Some Gave All

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Some Gave All
Billy Ray Cyrus - Some Gave All.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 19, 1992 (1992-05-19)
Recorded1989–92
GenreCountry
Length35:42
LabelMercury
Producer
  • Joe Scaife
  • Jim Cotton
Billy Ray Cyrus chronology
Some Gave All
(1992)
It Won't Be the Last
(1993)
Singles from Some Gave All
  1. "Achy Breaky Heart"
    Released: March 23, 1992
  2. "Could've Been Me"
    Released: June 22, 1992
  3. "Wher'm I Gonna Live?"
    Released: October 17, 1992
  4. "She's Not Cryin' Anymore"
    Released: January 23, 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyD+[2]
Robert ChristgauC+[3]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[4]

Some Gave All is the debut album by American country music artist Billy Ray Cyrus. It was his first album for Mercury Records in 1992 and became the best selling album of that year in the United States, selling over 9 million copies in the first 12 months of release. It produced four hit singles on the Billboard country charts. The first of these was Cyrus's breakthrough song "Achy Breaky Heart", which topped the charts in several countries. In the US it was a five-week number one on the Hot Country Songs chart, as well as a top 5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. It became the first single ever to achieve triple Platinum status in Australia and was the best-selling single of 1992 in the same country.[5][6] Thanks to the video of the song, there was an explosion of line dancing into the mainstream, becoming a craze.[7][8][9][10] The song earned Grammy Award nominations for Cyrus in the categories Record of the Year and Best Country Vocal Performance, Male. That same year, Cyrus also received a Grammy Award nomination for Best New Artist. "Achy Breaky Heart" was originally recorded as "Don't Tell My Heart" by The Marcy Brothers on their 1991 self-titled album.

"Could've Been Me", "Wher'm I Gonna Live?" and "She's Not Cryin' Anymore" were also released as singles, peaking at numbers 2, 23, and 6, respectively, on the country charts. The title track also reached number 52 based on unsolicited airplay and Cyrus' cover of "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" charted only outside the United States.

Some Gave All was placed at number 33 in Q magazine's 2006 list, "The 50 Worst Albums Ever!"[11]

Commercial performance[edit]

Overall, the album is his most successful album to date, which has been certified 9× Multi-Platinum in the United States and is the longest time spent by a debut artist at number one on the Billboard 200 (17 consecutive weeks) and most consecutive chart-topping weeks in the SoundScan era.[12][13] It is the only album (from any genre) in the SoundScan era to log 17 consecutive weeks at number one and is also the top-ranking debut album by a country artist. It ranked 43 weeks in the top 10, a total topped by only one country album in history, Ropin' the Wind by Garth Brooks.[14] Some Gave All was also the first debut album to enter at the number 1 in the Billboard Country Albums chart.[15] The album has also sold more than 20 million copies worldwide[16] and is the best-selling debut album of all time for a solo artist and remains one of the biggest selling albums of all time. Some Gave All was also the best-selling album of 1992 in the US with 4.7 million copies sold.[17] As of April 2019 the album has sold 7,5 million copies in United States according to Nielsen Music.[18]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Could've Been Me"3:44
2."Achy Breaky Heart"Don Von Tress3:23
3."She's Not Cryin' Anymore"
3:25
4."Wher'm I Gonna Live?"
  • B.R. Cyrus
  • Cindy Cyrus
3:29
5."These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"Lee Hazlewood2:47
6."Someday, Somewhere, Somehow"B.R. Cyrus3:47
7."Never Thought I'd Fall in Love with You"
  • Jim McKnight
  • Mike Murphy
3:41
8."Ain't No Good Goodbye"
  • Barton Stevens
  • B.R. Cyrus
  • Kevin White
3:22
9."I'm So Miserable"
  • B.R. Cyrus
  • Corky Holbrook
3:59
10."Some Gave All"
  • B.R. Cyrus
  • C. Cyrus
4:05

Personnel[edit]

Sly Dog

Additional musicians

  • Clyde Carr – backing vocals
  • Costo Davis – synthesizer
  • Sonny Garrish – steel guitar
  • Keith D. Hinton – acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Joe Scaife – backing vocals

Production

  • Joe Scaife – co-producer, mixing
  • Jim Cotton – co-producer, mixing
  • Grahame Snith – assistant engineer
  • Clyde Carr – assistant engineer
  • Hank Williams – mastering

Chart positions[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country
[31]
US
[31]
CAN Country CAN
[32][33]
AUS
[34]
GER
[35]
IRE
[36]
NL
[37]
NZ
[38]
UK
[39]
1992 "Achy Breaky Heart" 1 4 1 4 1 62 2 23 1 3
"Could've Been Me" 2 72 1 72 43 59 15 28 7 24
"Wher'm I Gonna Live?" 23 16
"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" 27 42 63
1993 "She's Not Cryin' Anymore" 6 70 3
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country
[31]
CAN Country
1992 "Some Gave All" 52 86

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[42] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[43] Diamond 1,000,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[45] Platinum 80,000[44]
United Kingdom (BPI)[46] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[47] 9× Platinum 9,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ Robert Christgau review
  4. ^ Rolling Stone review
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  7. ^ "Line dancing refuses to go out of style". Star-News. 1992-10-30. Retrieved 2010-08-12.
  8. ^ "Stepping to country fun". The Gazette (Cedar Rapids-Iowa City). 1993-04-17. Retrieved 2010-08-12.
  9. ^ "Cyrus sets off dance craze". The Daily Courier. 1994-07-25. Retrieved 2010-08-12.[dead link]
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  45. ^ "Danish album certifications – Billy Ray Cyrus – Some Gave All". IFPI Denmark. Scroll through the page-list below to obtain certification.
  46. ^ "British album certifications – Billy Ray Cyrus – Some Gave All". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 20 March 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Some Gave All in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  47. ^ "American album certifications – Billy Ray Cyrus – Some Gave All". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 20 March 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.