Nothing Ever Hurt Me (Half as Bad as Losing You)

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Nothing Ever Hurt Me (Half as Bad as Losing You)
Nothing Ever Hurt Me George Jones.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1973
Recorded1973 at Columbia Recording Studio, Nashville, TN
GenreCountry
Length28:14
LabelEpic
ProducerBilly Sherrill
George Jones chronology
A Picture of Me (Without You)
(1973)
Nothing Ever Hurt Me (Half as Bad as Losing You)
(1973)
In a Gospel Way
(1974)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic5/5 stars [1]

Nothing Ever Hurt Me (Half as Bad as Losing You) is an album by country music artist George Jones released in 1973, on the Epic Records label. It peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Country Albums chart.

Recording and composition[edit]

After several saccharine duet albums with then-wife Tammy Wynette, Jones's third solo album on Epic was a return to his roots insomuch as Billy Sherrill's Phil Spector-influenced production would allow. More of the songs were up-tempo, a change of pace from his first two albums for the label. The title track, for example, is a novelty recorded at a blistering speed and contains tongue twisting lyrics about a country boy for whom nothing ever went right (the song would reach number 7 on the charts). The album also features "Mom And Dad's Waltz", a song originally written and performed by one of Jones's biggest musical influences Lefty Frizzell. The album's hit single was "What My Woman Can't Do", which rose to number 6. Jones helped Sherrill and Earl Montgomery write the song and also collaborated with Wynette on the prophetic "Wine (You've Used Me Long Enough)".

Reception[edit]

Thom Jurek of AllMusic praises the album as "a dynamite set that offered a solid look at what Jones and Sherrill were capable of - and delivered - in the coming years" and calls Jones's interpretation of Don Gibson's "Made For The Blues" and Frizzell's "Mom and Dad's Waltz" "solid, tender honky tonk ballads that offer the deep, raw emotion in the singer's best material."

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Nothing Ever Hurt Me (Half as Bad as Losing You)"Bobby Braddock2:19
2."You're Looking at a Happy Man"George Jones, Carmol Taylor2:08
3."Never Having You"Tom T. Hall2:33
4."Made for the Blues"Don Gibson2:36
5."What's Your Mama's Name?"Dallas Frazier, Earl Montgomery2:39
6."Mom and Dad's Waltz"Lefty Frizzell2:50
7."You'll Never Grow Old (To Me)"Tammy Wynette, Earl Montgomery2:52
8."What My Woman Can't Do"Jones, Billy Sherrill, Earl Montgomery2:35
9."My Loving Wife"Earl Montgomery2:46
10."Love Lives Again"Carmol Taylor, George Richey, Norris Wilson2:21
11."Wine (You've Used Me Long Enough)"Jones, Tammy Wynette2:35

Chart positions[edit]

AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1973 Country Albums 12

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1973 Nothing Ever Hurt Me (Half as Bad as Losing You) Country Singles 7
1973 What My Woman Can't Do Country Singles 6

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