Mountain of Love

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"Mountain of Love"
Single by Harold Dorman
B-side "To Be with You"
Released 1960
Recorded 1959
Genre Rock and roll
Label Rita Records
Writer(s) Harold Dorman
"Mountain of Love"
Single by Johnny Rivers
from the album In Action
Released 1964 (1964)
Label Imperial
Writer(s) Harold Dorman
"Mountain of Love"
Single by Charley Pride
from the album Everybody's Choice
Released 1981
Genre Country
Label RCA
Producer(s) Norro Wilson
Charley Pride singles chronology
"Never Been So Loved (In All My Life)"
(1981)
"Mountain of Love"
(1981)
"I Don't Think She's in Love Anymore"
(1982)

"Mountain of Love" is a song written by Harold Dorman (also known as Harold Kenneth Dorman). Dorman released his version as a single in 1960. It was originally recorded in late 1959 at the Royal Recording Studios in Memphis before the backing vocals (and strings, much later) were overdubbed. It performed well, becoming his only top forty hit on the Billboard Hot 100. It was the highest charting single of his career.

In 1964, Johnny Rivers released his remake as a single. This version also proved popular, charting at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] In 1968, singer Ronnie Dove had a minor hit when he released his version as the B-side of a single on Diamond Records.

Other artists to record the song include The Beach Boys (on their 1965 album Beach Boys' Party!), Tommy Cash, Narvel Felts, and Jerry Lawson and Talk of the Town (on their 2007 album Jerry Lawson Talk of the Town. Bobby G. Rice took a rendition to #20 on the country music charts in 1971.[2] A cover by Molly & the Heymakers peaked at number 79 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada in 1992.[3] Bruce Springsteen has covered the song live twelve times since 1975.[4]

Charley Pride version[edit]

In December 1981, Charley Pride released a cover version, which topped the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in March 1982.[5] Charley Pride's version of "Mountain of Love" became his twenty-sixth number one on the country chart. Both Pride and Dorman are natives of Sledge, Mississippi.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1981-1982) Peak
position
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
New Zealand Singles Chart 41
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
Preceded by
"Blue Moon with Heartache"
by Rosanne Cash
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

March 20, 1982
Succeeded by
"She Left Love All Over Me"
by Razzy Bailey
Preceded by
"Shine"
by Waylon Jennings
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

March 27, 1982
Succeeded by
"Bobbie Sue"
by The Oak Ridge Boys

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 531. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 349. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  3. ^ "RPM Country Tracks". RPM. April 18, 1992. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Mountain Of Love", Brucebase
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 277.