Ricky Skaggs performs “I Don’t Care” on The Hard Rock Cafe 2016.

The song reaching # 1 on the US Hot Country Songs charts, a total of 18 weeks remained on the charts. On the Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts, he reached # 2.

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I Don’t Care:

I Don’t Care, a song written by Webb Pierce and Cindy Walker, was recorded by Ricky Skaggs for the Epic label, in January 1981 in Nashville, TN, in the recording session of the album, Ricky was accompanied by: Ray Flacke (electric guitar), Sonny Curtis (acoustic guitar), Jerry Douglas (dobro), Bruce Bouton (steel), Joe Osborne (bass), Jerry Kroon (drums), Bobby Hicks (fiddle), Dennis Burnside and Buck White (piano and keyboards).With the production of Ricky Skaggs, the song was released in April 1982, reaching # 1 on the US Hot Country Songs charts, on July 31, 1982, a total of 18 weeks remained on the charts. On the Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts, he reached # 2. The song was the second number one in Ricky’s career.

Lp cover Ricky Skaggs ( Epic 1981 )
Lp cover Ricky Skaggs ( Epic 1981 )

The song would be included in Ricky’s third studio album, Waitin ‘for the Sun to Shine (Epic 1981), the album was released in May 1981, on August 7, 1982, reached number # 2 on the charts of US Top Country Albums, and remained on the charts for 149 weeks. It was Ricky’s first album that entered the pop charts, reaching number # 77. The album was certified gold in the USA and platinum in Canada.

The first recording of the song and also the most successful, was the one recorded by Webb Pierce itself, was recorded on February 25, 1955, for the Decca label and released in March of the same year. The song arrived at number # 1 of the Country & Western Best Seller charts, on July 16, 1955, for 12 consecutive weeks, until October 1, 1955. The song would be included in the second Webb’s studio album, Webb Pierce (Decca 1955).

About Webb Pierce:

Lp cover Webb Pierce ( Decca 1955 )
Lp cover Webb Pierce ( Decca 1955 )

A honky-tonk innovator, Webb Pierce was a fine singer, responsible for many of the hardest-cutting and daring recordings of honky-tonk’s golden age. His revival of Jimmie Rodgers ’In The Jailhouse Now was the bridge between country’s hillbilly roots of the 1930s and the burgeoning rockabilly of the 1950s.

Honky-tonk king and heir apparent to the throne vacated by Hank Williams, he had more hits than any other country artist in the 1950s, including Eddy Arnold and Elvis Presley. Following his chart-topping debut single, Wondering, in 1952, each subsequent release made it into the top ten, and he continued to make the charts with at least one title every year right through to 1972. I’ve had eight monsters hits in 1953 alone, including his barroom anthem There Stands The Glass, which imposed a twelve-week stranglehold on number one that year.

Single Webb Pierce ( Decca 1955 )
Single Webb Pierce ( Decca 1955 )

Versions:

Roy Drusky 1962 (Decca)
Carl Smith 1964 (Columbia)
Ferlin Husky 1970 (Capitol)
Kitty Wells 1970 (Decca)
Willie Nelson & Webb Pierce 1982 (Columbia)
True Brothers 2000 (Thunderbolt Records)
Billy Walker 2002 (Little Chickadee)
Willie Nelson 2006 (Lost Highway)

Ricky Skaggs – I Don’t Care Lyrics

Now, I don’t care
if I’m not the first
love you’ve known,
Just so I’ll be the last.

No, I don’t care
if I’m not the first
one you’ve kissed,
Darling, I’ll never ask.

Yesterday’s gone,
Love me from now on.
Be true to me,
Forget about the past.

No, I don’t care
If I’m not the first
Love you’ve known,
Just so I’ll be the last.

Yesterday’s gone,
Love me from now on.
Be true to me,
Forget about the past.

No, I don’t care
If I’m not the first
Love you’ve known,
Just so I’ll be the last.
Darling, I’ll never ask…

Single Ricky Skaggs ( Epic 1982 )
Single Ricky Skaggs ( Epic 1982 )

Miquel Batlle
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