The Wayward Wind

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"The Wayward Wind"
Single by Gogi Grant
from the album Suddenly There's Gogi Grant
B-side"No More Than Forever"
Released1956
Format7" 45, 10" 78
Recorded1955
GenreCountry
Length2:57
LabelEra
Composer(s)Stanley Lebowsky
Lyricist(s)Herb Newman
Producer(s)Buddy Bregman
Gogi Grant singles chronology
"Suddenly There's a Valley"
(1955)
"The Wayward Wind"
(1956)
"You're In Love"
(1956)

"The Wayward Wind" is a country song written by Stanley Lebowsky (music) and Herb Newman (lyrics).[1][2]

In 1956, versions were recorded by Gogi Grant, Tex Ritter, and Jimmy Young, of which Grant's was the biggest seller in the United States and Ritter's in the United Kingdom. The song reached No. 1 on the Cash Box chart, which combined all recorded versions, while Grant's version reached No. 1 on the Billboard chart on its own. Billboard ranked it as the No. 5 song for 1956.[3] It became a Gold record. Ritter used the song to open his stage shows.[4]

In 1961, Grant's recording was reissued and reached Billboard No. 50 and Cash Box No. 78. That same year, Patsy Cline made a recording, which did not chart. In 1963, a new recording was made by Frank Ifield, which reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks duration.[5]

The song made the Billboard country chart in a version by Irish flautist James Galway with American country singer Sylvia on vocals. Produced in Nashville by Bill Pursell,[6] the single was released in 1982 and it rose to No. 57 in 1983.[7]

Members of the Western Writers of America chose the song as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.[8]

Notable cover versions[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Anne Murray[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[9] 70
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[10] 6
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[11] 7

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Position
Canada Adult Contemporary Tracks (RPM)[12] 44
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[13] 69

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 70. ISBN 0-85112-250-7.
  2. ^ Knowles, Eleanor (1956-07-14). "Singer, Composer Meet In S.L." The Deseret News. Salt Lake City.
  3. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1956
  4. ^ Staff (December 7, 1968). "Law's Loss is Country's Gain". Billboard. Vol. 80 no. 49. p. 43. ISSN 0006-2510.
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 147. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  6. ^ Klefstad, Klefstad (2018). Crooked River City: The Musical Life of Nashville's William Pursell. University Press of Mississippi. p. 200. ISBN 9781496818676.
  7. ^ Cusic, Don (2011). The Cowboy in Country Music: An Historical Survey with Artist Profiles. McFarland. p. 246. ISBN 9780786463145.
  8. ^ Western Writers of America (2010). "The Top 100 Western Songs". American Cowboy. Archived from the original on 13 August 2014.
  9. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 2375." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. January 31, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  10. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 2394." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. February 28, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  11. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2412." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. March 14, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  12. ^ "RPM Top 100 Adult Contemporary Tracks of 1994". RPM. December 12, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  13. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1994". RPM. December 12, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.