Narvel Felts

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Narvel Felts
Birth nameAlbert Narvel Felts
Born (1938-11-11) November 11, 1938 (age 81)
OriginKeiser, Arkansas
GenresCountry, Rockabilly
Years active1957–present
(Local Performances only)

Narvel Felts (born November 11, 1938 in Keiser, Arkansas) is an American country music, rockabilly[1] singer. Known for his soaring tenor and high falsetto, Felts enjoyed his greatest success during the 1970s, most famously 1975's "Reconsider Me".


Raised in Bernie, Missouri where he attended Bernie High School, Felts was discovered during a talent show at the school. He had been encouraged to participate in the show by some of his classmates, and it just so happened that a talent agent was attending the performance at the time.

Felts recorded his first single "Kiss-a Me Baby" at the age of 18, and his career skyrocketed with the help of Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash. Narvel Felts enjoyed modest pop success in 1960 with a remake of the Drifters "Honey Love" which earned a low position on the Billboard Hot 100. He went on to release such songs as "Lonely Teardrops" and "Pink And Black Days", but it wasn't until the 1970s when he began enjoying success on a national level as a country singer.

His first major hit came in 1973, with a cover of Dobie Gray's "Drift Away". Felts' version — No. 8 on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart in September 1973 — was mid-tempo country compared to Gray's blues version. The follow-up single, "All in the Name of Love," just missed hitting the top 10 in December 1973.

Felts continued to enjoy modest success during the next year and a half, when he signed with ABC-Dot Records in 1975. That year, he enjoyed his biggest hit: a cover of Johnny Adams' soul classic "Reconsider Me", which showcased his falsetto and high tenor. The song reached No. 2 that August, and was 1975's second-biggest country hit of the year.[2]

Felts, who became known to fans as "Narvel the Marvel," continued to enjoy success throughout the 1970s. Included in his streak of hits was a remake of "Lonely Teardrops", which became his last top 10 hit in the summer of 1976; and a cover of Willie Nelson's "Funny How Time Slips Away". He also had a No. 14 country hit with "Everlasting Love" in 1979.

Narvel Felts' pioneering contribution to the genre has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to the former Loretta Stanfield. Two children resulted from the marriage, but Felts lost his only son, Narvel Jr. (known as Bub) in 1995. At one time, Bub played drums for his father. One of his albums is dedicated to his son. He currently resides in Malden, Missouri, where he continues to perform on occasion.



Year Album US Country Label
1973 Drift Away 30 Cinnamon
1974 When Your Good Love Was Mine 41
1975 Narvel Felts 4 ABC/Dot
Greatest Hits Vol. 1 20
1976 Narvel the Marvel 10
Doin' What I Feel 26
1977 The Touch of Felts 30
1978 Inside Love ABC
1979 One Run for the Roses 49


Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country[3] US[3] CAN Country
1957 "Foolish Thoughts" singles only
"Cry, Baby, Cry"
1958 "Rocket Ride"
"Rocket Ride Stroll"
"Vada Lou"
1959 "Cutie Baby"
1960 "Honey Love" 90
"3000 Miles"
1962 "Little Miss Blue"
"Lovelight Man"
1963 "Mountain of Love"
1964 "Four Seasons of Life"
1965 "You Were Mine"
"Night Creature"
"Your True Love"
1966 "Girl Come Back"
"I'd Trade All of My Tomorrows"
1967 "86 Miles"
"Don't Let Me Cross Over"
1968 "Dee Dee"
"Since I Met You Baby"
1973 "Rockin' Little Angel" Drift Away
"Drift Away" 8 48
"All in the Name of Love" 13 63
1974 "When Your Good Love Was Mine" 14 14 When Your Good Love Was Mine
"Until the End of Time" (w/ Sharon Vaughn) 39 single only
"I Want to Stay" 26 35 Greatest Hits Vol. 1
"Raindrops" 33
1975 "Reconsider Me" 2 67 1 Narvel Felts
"Funny How Time Slips Away" 12 45
"Somebody Hold Me (Until She Passes By)" 10 27 Narvel the Marvel
1976 "Lonely Teardrops" 5 62 5
"My Prayer" 14 Doin' What I Feel
"My Good Thing's Gone" 20
1977 "The Feeling's Right" 19 26 The Touch of Felts
"I Don't Hurt Anymore" 37 38
"To Love Somebody" 22 Narvel
"Please" 34
1978 "Blue Darlin'" flip
"Runaway" 30
"Just Keep It Up" 31 25 Inside Love
"One Run for the Roses" 26 38 One Run for the Roses
1979 "Everlasting Love" 14 7
"Moment by Moment" 43 37 singles only
"Tower of Strength" 33 26
"Because of Losing You" 73
1981 "Louisiana Lonely" 67
"Fire in the Night" 84
1982 "I'd Love You to Want Me" 58
"Sweet Southern Moonlight" 84
"Roll Over Beethoven" 64
"Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" 84
"You're the Reason" 82
1983 "Cry Baby" 52
"Anytime You're Ready" 79
"Fool" 52
1984 "You Lay So Easy on My Mind" 70
"Let's Live This Dream Together" 53
"I'm Glad You Couldn't Sleep Last Night" 63
1985 "Hey Lady" 51
"If It Was Any Better (I Couldn't Stand It)" 68
"Out of Sight Out of Mind" 71
1986 "Rockin' My Angel" 70
1987 "When a Man Loves a Woman" 60
1988 "I Need Somebody Bad"


  1. ^ "Narvel Felts". Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 143. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.

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