Ray Price performs “Faded Love” On Hee Haw 1981.

Ray Price recorded it for the Columbia label, was recorded in EP format, in the same session three other songs were recorded (Letters Have No Arms, Remember Me (I'm The One Who Loves You) and I Saw My Castles Fall Today). The EP was released with the production of Don Law, Ray Price Sings Heart Songs - Volume II (Columbia 1957).

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Faded Love

Ep cover Ray Price ( Columbia 1957 )
Ep cover Ray Price ( Columbia 1957 )

“ Faded love “, song written by Bob Wills, John Wills and Billy Jack Wills and first recorded by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, on April 27, 1950, for the M.G.M.

Ray Price recorded it for the Columbia label, on March 7, 1957, in Bradley Film and Recording Studio, 804 16th Ave. South, Nashville, TN, was recorded in EP format, in the same session three other songs were recorded (Letters Have No Arms, Remember Me (I’m The One Who Loves You) and I Saw My Castles Fall Today), in the recording session Ray was accompanied by: Harold Bradley (guitar), Van Howard Vandevender (guitar), Grady Martin (guitar), Jimmy Day (steel), Bob Moore (bass), Buddy Harman (drums), Tommy Jackson (fiddle) and Floyd Cramer (piano). The EP was released with the production of Don Law, Ray Price Sings Heart Songs – Volume II (Columbia 1957).

The song was included in Ray’s first studio album, Sings Heart Songs (Columbia 1957). The album was released in July 1957.

Lp cover Willie & Ray ( Columbia 1980 )
Lp cover Willie & Ray ( Columbia 1980 )

Ray re-recorded another version with Willie Nelson for the Columbia label, was recorded between January 10 and 11, 1980, at Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Ave. South, Nashville, TN, Willie and Ray, were accompanied in the session Recording by: Jody Payne (guitar), Grady Martin (guitar), Buddy Emmons (steel), Bee Spears and Chris Etheridge (bass), Paul English (drums), Johnny Gimble (fiddle), Mickey Raphael (harmonica), Moses Calderon (keyboards and vibraphone), Leon Russell (piano) and Crystal Gayle (background vocal).

The song was included in Willie’s studio album, San Antonio Rose (Columbia 1980), the album was released on May 19, 1980, on October 18, reached # 3 on the US Top Country Albums charts, remaining in the charts a total of 51 weeks. In the Canadian RPM Country Albums charts, I reach number # 1. The album was certified gold in the USA.





Look in Faded Love, Bob wills version.

Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys performs “Faded Love”

Single Patsy Cline ( Decca 1963 )
Single Patsy Cline ( Decca 1963 )

Versions:

Maddox Brothers & Rose 1950 (4 Star)
Ray Price 1957 (Columbia)
Wilburn Brothers 1958 (Decca)
Leroy Van Dyke 1961 (Mercury)
Patti Page 1961 (Mercury)
George Jones 1962 (United Artists Records)
Patsy Cline 1963 (Decca)
Faron Young 1964 (Mercury)
Conway Twitty 1969 (Decca)
Elvis Presley 1971 (RCA)

 

….. and many more, Sleepy Labeaf, Lee Ann Rimes, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Mandy Barnett …. more than 90 versions …





Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys – Faded Love Lyrics

As I look at the letters that you wrote to me
It’s you that I am thinking of
As I read the lines that to me were so sweet
I remember our faded love

I miss you darling more and more every day
As heaven would miss the stars above
With every heartbeat I still think of you
And remember our faded love

As I think of the past and all the pleasures we had
As I watch the mating of the dove
It was in the springtime when you said goodbye
I remember our faded love

I miss you darling more and more every day
As heaven would miss the stars above
With every heartbeat I still think of you
And remember our faded love

Single Bob Wills ( MGM 1950 )
Single Bob Wills ( MGM 1950 )

Miquel Batlle
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