Heaven's Just a Sin Away

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"Heaven's Just a Sin Away"
Single by The Kendalls
from the album Let the Music Play / Heaven's Just a Sin Away
B-side "Live and Let Live"
Released September 1977
Genre Country
Length 2:27
Label Ovation
Songwriter(s) Jerry Gillespie
Producer(s) Brian Fisher
The Kendalls singles chronology
"Making Believe"
"Heaven's Just a Sin Away"
"It Don't Feel Like Sinnin' to Me"
"Making Believe"
"Heaven's Just a Sin Away"
"It Don't Feel Like Sinnin' to Me"

"Heaven's Just a Sin Away" is a song composed by Jerry Gillespie, which was recorded in 1977 by The Kendalls. Released in 1977, the song went to Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Singles (now Hot Country Songs) charts. It was the duo's first Top 40 entry on that chart, and the second single from the album Let the Music Play / Heaven's Just a Sin Away, released on Ovation.[1] It also reached number 69 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1]

The song won The Kendalls a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Single of the Year win from the Country Music Association.[1]

Kelly Willis recorded the song on her 1993 album Kelly Willis for MCA Nashville Records. Her version, the second and final single from that album, reached number 63 on the country singles charts that year.[2]

In 2009, former Creedence Clearwater Revival vocalist/guitarist John Fogerty recorded the song for his The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again album.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

The Kendalls[edit]

Chart (1977) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 69
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles 59
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 37

Kelly Willis[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 81
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 63


  1. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 221. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, p. 469
  3. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine (2009-08-31). "The Blue Ridge Rangers: Rides Again - John Fogerty | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  4. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2310." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. November 27, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  5. ^ "Kelly Willis Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
Preceded by
"Daytime Friends"
by Kenny Rogers
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

October 8–October 29, 1977
Succeeded by
"I'm Just a Country Boy"
by Don Williams
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

October 29, 1977
Succeeded by
"The Morning After Baby Let Me Down"
by Carroll Baker