Ricky Van Shelton performs “Life Turned Her That Way” Live Video.

It would reach number # 1 of the lists of US Hot Country Songs. In the lists of Canadian RPM Country Tracks, also it arrived at number # 1. It was the second number one in the race of Ricky.

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Life Turned Her That Way:

Cd cover Ricky Van Shelton ( Columbia 1987 )
Cd cover Ricky Van Shelton ( Columbia 1987 )

Song written by Harlan Howard, was recorded by Ricky Van Shelton, on October 14, 1986, for the Columbia label, with the production of Steve Buckingham, was released on December 7, 1987, on March 19, 1989, it would reach number # 1 of the lists of US Hot Country Songs. In the lists of Canadian RPM Country Tracks, also it arrived at number # 1, the 2 of April 1988. It was the second number one in the race of Ricky.

The song was included in Ricky Van Shelton’s debut album, Wild-Eyed Dream (Columbia 1987), was released on February 26, 1987, and on October 25, 1990, was re-released. In the lists of U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums, reached number # 1. The album was certified platinum by the RIAA on July 24, 1989.

The first recording of this song was “Little” Jimmy Dickens, on September 3, 1964, and released in February 1965, for the Columbia label. The most successful version was Ricky, reaching number one.



Single Little Jimmy Dickens ( Columbia 1965 )
Single Little Jimmy Dickens ( Columbia 1965 )

Some versions:

“Little” Jimmy Dickens 1965 (Columbia)
Mel Tillis 1967 (Kapp Records)
George Jones 1967 (Musicor Records)
Jay Lee Webb 1967 (Decca)
Conway Twitty 1967 (Decca)
Charley Pride 1967 (RCA)
Johnny Bush 1968 (Stop Records)
Ernest Tubb 1968 (Decca)
Sleepy Labeef 1994 (Rounder)




Ricky Van Shelton – Life Turned Her That Way Lyrics

If she seems cold and bitter, then I beg of you
Just stop and consider all she’s gone through
Don’t be quick to condemn her for things she might say
Just remember, life turned her that way

She’s been walked on and stepped on so many times
And I hate to admit it, but the last footprint’s mine
She was crying when I met her, she cries harder today
So don’t blame her, life turned her that way

She’s been walked on and stepped on so many times
And I hate to admit it, but the last footprint’s mine
She was crying when I met her, she cries harder today
So don’t blame her, life turned her that way
So don’t blame her, life turned her that way

Single Ricky Van Shelton ( Columbia 1987 )
Single Ricky Van Shelton ( Columbia 1987 )

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