We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds
|"We Must Have Been Out Of Our Minds"|
|Single by George Jones and Melba Montgomery|
|Released||April 1963 (U.S.)|
|Label||United Artists 575|
"We Must Have Been Out Of Our Minds" is a song made famous as a duet by country music singers George Jones and Melba Montgomery. Originally released in 1963, the song became a Top 5 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and a country music standard.
About the song
Duets, featuring the voices of two top stars that usually perform as solo acts, have been a staple of country music since its beginnings, the pairings meeting with varying levels of success. The song "We Must Have Been Out Of Our Minds" paired, in the opinion of genre historian Bill Malone, "two top-flight, hard country singers." It also was "made distinctive by the interplay between the dobro and pedal steel guitar," and became "a modern classic of honky tonk music," continued Malone.
"We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds" was Montogmery's first national hit, and the most successful recording from the Jones-Montgomery duet pairing. The song reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in July 1963, and spent 23 weeks in the chart's top 40, one of the longer runs of any country single released during the 1960s.
The futures of Jones and Montgomery
The future fortunes of Jones and Montgomery would be markedly different:
- Jones — already a successful performer in country music with three No. 1 songs and 13 additional Top 10 hits in his nearly three dozen singles charted on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart — went on to enjoy greater success during the next 40-plus years. Jones' career included several duet pairings, the most successful being with Tammy Wynette (to whom he was married from 1969 to 1975).
- Montgomery would continue charting through the late 1970s, including several duets with Jones, Gene Pitney and Charlie Louvin. However, just one song — 1974's "No Charge," an ode to motherhood — would be a major success; that song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart that May.
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||3|
- Malone, Bill, "Classic Country Music: A Smithsonian Collection" ((booklet included with Classic Country Music: A Smithsonian Collection 4-disc set). Smithsonian Institution, 1990).
- Whitburn, Joel, "Top Country Songs: 1944-2005," 2006.