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"I'll Never Be Free" is a song written by Bennie Benjamin and George Weiss and performed by Kay Starr and Tennessee Ernie Ford. It reached #2 on the U.S. country chart and #3 on the U.S. pop chart in 1950.[1]

"I'll Never Be Free"
Single by Kay Starr and Tennessee Ernie Ford
A-side"Ain't Nobody's Business But My Own"
ReleasedJuly 1950
GenreCountry music
Length2:38
LabelCapitol
Songwriter(s)Bennie Benjamin, George Weiss
Kay Starr singles chronology
"Bonaparte's Retreat"
(1950)
"I'll Never Be Free"
(1950)
"Mama Goes Where Papa Goes (Or Papa Don't Go Out Tonight)"
(1950)
Tennessee Ernie Ford singles chronology
"The Cry of the Wild Goose"
(1950)
"I'll Never Be Free"
(1950)
"Cincinnati Dancing Pig"
(1950)

Other charting versionsEdit

Other versionsEdit

  • The Skylarks released a version of the song as a single in 1950, but it did not chart.[10]
  • Janis Martin released a version of the song as the B-side to her 1957 single "Love and Kisses".[11]
  • Johnnie Ray released a version of the song on his 1957 EP The Big Beat.[12]
  • Lillie Bryant released a version of the song as the B-side to her 1959 single "Smoky Gray Eyes (Stroll Smoky)".[13]
  • Chris Connor released a version of the song on her 1959 EP Pop Goes Chris in Witchcraft.[14]
  • Joanie Sommers released a version of the song as the B-side to her 1960 single "One Boy".[15]
  • Roy Hamilton released a version of the song as a single in 1961, but it did not chart.[16]
  • Jimmy Norman released a version of the song as a single in 1961, but it did not chart.[17]
  • Kelly Gordon released a version of the song as the B-side to his 1963 single "A Phonograph Record".[18]
  • Pat Boone and Shirley Boone released a version of the song as the B-side to their 1964 single "Side by Side".[19]
  • Mel Carter released a version of the song as the B-side to his 1964 single "The Richest Man Alive".[20]
  • Bill Pursell released a version of the song as a single in 1964, but it did not chart.[21]
  • Van Morrison released a duet version of the song (with daughter Shana Morrison) in 1995 as part of the Days Like This album.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kay Starr and Tennessee Ernie Ford, "I'll Never Be Free" Chart Positions". Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  2. ^ "Louis Jordan and Ella Fitzgerald, "I'll Never Be Free" Chart Positions". Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  3. ^ "Annie Laurie and Paul Gayten and His Orchestra, "I'll Never Be Free" Chart Position". Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  4. ^ "Dinah Washington, "I'll Never Be Free" Chart Position". Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  5. ^ "Lucky Millinder and His Orchestra, "I'll Never Be Free" Chart Position". Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  6. ^ "LaVern Baker and Jimmy Ricks, "I'll Never Be Free" Chart Position". Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  7. ^ "Kay Starr, "I'll Never Be Free" Chart Position". Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  8. ^ "Johnny and Jonie Mosby, "I'll Never Be Free" Chart Position". Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  9. ^ "Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius, "I'll Never Be Free" Chart Position". Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  10. ^ "The Skylarks, "I'll Never Be Free" Single Release". Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  11. ^ "Janis Martin, "Love and Kisses" Single Release". Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  12. ^ "Johnnie Ray, The Big Beat EP Release". Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  13. ^ "Lillie Bryant, "Smoky Gray Eyes (Stroll Smoky)" Single Release". Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  14. ^ "Chris Connor, Pop Goes Chris in Witchcraft EP Release". Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  15. ^ "Joanie Sommers, "One Boy" Single Release". Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  16. ^ "Roy Hamilton, "I'll Never Be Free" Single Release". Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  17. ^ "Jimmy Norman, "I'll Never Be Free" Single Release". Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  18. ^ "Kelly Gordon, "A Phonograph Record" Single Release". Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  19. ^ "Pat Boone and Shirley Boone, "Side by Side" Single Release". Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  20. ^ "Mel Carter, "The Richest Man Alive" Single Release". Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  21. ^ "Bill Pursell, "I'll Never Be Free" Single Release". Retrieved July 13, 2018.