Honky Tonk Angels

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Honky Tonk Angels
Honky Tonk Angels (album) cover art.jpg
Studio album by Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette
Released November 2, 1993
Recorded Feb. 1993
Studio Nightingale Studio, Nashville, TN
Genre Country
Length 32:34
Label Columbia/TriStar
Producer Owen Bradley, Steve Buckingham, Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton chronology
Slow Dancing with the Moon
(1993)Slow Dancing with the Moon1993
Honky Tonk Angels
(1993)
Heartsongs: Live From Home
(1994)Heartsongs: Live From Home1994
Loretta Lynn chronology
Making Believe
(1999) Making Believe1999
Honky Tonk Angels
(1993) Honky Tonk Angels1993
Making More Memories
(1994) Making More Memories1994
Singles from Honky Tonk Angels
  1. "Silver Thread and Golden Needles"
    Released: November 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Honky Tonk Angels is a collaborative studio album by American country music artists Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, and Tammy Wynette. It was released on November 2, 1993, by Columbia Records.

Honky Tonk Angels was produced by Parton and Steve Buckingham. The album had been a long-rumored project between the country singers for over a decade and received much publicity and acclaim upon its release, although its only single release, a remake of the longtime country female vocalist staple "Silver Threads and Golden Needles", barely dented the charts (its accompanying video, however, received heavy rotation from CMT and TNN). Record sales, however, placed the album at #6 on Billboard's country album chart, where it spent 24 weeks, and #42 on Billboard 200, the pop album chart becoming Wynette's second-highest ranking album on the pop chart and Lynn's highest on the pop chart until her 2005 album Van Lear Rose. It was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.[2]

The album features many country standards, including "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" (which features a guest vocal appearance by the song's originator and the original country queen, Kitty Wells), "Wings of a Dove" (a 1960 hit for Ferlin Husky), "I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know" (a 1953 hit for The Davis Sisters (country) a.k.a. Skeeter Davis and Betty Jack Davis), "Put it Off Until Tomorrow" (a 1966 Bill Phillips hit that was Parton's first success as a songwriter), "Lovesick Blues" (a pop standard known for Hank Williams' 1949 rendition; here the trio sings along with a vintage recording of the song by Patsy Cline), and "I Dreamed of a Hillbilly Heaven", Tex Ritter's 1962 classic that features new spoken dialogue.

The original songs by Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette appear to be solo performances by each of them with harmony vocals by Parton and "Sittin' on the Front Porch Swing" appears to be a Parton solo. The recording features liner notes written by Ralph Emery.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" (with special guest, Kitty Wells) J. D. "Jay" Miller 2:51
2. "Put It Off Until Tomorrow" Dolly Parton, Bill Owens 2:38
3. "Silver Threads and Golden Needles" Jack Rhodes, Dick Reynolds 2:24
4. "Please Help Me I'm Falling (In Love with You)" Don Robertson, Hal Blair 2:35
5. "Sittin' on the Front Porch Swing" Buddy Sheffield 2:34
6. "Wings of a Dove" Bob Ferguson 2:54
7. "I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know" Cecil Null 2:12
8. "Wouldn't It Be Great" Loretta Lynn 3:03
9. "That's the Way It Could Have Been" Tammy Wynette 2:55
10. "Let Her Fly" Dolly Parton 3:04
11. "Lovesick Blues" (with special guest, Patsy Cline) Cliff Friend, Irving Mills 2:18
12. "I Dreamed of a Hillbilly Heaven" Eddie Dean, Hal Southern 3:32

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Produced By Owen Bradley, Steve Buckingham & Dolly Parton
  • Engineers: Marshall Morgan, Gary Paczosa, Alan Schulman, Toby Seay
  • Assistant Engineers: Jason Lehring, Ed Simonton
  • Digital Editing: Don Cobb
  • Mastering: Denny Purcell

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 6
U.S. Billboard 200 42
Canadian RPM Country Albums 6
Canadian RPM Top Albums 44

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