Honky Tonk Angels

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Honky Tonk Angels
Studio album by Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette
ReleasedNovember 2, 1993
Recorded1993
GenreCountry
Length32:34
LabelColumbia
ProducerOwen Bradley, Steve Buckingham, Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton chronology
Slow Dancing with the Moon
(1993)
Honky Tonk Angels
(1993)
Heartsongs: Live From Home
(1994)
 
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Honky Tonk Angels
Studio album by Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette
ReleasedNovember 2, 1993
Recorded1993
GenreCountry
Length32:34
LabelColumbia
ProducerOwen Bradley, Steve Buckingham, Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton chronology
Slow Dancing with the Moon
(1993)
Honky Tonk Angels
(1993)
Heartsongs: Live From Home
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Honky Tonk Angels is a 1993 Columbia Records album historically teaming country legends Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, and Tammy Wynette.

Honky Tonk Angels was produced by Parton and Steve Buckingham. The album had been a long-rumored project between the country singers for over a decade and received much publicity and acclaim upon its release, although its only single release, a remake of the longtime country female vocalist staple "Silver Threads and Golden Needles", barely dented the charts (its accompanying video, however, received heavy rotation from CMT and TNN). Record sales, however, placed the album at #6 on Billboard's country album chart and #42 on Billboard 200, the pop album chart becoming Wynette's second-highest ranking album on the pop chart and Lynn's highest on the pop chart until her 2005 album Van Lear Rose. It was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.[2]

The album features many country standards, including "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" (which features a guest vocal appearance by the song's originator and the original country queen, Kitty Wells), "Wings of a Dove" (a 1960 hit for Ferlin Husky), "I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know" (a 1953 hit for The Davis Sisters (country) aka Skeeter Davis and Betty Jack Davis), "Put it Off Until Tomorrow" (a 1966 Bill Phillips hit that was Parton's first success as a songwriter), "Lovesick Blues" (a pop standard known for Hank Williams' 1949 rendition; here the trio sings along with a vintage recording of the song by Patsy Cline), and "I Dreamed of a Hillbilly Heaven", Tex Ritter's 1962 classic that features new spoken dialogue.

The original songs by Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette appear to be solo performances by each of them with harmony vocals by Parton and "Sittin' on the Front Porch Swing" appears to be a Parton solo. The recording features liner notes written by Ralph Emery.

Contents

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels"  J. D. "Jay" Miller2:51
2."Put It Off Until Tomorrow"  Dolly Parton, Bill Owens2:38
3."Silver Threads and Golden Needles"  Jack Rhodes, Dick Reynolds2:24
4."Please Help Me I'm Falling (In Love with You)"  Don Robertson, Hal Blair2:35
5."Sittin' on the Front Porch Swing"   2:34
6."Wings of a Dove"  Buddy Sheffield2:54
7."I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know"  Bob Ferguson2:12
8."Wouldn't It Be Great"  Loretta Lynn3:03
9."That's the Way It Could Have Been"  Tammy Wynette2:55
10."Let Her Fly"  Parton3:04
11."Lovesick Blues"  Cliff Friend, Irving Mills2:18
12."I Dreamed of a Hillbilly Heaven"  Hal Sothern, Eddie Dean)3:32

Personnel

Production

Chart performance

Chart (1993)Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums6
U.S. Billboard 20042
Canadian RPM Country Albums6
Canadian RPM Top Albums44

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