Wrong Road Again

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"Wrong Road Again"
Single by Crystal Gayle
from the album Crystal Gayle
B-side "They Come Out at Night"
Released September 1974
Genre Country
Length 2:17
Label United Artists
Writer(s) Allen Reynolds
Producer(s) Allen Reynolds
Crystal Gayle singles chronology
"Wrong Road Again"
"Beyond You"

"Wrong Road Again" is a song written by Allen Reynolds, and recorded by American country music artist Crystal Gayle. It was released in September 1974 as the first single from the album Crystal Gayle.

In the mid-1970s, country music was making its move into pop music by artists such as Lynn Anderson and Eddie Rabbitt. The song "Wrong Road Again" is a set example of this. Even though the song never crossed over into the pop charts, the instruments used in the sessions were not instruments normally used in country music. Crystal Gayle at the time was working to set a name for herself in the music business. "Wrong Road Again" became the song to help jumpstart her career as a country singer. The song became Gayle's first Top Ten single and showed what was to come from her in the next couple of years.

Cover versions[edit]

English singer Marianne Faithfull recorded a cover of the song on her country-flavoured album Dreamin' My Dreams in 1976 on Mike Leander's NEMS label. (The album was later retitled "Faithless" and re-released in 1977, with a few track substitutions.) Besides "Wrong Road Again," the album featured the Allen Reynolds-penned title track, which had also previously been recorded by Gayle and by Waylon Jennings.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1974–1975) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles[1] 6
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 17


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 131. 

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