"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

Song Titles

Writers

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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 was Gail's first album 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 others that she brought to the project, Gail felt the production was a disappointment and resolved to produce her own music in the future.
          The first single released from this album, No Love Have I was one of the songs Gail arranged. Originally recorded by country singer, Webb Pierce, it went to No. 26 on the Billboard charts. Gail would later produce a tribute to honor Webb Pierce entitled Caught In The Webb, featuring George Jones, Emmylou Harris, The Del MCoury Band, Willie Nelson, Crystal Gayle, Charlie Pride, Pam Tillis, Dwight Yoakam, Allison Moorer, Billy Walker, Rosie Flores, Dale Watson, Trent Summar, Robbie Fulks and The Jordanaires.
          The second 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 radio until the news of the Jonestown Massacre (in which 918 people were poisoned in a religious suicide pact) shocked the entire country. Radio programers said they were getting too many complaints from their listerners that the title was in bad taste. The song was pulled from the radio playlists and stalled at No. 27 on the national charts.
          Gail also revived a classic Louvin Brother's song on this album. Are You Teasing Me was originally recorded by another of her favorite country singers, the great Carl Smith. Carl and his wife, country singer Goldie Hill, would later become life-long friends of Gail and her family.
          This album also contains the original version of Someone is Looking For Someone Like You. Written by Gail, this song has since been translated and recorded in seven languages by such internationally known artists as Nana Mouskouri. It also appeared on a Gospel album recorded by Grand Ole Opry star George Hamilton IV and was made famous in the bluegrass community by The Country Gentlemen.
          Gail wrote Bucket to The South while driving to Texas to meet her biological father after 23 years of separation. This song would be recorded by numerous other artists including Ava Barber and Lynn Anderson. It would also appear in a Broadway Musical performed by Mitzi Gaynor, the star of the movie South Pacific.
          Grandma's Song, was written as a tribute to Gail’s maternal grandmother and includes the actual voice of Mrs. Whitten singing an old Irish folk tune called “The Fox Hunting Song.” Soft Spoken Man was written for Gail's adopted father, Darby Davies, who raised her from the age of four.
          This LP has long since been discontinued and is now considered a collector's item. It was re-released on CD format in 2002 and is available at Amazon.com. To find the vinyl LP, check with your local vintage record stores or contact The Great Escape in Nashville, Tennessee.



           

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