The Race Is On

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"The Race Is On"
Single by George Jones
from the album The Race Is On
Released 1964
Genre Country
Length 2:05
Label United Artists
Writer(s) George Jones
Don Rollins
Producer(s) Pappy Daily
George Jones singles chronology
"Where Does a Little Tear Come From"
"The Race Is On"
"Least of All"
"The Race Is On"
Single by Jack Jones
B-side "I Can't Believe I'm Losing You"
Released 1965
Format 7" (45 rpm)
Genre Easy listening
Label Kapp 651
"The Race Is On"
Single by Dave Edmunds
from the album Twangin...
Released 1981
Recorded 1981
Genre Rock
Length 2:04
Label Swan Song
Producer(s) Dave Edmunds
Dave Edmunds singles chronology
"Almost Saturday Night"
"The Race Is On"
"Slipping Away"
"The Race Is On"
Single by Sawyer Brown
from the album The Boys Are Back
Released 1989
Recorded 1989
Genre Country
Label Capitol/Curb
Producer(s) Mark Miller
Randy Scruggs
Sawyer Brown singles chronology
"Old Pair of Shoes"
"The Race Is On"
"Did It for Love"

"The Race Is On" is a song written by country music artist George Jones and Don Rollins[1] and made a hit by George Jones. It was the first single released from his 1965 album of the same name. Released as a single in late 1964, it peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and at number 96 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1965.

Notable cover versions[edit]

Also in 1965, singer Jack Jones (no relation to George Jones) released a pop/easy listening version of the song. This version of the song reached #15 on the Billboard Hot 100[2] and spent a week atop the Billboard adult contemporary chart[3] in April 1965. Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song for their 1965 album Chipmunks à Go-Go.

The Grateful Dead covered the song on their 1981 live album, Reckoning. Rockabilly artist Dave Edmunds, in collaboration with the Stray Cats, whose debut album Edmunds had recently produced, recorded a version for his 1981 album, Twangin.... Released as a single, it peaked at number 34 on the UK charts, but failed to chart in the US.

"The Race Is On" returned to the country charts in 1989 when country music band Sawyer Brown covered it and released it as the lead single from their album The Boys Are Back. It peaked at number five in the United States and number three in Canada. The music video was directed by John Lloyd Miller and features Sawyer Brown on their concert tour.

Chart positions[edit]

George Jones version[edit]

Chart (1965) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 96

Jack Jones version[edit]

Chart (1965) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 15
U.S. Billboard Middle-Road Singles 1

Dave Edmunds version[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
UK Singles Chart 34

Sawyer Brown version[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 5
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 3

See also[edit]


  1. ^ BMI: The Race is On
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 331.
  3. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications), page 33.

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