In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)

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In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)
In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad) (Dolly Parton album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 3, 1969
RecordedSeptember 9–October 9, 1968
StudioRCA Studio B (Nashville)
GenreCountry
Length29:00
LabelRCA Victor
ProducerBob Ferguson
Dolly Parton chronology
Just the Two of Us
(1968)
In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)
(1969)
Always, Always
(1969)
Singles from In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)
  1. "In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)"
    Released: October 21, 1968

In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad) is the third solo studio album by American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton. It was released on February 3, 1969, by RCA Victor.[1]

The album was reissued on cassette in Germany in 1987 and CD in Portugal in 1997. It was released as a digital download on July 26, 2019.

Content[edit]

In the title song, Parton looks back on her impoverished upbringing, concluding that while she values the lessons it taught her, she would not want to go back. The humorous "He's a Go Getter" plays on an unexpected pun, "When his wife gets off from work, he'll go get 'er." Parton also covers the Jeannie C. Riley hit "Harper Valley PTA", Tammy Wynette's "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" and her mentor Porter Wagoner's hit, "The Carroll County Accident".

Parton re-recorded the title song for her 1973 album My Tennessee Mountain Home.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]

The review published in the February 15, 1969 issue of Billboard said, "Without doubt this will be a big hit LP for Dolly Parton...just as it will be considered a great package of entertainment by her friends. The key to the LP is her empathy on "In the Good Old Day (When Times Were Bad", but also she tugs the heartstrings on "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" and gets through to the emotion on "The Carrol County Accident"."[3]

Cashbox published a review of the album, saying that, "Gaining in strength as one of the more popular country female artists, Dolly Parton follows up her chart single of "In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)" with a strong LP that should solidify her position with the disk buyers. In addition to her own hit single, the LP features such monster titles as "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" and "Harper Valley PTA", among others."[4]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album peaked at No. 15 on the US Billboard Hot Country LP's chart.

The album's only single, "In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)", was released in October 1968[5][6] and peaked at No. 25 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

Recording[edit]

Recording sessions for the album began at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee, on September 9 and 10, 1968. One additional session followed on October 9.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Don't Let It Trouble Your Mind"Dolly PartonOctober 9, 19682:12
2."He's a Go-Getter"PartonOctober 9, 19682:03
3."In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)"PartonSeptember 9, 19682:45
4."It's My Time"John D. LoudermilkSeptember 10, 19682:37
5."Harper Valley PTA"Tom T. HallSeptember 9, 19683:10
6."Little Bird"PartonSeptember 10, 19681:44
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Mine"PartonOctober 9, 19682:03
2."The Carroll County Accident"Bob FergusonOctober 9, 19682:56
3."Fresh Out of Forgiveness"
  • Bill Owens
  • Gene Gill
October 9, 19682:01
4."Mama, Say a Prayer"PartonOctober 9, 19682:45
5."Always the First Time"Joyce McCordSeptember 9, 19682:01
6."D-I-V-O-R-C-E"September 10, 19682:43

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from the album liner notes and RCA recording session records.[1]

  • Joseph Babcock – background vocals
  • Kenneth Buttrey – drums
  • Jerry Carrigan – drums
  • Dolores Edgin – background vocals
  • Bob Ferguson – producer
  • Lloyd Green – steel
  • Junior Huskey – bass
  • Mack Magaha – fiddle
  • George McCormick – rhythm guitar
  • Wayne Moss – guitar
  • Al Pachucki – recording engineer
  • June Page – background vocals
  • Dolly Parton – lead vocals, liner notes
  • Jerry Reed – guitar
  • Hargus Robbins – piano
  • Jerry Stembridge – guitar
  • Buck Trent – electric banjo

Charts[edit]

Album

Chart (1969) Peak
position
US Hot Country LP's (Billboard)[7] 15

Singles

Title Year Peak
position
US
Country

[8]
"In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)" 1968 25

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various February 3, 1969 RCA Victor [1]
Germany 1987 Cassette RCA [9]
Portugal 1997 CD Gold Collection [10]
Various July 26, 2019 Digital download [11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Dolly Parton - In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)". Discogs. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  2. ^ In the Good Old Days at AllMusic
  3. ^ "Billboard - February 15, 1969" (PDF). American Radio History. Billboard. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Cashbox - February 15, 1969" (PDF). American Radio History. Cashbox. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Billboard - October 26, 1968" (PDF). American Radio History. Billboard. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Dolly Parton - In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)". Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Dolly Parton Top Country Albums Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Dolly Parton Hot Country Songs Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Dolly Parton - In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad) (Cassette)". Discogs. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Dolly Parton - In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad) (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  11. ^ "In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad) by Dolly Parton". Retrieved July 26, 2019.