The End of the World (Skeeter Davis song)

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"The End of the World"
Single by Skeeter Davis
from the album Skeeter Davis Sings The End of the World
B-side "Somebody Loves You", "Blueberry Hill"
Released 1962
Format 7" single
Recorded 1962
Genre Pop
Length 2:33
Label RCA
Writer(s) Arthur Kent, Sylvia Dee
Producer(s) Chet Atkins
Skeeter Davis singles chronology
"The Little Music Box"
(1962)
"The End of the World"
(1962)
"I'm Saving My Love"
(1963)

"The End of the World" is a pop music hit song recorded by Skeeter Davis that enjoyed international success in the 1960s.

Background[edit]

"The End of the World" was written by Arthur Kent and Sylvia Dee; the latter drew on her sorrow from her father's death.

Davis recorded her version on June 8, 1962 at the RCA Studios in Nashville, produced by Chet Atkins, and featuring Floyd Cramer.[1] Released by RCA Records in December 1962, "The End of the World" peaked in March 1963 at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 2 on the Billboard country singles,[2] No. 1 on Billboard's easy listening, and No. 4 on Billboard's rhythm and blues.[3] It is the first, and, to date, only time that a song cracked the Top 10 on all four Billboard charts.[citation needed]

Davis's recording of "The End of the World" was played at Atkins's funeral in an instrumental by Marty Stuart, and at Davis's own funeral at the Ryman Auditorium.

Davis's version has been featured in Girl, Interrupted, Riding In Cars With Boys, Daltry Calhoun, An American Affair, The Boat That Rocked, "The Grown-Ups" episode of Mad Men,[4] "Blue on Blue" episode of Under the Dome, and the opening credits of the BYU TV series Granite Flats.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1963) Peak
position
Australian Kent Music Report 32
U.K. Singles Chart[5] 18
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles 4
U.S. Billboard Easy Listening 1[6]

The Carpenters version[edit]

"The End of the World"
Single by The Carpenters
from the album Live in Japan
B-side "Sing" (live with the Kyoto Children's Choir)
Released March 5, 1975
Format Cassette
Recorded June 4–9, 1975
Genre Country
Length 2:04
Label A&M/King Records, Universal
Writer(s) Arthur Kent, Sylvia Dee
Producer(s) Richard Carpenter
The Carpenters singles chronology
"Only Yesterday"
(1975)
"The End of the World"
(1975)
"Solitaire"
(1976)

in 1975, American pop music duo Carpenters released a cover of "The End of the World" as a promotional single from their live album Live in Japan. It was recorded at the Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan.

Sonia version[edit]

"End of the World"
Single by Sonia
Released August 25, 1990
Format CD Single
7" Single
12" Single
Genre Pop
Length 3:36
Label Chrysalis
Writer Arthur Kent, Sylvia Dee
Producer Stock, Aitken & Waterman

In 1990, British singer Sonia covered "End of the World". The fifth and final single from her debut album, Everybody Knows, it reached number 18 in the UK,[7] the same chart position as the original.[5] The single's B-side "Can't Help The Way That I Feel" appeared on Sonia's debut album. This was her final single with Stock Aitken Waterman.

Formats and track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "End of the World"
  2. "Can't Help the Way That I Feel"
CD single and 12" vinyl single
  1. "End of the World"
  2. "Can't Help the Way That I Feel"
  3. "Counting Every Minute" (Tick Tock Remix)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
Position
UK Singles Chart 18
Irish Singles Chart 18

Other versions[edit]

A No. 2 hit in Sweden in September 1966 via a local cover by Mike Wallace & the Caretakers, "The End of the World" has also been remade by a number of other artists including Jessica Andersson, Anika (as a b-side to her single "Yang Yang" and on her album Anika), Eddy Arnold, Chie Ayado, Best Coast, Debby Boone, Brilliant, Carola (in Finnish as "Maailmain"), The Carpenters, Rivers Cuomo, Bobby Darin, Lana Del Rey, Barbara Dickson, Dion, Mary Duff, Allison Durbin, Exposé, Agnetha Fältskog, Rosie Flores, Emi Fujita, Girls, Nina Gordon, Herman's Hermits (as the B-side of "I'm Henry VIII, I Am"), Satoko Ishimine, Joni James, Brenda Lee, Lobo, Julie London, Claudine Longet, Loretta Lynn, Al Martino, Johnny Mathis, Anne Mattila (in Finnish as "Maailmain"), Imelda May, John Cougar Mellencamp, Anita Meyer, the Mills Brothers, Ronnie Milsap, Dorothy Moore, Mud, Anne Murray, Leigh Nash, Nomeansno, Patti Page, Helen Shapiro, Anne Shelton, Vonda Shepard, Nancy Sinatra, Sonia, The Tokens, Twiggy, Twinkle, The Vanguards, Bobby Vinton, Jeff Walker, Dottie West, and Lena Zavaroni. In 2009 Susan Boyle remade "The End of the World" for her debut album, I Dreamed a Dream.

A cover version by Allison Paige peaked at number 72 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in May 2000.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 10 - Tennessee Firebird: American country music before and after Elvis. [Part 2]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. Digital.library.unt.edu. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 180. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 147. 
  4. ^ Levinson, Paul (2009-11-02). "Mad Men 3.12: The End of the World". InfiniteRegress.tv. Retrieved 2009-11-02. 
  5. ^ a b Skeeter Davis UK chart history, The Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 73. 
  7. ^ Sonia UK chart history, The Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  8. ^ Bronson, Fred (May 13, 2000). "Country Is Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood". Billboard. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Rhythm of the Rain" by The Cascades
"Billboard" Middle-Road number-one single by
Skeeter Davis

March 16, 1963
(four weeks)
Succeeded by
"Can't Get Used to Losing You" by Andy Williams