Dave Kirby, Glenn Martin)
  3. "Never Having You" – (Tom T. Hall)
  4. "Did We Have to Come This Far (To Say Goodbye)" – (Frazier, Owens)
  5. "Is This All You Hear (When a Heart Breaks)" – (Charlie Williams)

Personnel[edit]

Sales chart positions[edit]

Album
Chart (1974) Peak
position
U.S. Top Country Albums 22
Singles
Year Song Chart positions
US Country
1974 "I Never Knew (What That Song Meant Before)" 13

References[edit]

  1. ^ "album overview". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  2. ^ "I Never Knew (What That Song Meant Before) by Connie Smith". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  3. ^ "Charts & awards". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-15.