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
Writer(s) Mel Tillis and Webb Pierce
Producer(s) Jim Vienneau
Mel Tillis singles chronology
"Would You Want the World to End"
"I Ain't Never"
"Neon Rose"

"I Ain't Never" is a song, recorded in 1972, by American country music artist Mel Tillis. It was his first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles (now Hot Country Songs) charts.

Co-written by Tillis and country singer Webb Pierce, it was Pierce who had the first hit recording of "I Ain't Never." 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.[1] The success of the 1972 version was limited to country music stations.

Chart performance[edit]

Webb Pierce[edit]

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

Mel Tillis[edit]

Chart (1972) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles[4] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1

Additional recordings[edit]

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


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 492. 
  2. ^ "Webb Pierce – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Webb Pierce.
  3. ^ "Webb Pierce – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Webb Pierce.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 347. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"I Can't Stop Loving You"
by Conway Twitty
Billboard Hot Country Singles number-one single
(Mel Tillis version)

September 30—October 7, 1972
Succeeded by
"Funny Face"
by Donna Fargo
Preceded by
by Johnny Cash
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
(Mel Tillis version)

October 14, 1972
Succeeded by
"Baby, Don't Get Hooked on Me"
by Mac Davis