I Ain't Never
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|"I Ain't Never"|
|Single by Mel Tillis|
|from the album I Ain't Never|
|B-side||"Burden Of Love"|
|Recorded||May 26, 1972|
|Songwriter(s)||Mel Tillis and Webb Pierce|
|Mel Tillis singles chronology|
"I Ain't Never" is a song co-written by American country music artists Webb Pierce and Mel Tillis. Each co-writer recorded the song separately, with Pierce's 1959 recording and Tillis's 1972 version both becoming major country hits.
According to Tillis, he wrote the song himself, and agreed to credit Pierce as a co-writer in exchange for a pair of boots Pierce was wearing when Tillis pitched him the song. In Tillis's words, "Them old boots cost me over eight hundred thousand dollars" in royalties.
Pierce's version was released in 1959, eventually spending nine weeks at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot C&W Sides chart that year (held out by "The Three Bells (Les Trois Cloches)" by The Browns). The pop market accepted the Webb Pierce version, crossing it into the Billboard Top 40 and peaking at #24. Tillis's 1972 recording of the song was his first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles (now Hot Country Songs) charts. The success of the 1972 version was limited to country music stations.
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||2|
|US Billboard Hot 100||24|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||1|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||70|
Since its original release, the song has been recorded by several other artists, including the following:
- Webb Pierce
- Jimmie Vaughan
- John Fogerty (as The Blue Ridge Rangers)
- Kippi Brannon
- Delbert McClinton
- Roger Miller
- Perfect Stranger
- Ricky Skaggs
- Hank Thompson
- Dave Edmunds
- The Four Preps
- Jerry Garcia w/ David Grisman
- Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band
- The Head Cat
- Little Richard
- The Oak Ridge Boys
- Shocking Blue
- Connie Smith
- The Jordanaires
- Charley Crockett
- Ralph Emery's Country Legends Volume 2 DVD
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 492.
- "Webb Pierce Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
- "Webb Pierce Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
- Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.