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When the Stars Go Blue" is a popular alternative country song composed and originally performed by solo artist and former Whiskeytown band member Ryan Adams. It was first released on his album on September 25, 2001, and has been described as the "most gorgeous Gold ballad" on that album. "When the Stars Go Blue" has been covered by many artists, including Irish band  the Corrs (featuring Bono of U2), country music singer Tim McGraw, and Norwegian artists Venke Knutson and Kurt Nilsen as a duo.
Personnel [ edit ]
Ryan Adams - vocals, acoustic guitar
Richard Causon - piano
Ethan Johns - 12 string guitar, harmonium, electric piano, mandocello, Chamberlain strings, drums
Julianna Raye - background vocals
The Corrs version [ edit ]
the Corrs recorded the song on their album , featuring VH1 Presents: The Corrs, Live in Dublin U2's Bono. The cover was released on April 15, 2002, in the United States, reaching number 11 on the Billboard Adult Alternative Airplay chart and number 18 on the Adult Top 40. The song was remixed for their album in 2006.
Dreams: The Ultimate Corrs Collection
Release history [ edit ]
Tim McGraw version [ edit ]
In 2006, the song was released by
Tim McGraw as the first single from his compilation album . Heribert Severing, creator and writer of severing.nu, included McGraw's version of "When the Stars Go Blue" on his list of the top Country singles of 2006. Tim McGraw Reflected: Greatest Hits Vol. 2
Chart performance [ edit ]
"When the Stars Go Blue" debuted at number 35 on the U.S.
Billboard Hot Country Songs for the week of March 18, 2006.
Certifications [ edit ]
Venke Knutson and Kurt Nilsen version [ edit ]
Venke Knutson and World Idol Kurt Nilsen recorded a duet that appears in Venke Knutson's album 2005 Places I Have Been. The song was released as a single in Norway in February 2006, reaching number 14 on the Norwegian Singles Chart.
Other versions [ edit ] Irish/ British girlband Wonderland performed the track for their debut performance on television in Ireland. The recorded studio version was included the band's debut album .
It was also featured in
as a hit song by fictional characters One Tree Hill Haley James Scott and Chris Keller (real life singers Bethany Joy Lenz and Tyler Hilton) and features on the One Tree Hill Soundtrack.
The song was performed by Blake Lewis on American Idol Season 6, originally airing on April 17, 2007.
His cover of the song made it to #92 of the pop charts in 2007. 
On July 16, 2006, Phil Lesh covered the song in the first set of a show at Charter One Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois.
Phil Lesh and Friends. On April 5, 2014, Lesh covered the song in the first set of a show at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York.
The show was made available for purchase via compact disc by
References [ edit ]
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Severing, Heribert. "The Greatest Country Single Hits of them all: The Year is 2006" . Retrieved . 8 April 2012
"Canada Country Top 30" (PDF). . May 19, 2006. p. 43 Radio & Records . Retrieved . December 30, 2019
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Lamb, Bill. "When the Stars Go Blue". American Idol Season 6 - The Songs. About.com - The New York Times Company . Retrieved . 25 March 2012
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