Fifteen Years Ago

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"Fifteen Years Ago"
Single by Conway Twitty
from the album Fifteen Years Ago
B-side "Up Comes the Bottle"
Released September 1970
Recorded April 2, 1970
Bradley's Barn, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee
Genre Country
Length 3:10
Label Decca
Songwriter(s) Raymond Smith
Producer(s) Owen Bradley
Conway Twitty singles chronology
"Hello Darlin'"
"Fifteen Years Ago"
"What Am I Living For"
"Hello Darlin'"
"Fifteen Years Ago"
"What Am I Living For"

"Fifteen Years Ago" is a song written by Raymond Smith, and recorded by American country music artist Conway Twitty. It was released in September 1970 as the first single and title track from the album Fifteen Years Ago. The song was Twitty's fifth number one on the U.S. country singles chart. The single stayed at number one for a single week and spent a total of 16 weeks on the chart.[1]


The song is about a man who still thinks about a former girlfriend, with whom he had broken up 15 years earlier after a deep, emotional relationship. His memories of the past are triggered when he runs into an old friend who mentions the ex-girlfriend's name, and despite his best efforts to make his wife happy he is troubled by his persisting thoughts of the past relationship.


Covers and parodies[edit]

"Fifteen Years Ago" was also recorded by other country music artists including The Statler Brothers for their Bed of Rose's album in 1970.

In 1971, comedian Sheb Wooley, recording under his alias Ben Colder, recorded a parody of the song called "Fifteen Beers Ago."

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1970) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 81
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 360. 
  2. ^ The Conway Twitty Collection (Media notes). Conway Twitty. Universal City, California: MCA Records. MCAD4-11095. 
  3. ^ "Conway Twitty Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  4. ^ "Conway Twitty Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
Preceded by
"I Can't Believe That You've Stopped Loving Me"
by Charley Pride
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

November 21, 1970
Succeeded by
by Sonny James
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

December 12, 1970
Succeeded by
"Coal Miner's Daughter"
by Loretta Lynn