The Tip of My Fingers

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"The Tip of My Fingers"
Single by Bill Anderson
from the album Bill Anderson Sings Country Heart Songs
B-side "No Man's Land"[1]
Released 1960
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Length 2:55
Label Decca #31092[1]
Writer(s) Bill Anderson
Producer(s) Chet Atkins
Bill Anderson singles chronology
"Dead or Alive"
(1959)
"The Tip of My Fingers"
(1960)
"Walk Out Backwards"
(1960)

"The Tip of My Fingers," also titled "The Tips of My Fingers," is a song written and originally recorded by American country music singer Bill Anderson. First included on his 1962 album Bill Anderson Sings Country Heart Songs, the song was a Top Ten country single for him in 1960.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1960) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot C&W Sides 7

Roy Clark version[edit]

"The Tips of My Fingers"
Single by Roy Clark
from the album Roy Clark Sings The Tip of My Fingers
B-side "Spooky Movies"[2]
Released 1963
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Length ?
Label Capitol #4956
Writer(s) Bill Anderson
Producer(s) Ken Nelson[3]
Roy Clark singles chronology
"Talk About a Party"
(1962)
"The Tips of My Fingers"
(1963)
"Application for Love"
(1963)

In 1963, Roy Clark released a version from his album Roy Clark Sings The Tip of My Fingers, titled "The Tips of My Fingers." It was his first chart single, reaching number 10 on the country charts and number 45 on the pop charts.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1963) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 10
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 45


Eddy Arnold version[edit]

"The Tip of My Fingers"
Single by Eddy Arnold
from the album Somebody Like Me
B-side "Long, Long Friendship"[4]
Released 1966
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Length ?
Label RCA Victor #8869
Writer(s) Bill Anderson
Producer(s) ?
Eddy Arnold singles chronology
"The Last Word in Lonesome Is Me"
(1966)
"The Tip of My Fingers"
(1966)
"Somebody Like Me"
(1966)

Eddy Arnold recorded the song in 1966 on his album Somebody Like Me. It was the first single from that album, reaching number 3 on the country charts.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1966) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 43
U.S. Billboard Easy Listening 8
Canadian RPM Top Singles 57


Jean Shepard version[edit]

"The Tip of My Fingers"
Single by Jean Shepard
from the album Poor Sweet Baby (And Ten Other Bill Anderson Songs)
B-side "Bright Lights and Country Music"[5]
Released 1975
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Length ?
Label United Artists #591
Writer(s) Bill Anderson
Producer(s) Larry Butler
Jean Shepard singles chronology
"Poor Sweet Baby"
(1975)
"The Tip of My Fingers"
(1975)
"I'm a Believer (In a Whole Lot of Lovin')"
(1975)

In 1975, Jean Shepard released a rendition of the song as well. Her version was included on Poor Sweet Baby (And Ten Other Bill Anderson Songs), an album comprising cover versions of Anderson's work.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1975) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 16
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 25


Anita Perras version[edit]

"The Tip of My Fingers"
Single by Anita Perras
from the album Touch My Heart
Released 1989
Genre Country
Length 2:48
Label Savannah #9834
Writer(s) Bill Anderson
Producer(s) Mike Francis
Anita Perras singles chronology
"Hello Again"
(1989)
"The Tip of My Fingers"
(1989)
"Touch My Heart"
(1989)

Canadian country music singer Anita Perras covered the song on her 1989 album Touch My Heart. Her version was released as a single and peaked at number 9 on the RPM Country Tracks chart.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 9

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[7] 45


Steve Wariner version[edit]

"The Tips of My Fingers"
Single by Steve Wariner
from the album I Am Ready
B-side "When Will I Let Go"[8]
Released 1992
Format Airplay, 7" single
Genre Country
Length 3:39
Label Arista Nashville #12393
Writer(s) Bill Anderson
Producer(s) Scott Hendricks
Tim DuBois
Steve Wariner singles chronology
"Leave Him Out of This"
(1991)
"The Tips of My Fingers"
(1992)
"A Woman Loves"
(1992)

The most recently charted cover version was by Steve Wariner, on his 1991 album I Am Ready. It was his twenty-fourth Top Ten country hit, also peaking at number 3. Wariner's rendition was also titled "The Tips of My Fingers."

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[9] 19
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[10] 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[11] 54


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 24. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, p. 94
  3. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Roy-Clark-The-Tip-Of-My-Fingers/release/3290043
  4. ^ Whitburn, p. 32
  5. ^ Whitburn, p. 379
  6. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 6559." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. October 23, 1989. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
  7. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1989". RPM. December 23, 1989. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ Whitburn, p. 448
  9. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2114." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. May 2, 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  10. ^ "Steve Wariner Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Steve Wariner.
  11. ^ "Best of 1992: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013.