It's Four in the Morning

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"It's Four in the Morning"
Single by Faron Young
from the album It's Four in the Morning
B-side "It's Not the Miles"
Released November 1971 (U.S.)
Format 7"
Recorded 1971
Genre Country
Label Mercury Records 73250
Writer(s) Jerry Chesnut
Producer(s) Jerry Kennedy
Faron Young singles chronology
"Leaving and Saying Goodbye
(1971)
"It's Four in the Morning"
(1971)
"This Little Girl of Mine"
(1972)

"It's Four in the Morning" (also known as "Four in the Morning") is a song made famous by the country music singer, Faron Young. Originally released in 1971, the song became his first No. 1 hit single on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart since 1961's "Hello Walls."[1] The song was written by Jerry Chesnut.[1]

The song was the title track to his 1971 album and became one of his best-known hits. It was also a major smash in the UK, somewhat rare for a country song, peaking at No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart in July 1972.[1]

Its pop-crossover impact at home was far more minor, barely scraping the bottom of the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 92. It sold over 500,000 copies in the UK, and 750,000 in North America by early 1973, earning Young a gold disc awarded by the RIAA.[1]

"It's Four in the Morning" has also sealed a place in country music history. A live performance video clip of Young singing the song was the first music video to air on CMT when the cable television channel first launched on March 5, 1983 as CMTV.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1972) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 92
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
U.K. Singles Chart 3
Irish Singles Chart 4

Cover versions[edit]

The song was covered by Tom Jones on his 1985 album Tender Loving Care. His version peaked at number 36 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1986.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 114. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Hot Country Songs 1944–2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 175. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8. 

References[edit]

  • Roland, Tom, "The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits" (Billboard Books, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 1991, p. 63f (ISBN 0-82-307553-2).
  • Whitburn, Joel, "Top Country Songs: 1944-2005," 2006.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"One's on the Way"
by Loretta Lynn
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

February 19-February 26, 1972
Succeeded by
"Bedtime Story"
by Tammy Wynette
Preceded by
"Bedtime Story"
by Tammy Wynette
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

February 26, 1972
Succeeded by
"Cotton Jenny"
by Anne Murray