Miss Donna Fargo

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Miss Donna Fargo
Studio album by Donna Fargo
Released 1974
Recorded February – April 1974
Genre Country, Country pop
Label Dot, ABC (UK)
Producer Stan Silver
Donna Fargo chronology
All About a Feeling
(1973)
Miss Donna Fargo
(1974)
Whatever I Say Means I Love You
(1975)
Singles from Miss Donna Fargo
  1. "You Can't Be a Beacon If Your Light Don't Shine"
    Released: May 1974
  2. "US of A"
    Released: October 1974
  3. "It Do Feel Good"
    Released: February 1975
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Miss Donna Fargo is the fourth studio album released by American country artist Donna Fargo. The album was released in 1974 on Dot Records (ABC Records in the UK) and was produced by Fargo's husband and manager Stan Silver. Unlike any of Fargo's previous releases, Miss Donna Fargo spawned three singles, all of which became Top 10 singles on the Billboard country chart, including "You Can't Be a Beacon If Your Light Don't Shine".

Background[edit]

Miss Donna Fargo was recorded at the Jack Clement Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. The first session took place in February 1974 and recorded the song, "You Can't Be a Beacon If Your Light Don't Shine". The album's other tracks were recorded during an unknown time between February and April 1974.[2] The album consisted of eleven tracks of material, mainly all written by Fargo herself. The tenth track entitled "Heartbreak Hotel" was a cover of the single by Elvis Presley. The opening track "US of A" referred to patriotism in the United States. The album was reviewed by Allmusic, which gave it three out of five stars, without a written review provided.[1] Miss Donna Fargo was originally released on an LP record. It contained six songs on the "A" side of the album and five songs on the "B" side of the album. It has never been reissued on a compact disc since its original 1974 release.[3]

Release[edit]

The first track on the album "You Can't Be a Beacon If Your Light Don't Shine" was released in May 1974 as the album's lead single. The song became Fargo's first #1 single on the Billboard Magazine Hot Country Singles chart since 1972, while also peaking at #57 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #14 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.[4] On the Canadian RPM Country Singles chart, the song also reached #1, while also peaking at #41 on the RPM Top Singles Chart, and #15 on the RPM Adult Contemporary Singles chart.[5] "US of A" was released as the album's second single in October 1974, peaking at #9 on the Billboard Magazine Hot Country Singles chart and #86 on the Billboard Hot 100. The third and final single spawned from the album was "It Do Feel Good" in February 1974, which peaked at #7 on the Billboard country chart and #98 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[4] Both singles did not enter any Canadian chart lists. Miss Donna Fargo was officially released in 1974, and peaked at #4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, becoming Fargo's final studio release to chart in the Top 10.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "You Can't Be a Beacon If Your Light Don't Shine" (M. Cooper) – 3:15
  2. "U.S. of A." ( Donna Fargo) – 3:40
  3. "If You're Somewhere Listening" (Donna Fargo) – 2:46
  4. "Words" (Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb/Maurice Gibb) – 3:02
  5. "Go Straight to Her" (Donna Fargo) – 2:52
  6. "It Do Feel Good" (Donna Fargo) – 2:35
Side two
  1. "Honeychild" (Donna Fargo) – 3:10
  2. "Only the Strong" (Donna Fargo) – 2:56
  3. "A Woman's Prayer" (Donna Fargo) – 2:32
  4. "Send Me Home" (Donna Fargo) – 2:00
  5. "Heartbreak Hotel" (Axton/Durden/Presley) – 3:34

Sales chart positions[edit]

Album
Chart (1974) Peak
position
U.S. Top Country Albums[6] 4
Singles
Year Song Peak chart positions
US Country
[4]
US
[4]
US AC
[4]
CAN Country
[5]
CAN
[5]
CAN AC
[5]
1974 "You Can't Be a Beacon If Your Light Don't Shine" 1 57 14 1 41 15
"U.S. of A." 9 86
1975 "It Do Feel Good" 7 98
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Miss Donna Fargo > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Donna Fargo session discography". Praguefrank's Country Music Discographies. Retrieved 29 March 2010. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Donna Fargo - Miss Donna Fargo". Discogs.com. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Billboard chart positions > singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Search results for "Donna Fargo"". RPM. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Miss Donna Fargo charts and awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 29 March 2010.