Turning Away

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"Turning Away"
Single by Crystal Gayle
from the album Cage the Songbird
B-side"On Our Way to Love"
ReleasedJune 1984
LabelWarner Bros. Nashville
Songwriter(s)Tim Krekel
Producer(s)Jimmy Bowen
Crystal Gayle singles chronology
"I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love"
"Turning Away"
"Me Against the Night"

"Turning Away" is a song written by Tim Krekel, and recorded by American country music artist Crystal Gayle. It was released in June 1984 as the third single from the album Cage the Songbird. The song was Gayle's fourteenth number one single on the country chart. The single went to number one for one week and spent a total of thirteen weeks on the country chart.[1]


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 1
Canada Country Tracks (RPM) 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1984) Position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 29

Shakin' Stevens version[edit]

"Turning Away"
Shakin' Stevens Turning Away.jpg
Single by Shakin' Stevens
from the album Lipstick, Powder and Paint
B-side"Diddle I"
Released27 January 1986 (1986-01-27)
GenreRock and roll
Songwriter(s)Tim Krekel
Shakin' Stevens singles chronology
"Merry Christmas Everyone"
"Turning Away"
"Because I Love You"

Two years later, Welsh rockabilly singer Shakin' Stevens covered the song for his album Lipstick, Powder and Paint and peaked at number 15 on the UK Singles Chart.[4]

Track listings[edit]

7": Epic / A6819 (UK)

  1. "Turning Away" – 3:20
  2. "Diddle I" – 2:58

12": Epic / TA 6819 (UK)

  1. "Turning Away" (Extended Remix) – 4:25
  2. "Diddle I" – 2:58


Chart (1986) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 20
Ireland (IRMA)[6] 11
UK Singles (OCC)[4] 15


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 132.
  2. ^ "Crystal Gayle Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  3. ^ "Hot Country Songs – Year-End 1984". Billboard. Retrieved June 14, 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Shakin Stevens: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  5. ^ "Shakin' Stevens – Turning Away" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  6. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Turning Away". Irish Singles Chart.