Some Gave All

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Some Gave All
Studio album by Billy Ray Cyrus
Released May 19, 1992 (1992-05-19)
Recorded 1989-1991
Genre Country
Length 35:42
Label Mercury
Producer Joe Scaife, Jim Cotton
Billy Ray Cyrus chronology
Some Gave All
(1992)
It Won't Be the Last
(1993)
Singles from Some Gave All
  1. "Achy Breaky Heart"
    Released: March 23, 1992
  2. "Could've Been Me"
    Released: July, 13, 1992
  3. "Wher'm I Gonna Live?"
    Released: October 17, 1992
  4. "She's Not Cryin' Anymore"
    Released: January 23, 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly D+[2]
Robert Christgau C+[3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[4]

Some Gave All is the debut album by American country music musician Billy Ray Cyrus. It was his first album for Mercury Records in 1992, and it produced four hit singles on the Billboard country charts. The first of these was Cyrus's breakthrough song "Achy Breaky Heart", which topped the charts in several countries. In the US it was a five-week number one on the Hot Country Songs chart, as well as a top 5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. It became the first single ever to achieve triple Platinum status in Australia and was the best-selling single of 1992 in the same country.[5][6] Thanks to the video of the song, there was an explosion of line dancing into the mainstream, becoming a craze.[7][8][9][10] This song was originally recorded as "Don't Tell My Heart" by The Marcy Brothers on their 1991 self-titled album.

"Could've Been Me", "Wher'm I Gonna Live?" and "She's Not Cryin' Anymore" were also released as singles, peaking at numbers 2, 23, and 6, respectively, on the country charts. The title track also reached number 52 based on unsolicited airplay and Cyrus' cover of "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" charted only outside the United States.

Album success[edit]

Overall, the album is his most successful album to date, which has been certified 9× Multi-Platinum in the United States and is the longest time spent by a debut artist at number one on the Billboard 200 (17 consecutive weeks) and most consecutive chart-topping weeks in the SoundScan era.[11][12] It is the only album (from any genre) in the SoundScan era to log 17 consecutive weeks at number one and is also the top-ranking debut album by a country artist. It ranked 43 weeks in the top 10, a total topped by only one country album in history, Ropin' the Wind by Garth Brooks.[13] Some Gave All was also the first debut album to enter at the number 1 in the Billboard Country Albums chart.[14] The album has also sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling debut album of all time for a solo artist. Some Gave All was also the best-selling album of 1992 in the US with 4,832,000 copies.[15][16]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Could've Been Me"   Monty Powell, Reed Nielsen 3:44
2. "Achy Breaky Heart"   Don von Tress 3:23
3. "She's Not Cryin' Anymore"   Billy Ray Cyrus, Buddy Cannon, Terry Shelton 3:25
4. "Wher'm I Gonna Live?"   B.R. Cyrus, Cindy Cyrus 3:29
5. "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"   Lee Hazlewood 2:47
6. "Someday, Somewhere, Somehow"   B.R.Cyrus 3:47
7. "Never Thought I'd Fall in Love with You"   Jim McKnight, Mike Murphy 3:41
8. "Ain't No Good Goodbye"   Barton Stevens, B.R. Cyrus, Kevin White 3:22
9. "I'm So Miserable"   B.R. Cyrus, Corky Holbrook 3:59
10. "Some Gave All"   B.R. Cyrus, C. Cyrus 4:05

Chart performance[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country
[33]
US
[33]
CAN Country CAN
[34][35]
AUS
[36]
GER
[37]
IRE
[38]
NL
[39]
NZ
[40]
UK
[41]
1992 "Achy Breaky Heart" 1 4 1 4 1 62 2 23 1 3
"Could've Been Me" 2 72 1 72 43 59 15 28 7 24
"Wher'm I Gonna Live?" 23 16
"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" 27 42 63
1993 "She's Not Cryin' Anymore" 6 70 3
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country
[33]
CAN Country
1992 "Some Gave All" 52 86

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Co-producers: Joe Scaife, Jim Cotton
  • Assistant engineers: Grahame Snith, Clyde Carr
  • Mixing: Jim Cotton, Joe Scaife
  • Mastering: Hank Williams
  • Art direction: Virginia Team
  • Design: Jerry Joyner
  • Photography: Peter Nash
  • Make-up: Mary Beth Felts
  • Executive art direction: Kim Markovchick

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ Robert Christgau review
  4. ^ Rolling Stone review
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  7. ^ "Line dancing refuses to go out of style". Star-News. 1992-10-30. Retrieved 2010-08-12. 
  8. ^ "Stepping to country fun". The Gazette (Cedar Rapids-Iowa City). 1993-04-17. Retrieved 2010-08-12. 
  9. ^ "Cyrus sets off dance craze". The Daily Courier. 1994-07-25. Retrieved 2010-08-12. [dead link]
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  35. ^ "Issue date October 31, 1992". RPM. 1992-10-31. Retrieved 2010-08-01. 
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Preceded by
Totally Krossed Out by Kris Kross
Billboard 200 number-one album
June 13 – October 9, 1992
Succeeded by
The Chase by Garth Brooks
Preceded by
Jesus Christ Superstar by 1992 Australian Cast
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
October 11–24, 1992
Succeeded by
Love Symbol by Prince and The New Power Generation
Preceded by
Ropin' the Wind by Garth Brooks
The Chase by Garth Brooks
Top Country Albums number-one album
June 6 – October 9, 1992
January 30 – May 21, 1993
Succeeded by
The Chase by Garth Brooks
It's Your Call by Reba McEntire
Preceded by
Wynonna by Wynonna
The Chase by Garth Brooks
Pure Country by George Strait
This Time by Dwight Yoakam
RPM Country Albums number-one album
June 20 – October 9, 1992
November 7–27, 1992
January 16 – February 26, 1993
May 15–28, 1993
Succeeded by
More Country Heat by Various Artists
The Chase by Garth Brooks
Big Iron Horses by Restless Heart
Fare Thee Well Love by The Rankin Family
Preceded by
Ropin' the Wind by Garth Brooks
Top Country Albums number-one album of the year
1993
Succeeded by
Not a Moment Too Soon by Tim McGraw
Preceded by
none
RPM Country Albums number-one album of the year
1993
Succeeded by
Kickin' It Up by John Michael Montgomery