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David Houston: My Elusive Dreams
David Houston was briefly one of the hottest acts in country music, amassing 61 country single hits between 1963 and 1989. These included duets with future stars Tammy Wynette and Barbara Mandrell. He won several Grammy awards and enjoyed a run of 9 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard country chart with his 1966 classic, ‘Almost Persuaded’.
In all he achieved the No. 1 spot seven times and all of these hits are included in this selection of 23 of his biggest hits for the Epic label. He also charted 17 long players on the Billboard country album charts between 1966 and 1973.
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|Houston, David - My Elusive Dreams CD 1|
|01||Mountain Of Love||David Houston|| |
|02||Livin' in a house full of love||David Houston|| |
|03||Almost Persuaded||David Houston|| |
|04||A loser's cathedral||David Houston|| |
|05||With one exception||David Houston|| |
|06||My elusive dreams||David Houston|| |
|07||You mean the world to me||David Houston|| |
|08||Have a little faith||David Houston|| |
|09||Already it's heaven||David Houston|| |
|10||Where love used to live||David Houston|| |
|11||My woman's good to me||David Houston|| |
|12||I'm Down To My Last I Love You||David Houston|| |
|13||Baby baby (I know you're my lady)||David Houston|| |
|14||I do my swinging at home||David Houston|| |
|15||Wonders of the wine||David Houston|| |
|16||After Closing Time||David Houston|| |
|17||A woman always knows||David Houston|| |
|18||Nashville||David Houston|| |
|19||Maiden's prayer||David Houston|| |
|20||Soft, sweet and warm||David Houston|| |
|21||She's all woman||David Houston|| |
|22||I Love You, I Love You||David Houston|| |
|23||Can't you feel it||David Houston|| |
My Elusive Dreams
David Houston and Tammy Wynette
My Elusive Dreams (C. Putman-B. Sherrill)
recorded June 6, 1967 (22:00-01:00) Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee; Producer: Billy Sherrill
with David Houston and Tammy Wynette: vocal; other details unknown
Epic 5-10194 - master NCO 120 660
To hear Billy Sherrill, this was one of the songs he wrote immediately before or during the session. "I write out of panic," he said. "When I have an artist and a session and an acre of violins. I think 'My Elusive Dreams' took ten minutes." But it wasn't that simple. Curly Putman (whose biggest hit to that point was Green, Green Grass Of Home) wrote the song about his personal odyssey. Starting as a steel guitarist in Huntsville, Alabama, he'd gotten married and become a shoe salesman in Madison, Tennessee. "Then they made me assistant manager of a shoe store in Memphis," Putman said later, "and that moving from one place to another inspired me to write 'My Elusive Dreams.' But I got tired of the shoe business and went back to Huntsville. We moved to Chicago, but I didn't like it there too well, so I moved back to Alabama, working in the sawmill with my dad and going to trade school in Decatur. I tried to learn piano tuning…anything to stick to music in some way." Established in Nashville, Putman played My Elusive Dreams for Tammy Wynette soon after he'd written it. Sherrill helped with some of the lines, but Tammy didn't like it. "You know," she told him, "that would be good for Peter, Paul & Mary."
And so, on March 23, 1967, Putman recorded it himself for ABC-Paramount. Even before it was issued, Johnny Darrell recorded it, and his version was the first to hit the charts, but by then Sherrill had already persuaded his two biggest stars to record it, and their version was rushed out within days. Tammy, who'd pursued her own elusive dreams across the southeastern quadrant of the United States, squeezed every drop of pathos from the words. It became her first #1 hit and Houston's third. In 1970, when Sherrill was producing Bobby Vinton, he pitched My Elusive Dreams and Vinton took it to #27 on the country charts and #46 on the pop charts. In 1975, when Sherrill was producing Charlie Rich, he pitched My Elusive Dreams yet again, and it returned to the country charts, this time at #3, and the pop charts at #49. In between, Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood recorded it, but perhaps the best cover version of all was by Moses & Joshua Dillard, whose roaring Sam & Dave-style revival transfigured the song.
- Colin Escott -
Various Country & Western Hit Parade 1967
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