Tender Years

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"Tender Years"
Single by George Jones
from the album Greatest Hits
B-side "Battle of Love"
Released April 1961
Genre Country
Label Mercury
Writer(s) George Jones, Darrell Edwards
Producer(s) Shelby Singleton
George Jones singles chronology
"Family Bible"
(1961)
"Tender Years"
(1961)
"Did I Ever Tell You"
(1961)

"Tender Years" is a song written by American country music artist George Jones and Darrell Edwards. It became Jones' second #1 country hit.

Background[edit]

"Tender Years" spent seven non consecutive weeks at #1 and a total of 32 weeks on the country chart.[1] "Tender Years" also made it to the Hot 100, peaking at number 76. Like his previous singles "Family Bible" and "Window Up Above," the recording displayed a more mature, restrained vocal approach from the one that had established him on earlier honky tonk hits such as "Why Baby Why" and "White Lightning". In the liner notes to the 1994 Mercury compilation Cup of Loneliness: The Classic Mercury Years, country music historian Colin Escott argues that "Tender Years" "just about defined the territory he carved out as his own in the years ahead. 'Window Up Above,' 'Color of the Blues,' and 'Accidentally on Purpose' had all hinted at the same direction, but on 'Tender Years' the song, the production, and the performance came together in a statement of soon-to-be classic George Jones." Years later Jones would perform the song with Faron Young and Marty Robbins during a segment on Robbins' television show (the video is available on YouTube).

The famous French singer Johnny Hallyday recorded the song during a Nashville session and afterward he recorded a French version Tes Tendres Années. This French rendition was used as a basis for the 1963 Dutch hit Spiegelbeeld written by Lodewijk Post and sung by Dutch singer Willeke Alberti.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1961) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot C&W Sides 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 76

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 180. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"I Fall to Pieces" by Patsy Cline
"Walk On By" by Leroy Van Dyke
Billboard Hot C&W Sides number-one single
August 21-September 18, 1961
October 2-October 9, 1961
Succeeded by
"Walk On By" by Leroy Van Dyke
"Walk On By" by Leroy Van Dyke