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"
Released July 1972
Format 7"
Recorded May 26, 1972
Genre Country
Length 2:09
Label MGM 14418
Songwriter(s) Mel Tillis and Webb Pierce
Producer(s) Jim Vienneau
Mel Tillis singles chronology
"Would You Want the World to End"
(1972)
"I Ain't Never"
(1972)
"Neon Rose"
(1973)

"Would You Want the World to End"
(1972)
"I Ain't Never"
(1972)
"Neon Rose"
(1973)

"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.[1]

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.[2] 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.

Chart performance[edit]

Webb Pierce[edit]

Chart (1959) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 24

Mel Tillis[edit]

Chart (1972) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles[5] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1

The Lowes[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles[5] 70

Additional recordings[edit]

Since its original release, the song has been recorded by several other artists, including the following:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ralph Emery's Country Legends Volume 2 DVD
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 492.
  3. ^ "Webb Pierce Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  4. ^ "Webb Pierce Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  5. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.

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