The Grand Tour (song)

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"The Grand Tour"
Single by George Jones
from the album The Grand Tour
Released May 1974 (U.S.)
Format 7"
Recorded January 22, 1974
Genre Country
Length 3:06
Label Epic 33352
Writer(s) Norro Wilson, Carmol Taylor, George Richey
Producer(s) Billy Sherrill
George Jones singles chronology
"Once You've Had the Best"
(1973)
"The Grand Tour"
(1974)
"The Door"
(1974)

"The Grand Tour" is a song made famous by country music singer George Jones. Originally released in 1974, the song was the title track to his album released that year.

The song became Jones' sixth No. 1 song (fifth if only solo entries are considered) on Billboard magazine's Hot Country Singles chart in August 1974, and was the fourth-biggest hit of the year.[1]

About the song[edit]

The song is widely hailed as one of the finest performances in country music history. Genre historian Bill Malone, in his liner notes for Classic Country Music: A Smithsonian Collection, called it a "perfect matching of lyrics and performance" and "one of the great modern songs of divorce."

Throughout the song, the lyrics mix the singer's tour of a home that once held many personal, private and happy memories ("Step right up, come on in ...") with foreshadowing to set the final stop on the stroll - one of the nursery, where the singer's wife "left me without mercy, taking nothing but our baby and my heart." Prior to the clinching end scene, the singer stops at various pieces of furniture, such as an easy chair and their marital bed, to reflect on fond memories of better times.

Malone wrote that "the graphic imagery permits the listener to see both the inside of the abandoned home where love has died and the interior of the narrator's mind."

Songwriter Norro Wilson reflected on the success of "The Grand Tour" in "The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits": "As I recall, when George cut that song, it was the most talked-about record he'd had in an awfully long time ... 'The Grand Tour' is one of my proudest moments."

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1974) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2

Aaron Neville version[edit]

In 1993, soul music singer Aaron Neville recorded a cover version of "The Grand Tour". This cover reached No. 38 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, and No. 90 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also Neville's first appearance on the country music charts.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[2] 58
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 90
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 38

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "RPM Country Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. October 23, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  3. ^ "Aaron Neville Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Aaron Neville.
  4. ^ "Aaron Neville Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Aaron Neville.
Preceded by
"Old Man from the Mountain"
by Merle Haggard and The Strangers
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

August 31, 1974
Succeeded by
"Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends"
by Ronnie Milsap