"I'll Be There"
Warner Brothers Records (1980)
Produced and arranged by Gail Davies for Little Chickadee Productions
Recorded and mixed by Galen Senogles at Producer's Workshop, Los Angeles
Additional recordings at Woodland Sound Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
Mastered by Denny Purcell at Woodland Mastering

Song Titles

Writers

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I'll Be There
It's a Lovely, Lovely World
Mama's Gonna Give You Sweet Things
Kentucky
Honky Tonk Waltz
Farewell Song
Object of My Affection
I'm Hungry I'm Tired
Grandma's Song
No One to Welcome Me Home

R.Gabbard/R.Price
Boudeleaux Bryant
Gail Davies
C.Davis/H.Taylor
Paul Craft
Gail Davies
Delbert Mc Clinton
Gail Davies
Gail Davies
Charles E. Moody

#4 released 11/29/80
#5 released 4/4/81






#9 released 8/15/81

           

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Photography:

Dean Parks and Marty Walsh
Leland Sklar
Mike Baird
Farrel Morris
Jai Winding and Shane Keister
Buddy Spicher and Byron Berline
Jay Dee Maness and Lloyd Green
Terry Mc Millan and Mickey Raphael
Gail Davies, Paulette Carlson and Jeff Tassin
The Jordanaires on "No One to Welcome Me Home"
Emmylou Harris on "It's a Lovely, Lovely World"
Arranged by Buddy Skipper, played by Shelly Kurland Strings
Ed Thrasher

 

          Gail's second production proved to be far more lucrative than her first, garnering three Top 10 hit singles. She said she recorded the title track, I'll Be There, because she loved singing the line "There ain't no man big enough to stop me." This particular single became her biggest hit to date, reaching #4 on the Billboard country charts.
            Another recording from this album that hit the Top 10 was Grandma’s Song. Written by Gail in memory of her grandmother, Frances Marion Whitten, this song begins with an actual recording of Mrs. Whitten singing an old Irish folk tune entitled The Fox Hunting Song.
            You will also notice the unmistakable voice of Emmylou Harris on this album, singing harmony with Gail on It's a Lovely, Lovely World. Written by Boudeleaux Bryant (the writer of Bye Bye Love and Rocky Top), it was originally recorded by country singer Carl Smith
            The legendary Jordanaires (best known as the backing group with Elvis Presley) joined Gail in singing on No One To Welcome Me Home. Originally recorded by Hank Williams (Luke the Drifter) on one of his gospel albums, this was a favorite song of Gail and her two brothers, Ron and Jimmy. "We had an old jukebox in our living room," Gail explains, "filled with everything from The Mills Brothers and The Ink Spots to Hank Williams and Perry Como. It provided us with a wide range of various music styles."
           I'm Hungry I'm Tired is a song Gail wrote about her mentor Roger Miller. She spent a short time touring with his band in the mid 1970s and made her television debut as his duet partner singing Ashes of Love on the Merv Griffin Show. One evening, after a performance, Roger told her how his father had died when he was young and his mother had given him to his Aunt and Uncle to be raised on a farm in Oklahoma. Gail was just learning how to write songs at the time. She went home that night and wrote this one for Roger. She said he cried when she played it for him the next day. That was when she knew that she had become a real songwriter.
          Though currently out of print, this vinyl LP can still be obtained at vintage record stores like the Great Escape and Jack Lawrence Record Shop in Nashville: 615/256-9240. You can also receive a FREE CD of this album when you join Gail's International Fan Club. Click here for more details.

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