You've Never Been This Far Before

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"You've Never Been This Far Before"
Single by Conway Twitty
from the album You've Never Been This Far Before
B-side "You Make It Hard (To Take the Easy Way Out)"
Released July 2, 1973
Recorded April 4, 1973
Bradley's Barn, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee
Genre Country
Length 3:02
Label MCA
Songwriter(s) Conway Twitty
Producer(s) Owen Bradley
Conway Twitty singles chronology
"Baby's Gone"
(1973)
"You've Never Been This Far Before"
(1973)
"There's a Honky Tonk Angel (Who'll Take Me Back In)"
(1974)

"Baby's Gone"
(1973)
"You've Never Been This Far Before"
(1973)
"There's a Honky Tonk Angel (Who'll Take Me Back In)"
(1974)

"You've Never Been This Far Before" is a song written and recorded by American country artist Conway Twitty. It was released in July 1973 as the second single and title track from the album You've Never Been This Far Before. The song was Twitty's 10th number one on the country chart as a solo artist. The single stayed at number one for three weeks and spent a total of 16 weeks on the chart.[1]

"You've Never Been This Far Before" was Twitty's only song from the country chart to cross over onto the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, where the single peaked at number 22.[2]

Content[edit]

In the song, the narrator describes his attempts to calm his nervous virgin girlfriend during her first time. The song was controversial at the time of its release, with several radio stations banning it, due to what were considered by some to be overly sexual lyrics.[3]

Canadian singer Carroll Baker released a version titled "I've Never Been This Far Before".[4] This version of the song reached number one on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada in May 1975.[5]

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Conway Twitty[edit]

Chart (1973) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 22
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[9] 37
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles 30
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 21

Carroll Baker[edit]

Chart (1975) Peak
position
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 361. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 648. 
  3. ^ Jeremy Burchard. "How Conway Twitty's 'You've Never Been This Far Before' Hit No. 1 Despite Being Banned". Wide Open Country. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Larkin, C. (1995). The Guinness encyclopedia of popular music. 1. Guinness Pub. ISBN 9781561591763. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "RPM Country Tracks for May 3, 1975". RPM. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  6. ^ The Conway Twitty Collection (Media notes). Conway Twitty. Universal City, California: MCA Records. MCAD4-11095. 
  7. ^ "Conway Twitty Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  8. ^ "Conway Twitty Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  9. ^ "Conway Twitty Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.

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