Husbands and Wives (song)

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"Husbands and Wives"
Single by Roger Miller
from the album Words and Music
B-side "I've Been a Long Time Leavin' (But I'll Be a Long Time Gone)"
Released February 1966
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Length 2:23
Label Smash
Writer(s) Roger Miller
Producer(s) Jerry Kennedy
Roger Miller singles chronology
"England Swings"
(1966)
"Husbands and Wives"
(1966)
"You Can't Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd"
(1966)

"Husbands and Wives" is a single written and recorded by American country music singer Roger Miller. Miller's original, from his album Words and Music, was released in February 1966 and was a crossover hit for him, reaching Top Ten on the U.S. country and Adult Contemporary charts, as well as Top 40 on the pop charts. Since the release of Miller's original, the song has been covered by several other artists, including The Everly Brothers, Ringo Starr, Neil Diamond and a duet between David Frizzell and Shelly West, as well as Brooks & Dunn, whose version was a number-one country hit in 1998.

Content

"Husbands and Wives" is a mid-tempo waltz in the key of F major. In it, the narrator makes observations on a couple who is breaking up ("Two broken hearts, lonely, looking like houses / Where nobody lives"). He then suggests that the relationship is strained because those involved have too much pride in themselves ("It's my belief pride is the chief cause in the decline / In the number of husbands and wives").

Roger Miller version

Roger Miller recorded the song in 1966 for his album Words and Music,[1] releasing it as the album's first single. It was a crossover hit for him, reaching Top 5 on the country and Adult Contemporary charts, as well as Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100. Its b-side, "I've Been a Long Time Leavin' (But I'll Be a Long Time Gone)," peaked at #13 on the country charts.[2]

Chart positions

Chart (1966) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 5
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 26
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 2
Canadian RPM Top Singles 14
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary 10

David Frizzell and Shelly West version

"Husbands and Wives"
Single by David Frizzell and Shelly West
from the album Carryin' On the Family Names
B-side Yours for the Asking"
Released October 1981
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Length 2:39
Label Warner Bros.
Producer(s) Snuff Garrett, Steve Dorff
David Frizzell and Shelly West singles chronology
"A Texas State of Mind"
(1981)
"Husbands and Wives"
(1981)
"Another Honky-Tonk Night on Broadway"
(1982)

David Frizzell and Shelly West covered the song on their 1981 duets album Carryin' On the Family Names, and released it as the album's third and final single. Their version reached the Top 20 on the country singles chart.

Chart positions

Chart (1981) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 16
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 38

Brooks & Dunn version

"Husbands and Wives"
File:B & D - Husbands & Wives.jpg
Single by Brooks & Dunn
from the album If You See Her
B-side "How Long Gone"
Released September 28, 1998
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:10
Label Arista 13143
Producer(s) Don Cook, Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn
Brooks & Dunn singles chronology
"How Long Gone"
(1998)
"Husbands and Wives"
(1998)
"I Can't Get Over You"
(1999)

Country music duo Brooks & Dunn covered the song on their 1998 album If You See Her. Featuring lead vocals from Ronnie Dunn,[3] their version was the album's third single, reaching the top of the country singles charts in December 1998. It was also a Top 40 pop hit, peaking at #36 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Chart positions

"Husbands and Wives" debuted at number 64 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart for the week of September 26, 1998.

Chart (1998) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 36
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 1

Year-end charts

Chart (1999) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 75
Preceded by
"Let Me Let Go" by Faith Hill
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks number-one single
December 19, 1998
Succeeded by
"You're Easy on the Eyes" by Terri Clark

References

  1. Chadbourne, Eugene. "Words and Music review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  2. Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 278. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  3. Pendragon, Jana. "If You See Her review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  4. "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 6992." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. January 11, 1999. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  5. "Brooks & Dunn – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Brooks & Dunn.
  6. "Brooks & Dunn – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Brooks & Dunn.
  7. "Best of 1999: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1999. Retrieved July 7, 2013.