For the Good Times (song)
|"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 1970 song penned 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, but he did not complete the tune and release it until 1970.
Later that year, Ray Price recorded a version of the song which topped the U.S. country music charts 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 a total of nineteen weeks on the country 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.
|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:
- Anne Murray
- Aaron Neville
- Al Green
- Andy Abraham
- Bill Kenny
- Billy Walker
- Chet Atkins
- Crystal Gayle
- Dean Martin
- Dolly Parton
- Elvis Presley on his album Welcome to My World and Elvis: As Recorded at Madison Square Garden
- Engelbert Humperdinck
- Frank Sinatra on his album Trilogy with Eileen Farrell
- Isaac Hayes
- Jamey Johnson from disc two of his 2010 release, The Guitar Song.
- Jerry Lee Lewis on his 1972 album, Would 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
- Michael Jackson on his mother Katherine's birthday in 1984
- Perry Como, whose version reached #7 on the UK Singles Chart in 1973
- Slim Cessna has covered this tune 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
- nl:Albert West Song covered in 1975 - Dutch popular artist from the 60's, 70's and 80's
- Andy Williams released a version in 1971 on his album, Love Story
- Roger Whittaker
- 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.
- Ray Price's "For the Good Times" Retrieved June 19, 2012.
- 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.
- Jerry Lee Lewis, Would You Take Another Chance on Me Retrieved June 19, 2012.
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