Somewhere Over the Rainbow (album)

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow
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Studio album by Willie Nelson
Released February 1981
Recorded Gilley's Recording Studios, Pasadena, Texas
Genre Country
Label Columbia
Producer Willie Nelson, Freddie Powers, Paul Buskirk
Willie Nelson chronology
Family Bible
(1980)
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
(1981)
Always on My Mind
(1982)

Somewhere Over the Rainbow is an album by country music singer Willie Nelson, released in 1981. It features 1940s pop standards arranged by Nelson. The album's acoustic jazz instrumentation was also meant to play tribute to one of his heroes, Belgian gypsy jazz guitar virtuoso Django Reinhardt, who influenced Nelson's playing.

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Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Mona Lisa" (Jay Livingston, Ray Evans) (2:28)
  2. "Exactly Like You" (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh) (2:22)
  3. "Who's Sorry Now?" (Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, Ted Snyder) (2:58)
  4. "I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)" (Al Neiburg, Doc Daugherty, Ellis Reynolds) (3:30)
  5. "Won't You Ride in My Little Red Wagon" (Rex Griffin) (2:28)

Side two[edit]

  1. "Over the Rainbow" (E.Y. Harburg, Harold Arlen) (3:33)
  2. "In My Mother's Eyes" (Willie Nelson) (3:06)
  3. "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter" (Fred E. Ahlert, Joe Young) (2:58)
  4. "It Wouldn't Be the Same (Without You)" (Fred Rose, Jimmy Wakely) (2:54)
  5. "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" (2:10)

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Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 31
Canadian RPM Top Albums 23
Preceded by
Horizon by Eddie Rabbitt
Top Country Albums number-one album
May 2–16, 1981
Succeeded by
Feels So Right by Alabama