Drive South

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"Drive South"
Single by The Forester Sisters with The Bellamy Brothers
from the album Come Hold Me
B-side "You Can't Have a Good Time Without Me"[1]
Released April 14, 1990
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 4:02
Label Warner Bros. 19874
Writer(s) John Hiatt
Producer(s) Wendy Waldman
The Forester Sisters chronology
"Leave It Alone"
(1989)
"Drive South"
(1990)
"Nothing's Gonna Bother Me Tonight"
(1990)

"Drive South" is a song written by John Hiatt, and recorded by him on his 1988 album Slow Turning.[2] The song was later recorded by Kelly Willis on her 1990 debut album, Well Travelled Love. Neither versions were released as singles.

The Forester Sisters version[edit]

In 1990, The Forester Sisters recorded the song with guest vocals from The Bellamy Brothers. This version appeared on the Forester Sisters' album Come Hold Me.[1] It charted on both the Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts in the United States and the RPM Country Tracks charts in Canada.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 60
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 63

Suzy Bogguss version[edit]

"Drive South"
Bogguss - Drive South cd single.png
Single by Suzy Bogguss
from the album Voices in the Wind
B-side "In the Day"[5]
Released December 5, 1992
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:10
Label Liberty 56786
Writer(s) John Hiatt
Producer(s) Suzy Bogguss
Jimmy Bowen
Suzy Bogguss singles chronology
"Letting Go"
(1992)
"Drive South"
(1992)
"Heartache"
(1993)

In 1992, Suzy Bogguss recorded the song for her album Voices in the Wind, her first release on Liberty Records. The song served as the first single release from the album. It was Bogguss's highest-peaking single, reaching number 2 on the country music charts in early 1993.[5] Bogguss's version also had a music video, directed by Deaton-Flanigen Productions.[6]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1992–1993) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[7] 4
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[9] 76
US Country Songs (Billboard)[10] 49

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 47. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Deming, Mark. "Slow Turning review". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 1245." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. May 26, 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  4. ^ "The Forester Sisters – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for The Forester Sisters.
  5. ^ a b Whitburn, pp. 53-54
  6. ^ ""Drive South" video". CMT. Retrieved 17 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 1770." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. March 13, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  8. ^ "Suzy Bogguss – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Suzy Bogguss.
  9. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1993". RPM. December 18, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Best of 1993: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013.