"Gail Davies"
Lifesong/CBS Records (1978)
Produced by Tommy West for Cashwest Productions
Recorded at Sound Stage Studios by Warren Peterson
Mixed at the Hit Factory in New York and Sound Stage Studios, Nashville, TN                
Mastered by Glenn Meadows at Masterfonics

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No Love Have I
What Can I Say
Grandma's Song
Poison Love
Are You Teasing Me
Bucket to the South
Soft Spoken Man
Someone is Looking for Someone Like You
Need Your Lovin
It's No Wonder I Feel Blue

Mel Tillis
Gail Davies
Gail Davies
Elmer Laird
Charlie/Ira Louvin
Gail Davies
Gail Davies
Gail Davies
Gail Davies
Gail Davies

#26 released 7/08/78


#27 released 10/21/78



#11 released 2/10/79

           

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Cover Photography:     
Art direction:

Gail Davies, Reggie Young, Charlie Brown and Pete Bordonali
Reggie Young, Pete Bordonali and Charley Brown
Lloyd Green
Shane Keister and Tommy West
Joe Osborne and Joe Allen
Terry McMillan
Kenny Malone, Larrie Londin and Roy Yeager
Arranged by Shane Keister, played by Shelly Kurland Strings
Gail Davies, Tommy West and Warren Peterson
Alan Messer
Virginia Team

 

          This self-titled album was Gail's first release on a major label and the only one she did not produce. Although her contributions were weighty, having written seven of the songs and arranged three which she brought to the project, Gail felt the recording process and the production was a disappointment and resolved to produce her own music in the future.
          No Love Have I was one of the songs that Gail arranged for this album. It was originally recorded by country singer Webb Pierce and was Gail’s first Top 40 radio hit. Gail only met Webb Pierce once while having dinner with Willie Nelson on his tour bus. Gail later produced a tribute album to Webb Pierce entitled Caught In The Webb, which was nominated for an Americana Award in 2002. The proceeds from this album benefit The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation. It features, along with Gail, George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Crystal Gayle, Charlie Pride, Pam Tillis, Dwight Yoakam, Del MCoury, Billy Walker, The Jordanaires and many other great artists.
          Gail also revived Are You Teasing Me on this album, originally recorded by another of her favorite country singers, Carl Smith. Carl and his wife, country singer Goldie Hill, would become close friends with Gail and her family. See Gail’s autobiography The Last of the Outlaws.
          The next single released from this album was Gail’s arrangement of a classic 1950s song recorded by Johnny and Jack entitled Poison Love. It was doing well at country radio until the news of the Jonestown Massacre (in which 918 people, including children, were poisoned in a religious suicide pact) came out. Radio DJs said they were getting too many complaints that the title was in bad taste, considering what had happened. The song was immediately pulled from the radio stations’ playlists.
          This album contains the original version of Someone is Looking For Someone Like You (one of Gail's early compositions) and Bucket to The South, a song Gail wrote while driving from L.A. to Texas to meet her biological father after 23 years of separation. Bucket To The South would eventually become a hit for Ava Barber. It has also been recorded by Lynn Anderson, Colleen Peterson and performed by Mitzi Gaynor (from the movie South Pacific) in her Broadway show.
          Soft Spoken Man was written for Gail's adopted father, Darby Davies, who raised her from the age of five. Grandma's Song, written as a tribute to Gail’s grandmother, includes the actual voice of Mrs. Frances Whitten singing an Irish folk tune entitled “The Fox Hunting Song.”
          This LP has long been discontinued and is considered a collector's item. It sells at auction in Amsterdam for $100 USD. It has been re-released on CD format and should be available in record stores or through Amazon. To find the vinyl LP, check with your local vintage record stores or contact Jack Lawrence Record Shop in Nashville, Tennessee: 615/256-9240.



           

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