When I was young I heard Skeeter Davis on the radio with her big hit song: ‘The end of the world.’ That song has been in my mind the rest of my life, but it was not one of my favourite love songs because it was so sad. With the internet now, I find lots of songs she sings that are my favourite love songs, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
I first heard a part of this song by Jim Reeves.
This is a Buck Owens song, but when I was in Rhodesia, I had never heard his name. Apparently in America, he was the most popular country singer at that time.
I heard this song on the radio in Bulawayo when I was young, but I didn’t know who sang it. It is only now, about 60 years later, that I discover that this song was on the flip side of her big hit: ‘The end of the world.’
This was Skeeter Davis’ reply to The big Jim Reeves hit: ‘He’ll have to go.’
5. My last date
This is Skeeter Davis’ song on the big Floyd Cramer hit: ‘The last date.’
This is another one of her ‘answer’ songs.
Another ‘answer’ song.
Grand Old Opry.
This was a big hit for Kitty Wells.
I have a song by the same title that I wrote in Johannesburg in about 1990, but I had never heard of her song until now.
15. I walk the line
Apparently this was a big hit for Johnny Cash, but when I was young, I heard it on the radio by Connie Francis, and I had never heard of Johnny Cash. It seems like most of the singers in America sing other people’s hit songs on their LP records in order to fill up the song quota.
16. Oh lonesome me
I was singing this song in Bulawayo, but I had never heard of Don Gibson, who wrote it!
18. My happiness
It seems like all the singers sing this song. I heard it first by my mother! This is also one of my favourite love songs.
This is a very sad song, and I have heard it on the radio here in Canada, but heartaches are very real.
22. Blueberry Hill
This is another ‘answer’ song. I remember hearing Jim Reeves sing: ‘How many arms have held you?’
25. True love ways
This is an old Buddy Holly song. In Africa, I had never heard of Buddy Holly, but we had a record of ‘Oh Boy’ by The Crickets. I didn’t know he was part of The Crickets until I came to North America!
This was a big hit in Rhodesia for Jim Reeves, but he copied it from other singers in America. They all copy from each other!
29. Crying time
31. I will
I first heard this favourite love song by my mother when I was a little chicken!
I heard this song in Bulawayo by Charles Jacobie.
Porter Wagoner was a big time singer in America, but I never heard of him while growing up in Rhodesia.
Bobby Bare had a big hit in Rhodesia with the song: ‘Detroit City.’
This is a full album of her ‘answer’ songs.
Skeeter Davis also sings a lot of gospel songs. I have a whole bunch of them on my gospel site, if you would like to check it out: Country Gospel and Bible.