For the Good Times (song)
|"For the Good Times"|
|Single by Bill Nash|
|"For the Good Times"|
|Single by Ray Price|
|from the album For the Good Times|
|B-side||"Grazin' in Greener Pastures"|
|Ray Price singles chronology|
"For the Good Times" is a song written by Kris Kristofferson that appeared on his debut album Kristofferson. He wrote the first verse and chorus in 1968 while driving from Nashville to the Gulf of Mexico; an early recording of the song was by Bill Nash on Smash Records.
In 1970 Ray Price recorded a version of the song which topped the US country music chart and was awarded "Song of the Year" by the Academy of Country Music. "For the Good Times" was Price's fifth #1 single and spent 19 weeks on the chart. "For the Good Times" crossed over onto the pop chart peaking at number eleven, becoming Ray Price's only release to hit the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. Originally Price's label, Columbia Records, released the song as the "B" side of the single, but switched to promoting "For the Good Times" after Wayne Newton recorded his own version of the tune. The flip side, "Grazin' in Greener Pastures," did receive credit on the country music chart. This version was featured in television commercials promoting ESPN's coverage of the 2014–15 College Football Playoff.
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||11|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||10|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||2|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||13|
|Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks||10|
|Australian Go-Set Charts||39|
The song has been recorded by many artists, including:
- Brian Kennedy on his 2008 album Interpretations
- Lynn Anderson on her 1970 album Rose Garden
- Anne Murray
- Aaron Neville
- Al Green
- Andy Abraham
- Bill Kenny
- Billy Walker
- Chet Atkins
- Colleen Hewett on her album, M'Lady (1974)
- Crystal Gayle
- Dean Martin
- Dolly Parton
- Elvis Presley on his albums Welcome to My World and As Recorded at Madison Square Garden
- Engelbert Humperdinck
- Frank Sinatra on his album Trilogy with Eileen Farrell
- Geraldine a Filipino Artist under Alpha Records recorded in 1971
- Isaac Hayes
- Jamey Johnson from disc two of his 2010 release The Guitar Song
- Jerry Lee Lewis on his 1972 albumWould You Take Another Chance on Me
- Joe Diffie
- Johnny Cash recorded a version released posthumously on his album American VI: Ain't No Grave
- Kenny Rogers
- The Little Willies
- Lloyd Cole with Jill Sobule
- Slim Cessna has performed the song at the end of every Slim Cessna's Auto Club set since the early 2000s
- Tennessee Ernie Ford and Glen Campbell (on the album Ernie Sings & Glen Picks)
- Willie Nelson
- Albert West in 1975
- Andy Williams recorded a version for his 1971 album Love Story
- Roger Whittaker
Awards and accolades
- "For the good times". Poplartunes.nl. Retrieved 2016-01-31.
- Roland, Tom, "The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits" (Billboard Books, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 1991 (ISBN 0-82-307553-2), p. 43.
- "For the Good Times (song by Ray Price) ••• Music VF, US & UK hits charts". Musicvf.com. 1970-08-29. Retrieved 2016-10-03.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 275.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 505.
- "Ray Price’s 'For the Good Times' Plays in ESPN Commercial" – KMOO-FM 99.9.
- ESPN television commercial promoting 2014–15 College Football Playoff telecasts, courtesy of YouTube.
- "PERRY COMO | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-10-03.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Would You Take Another Chance on Me? - Jerry Lee Lewis | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-03.
- Kreps, Daniel; Menoci, David; Ryan, Linda; Harvilla, Rob; Murray, Nick; Drell, Cady; Powell, Mike; Moss, Marissa R; Harris, Keith; Fisher, Reed (September 26, 2014). "40 Saddest Country Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone.
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