Life Turned Her That Way

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"Life Turned Her That Way"
Single by Ricky Van Shelton
from the album Wild-Eyed Dream
B-side "I Don't Care"
Released December 7, 1987[1]
Format 7" single
Recorded October 14, 1986[1]
Genre Country
Length 3:23
Label Columbia Nashville
Writer(s) Harlan Howard
Producer(s) Steve Buckingham
Ricky Van Shelton singles chronology
"Somebody Lied"
"Life Turned Her That Way'"
"Don't We All Have the Right"
"Life Turned Her That Way"
Single by Mel Tillis
from the album Life Turned Her That Way
B-side "If I could Only Start Over"
Released February 18, 1967
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Length ?
Label Kapp KL-1514
Writer(s) Harlan Howard
Mel Tillis singles chronology
"Life Turned Her That Way'"
"Goodbye Wheeling"

"Life Turned Her That Way" is a song written by Harlan Howard and first recorded by American country music artist Little Jimmy Dickens in 1965. Mel Tillis record it in 1967 and release it as a single in February and was his seventh chart entry.. Ricky Van Shelton would also later record it and release it as a single. It was the fourth single released from his debut album, Wild-Eyed Dream. Released in late 1987, It was his second number 1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart in early 1988.[2]


This song was recorded by Little Jimmy Dickens (1965). In the 1960s it was covered in 1967 by Mel Tillis and released as a single where it went to #11, Charley Pride (1967), George Jones (1967), James Carr (1968), Sonny Strickland (Unknown year), and Ernest Tubb (1968). Many more famous country acts would cover the song such as Willie Nelson and Conway Twitty.

Chart performance[edit]

Mel Tillis[edit]

Chart (1967) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs 11
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 28

Ricky Van Shelton[edit]

"Life Turned Her That Way" reached #1 on both the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and on The Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart. It was his first single to reach #1 on that chart.

Chart (1987–1988) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1


  1. ^ a b Greatest Hits Plus (CD). Ricky Van Shelton. Columbia Records. 1992. 52753. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 310. 

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Preceded by
"Too Gone Too Long"
by Randy Travis
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

March 19, 1988
Succeeded by
"Turn It Loose"
by The Judds
Preceded by
"This Missin' You Heart of Mine"
by Sawyer Brown
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

April 2, 1988
Succeeded by
"Love Will Find Its Way to You"
by Reba McEntire