If We Make It Through December (album)

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If We Make It Through December
Studio album by Merle Haggard
Released February 1974
Recorded April 1971, November 1971, September 1972, January and July 1973 at Columbia Recording Studio, Nashville, TN
Genre Country
Label Capitol
Producer Ken Nelson, Fuzzy Owen
Merle Haggard chronology
Merle Haggard's Christmas Present
(1973)
If We Make It Through December
(1974)
Merle Haggard Presents His 30th Album
(1974)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (B)[2]

If We Make It Through December is an album by American country singer Merle Haggard, released in 1974.[3] The title track was previously released on Haggard's Christmas release of 1973, A Christmas Present.

The single spent four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart in December 1973 and January 1974, and cracked the Top 30 of the Billboard Hot 100. "If We Make It Through December" was the No. 2 song of the year on Billboard's Hot Country Singles 1974 year-end chart. [1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "If We Make It Through December" (Merle Haggard) – 2:42
  2. "Love and Honor" (Haggard) – 2:48
  3. "To Each His Own" (Jay Livingston, Ray Evans) – 2:35
  4. "You're the Only Girl in the Game" (Hank Cochran, Glenn Martin) – 2:55
  5. "I'm an Old Old Man Tryin' to Live While I Can" (Lefty Frizzell) – 2:34
  6. "Come on into My Arms" (Marcia Nichols) – 2:48
  7. "Better Off When I Was Hungry" (Dave Kirby) – 2:24
  8. "I'll Break Out Again Tonight" (Arthur Leo Owens, Sanger D. Shafer) – 2:50
  9. "This Cold War With You" (Floyd Tillman) – 2:54
  10. "Uncle Lem" (Glenn Martin) – 2:54
  11. "There's Just One Way" (Merle Haggard, Kenny Seratt) – 2:49

Personnel[edit]

  • Merle Haggard – vocals, guitar
  • Roy Nichols – guitar, harmonica
  • Tommy Collins – guitar
  • Bobby Wayne – guitar
  • Dave Kirby – guitar
  • Marcy Nichols – guitar
  • Ronnie Reno – guitar
  • Norman Hamlet – pedal steel guitar, dobro
  • Dennis Hromek – bass
  • Joe Zinkan – bass
  • Johnny Meeks – bass
  • Biff Adam – drums
  • Johnny Gimble – fiddle
  • Bill Woods – fiddle
  • Hargus "Pig" Robbins – piano, organ
  • Billy Liebert – piano
  • Mark Yeary – piano
  • Bill Puett – horns

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1974 Billboard Country albums 4
1974 Billboard Pop albums 190

References[edit]