|Single by David Houston|
|from the album Almost Persuaded|
|B-side||"We Got Love"|
|Released||June 1966 (U.S.)|
|David Houston singles chronology|
"Almost Persuaded" is a song written by Glenn Sutton and Muscle Shoals songwriter Billy Sherrill and first recorded by David Houston in 1966. It is not to be confused with the Christian hymn of the same name.
The song is about a married man who, while patronizing a tavern, sees a beautiful young woman and is instantly smitten. Forgetting that he is married, he nearly succumbs to temptation. However, when the two share a slow dance on the floor, he sees the reflection of his wedding band in her eyes and, remembering his vows to his wife, leaves.
"Almost Persuaded" spent nine weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart starting in August 1966 and has since gone on to become a country standard. The song was also a moderate pop hit, reaching twenty-four on the Billboard pop chart and was David Houston's only top 40 entry on the pop charts.
For 46 years and two months, no No. 1 song matched the chart-topping longevity of "Almost Persuaded," until Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" notched its ninth week atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart the week of December 15, 2012. Swift would surpass Houston with the January 12, 2013, chart, when the song returned to No. 1 for a 10th non-consecutive week (after having fallen back to No. 2 for three weeks). Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" quickly overtook Swift and stayed at No. 1 for 24 weeks, now the all-time record on that chart.
The song won a Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording of 1966.
Some cover versions of this song include:
- Crispian St. Peters released a cover of the song on his 1966 album, Follow Me. It reached #52 on the UK Singles Chart in 1967.
- The Statler Brothers in 1966.
- George Jones
- Merle Haggard in 1986.
- Tammy Wynette in 1967, who coincidentally would go on to record a number of duets with Houston.
- Patti Page in 1966.
- Charlie Rich in 1974.
- Tanya Tucker in 1977.
- Hank Williams, Jr. in 1990.
- Tennessee Ernie Ford
- Lefty Frizzell
- Bill Haley
- Etta James
- Sheb Wooley as a parody titled "Almost Persuaded No. 2", credited to Ben Colder
- Louis Armstrong
- Country Teasers
- Beth Rowley
- Faron Young, appearing on numerous Faron Young greatest hits compilations and various artist compilations.
- Hootenanny Singers made a Swedish version "Början till slutet" in 1967. Swedish lyrics by Stig Anderson aka Stikkan Anderson
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||24|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||45|
|U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100||13|
|U.S. Adult Contemporary||20|
Ben Colder ("Almost Persuaded No. 2")
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||6|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||58|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||53|
|U.S. Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles||32|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||79|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||71|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||58|
|Canadian RPM Top Country Singles||54|
- "ALMOST PERSUADED at the Cyber Hymnal". Retrieved 2010-02-16.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 162.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 293.
- Crispian St. Peters, "Almost Persuaded" chart position Retrieved June 18, 2015.
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