About the song

Welcome to my blog, where I share my love for classic country songs. Today, I want to talk about one of the most famous recordings by Jim Reeves, the legendary singer known as “Gentleman Jim”. The song is called “He’ll Have To Go”, and it was released in 1960 as a single and as part of a compilation album with the same name.

The song was written by Joe and Audrey Allison, who were inspired by a phone call they overheard at a restaurant. The caller asked the waitress to tell his wife that he had to go because someone else was on the line. The Allisons imagined what the other person might say, and came up with the lyrics of “He’ll Have To Go” .

The song is a classic example of the “Nashville sound”, a style of country music that blended traditional elements with pop influences. Jim Reeves’ smooth voice and Chet Atkins’ production created a sophisticated and romantic atmosphere that appealed to both country and pop audiences. The song spent 14 weeks at number one on the country chart, and reached number two on the pop chart . It also became a hit in many other countries, including the UK, Australia, Norway, and South Africa .

The song has been covered by many artists over the years, such as Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Ry Cooder, Bryan Ferry, and James Taylor. However, none of them could match the original version by Jim Reeves, who made the song his own with his distinctive style and delivery. “He’ll Have To Go” is a timeless classic that showcases Jim Reeves’ talent and legacy as one of the greatest country singers of all time.