For the Good Times (song)

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"For the Good Times"
Single by Ray Price
from the album For the Good Times
B-side"Grazin' in Greener Pastures"
ReleasedJune 1970
GenreCountry
LabelColumbia
Writer(s)Kris Kristofferson
Producer(s)Don Laws
Frank Jones
Ray Price singles chronology
"You Wouldn't Know Love"
(1970)
"For the Good Times"
(1970)
"I Won't Mention It Again"
(1971)
 
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"For the Good Times"
Single by Ray Price
from the album For the Good Times
B-side"Grazin' in Greener Pastures"
ReleasedJune 1970
GenreCountry
LabelColumbia
Writer(s)Kris Kristofferson
Producer(s)Don Laws
Frank Jones
Ray Price singles chronology
"You Wouldn't Know Love"
(1970)
"For the Good Times"
(1970)
"I Won't Mention It Again"
(1971)

"For the Good Times" is a 1970 song penned by Kris Kristofferson that appeared on his debut album Kristofferson. He wrote the first verse and chorus in 1968 while driving from Nashville to the Gulf of Mexico, but he did not complete the tune and release it until 1970.[1]

Later that year, Ray Price recorded a version of the song which topped the U.S. country music charts[2] and was awarded "Song of the Year" by the Academy of Country Music. "For the Good Times" was Price's fifth #1 single and spent a total of nineteen weeks on the country chart.[3] "For the Good Times" crossed over onto the pop chart peaking at number eleven, becoming Ray Price's only release to hit the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100.[4] Originally Price's label, Columbia Records, released the song as the "B" side of the single, but switched to promoting "For the Good Times" after Wayne Newton recorded his own version of the tune. The flip side, "Grazin' in Greener Pastures," did receive credit on the country music chart.[1]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1970)Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles1
U.S. Billboard Hot 10011
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks10
Canadian RPM Country Tracks2
Canadian RPM Top Singles13
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks10
Australian Go-Set Charts39

Cover versions[edit]

The song has been recorded by many artists, including:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Roland, Tom, "The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits" (Billboard Books, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 1991 (ISBN 0-82-307553-2), p. 43.
  2. ^ Ray Price's "For the Good Times" Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 275. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 505. 
  5. ^ Jerry Lee Lewis, Would You Take Another Chance on Me Retrieved June 19, 2012.
Preceded by
"All for the Love of Sunshine"
by Hank Williams, Jr.
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

September 19, 1970
Succeeded by
"There Must Be More to Love Than This"
by Jerry Lee Lewis