It's Such a Pretty World Today

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"It's Such a Pretty World Today"
Single by Wynn Stewart
from the album It's Such a Pretty World Today
B-side "Ol' What's Her Name"
Released January 1967
Genre Country
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Dale Noe
Producer(s) Marvin Hughes
Ken Nelson
Wynn Stewart singles chronology
"I Keep Forgettin' That I Forgot About You"
(1965)
"It's Such a Pretty World Today"
(1967)
"'Cause I Have You"
(1967)
"It's Such a Pretty World Today"
Single by Andy Russell
Released 1967
Format 7" (45 rpm)
Genre Adult contemporary
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Dale Noe
Producer(s) Al de Lory

"It's Such a Pretty World Today" is the title of a popular song released in 1967. The song was written by songwriter Dale Noe.

The song was originally a country music single by singer Wynn Stewart. Although Stewart had previously hit the Top 40 on the Billboard US country chart with songs such as "Wishful Thinking" in 1960, "It's Such a Pretty World Today" would become his highest charting hit, peaking at No.1 on the country music chart for two weeks in the late spring of 1967. It was released as a single from his album of the same name that year.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1967) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1

Andy Russell version[edit]

That same year, Mexican-American singer Andy Russell recorded a cover version of the song. Russell had enjoyed quite a bit of popularity in the U.S. throughout the 1940s and 1950s, recording songs such as "Bésame Mucho" and co-starring in a short-lived daily musical show with his then-wife, Della, on ABC from 1950-1951.[1][2] After the couple divorced, Russell left the U.S. and attained great success in Mexico and Latin America as a singer, actor, and host of his own television show. He returned in the mid 1960s and tried resurrecting his singing career. Although his cover of "It's Such a Pretty World Today" failed to reach the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart (it "bubbled under", peaking at No. 119), it did spend one week at No. 1 on the adult contemporary chart, making the song the first to top the AC chart while not entering the pop chart.[3]

Other versions[edit]

Other artists who have recorded cover versions of the song include: Loretta Lynn, whose version appears on her 1967 album Singin' with Feelin'; Nancy Sinatra, who also recorded the song in 1967 and included it on her album Country, My Way; and Marie Osmond, whose version appears on her 1973 album Paper Roses. Sinatra's version of the song can be heard near the end of a second season episode of the AMC drama Breaking Bad.[4] Singer Mark Dinning reached #117 in the Record World Magazine charts.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Andy & Della Russell". imdb.com. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Andy & Della Russell "Who Shot The Hole In My Sombrero". youtube.com. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications), page 57.
  4. ^ Calendar nancysinatra.com. Retrieved 29 March 2009.
Preceded by
"Sam's Place"
by Buck Owens
Billboard Hot Country Singles number-one single
(Wynn Stewart version)

June 3-June 10, 1967
Succeeded by
"All the Time"
by Jack Greene
Preceded by
"Don't Sleep in the Subway"
by Petula Clark
Billboard Easy Listening Singles number-one single
(Andy Russell version)

August 5, 1967
Succeeded by
"In the Chapel in the Moonlight"
by Dean Martin