Ricky Van Shelton performs “From A Jack To A king” On Grand Ole Opry 1999.

Reached number # 1 on the lists of US Hot Country Songs, and two days later, also it reached number # 1 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks lists. It was the fifth number one of Ricky's career.

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From A Jack To A king:

Lp Cover Ned Miller ( Fabor 1963 )
Lp Cover Ned Miller ( Fabor 1963 )

A song written and recorded for the first time by Ned Miller, for the label Dot Records, released on June 17, 1957, it was re-released in 1962, for the Fabor label. Arriving at number # 2 on the lists of US Hot Country Songs.
The song was included on the album, From a Jack to a King (Fabor 1963).

Ricky Van Shelton, recorded on January 18, 1988, for the Columbia label, with the production of Steve Buckingham, was released on December 24, 1988, on March 18, 1989, reached number # 1 on the lists of US Hot Country Songs, and two days later, on March 20, it reached number # 1 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks lists. It was the fifth number one of Ricky’s career.

The song would be included in Ricky Van Shelton’s second studio album, Loving Proof (Columbia 1988). It was released on September 20, 1988. The album also reached number one on U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums and Canadian RPM Country Albums. The album was certified by the RIAA on December 20, 1989.



Many versions of the song have been made, here some of them:

Cd cover Ricky Van Shelton ( Columbia 1988 )
Cd cover Ricky Van Shelton ( Columbia 1988 )

Les Carle 1963 (Embassy Records)
Ferlin Husky 1963 (Capitol)
Bill Anderson 1963 (Decca)
Jim Reeves 1963 (RCA)
Hank Snow 1965 (RCA)
David Houston 1966 (Epic)
Elvis Presley 1969 (RCA)
Joe Stampley 1975 (Dot)
Sleepy LaBeef 1978 (Sun Records)

And many more ……




Ricky Van Shelton – From A Jack To A king Lyrics

From a jack to a king
From loneliness to a wedding ring
I played an ace and I won a queen
And walked away with your heart

From a jack to a king
With no regrets I stacked the cards last night
And lady luck played her hand just right
And made me king of your heart

For just a little while
I thought that I might lose the game
Then just in time
I saw the twinkle in your eye

From a jack to a king
From loneliness to a wedding ring
I played an ace and I won a queen
You made me king of your heart

For just a little while
I thought that I might lose the game
Then just in time
I saw the twinkle in your eye

From a jack to a king
From loneliness to a wedding ring
I played an ace and I won a queen
You made me king of your heart…

Single Ricky Van Shelton ( Columbia 1988 )
Single Ricky Van Shelton ( Columbia 1988 )

Miquel Batlle
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