Set 'Em Up Joe

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"Set 'Em Up Joe"
Single by Vern Gosdin
from the album Chiseled in Stone
B-side "There Ain't Nothing Wrong (Just Ain't Nothing Right)"
Released April 1988
Format 7"
Recorded 1987
Genre Country
Length 2:26
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Hank Cochran
Buddy Cannon
Dean Dillon
Vern Gosdin
Producer(s) Bob Montgomery
Vern Gosdin singles chronology
"Do You Believe Me Now"
"Set 'Em Up Joe"
"Chiseled in Stone"

"Set 'Em Up Joe" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Vern Gosdin. It was released in April 1988 as the second single from the album Chiseled in Stone. "Set 'Em Up Joe" was a tribute song to Ernest Tubb and was Vern Gosdin's second number one on the country chart. The single went to number one for one week and spent a total of fifteen weeks within the Top 40.[1] In 2010, this song was covered by Jamey Johnson on his album The Guitar Song. Gosdin wrote the song with Dean Dillon, Buddy Cannon and Hank Cochran.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 140. 
  2. ^ "Vern Gosdin – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Vern Gosdin.
Preceded by
"If You Change Your Mind"
by Rosanne Cash
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

July 23, 1988
Succeeded by
"Don't We All Have the Right"
by Ricky Van Shelton