Hey Joe (Carl Smith song)

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"Hey Joe"
Single by Carl Smith
Released May 19, 1953 (1953-05-19)
Genre Country
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Boudleaux Bryant
Carl Smith singles chronology
"Do I Like It?"
(1953)
"Hey Joe"
(1953)
"Satisfaction Guaranteed"
(1953)

"Do I Like It?"
(1953)
"Hey Joe"
(1953)
"Satisfaction Guaranteed"
(1953)

"Hey Joe" is a 1953 popular song written by Boudleaux Bryant. It was recorded by Carl Smith for Columbia Records on 19 May 1953 and spent eight weeks at #1 on the U.S. country music chart.[1] This marked Bryant's first number-one record. He later wrote songs with his wife Felice for The Everly Brothers.[2]

Later in 1953, Kitty Wells recorded an answer record also titled "Hey Joe" which hit number eight on the Jukebox Country & Western chart.[3]

Cover versions[edit]

A cover version, sung by Frankie Laine and produced by Mitch Miller, reached number one in the UK Singles Chart in October 1953.[2]

It was Laine's second UK chart topper, but unlike his long-lasting "I Believe", it only stayed in the chart for eight weeks, after reaching number one in its second week on the chart.[2] That week Laine had three singles in the chart, which at that time consisted only of twelve songs.[2] The following week, Laine's third number one hit in the UK, "Answer Me", entered the chart, giving Laine one third of all records on the listing.[2]

Moe Bandy and Joe Stampley recorded a new version of the song with the modified title: "Hey Joe, Hey Moe", with lyrics specially rewritten for the project by Boudleaux Bryant, as the title song to a duet album issued in 1981. The song, released as the lead single to the album, was a top-10 country hit that year.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 318.
  2. ^ a b c d e Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 8. ISBN 0-85112-250-7.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 376.