1961 Don Gibson – Sea Of Heartbreak
Don Gibson was born in North Carolina in 1928. He joined the Sons of the Soil and began recording music with the group on Mercury Records in 1949.
In 1957, Don worked with producer Chet Atkins and began recording a long series of hit records. He wrote and sang Sweet Dreams, which reached the top ten on the Country chart in 1957. He also wrote and recorded Oh Lonesome Me that year, and his single topped the Country chart and reached #7 on the Hot 100.
Another hit from his initial sessions with Chet, I Can’t Stop Loving You, gave Don his first #1 song on the Country chart. His single peaked at only #81 on the Hot 100 in 1957, but over 700 artists have recorded the song. Ray Charles had the most success with it, reaching the top of three charts in 1962: the Hot 100, the R&B chart, and the Adult Contemporary chart.
Don released more than a dozen other singles that crossed over to the Pop charts, including three that reached the top forty. The last of those singles was Sea Of Heartbreak, which peaked at #2 on the Country chart and reached #21 on the Hot 100 in 1961. Paul Hampton and Hal David wrote the song, one of his hits that Don did not write himself.
While Sea Of Heartbreak may have turned into Don’s last entry on the pop charts, he released nineteen more top ten Country songs by 1974. He also had several dozen more top forty Country songs as either a solo artist or half of a duet by 1980.
Don died in 2003.
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